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Nightwood Poet Brad Cran Named Vancouverís Poet Laureate

Posted: May 6, 2009

Nightwood Editions is pleased to congratulate Brad Cran, the City of Vancouver’s Poet Laureate for 2009-2011.

The City of Vancouver’s Poet Laureate is an honorary two-year position. During that term, the Poet Laureate acts as a champion for poetry, language and the arts, and creates a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic interactions. The Poet Laureate is also expected to attend a variety of civic functions, participate in public poetry events and carry through one or more special civic projects. The general mandate is to raise the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Vancouverites.

Brad Cran’s first book of poetry, The Good Life (Nightwood Editions) was published in 2002. Cran is also an essayist, photographer and a longtime contributing editor at Geist magazine. His book, Hope in the Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (with Gillian Jerome, Arsenal Pulp Press) was the winner of the 2008 City of Vancouver Book Award. He has also been the publisher of Smoking Lung Press and the former executive director for the Federation of BC Writers. His poetry has appeared in publications across Canada including the Globe and Mail and in the anthologies Breaking the Surface, Breathing Fire 2, Hammer & Tongs and Why I Sing the Blues.

The official announcement was held on May 5 at Vancouver City Hall, with Brad Cran, Mayor Gregor Robertson, Vancouver City Council and members of the Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver International Writers Festival in attendance.