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Andrea Josic Named Fifth Poet Laureate of Mississauga

Mississauga –  The City of Mississauga proudly welcomes Andrea Josic as its fifth Poet Laureate, a role dedicated to fostering poetry, literary arts, and writers within the community. Selected to commemorate the city’s 50th anniversary, Andrea Josic, a second-generation Bosnian-Canadian poet, performer, and arts educator, brings a wealth of experience and passion to her new position.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Andrea Josic as our new Poet Laureate,” stated Kristina Zietsma, Director of Culture and Recreation. “Chosen from an exceptional pool of candidates, Andrea is a talented writer and poet who will inspire aspiring artists and elevate literary arts in Mississauga.”

Andrea Josic’s accolades include competing in international poetry slams for nearly a decade and being a national award-winning poet and journalist. She has showcased her work at prestigious venues such as Whippersnapper Gallery and the Meridian Arts Centre, as well as through publications like This Magazine and the Toronto Transit Commission’s Poems in Passage.

The role of Poet Laureate involves serving as a literary ambassador for the city, organizing community poetry events and projects, and elevating the status of poetry and literary arts. Andrea Josic will succeed Ayomide Bayowa, the City’s fourth Poet Laureate, and will hold the position from 2024 to 2026.

To kick off her tenure, Andrea Josic read from her poem “(Almost) Daughter Inherits the Matriarch” during today’s General Committee meeting. This poignant verse explores themes of identity, lineage, and self-discovery, offering a glimpse into Josic’s evocative style.

The public can anticipate seeing Andrea Josic at upcoming events, including the City’s fifth annual Poetry Slam on April 24 and the Canada Day celebrations at Celebration Square on July 1.

Commentary:

Andrea Josic’s appointment as the new Poet Laureate of Mississauga is a testament to the city’s commitment to promoting artistic expression and cultural enrichment. With her impressive background and dedication to the craft of poetry, Josic is poised to make significant contributions to the local arts scene during her tenure. Her ability to connect with audiences through powerful storytelling and meaningful themes promises to inspire and engage residents of Mississauga and beyond. As the city celebrates its 50th anniversary, Josic’s appointment adds a vibrant new chapter to Mississauga’s cultural legacy.

Kelly

Kelly Deschamps is the dedicated City Hall Reporter, bringing forth the pulse of municipal affairs with precision and clarity. With an astute eye for detail and a passion for uncovering the stories that shape urban life, Deschamps delivers comprehensive coverage of local governance. For inquiries or feedback, contact Kelly at kelly.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca

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