Poet Laureate

Poetry of excellence has been one of the great achievements of Prince Edward Islanders. Individuals such as John LePage, Larry Gorman and Lawrence Doyle were well-known in the 19th century. In the 20th century, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Milton Acorn are among the Islanders recognized for poetic ability. The creation of the post of provincial poet laureate helps to honour individuals who have made a major contribution to the literary life of the province.

What is the Poet Laureate?

The role of Poet Laurate is a special recognition given to a noted Island poet. Since 2002, Prince Edward Island's Poet Laureates have worked to:

  • celebrate Prince Edward Island's culture, heritage, and people
  • raise the profile of literature, especially poetry and poets, on Prince Edward Island
  • promote literacy

How is the Poet Laureate chosen?

Poets writing in both English and French are eligible to be appointed. Candidates must also be:

  • full-time residents of the province
  • active as poets and recognized for their work

Poet Laureates of Prince Edward Island


Tanya Davis - current
Julie Pellissier-Lush 2019-2023
Deirdre Kessler  2016-2019
Diane Hicks Morrow 2013-2016
Hugh MacDonald 2009-2013
David Helwig 2008-2009
Frank Ledwell 2004-2007
John Smith 2002-2004


Published date: 
February 15, 2023