Poet Laureate - Elliott Slinn
Poet Elliott Slinn was named New Westminster’s fifth (and youngest) Poet Laureate in June 2021, actively beginning his tenure in August. Slinn was born and raised in the Queen’s Park neighbourhood of New Westminster and still resides in the Royal City today. He has performed at the 2015 Lululemon Leadership Conference, a LUSH product launch and for both the Vancouver and New Westminster Arts Council. Slinn, in addition to being a poet, is also a singer-songwriter whose first single, It’s You, was featured on Apple Music’s “Hot Tracks” list and in BeatRoute magazine. Slinn’s poetry and lyrics focus on the existential events of our day-to-day existence. As one article noted, “the lyrics are straightforward romance bordering on Sufism. Slinn’s sparse vocals let the poetry of the lyrics take center stage.”
Slinn’s work has been described as immediate and accessible, as he aims to transform his personal tale into a shared experience. He is currently working on his first book of poetry and aims to record more music in the future.
You can find excerpts of his work on his Instagram account: @elliott_slinn