Sadiqa de Meijer named as Kingston's New Poet Laureate

The City of Kingston is pleased to announce that Sadiqa de Meijer has been appointed as Kingston's new Poet Laureate. This honorary four-year term position, timed to coincide with the tenure of a new City Council, celebrates the contribution of poetry and literary arts to life in Kingston. Mayor Paterson welcomed the new Poet Laureate at last night's Council meeting. 

Sadiqa de Meijer was born in Amsterdam to a Dutch-Kenyan-Pakistani-Afghani family and moved to Canada as a child. De Meijer has established her reputation both nationally, as a Governor General’s Literary Award winner and multi award-nominee, and in Kingston, as a dedicated and talented artist. She recently received a 2022 Mayor’s Arts Award.  

“Over the past twenty years, I have watched Kingston/Katarokwi unfold into new forms,” says Sadiqa de Meijer. “I’m looking forward to translating this shifting place into poetry, to creating collaborative projects with local residents, and to bringing poems to the city landscape.”  

De Meijer was appointed to this role by a working group, which included outgoing Poet Laureate, Jason Heroux, writers, publishers, and teachers, all with a strong knowledge of poetry. 

“Sadiqa’s work has brilliance and depth; it is accessible and profound, quiet, and deep-cutting and she brings a diverse and inclusive voice to the role of Poet Laureate,” says Danika Lochhead, Manager of Arts and Sector Development. “We look forward to seeing what she creates and sharing it with the Kingston community.” 

Her first official event as Poet Laureate will be at the Mayor’s Levee on Jan. 10, where she will read a new, original poem created for the occasion. Learn more about the Poet Laureate program on the City of Kingston website.