Geist has always been committed to publishing writers who make significant contributions to Canadian culture. With the help of donations from our readers, we are able to produce a literary magazine that not only promotes the tremendous talent of our county’s writers and artists, but also tries to make a difference in the global community.
Last issue, we published a poem by Vancouver’s poet laureate Brad Cran, entitled “In Praise of Female Athletes Who Were Told No,” which spoke to the unjust treatment of female ski jumpers and their exclusion from the Olympics.
Geist then donated copies of issue 75 to a team of American female ski jumpers in Utah. Yesterday we received this postcard response:
According to the parliamentary act of Canada, the role of the poet laureate is to “encourage and promote the importance of literature, culture and language in Canadian society.” It is exemplary if they are able to do so for the world to see.
We should be proud then, of Brad Cran as Vancouver’s poet laureate, and Geist is glad to see that the writing we choose to publish and promote, is indeed making a difference, and continues to raise our Canadian cultural capital.