Chloé LaDuchesse Selected as Greater Sudbury's Fifth Poet Laureate
Poet and novelist Chloé LaDuchesse is Greater Sudbury’s fifth Poet Laureate. She is the author of Furies, a first collection of poetry published in 2017 by Mémoire d'encrier, has published short stories in Pour se raconter IV (Éditions David, Ottawa), Bref! (Éditions du Blé, St. Boniface) and was a semi-finalist for the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize.
“I am pleased to welcome Greater Sudbury’s fifth Poet Laureate as part of Council’s commitment to strengthen our community’s high quality of life with a sustained focus on arts and culture,” said Mayor Brian Bigger. “Chloé LaDuchesse will enrich the Poet Laureate position with her many talents and accomplishments. On behalf of residents, I also extend sincere gratitude to outgoing Poet Laureate Kim Fahner for her lasting contributions.”
LaDuchesse has been active as a book publisher, critic and writer for several years and is a frequent contributor to open microphone and poetry performances. She is also a published author in several “zines” (self-published DIY magazines) and hosted Expozine Sudbury last year to showcase local writers, poets and visual artists.
During her two-year term as Poet Laureate, LaDuchesse will host a weekly CKLU radio show, continue her work with terra north/nord eZine and will be a regular presence at the Greater Sudbury Public Library to reach out to the community. She is particularly committed to heightening the visibility of local Francophone culture and to encouraging greater collaboration between French and English artists.
“It is truly an honor to be the Poet Laureate for Greater Sudbury. I am committed to seeing the poetry of emergent and established authors from this region shine forth,” said LaDuchesse. “I welcome all who wish to share their work, those who need advice about publishing their work and anyone who would simply like to talk about something they are reading.”
Chloé LaDuchesse was selected by a committee that included previous Poet Laureates Kim Fahner, Tom Leduc and Daniel Aubin, Dieter Buse of the Sudbury Arts Council, Nancy Daoust of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and Cynthia Derrenbacker of the Greater Sudbury Public Library Board.
Visual and performing artist Will Morin was short-listed with LaDuchesse for the position. Greater Sudbury’s first Poet Laureate, Roger Nash, made the announcement at the Main Branch of the Public Library on February 8.