The office will be closed for the holidays from December 19, 2014 – January 4, 2015. We will respond to your emails and phone calls upon our return. Thank you for your patience and best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Discover, Buy, Collect and Give Canadian Literature this Holiday Season

On All Lit Up, readers of emerging, quirky, and unabashedly Canadian literature can find and purchase the best books this country’s independent publishers have to offer. Curious readers can also browse through our exclusive behind-the-scenes content about the books, authors, and publishers whose work is available on our site.

Additionally, All Lit Up serves as a community bookstore for readers with no local option, ensuring every Canadian has access to the literature produced by Canadian independent publishers. To see if you have a bookstore in your neighbourhood, check out FindABookstore.ca.

Spoken Word Award Call for Nominations
Deadline: January 15, 2015

The League of Canadian Poets and Calgary Spoken Word Festival are thrilled to present the 9th annual Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award.

The recipient will be announced in April as part of National Poetry Month and the award will be presented at the League of Canadian Poets’ annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in Winnipeg in May. The recipient will receive a prize of $1000.

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 Spoken Word Festival in 2007.

NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY! Submit a One Page Letter by snail-mail to The League of Canadian Poets, Attn: Golden Beret Award, 192 Spadina Ave., Suite 312, Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 or email readings@poets.ca, Subject: Golden Beret Award by January 15, 2015.

The selection committee will evaluate candidates based on the following qualities:

  1. Originality of creative process,
  2. Mastery of the genre,
  3. Innovation and quality of writing,
  4. Use of new technologies,
  5. Contribution to community,
  6. Openness and Inclusiveness of diverse voices.

This year’s jury is: bill bissett, Moe Clark & Sheri-D Wilson.

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

Get Paid On Time – Make sure your mailing address and contact information are up to date with the PLR program

Did you know that each year, the staff members in the Public Lending Right program office in Ottawa receive many calls from PLR program participants who have not received their cheques? In some cases, the cheques have been lost or stolen in the mail, but in most cases, the payment was sent to an outdated address, because the program participant had neglected to inform the PLR program of a change.

In this age of mail forwarding services, it can take more than one year following a move for a program recipient to notice that something is wrong.  With more and more bill payments and accounts being managed online, your public lending right registration can easily be forgotten when you have changed your address.

You can update your address and contact information at any time of year by calling or emailing the PLR program office. The staff members are happy to assist you.

By having a current mailing address and contact information (telephone number and email address) on file, the PLR program staff can better serve you.

If you have changed address recently and are unsure of your status, please take a moment to confirm with PLR.

During the upcoming registration period, which runs from February 15-May 1, 2015, please take time to update your file by mailing in updated email and telephone coordinates, as well as any new title information. Your efforts to maintain your file are appreciated, and will result in faster service and payment.

National Poetry Month 2015

Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.  The year 2015 marks the 17th anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada.

This year we are encouraging poets and hosts to explore and savour the theme of Food and Poetry. Inspired by Rachel Rose’s inaugural speech as Vancouver’s Poet Laureate (see below), we want to investigate the ways in which “food is personal, political, sensual and powerful”. Food nourishes, grounds and connects us, much like poetry. Without food as without poetry, we go hungry. There is so much that can be spoken of and written about food and one’s experience with it.

How will you celebrate and reflect on Food and Poetry? Imagine your city alive with the energy of poetry shared over picnics, at food drives, in vegetable gardens or orchards. Does your interest lie in holistic nutrition and the poetics of how food can heal or the problematic politics of food security? Why not plan a reading over brunch with friends, a poetry slam at your local farmer’s market or a writing workshop exploring how food speaks to home? However your creative juices flow, marinade in this theme and let it nourish you and others with your delicious work. We are looking forward to your ideas, and to hearing your poetry in April!

The LCP asks poets and hosts to create events across the country, in their local communities, incorporating the Food and Poetry theme. For more information and funding applications visit: http://poets.ca/programs-2/reading-programs/national-poetry-month/

“Everyone has something to say about food, whether it is the activist challenging the cruelties of conventional farming, the exile remembering the waft of spices on lost streets, or the child writing about the sockeye salmon she buys at Granville Island. Food is personal, political, sensual, and powerful. It concerns every one of us. It’s time to write hymns to dumplings, sonnets to community gardens, love lyrics to beekeepers, odes to the food banks that fed your family while you were sick, pantoums to the lost spices of home now that you are an exile, fierce free verse about conventional chicken farming, performance poetry about guerilla gardens, hymns to the feasts your grandmother prepared, incantations about poverty and food insecurity and bohemian rhapsodies about dumpster diving.”

– Rachel Rose