National Poetry Month is a little sweeter this year with the introduction of Mississauga’s new Youth Poet Laureate, Pujita Verma.
Verma was announced as the City’s newest Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) this morning during General Committee. She succeeds the City’s first YPL, Rebecca Zseder.
As the new YPL, Verma will represent the City as Mississauga's literary ambassador for youth. The objective of the YPL is to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and young writers through the development of a community youth poetry event or project.
At 17 Years old, Verma is in her senior year at Glenforest Secondary School. For the past two years, Verma has acted as the secretary for Ink Movement Mississauga, a youth-led non-profit organization that encourages youth to express what’s on their minds. She has also been a member of her school’s Student Writer’s Guild since 2014, performed at poetry slams across the GTA and is currently a National Finalist for the 2018 Poetry In Voice Recitation Competition.
Her upcoming appearances include participation during the Canada Day festivities on Mississauga Celebration Square. She will also have the opportunity to be mentored by the City’s Poet Laureate, Wali Shah.
Verma’s work reflects mental well-being, life, the environment and “the miraculous nature of seemingly ordinary things.”
“Poetry is a way in which we can cherish small miracles and keep moments alive forever.” – Pujita Verma, Mississauga Youth Poet Laureate