Deadline looms for poet laureate search

Cumberland singer/songwriter PK Tessmann has been named to the panel jurying the written and spoken words of entrants in the second Comox Valley Poet Laureate Search, now underway.

As well as a performer and recording artist, Tessmann teaches young singers and songwriters and has a strong community spirit.

She joins outgoing CV poet laureate Kevin Flesher, rap artist Eric Ettinger and past NIC English department chair Anne Cumming on the jury.

The entry/nomination deadline for the Word Up2 search is Feb. 14; details can be found at

Entrants will submit a sampling of their poetic works and then will have a chance to show their vocal chops to judges and the public at the open Word UP2 poet laureate event March 5. Finals will follow.

Know someone who can bring Valley life alive through verse or lyrics? Nominate them for the Comox Valley Poet Laureate Search. The winner takes a $1,000 honorarium.

The competition is open to page poets, songwriters, spoken word and rap/hip hop artists.

The Poet Laureate Search is a project of Comox Valley Arts, your regional arts council, with sponsorships from Vancouver Island Regional Library, Cumberland Village Works, Sure Copy and North Island College.


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