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Serving a four-year term, Kingston's Poet Laureate Helen Humphreys is the spokesperson for the literary arts in this city — home to Kingston WritersFest and a prodigious number of celebrated authors. The position of poet laureate recognizes and honours individual achievement in poetry, and fosters creative writing in – and about – our city. The poet laureate will increase awareness of Kingston as a centre of writing excellence and increase the profile of the literary arts within the city and beyond.

At this year's New Year's Levee, Helen Humphreys read her new poem Limestone. Last year's New Year's poem was Three Owls and a Bayonet. Humphreys' most recently-published book is 2015's The River.

Watch the City's event calendar for opportunities to work with or see Helen Humphreys.


About Helen Humphreys

Humphreys is the author of four books of poetry: Gods and other Mortals (1986); Nuns Looking Anxious, Listening to Radios (1990); Perils of Geography (1995) and Anthem (1999). She is also the author of seven novels: Leaving Earth (1997); Afterimage (2000); The Lost Garden (2002); Wild Dogs (2004); Coventry (2008); The Reinvention of Love (2011); and The Evening Chorus: A Novel (2015) as well as two works of non-fiction: the creative non-fiction masterpiece The Frozen Thames (2007) and the heartbreaking and personal memoir about the death of her brother, Nocturne (2013).

Born in Kingston-on-Thames, England, Humphreys grew up in Scarborough, Ontario and calls Kingston home. The winner of many accolades, including the City of Toronto Book Award, the Lambda Prize for Fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and a Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. Humphreys regularly teaches writing workshops across the country and has served as writer-in-residence at Queen's University, the University of Illinois, and the North York Public Library. In a city of exceptional writers, Humphreys is widely respected as one of our most skilled literary talents.

Kingston's Poet Laureate - Helen Humphries