Meet Your Poet Laureate:

Vera Constantineau

Vera Constantineau smiling towards the camera.The tradition of Poet Laureate dates back to the court poets of England in the 1600s. In centuries since, the Poet Laureate has outgrown the confines of the royal court to fulfill a human need to leave our mark on the passage of time. The City of Greater Sudbury continues to create its own history with the appointment of Greater Sudbury's sixth Poet Laureate, Vera Constantineau.

About Vera

Poet and short fiction writer Vera Constantineau is Greater Sudbury's sixth Poet Laureate. Beginning her freelance writing career in 1994, Constantineau has developed a reputation as an award-winning haiku/senryu poet. She is currently working with an editor on the manuscript of her first haiku collection. She is the author of Daisy Chained, a self-published collection of short fiction.

Constantineau's poetry and short fiction has been published in journals both online and print, as well as anthologies in Canada as well as Internationally in England, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States. For many years Vera wrote humour columns for a variety of northern weekly newspapers. In 2019 her essay Options was included in the anthology Against Death--35 Essays on Living published by Anvil Press of Vancouver B.C.

During her two-year term as Poet Laureate, Constantineau plans to continue leading groups devoted to the writing of poetry at the Copper Cliff Branch of the Library, something she began three years ago. In addition, Vera plans to record a poetry podcast (the P. L. Pod). Links to this podcast will be posted on the Sudbury Library website. Supporting and expanding the poetry community is a goal, also important is maintaining and adding to terra north/nord, the e-zine created by Greater Sudbury's first Poet Laureate Roger Nash.

The work of each past Laureate is a building block for poetry and the literary community and working to continue that is paramount.

Contact the Poet Laureate

You can reach Vera by email at Vera.Constantineau@greatersudbury.ca.

You can also learn more about Vera online at http://veraconstantineau.com/

P.L. Pod

During her time as Poet Laureate, Vera will record her "P.L. Pod" poetry podcast. Check out the podcast today.

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