Awards & Acheivements

KAYLA GEITZLER is from Moncton, NB & proudly represents her city as its inaugural Anglophone Poet Laureate. She is also the host of Moncton’s Attic Owl Reading Series. Kayla holds an MA in English (Creative Writing), a BA in English First Class Honours & Diploma in University Teaching from the University of New Brunswick.

Her first poetry collection That Light Feeling Under Your Feet, won the WFNB Bailey Prize, was a Calgary Bestseller & finalist for the Fiddlehead Poetry Prize & the Alberta Publishers’ Award. The CBC has recognized Kayla as a poet who reflects “the enduring strength of the literary form in this country” and All Lit Up named her a “Rad Woman of Canadian Poetry.” Her poems have appeared in literary publications across Canada. She is co-editor of Cadence Voix Feminines Female Voices a multilingual poetry anthology of New Brunswick women’s voices published by Frog Hollow Press.

Inaugural Anglophone Poet Laureate of Moncton, NB: 2019 – 2021

The mandate of Moncton’s Poets Flyés (Poets Laureate), Kayla Geitzler & Jean-Philippe Raîche, is to act as the City’s literary ambassadors, to promote the importance of writing and the art of the spoken word in both official languages, and to make Moncton’s voices known beyond our boundaries.

Moncton’s Poets Flyé-es
Poetry in Moncton: Big Plans for Poets-Laureate
Canada’s Official Poets Laureate

Moncton’s Poet Laureate Crosses Many Cultures

Category c – Creation Grant: April 2020

Est. 1991, the New Brunswick Arts Board is an independent, bilingual, arm’s length organization composed of nine board members balancing gender, the five regions of the province, the various linguistic and First Nations communities, as well as the many artistic disciplines.

Thank you artsNB! I am so grateful for your support of my second poetry collection.

festival Frye Festival

The Frye Festival is the largest literary event in Atlantic Canada: a bilingual celebration of books, ideas & the imagination. The Frye celebrates reading & writing by connecting authors with our bilingual community. Founded in 1999, the Frye Festival was created to commemorate Northrop Frye, a world renowned literary critic who grew up in Moncton. The Frye has celebrated more than 800 authors from NB, Canada & abroad & has received many notable awards, such as the Lieutenant-Governor’s Dialogue Award, Excellence Award – Promotion of Linguistic Duality, Commissioner for Official Languages of Canada, Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsel Award for Community Literacy Programs & Prix Acadie-Québec.

Official Poet Flyée – Festival co-host with Jean-Philippe Raîche
Opening Bilingual Poem with Jean-Philippe Raîche – “Confinement”
Closing Bilingual Poem with Jean-Philippe Raîche

Prelude – Emerging Anglophone Author

Attic Owl Reading Series – 2019 to Present

The Attic Owl Reading Series began in 1994 at Ed Lemond’s Attic Owl Bookshop. Now hosted & organized by author & Poet Laureate Kayla Geitzler, the Owls features local writers, authors from across Canada & sometimes abroad. The Owl is known for its welcoming, safe community atmosphere & accommodating writers passing through NB. The Owls take place once a month at Cafe C’est La Vie, 785 Main St, Moncton.

That Light Feeling Under Your Feet, NeWest Press 2018

Calgary Besteller List
CBC: 14 Poets to Watch in 2018
Finalist: Robert Kroetsch Poetry Award
Finalist: NB Fiddlehead Poetry Prize
NeWest Press: Inaugural text of Crow Said Poetry Series

Winner: Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Bailey Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript

The fiddlehead Literary Magazine

Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize – Judges Panel

2008-2012, 2016 to Present
Editorial Assistant

The University of nEW brunswick

Master of Arts Degree in English Assistantship – Full Funding

Angela Ludan Levine Award
Dean’s List

Angela Ludan Levine Award

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

“Desiderata”, Max Ehrmann

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