I write on the writers who have crafted calgary’s imagination for CBC News

As Calgary’s poet laureate, I tried to serve as an artistic ambassador for the city — presenting at events and producing literary work that reflects our city and its citizens both locally and internationally.

In my position, I had one task in mind: to honour and recognize the city’s rich literary history: our journalists, our novelists, our poets and playwrights.

The role of the poet laureate is to be reflective of, and responsive to, community. To dialogue, teach, teach, learn and listen — to provoke, initiate, inspire … and to remember.