We were so excited to honour d’bi.young anitafrika, Louise Bernice Halfe, Sue Sinclair, Ingrid Ruthig, Allan Briesmaster, the Art Bar Poetry Series, and Gord Downie at our annual awards ceremony on June 10! Find out more about our book awards, our spoken word award, our membership awards, and our volunteer contribution award at poets.ca/awards.
Our national funding program is now accepting applications for readings taking place between October 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018. Hosts of events, reading series, or other readings may apply to receive funding for any eligible full members of the League! Please confirm all details with the reader in advance of applying. We receive more applications than we can fund, and allot funding on a first-come, first-served basis; we highly recommend sending applications for Ontario and BC readings by fax or email, as these are our most high-demand provinces, and the sooner we receive your application, the better! (Please note: although the program is called Canada Poetry Tours, it is used to fund single readings as well as book tours.) Visit poets.ca/cpt for more information, guidelines, deadlines, and the application form.
Congratulations to all the winners of our 2017 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize! We were blown away by all the submissions this year, and we’re so excited to have the six winning poems published right here on our website. As an added bonus, we sat down with the four young writers behind the poems to learn a little more about them and their work.
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