We are thrilled to announce that Doyali Islam is the winner of the League of Canadian Poets’ inaugural National Broadsheet Contest! Her winning poem “cat and door” was selected by judge Sharon Thesen for its “sweet formalities of elegiac thought.” Islam was the winner of Arc’s 2016 Poem of the Year contest and CV2’s 2015 Young Buck Poetry Prize, as well as the recipient of a 2015 Chalmers Arts Fellowship. Read her poem and find out more here!
We are so excited to be nearing another National Poetry Month already, and April is right around the corner! Each year, the League prepares themed content for NPM, and we encourage others to use this theme for inspiration if they need it! In 2017, we celebrate time: we celebrate your ten-thousand-hour dedication to mastery; we celebrate your drafts, your notes, your failed projects, your future success. We celebrate the journey. To find our official time-themed visual materials, designed by Kate Hargreaves, visit this page! We also provide a limited amount of nationwide funding for time-themed events–find out more here. If you want to get involved with NPM17 but you’re not sure where to start, visit our Get Involved page for popular ways of celebrating poetry!
Poetry City is an annual celebration of poetry facilitated by mayors and city councils all across Canada, encouraging them to invite a local poet to do a short reading at a city council meeting in March or April. This year, Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke challenges mayors to take up this challenge! Visit the Poetry City page to find the 2017 challenge letter, our registration form, a map of participating communities, and support materials for sharing and promoting your involvement. You can also check out the Poetry City FAQ for more information!
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