League of Canadian Poets’ Blog
April is National Poetry Month and we at the League of Canadian Poets are thrilled to announce that we are hosting a unique blog covering events, stories, poetic initiatives and all things PoetryCity for #NPM14!  Visit: http://poets.ca/blog/

Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere challenged his fellow mayors across Canada to have a local poet read a poem at the opening of their Council meetings in March or April. The challenge is a celebration of UNESCO’s World Poetry Day (March 21) and National Poetry Month in April.  Visit for the list of participating cities and poets: http://poets.ca/programs-2/mayors-poetry-city-challenge-2014/ and like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MayorsPoetryCityChallenge

Michael Dennis Blog
For the month of April his blog will be looking at the nominees for the 2014 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, Raymond Souster Award and the Gerard Lampert Memorial Award. Visit: http://michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca/

rob mclennan Blog
Between now and June long-time member rob mclennan will be posting interviews with the authors on the Pat Lowther, Gerald Lampert and  Raymond Souster Memorial Awards: http://robmclennan.blogspot.ca/

Open Book Toronto Poetry Coverage
Open Book Toronto has some great coverage of the National Poetry Month launch event and an interview with Executive Director Joanna Poblocka. Visit: http://www.openbooktoronto.com/

Poetry Readings & Events Across Canada During April
Please visit the Readings & Events page on our website for a full listing of the 50+ National Poetry Month events taking place across Canada. Click here: http://poets.ca/events-readings/

2014 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award Recipient
The League of Canadian Poets and Calgary Spoken Word Festival are thrilled to announce the 2014 recipient of the prestigious
Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Awardbill bissett!

We are pleased to honor poet and artist bill bissett for his influence and impact on spoken word in Canada.  The award will be presented to bill at the League of Canadian Poets’ Annual Poetry Festival and Conference award gala on June 7, 2014.

This $1000.00 annual award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the originality and excellence of his or her own writing/performance works, and through involvement in—and contributions to—the expansion of the spoken word community. The Golden Beret Award was first presented at the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival in 2007.

Previous Recipients: 2013 – Tanya Evanson (Vancouver, BC); 2012 – Kirk Miles (Calgary, AB); 2011 – Ian Ferrier (Montreal, QC); 2010 – Wendy Morton (Victoria, BC); 2009 – Lillian Allen (Toronto, ON); 2008 – Sarah Murphy (Calgary, AB); 2007 – Murdoch Burnett (Comox, BC). 2014 Jury: Tanya Evanson, Ian Ferrier and Sheri-D Wilson

2014 Raymond Souster, Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards Shortlists
The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2014 Raymond Souster, Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards. Congratulations to all of the authors for their fine work, and many thanks to the jurors for their dedication on this year’s awards.

Winners of these awards will be announced during a special ceremony at the LCP Annual Poetry Festival and Conference to be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in downtown Toronto on June 7, 2014.

Raymond Souster Award: The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member published in the preceding year. The award honours the late Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $1,000 prize. 

seldom seen road by Jenna Butler (NeWest Press)
Alongside by Anne Compton (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects by Catherine Graham (Wolsak & Wynn)
Rebel Women by Vancy Kasper (Inanna Publications)
Brilliant Falls by John Terpstra (Gaspereau Press)
Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain by Russell Thornton (Harbour Publishing)

2014 Jury: Bruce Hunter, Laurence Hutchman, Sheila Martindale

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Shortlist: The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The award carries a $1,000 prize. 

the place of scraps by Jordan Abel (Talonbooks)
Rove by Laurie D. Graham (Hagios Press)
Light Light by Julie Joosten (BookThug)
Surge Narrows by Emilia Nielsen (Leaf Press)
The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild by Murray Reiss (Hagios Press)
Incarnate by Juleta Severson-Baker (Frontenac House Poetry)

2014 Jury: Keith Garebian, Carl Leggo, Pearl Pirie

Pat Lowther Memorial Award Shortlist: The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The award carries a $1,000 prize.

The Hottest Summer in Recorded History by Elizabeth Bachinsky (Nightwood Editions)
Alongside by Anne Compton (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Leaving Howe Island by Sadiqa de Meijer (Oolichan Books)
Whirr and Click by Micheline Maylor (Frontenac House Poetry)
Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway by Alexandra Oliver (Biblioasis)
Status Update by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang (Oolichan Books)

2014 Jury: Elizabeth Greene, Cornelia Hoogland, Betsy Struthers

OBT logo (3)Watch for National Poetry Month features on Open Book: Toronto Throughout the Month of April
Fresh & Local. Open Book: Toronto celebrates and profiles Toronto’s nonstop literary scene, with a special focus on the books, authors and events coming out with Ontario’s independent, Canadian-owned publishers. Open Book is committed to showcasing the outstanding range and quality of contemporary Canadian writing and invites Torontonians to connect with their very own vibrant and cutting-edge book world. www.openbooktoronto.com


Poetry NOW: 6th annual Battle of the Bards
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Author appearance, Reading, Special Event: IFOA Weekly
York Quay Centre – Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $10/FREE supporters, students & youth 25 and under 1 stage. 20 poets. 1 winner.

Our popular poetry competition returns in 2014 to feature readings by 20 of Canada’s upcoming and established poets. Our judges (to be announced) will select one winner, who will receive an automatic invitation to read at the 35th annual International Festival of Authors AND an ad for their book in NOW Magazine!

Don’t miss this exciting evening hosted by NOW‘s Susan G. Cole.

Poetry NOW is presented in partnership with NOW Magazine.

Are you a published poet? Would you like to participate in Poetry NOW?

For FAQ and submission guidelines, please click here.