May 26, 2009

Cadence Weapon Named Edmonton’s Poet Laureate


Photo by Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal
Photo by Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Journal: “A rising local rap star named Cadence Weapon, whose song lyrics reference intoxicated nights at the Funky Pickle and bumming pitchers of beer at “The Strat,” is Edmonton’s new poet laureate.

Roland Pemberton, considered one of the hot young turks of Canada’s hip-hop scene, is a grandson of former Edmonton Eskimo great Rollie Miles.

He is scheduled to be sworn in today at City Hall as the successor to E.D. (Ted) Blodgett, whose two-year term as laureate expires at the end of June.

The novelty of the appointment is not lost on Pemberton, 23.

Blodgett, 74, is a professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of Alberta and has published 29 books, including 17 collections of poetry, two of which won a Governor General’s Award.”

Read the full story from the Edmonton Journal.