One of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild own, Tom Leduc, was recently announced as Sudbury’s latest poet laureate. As Sudbury’s the third poet laureate he follows in the footsteps of Roger Nash and Daniel Aubin. Congrats Tom!
Here is the announcement from the city:
Welcome to our new Poet Laureate Tom Leduc
We are happy to share we have a new Poet Laureate, who will be in the position for the next two years. Tom Leduc has been chosen by our selection committee as the successful candidate.
Tom was officially announced to the community on Friday, February 21, at the the Canada Reads Storytelling Festival at the South End Library. CBC host Jason Turnbull interviewed Tom and welcomed him as the new laureate.
Tom works for Wajax Industrial Components by day and has been developing his writing and poetry in his spare time over the past seven years. He started submitting his work to local publishers in recent years and in 2012 won the Vale Living with Lakes Centre poetry contest with his poem “My Northern Lake”. Tom is a member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild and as a representative of the Guild, performed a collection of poems at Sudbury’s very first Wordstock Festival. He also regularly contributes to the Library’s monthly poetry nights hosted at the Main Library. He is planning, as part of his legacy project for this position, to work with young people in the community and encourage and support children and youth with writing and poetry.
We will be sharing more information soon, including details about when Tom will be available to meet with the public at the Main LIbrary.
Congratulations Tom, we look forward to working with you!
You can also listen to Tom talk about his background and read his wonderful poem Slag Flower during an interview with the CBC’s Jason Turnbull by clicking the link below.