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For National Poetry Month, we are celebrating Food & Poetry with live readings across the country and online conversations across platforms! Follow along on our NPM blog at or on twitter @CanadianPoets and join in on the fun by using the hashtags #eatingpoetry & #NPM15.

This year we encouraged 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. Imagine your city alive with the energy of poetry shared over picnics, at food drives, in vegetable gardens or orchards.

“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



poetry-challenge-2aWhat is the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge? The Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge is a national celebration of UNESCO’s World Poetry Day (March 21) and National Poetry Month in April. Begun in 2012, the Challenge is an annual initiative through which municipal councils across Canada open their Council meetings with a reading from a local poet. The aim is for local communities to celebrate poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets and all writers to the rich cultural life in our country.

The Challenge was first offered by Regina’s Mayor Pat Fiacco and continued by Mayor Michael Fougere. This year, Calgary has taken over as the host city, with Mayor Naheed Nenshi offering the challenge to his fellow Canadian mayors. This year’s initiative is a collaboration between the League of Canadian Poets, the city of Calgary, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and Loft 112. For more information and a list of participating cities visit:

Quelle est le défi de la poésie?

Le défi de la poésie du maire est une célébration nationale pour La journée mondiale de la poésie de l’Unesco (le 21 mars) ainsi que Le mois national de la poésie en avril. Conçu en 2012, le défi est une initiative annuelle qui invite les conseils municipaux à travers le Canada à ouvrir une de leurs réunions avec la lecture d’un poème par un poète local. Il s’agit de célébrer la poésie, lʼécriture et les petites presses en reconnaissant la contribution des poètes et de tous les écrivains, à la richesse culturelle de nos communautés.

Le Défi a vu le jour grâce au Maire Pat Fiacco de Régina et a été par la suite repris par le Maire Michael Fougere. Cette année c’est le Maire Naheed Nenshi de Calgary qui lance le défi à ses confrères à travers le pays. L’initiative 2015 est une collaboration de La ligue des poètes du Canada avec la Ville de Calgary, La confrérie des écrivains de l’Alberta et Loft 112.

De quoi sʼagit Le défi de la poésie??


subterrain_Lush_web_2014SUBTERRAIN MAGAZINE’S 13th ANNUAL


Open for entries!


FICTION: maximum 3,000 words (no specific theme, we simply want to be amazed!);

POETRY: A suite of 5 related poems (maximum 15 pages);

CREATIVE NON-FICTION (Based on fact, adorned w/fiction): Maximum 4,000 words. 


The winning entries in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize (plus payment for publication) and will be published in the Winter ’15 issue. First runner-up in each category will be published in our Spring 2016 issue.


May 15, 2015

(postmarked, or submit online at by May 15th, 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time)

The $27.50 entry fee includes a complimentary one-year subscription to subTerrain. Enter now, enter often!

For full contest details visit: