BANFF APPOINTS FIRST POET LAUREATE

>> From The Crag and Canyon Amelie Patterson has been named Banff’s first Poet Laureate. Patterson, Banff-born and raised, is a singer-songwriter whose star has been steadily rising. Her website notes that she “grew up listening to classics like Janis Joplin, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell, and their influence is … [click for more]

POEMS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Love is in the cold, snowy air, and whether it’s your first or fiftieth year celebrating Valentine’s Day with your valentine, it’s a perfect day to share a love poem! Anyone can type “Best love poems” into Google and get more than enough results, so we wanted to round up … [click for more]

REVIEW: FOREIGN SKIN | BY KATE ROGERS

Aeolus House | 84 pages | $20.00 | Purchase online Review by John Oughton — This is Kate Rogers’ third book, preceded by City of Stairs and Painting the Borrowed House. In this collection, her double(d) identity as a Canadian teaching at a community college in Hong Kong informs the writing.  In a hectic, entrepreneurial … [click for more]

REVIEW: SERPENTINE LOOP | ELEE KRALJII GARDINER

Anvil Press | 104 pages | 2016 | $18.00 | Purchase online “Remembered Symmetris” — review by Aaron Boothby, excerpted from original publication on Debutantes. — So much swings on the hinge of what is remembered without being often thought of. To encounter a book titled Serpentine Loop, icy – riverine … [click for more]

OTTAWA TO START BILINGUAL POET LAUREATE PROGRAM

>> From the Ottawa Poetry Newsletter VERSE OTTAWA, which is responsible for the organization of VERSEfest – a bilingual and international poetry festival in Ottawa – announces that the City of Ottawa has reached an agreement to purchase the services of VERSE OTTAWA to facilitate a “poet laureate” program. Starting … [click for more]

MISSISSAUGA ACCEPTING POET LAUREATE NOMINATIONS

>>From the Mississauga Culture website The City of Mississauga recognized its inaugural Poet Laureate in 2015. The role of the Poet Laureate is to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and writers within their communities and beyond. The honorary position recognizes a poet who writes excellent poetry or spoken … [click for more]

POETRY CITY FAQ

What is Poetry City? Formerly called the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge, Poetry City is an annual celebration of poetry facilitated by mayors and city councils all across Canada. A challenge is distributed to mayors across the country encouraging them to invite a local poet to do a short reading at … [click for more]

ROBBIE BURNS DAY

To celebrate Robbie Burns Day this January, a few of our outstanding Toronto Leaguers organized an amazing Burns supper to celebrate the event and the League! Thanks to Ayesha Chatterjee, George Elliott Clarke, and Kate Marshall-Flaherty for organizing this great event. The readers of the evening–Dwayne Morgan, Kate Marshall-Flaherty, George … [click for more]

NPM17 POSTER AND BOOKMARK

We are so grateful to Kate Hargreaves for her amazing work designing our 2017 National Poetry Month bookmarks and posters! Our 2017 theme is time, and Kate interpreted this in a unique way that delighted all of us here at the League when we saw her first drafts: When I thought … [click for more]

GET INVOLVED WITH NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Every year come April, we get so excited to read and promote poetry for four solid weeks as we celebrate National Poetry Month! We love getting to chat with poets, we love organizing our own events and seeing what comes into our calendar, and most of all we love seeing how all … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT: CHRISTMAS CATCH-UP

Column by Vanessa Shields I know there are many of us who are writers and parents. This is a wild duality to live. My intention with this column is to write about the challenges of being a parent and a writer. I aim to share stories that reflect both the … [click for more]

INAUGURAL NANAIMO POET LAUREATE STEPS DOWN

>>From the Nanaimo News Bulletin, “Nanaimo poet laureate Naomi Beth Wakan says farewell” When Naomi Beth Wakan decided to become a poet almost 25 years ago, she chose a mother and father poet to guide her way. Polish poet and essayist Wislawa Szymborska became her mother. “Her poems are very … [click for more]

YEAR-END READING: JUDGE BOOKS BY THEIR COVERS

Of course we know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but there’s nothing that says you can’t appreciate a book’s external beauty just as much as what’s on the inside, right? Here are some of our favourite covers of 2016: Model Disciple by Michael Prior (Signal Editions) Buoyancy … [click for more]

2017 POETRY READING CHALLENGE

This is one of our favourite times of the year: reading goals are being met, best-of lists are being created, and we get to remember all our favourite moments the year–and at the same time, we’re gearing up for new year’s resolutions and next year’s reading goals! If you want … [click for more]

REVIEW: LOOK AT HER | BY VANESSA SHIELDS

Black Moss Press | 106 pages | October 2016 | Purchase online Review by Ronnie R. Brown — In this, Shields’s second collection of poetry (she has also written a memoir and edited an anthology), the focus is solidly on women. It is Shields’ aim to examine, explain and investigate … [click for more]

YEAR-END READING: KATE SUTHERLAND

Today we’re excited to have new Leaguer Kate Sutherland share her roundup of favourite 2016 poetry! Kate is the author of two collections of short stories: Summer Reading (winner of a Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book) and All In Together Girls, and one collection of poems, How to … [click for more]

YEAR-END READING: ROBIN RICHARDSON

This time of year is wonderful for ushering out the accumulated chaos of the year in anticipation of a fresh start, but also for all the superb year-end lists of highlights: books, movies, restaurants, plays, and so on. We’re excited to have Robin Richardson on the blog today sharing some … [click for more]

YEAR-END READING: PRIZE EDITION

It’s that time in December where you realize you thought you were on top of your holiday shopping, but you’ve actually only crossed a few items off of your list and you just remembered you still need something for your boss, your landlord, your colleague, your third cousin passing through town for … [click for more]

YEAR-END READING: LEAGUE STAFF AND BOARD

2016 has been a whirlwind of a year, from global events to local events–and even right here at the League office. Early in the year we welcomed a new Executive Director, rounding out our totally new team just in time for our AGM and LCP50 kickoff. We spent several weeks … [click for more]

GROWING LIST OF NEARLY 1,100 ARTISTS AND CREATORS URGE THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TO PUT CREATORS AT THE HEART OF CULTURAL POLICY

>>Press release from Focus on Creators Nearly 1,100 Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors, and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging the government to put Canada’s creators … [click for more]

2017 BOOK AWARD ENTRANTS

Thank you to all the publishers and poets who submitted their books for consideration in our 2017 books awards! Below, you’ll find a complete list of submissions for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Raymond Souster Award. The shortlists for all three awards will be announced in … [click for more]

P.K. PAGE: 100 YEARS

P. K. Page died in January 2010 at the age of ninety-three and she lives on through her prodigious writing and through the community of writers, artists and friends that she gathered around her during her lifetime. This November, we celebrate what would have been the legendary poet’s 100th birthday, … [click for more]

LCP50: MAUREEN HYNES

This year, Maureen Hynes–along with Lorna Crozier–was shortlisted for not one, but two of our book awards: the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award. So we thought it was absolutely fantastic when we discovered that 20 years ago, Maureen Hynes’ first book, Rough Skin, won the Gerald … [click for more]

TWUC AND THE LEAGUE ARE SEEKING PROFESSIONAL WRITERS

The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets are seeking professional writers to research and write two “How-To” booklets: Self-publishing How-To Booklet The booklet will provide information for authors with unpublished or previously-published materials who are seeking to self-publish their work.The booklet should be a minimum of … [click for more]

LCP50: RAYMOND SOUSTER

Raymond Souster was more than just a founding member of the League: he was at the forefront of Canadian poetry, driving and inspiring change as a poet and publisher in the 50s, 60s, and beyond. A beautiful article in the National Post, written shortly after he passed away, calls him … [click for more]

POETS’ CORNER: ON MENTORSHIP | PEARL PIRIE

by League member Pearl Pirie | Find more in the Poets’ Corner here The single most pivotal moment in my 20 years of taking poetry workshops came in rob mclennan’s workshop where he took my poem, put a diagonal thru all 40-odd lines explaining, “I’ve heard this before, but these … [click for more]

LCP50: CHAPBOOK CONTEST

We were so excited to discover these two beautiful chapbooks in our #LCP50 adventures! We found out that in the late 90s and early 2000s the League ran a national chapbook contest open to all Canadian poets. We discovered 1998 winner George McWhirter’s chapbook Ovid in Saskatchewan, and 2000 winner Claudia … [click for more]

LCP50: BACK TO THE BEGINNING

“We’ve come through the first thirty-five years,” said Raymond Souster in an interview about the League’s tumultuous beginnings. “The League is needed more than ever before on our Canadian literary scene. Full speed ahead for that fiftieth anniversary!” 50 years ago, a group of friends and poets gathered in a … [click for more]

LCP50: THE NATIONAL POETRY CONTEST

As I read these pieces again and again, I recognize how poetry is a speaking out. It is the quiet voice that all human beings carry inside themselves but which social convention demands that we still. – from the foreword to Vintage 92, an anthology of poems from the League’s … [click for more]

LCP50: THE FEMINIST CAUCUS

The League’s Feminist Caucus came to be as a result of a long article by Sharon Nelson published in the summer 1981 edition of the League newsletter: she examined the disparity in representation of men to women poets within the League, which brought many of the female members together to … [click for more]

LCP50: DENNIS LEE

Our first #throwbackthursday of our 50th anniversary celebrations takes us back to pre-League times, with an anthology from 1956. We discovered First Flowering: a selection of prose and poetry by the youth of Canada on one of our bookshelves earlier this month, and we were excited to spot a poem … [click for more]

LCP50: LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD

Our 50th anniversary has coincided with an incredibly exciting time of transition and progress at the League! We have been enjoying taking time in 2016 to look back fondly, and look forward eagerly at how the League has and will support poets and poetry in Canada. In the last 50 … [click for more]

IN CONVERSATION WITH ROOM MAGAZINE

It’s exciting times for feminism in Canadian literature! Room magazine, Canada’s oldest literary journal by and about women, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and we thought this we be a great opportunity to chat with them about the future of feminism, literature, and art. This interview with Room Managing Editor … [click for more]

REVIEW: CARIBOU RUN | BY RICHARD KELLY KEMICK

icehouse poetry / Goose Lane Editions | 96 pages | March 2016 | $19.95 | Purchase online Review by H. H. Brown — Richard Kelly Kemick’s poetry collection Caribou Run surprises and delights. First, the tawny book cover itself, designed by Chris Tompkins, has concentric irises of caribou circling outward from a spare bone-white … [click for more]

SHARING AND PROMOTING YOUR NEWS

ONLINE EVENTS LISTINGS | GETTING HELP SPREADING THE WORD GETTING HELP FROM THE LEAGUE | WHERE SHOULD I SEND MY NEWS? There is no doubt in our minds that Canada’s literary community is bursting with talent, initiative, and promise right now—from coast to coast, groups and individuals are creating art, … [click for more]

POETS’ CORNER: ON MENTORSHIP | LESLEY STRUTT

Finding my Poetry Mentor and How that Changed my Writing Life by Associate Member Representative Lesley Strutt Before beginning this blog, I took a walk into my village to clear my mind. By chance, the swing bridge over the locks was open to let boats through. I was delayed long … [click for more]

ADVERTISE WITH THE LEAGUE

We are excited to be constantly growing and improving the way that we support and promote poets and poetry in Canada. Our members-only publication, ST@NZA, is distributed to over 600 writers and poets nationwide and contains exclusive news about writing opportunities, League news, and industry updates. We are in the … [click for more]

IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBIN RICHARDSON

I created Minola Review, named after Katherine Minola, the shrew who is arguably broken by men in Taming of the Shrew, in an attempt to resuscitate that stifled voice. Minola Review features all women and is carefully curated for only the strongest, fiercest, most honest voices. Minola Review is a … [click for more]

CHAPBOOK REVIEW: BRIAN PURDY’S BLACK INK: PORTRAITS

April 2016 | Big Pond Rumours | 24 pages review by Bianca Lakoseljac — Brian Purdy’s Black Ink: Portraits is an eclectic collection of whimsical poems, each composition a moment in life. The poem “Goddess Sculpture, Greek, circa 540 BC” is a stirring contemplation of the liaison between the artist … [click for more]

TOM CULL NAMED LONDON, ONTARIO’S NEW POET LAUREATE

>>Excerpt from Western News A leading literary advocate has now been charged with carrying the city’s unique artistic legacy forward into the world. Earlier today, Western professor Tom Cull was named Poet Laureate for the City of London by the London Arts Council. The Poet Laureate is an ambassador for … [click for more]

REVIEW: A HOUSECOAT REMAINS | BY TINA BIELLO

Guernica Editions | 106 pages | Fall 2015 | $20.00 | Purchase online Review by Vanessa Shields — What happens to a family when aging and disease become its main storyline? In an attempt to keep the heart and mind connected, memories become medicine and hope sews them together. Tina Biello’s A Housecoat … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT: THE TRUTH ABOUT TRAVEL

Column by Vanessa Shields I know there are many of us who are writers and parents. This is a wild duality to live. My intention with this column is to write about the challenges of being a parent and a writer. I aim to share stories that reflect both the … [click for more]

VOLUNTEER WITH THE LEAGUE IN TORONTO

We are looking for a passionate and interested individual to join us in our Toronto office and provide volunteer support to our three-person staff! Support may include administrative duties such as filing, research, and database maintenance, as well as membership coordination, communications tracking, and other general office responsibilities as they … [click for more]

REVIEW: WAITING ROOM | BY JENNIFER ZILM

BookThug | 104 pages | April 2016 | $18.00 | Purchase online Review by rob mclennan, originally published in the Small Press Book Review — MUSE IN AUGUST Her muse for poetry is an old woman. She declares this on an island in the wilderness—it doesn’t matter where as long as it’s either … [click for more]

HOSTING A POETRY READING

While we all love curling up on the couch with a great book of poetry and a warm cup of tea (or a cool cup of something stronger maybe, in this heat wave!), one of the best ways to get out and meet our fellow writers and readers is by … [click for more]

REVIEW: TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER | BY RAOUL FERNANDES

Nightwood Editions | 96 pages | March 2015 | $18.95 | Purchase online Review by Clay Everest — Raoul Fernandes’s debut collection Transmitter and Receiver by Nightwood Editions is an amazing collection that explores intimacy and interconnectedness. The poems are fragments, bits that are collected and re-purposed by Fernandes, like the friend from … [click for more]

REVIEW: OBSERVING THE MOON | BY SNEHA MADHAVAN-REESE

Hagios Press | 88 pages | November 2015 | $17.95 | Purchase online Review by Ayaz Pirani — In Observing the Moon Sneha Madhavan-Reese offers plain-speech poems unruffled by pretence. Gratuitous poetic moves are at a minimum in this tender, accessible book that keeps getting warmer in your hands. The first stanza of … [click for more]

REVIEW: A JAR OF FIREFLIES | BY JOSIE DI SCIASCIO-ANDREWS

Mosaic Press | 108 pages | September 2015 | $15.95 | Purchase online Review by Debbie Okun Hill, originally published in Verse Afire and on Debbie Okun Hill’s blog. — Canadian poet Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews collects memories like she collects sea glass along the shore. It’s her quiet polishing of word gems that first … [click for more]

MY WRITING DAY | ROB MCLENNAN

>>from rob mclennan’s blog Inspired by this, I decided to write up my own. 7:30am: Awake, to toddler footfalls; the length of hallway. Newborn squeaks. 7:45am: As Christine dresses toddler, newborn assists as I prepare cereal for toddler, put coffee on. Check email. Collect newspaper from the front step. Send … [click for more]

THE WRITING PARENT: ASK THE KIDS

Column by Vanessa Shields I know there are many of us who are writers and parents. This is a wild duality to live. My intention with this column is to write about the challenges of being a parent and a writer. I aim to share stories that reflect both the … [click for more]

2016 TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

>> From the OMDC website TORONTO – Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2016 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature. Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in both English language and French language. For detailed … [click for more]

TEACHING FORM POETRY

Introduction “The sonnet might be one of the greatest achievements of human ingenuity; […] it isn’t some arbitrary construct that poets pit themselves against out of a perverse sense of craftsmanlike duty – it’s a box for their dreams and represents one of the most characteristic shapes human thought can … [click for more]

A TEACHER’S READING LIST

Teaching poetry, and how to write it, can be a daunting exercise the first time. Unlike the tidy step-by-step structures of math or science, poems can feel like obscure jungles full of strangely coloured birds and sly, teacher-threatening predators: “Teacher … what does assonance mean (giggle, giggle)?” There is some … [click for more]

PERFORMING YOUR WORK

Finding the Actor Inside of You By Penn Kemp Reading your poem is a performance. It is not a lecture, a talking-to; it is a deep sharing of your creativity. Performance is simply communicating, telling your story to those who want to hear it. Believe me, the audience wants to … [click for more]

KEEP IT SIMPLE: CONCRETE IMAGERY IN POETRY

By Michael Mirolla 1. Poetic emotion: You can’t just slap it together, pardner Poetry is about making a lasting impression with words. Too often, however, the main impression that poetry makes on students is that it is little more than a gushing out of personal emotions; a haphazard explosion of … [click for more]

IDENTITY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY

by Aaron Tucker “ten miles in from horsefly shoulders sore from my pack feet blistered i asked for and got a job cleaning a barn for the price of a meal” – Patrick Lane “Ten Miles in from Horsefly”   Beginning   One of the strongest gifts of literature is … [click for more]

GET RHYTHM

Teaching students to hear rhythm & metre By Katherine Parrish In poetry, sound is paramount. As it approaches music, it reaches our body, and moves through our body to our emotions in ways that only the best prose can rival. Yet, I have found that the sonic elements of poetry … [click for more]

ENCOURAGING AMAZING WRITING

By Dawna Proudman Not many of us would tell a new mother that their baby has an ugly nose. Just so, all criticism is caustic when writing is newborn. The more a person writes, the better their writing will become. The more they enjoy writing, the more they will write. When … [click for more]

DISPELLING THE MYTH OF 5, 7, 5

A Haiku Lesson for Elementary Students By Naomi Beth Wakan As this will be a brief introduction to the teaching of haiku, I should immediately simplify things for you by letting you know that firstly, the 5,7,5 syllable count of Japanese haiku is not applicable to writing haiku in English, … [click for more]

CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN POETRY POEM-TASTING HOUR

by Catherine Graham Before purchasing a CD or downloading tunes, we often taste the music beforehand; have a listen and then decide. Do we like it? Do we want these sounds to be part of our lives? We need to do the same for poetry.

DIGITAL SPACES, READING AND POETICS

Part I: Introduction – Reading Poetry Online Ezra Pound is laking it on Niagara. Ezra Pound is picking up tickets for the ballet. Ezra Pound packing his snow board. Ezra Pound misses Matt. :-(. Ezra Pound wants you to be at his launch party on Monday night. Reach for the … [click for more]

USING CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN POETRY IN THE CLASSROOM

By John Oughton Poems often begin in memory and end in discovery. –Glen Sorestad Getting Started Many poems use some relatively simple process or “trick” to create their effects. Glen Sorestad suggests one above, which reveals how many poems based on family memories, snapshots, or historical events work. Understanding the … [click for more]

FRED WAH AND JOY KOGAWA

in the Canadian History Class By Kathryn Bjornson Most Canadian history courses will cover the discriminatory immigration and war-time policies that were levied against immigrants from Asia in this country from roughly the mid 19th Century to the mid 20th Century. Whether teaching about the head tax that was meant … [click for more]

AL PURDY AND THE DORSETS

by Kathryn Bjornson I have found Canadian poetry useful in enriching my high school Canadian history course. When teaching Aboriginal migrations into Canada’s north, I have the students read “Lament for the Dorsets” by Al Purdy. I then use the following activity to reinforce the connection between the past and … [click for more]

AL PURDY ET LES DORSETS

par Kathryn Bjornson Je me suis rendu compte que la poésie pouvait être utile à enrichir mon cours d’histoire canadienne du secondaire. Alors que j’enseigne les migrations aborigènes dans le Nord canadien, je demande aux étudiants de lire « Lament for the Dorsets » (Lamentations pour les Dorsets) de Al … [click for more]

INTERVIEW WITH PENN KEMP

>> Interview conducted by and originally posted by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Penn Kemp talks to PGC about her upcoming participation in the Canadian Writers’ Summit, the upcoming releases of Women & Multimedia and Performing Women: Playwrights and Performance Poets, and the role of the playwright within the greater … [click for more]

INAUGURAL SUMMIT UNITES 14 NATIONAL WRITING ORGANIZATIONS

Fourteen Canadian writing and reading organizations have joined forces to present the inaugural Canadian Writers’ Summit (#CWS2016), a four-day super-conference for writers and publishing industry professionals. The largest national gathering of its kind, #CWS2016 presents a unique opportunity in terms of programming, ideas, and networking for the Canadian writing community, and … [click for more]

REVIEW: A MORE PERFECT [ | BY JIMMY MCINNES

BookThug | 124 pages | April 2015 | $18.00 | Purchase online Review by William Kemp, originally published in issue 7 of (parenthetical). — Jimmy McInnes’s A More Perfect [ is the type of book of poetry that I’m secretly jealous of. It’s the type of book of poetry I wish … [click for more]

CALL FOR REVIEWS

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote and engage poets and poetry across Canada, the League of Canadian Poets is hoping to create a reviews series hosted here on our Community page. In time, we would like to develop a dedicated network of writers and reviewers who want to … [click for more]

POETS ON POETRY: GLEN SORESTAD

In celebration of the release of Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry, Jeanelle Mandes from the University of Regina Press sat down with Gregory Scofield, Anne Simpson, Marilyn Bowering and Glen Sorestad, who are four of the 13 contributors from Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry. They talked about the poets’ … [click for more]

POETS ON POETRY: MARILYN BOWERING

In celebration of the release of Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry, Jeanelle Mandes from the University of Regina Press sat down with Gregory Scofield, Anne Simpson, Marilyn Bowering and Glen Sorestad, who are four of the 13 contributors fromMeasures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry. They talked about the poets’ … [click for more]

POETS ON POETRY: ANNE SIMPSON

In celebration of the release of Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry, Jeanelle Mandes from the University of Regina Press sat down with Gregory Scofield, Anne Simpson, Marilyn Bowering and Glen Sorestad, who are four of the 13 contributors from Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry. They talked about the … [click for more]

POETS ON POETRY: GREGORY SCOFIELD

In celebration of the release of Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry, Jeanelle Mandes from the University of Regina Press sat down with Gregory Scofield, Anne Simpson, Marilyn Bowering and Glen Sorestad, who are four of the 13 contributors from Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry. They talked about the … [click for more]

2106 JESSAMY STURSBERG PRIZE: HONORABLE MENTIONS

We’re wrapping up National Youth Arts Week with our final Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize announcement: our honorable mentions! Judges selected three poems in each category as honorable mentions. Congratulations again to all the young poets who placed in this year’s prize! We were inundated with great work from all across … [click for more]

2016 JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE: THIRD PLACE

Congratulations to Frida Purdon and Kelsey Tishinki, who placed third in our 2016 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize! We’re excited to share their poems with you today, as well as a brief interview with Kelsey. The prize is awarded annually through the Jessamy Stursberg Youth Poetry Trust Fund, sustained by a generous donation from the Stursberg … [click for more]

2016 JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE: SECOND PLACE

Congratulations to Sadie Bell and Harmony Taetz, who placed second in our 2016 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize! We’re excited to share their poems with you today, as well as a brief interview with Harmony. The prize is awarded annually through the Jessamy Stursberg Youth Poetry Trust Fund, sustained by a generous donation from the … [click for more]

2016 JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE: FIRST PLACE

Congratulations to Muneeza Sheikh and Aubry Williams, winners of the 2016 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize! We’re excited to share their poems with you today, as well as a brief interview with each of these young poets. The prize is awarded annually through the Jessamy Stursberg Youth Poetry Trust Fund, sustained by a generous donation … [click for more]

JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE: 2016 WINNERS

The first week of May each year is National Youth Arts Week in Canada, and we are excited to celebrate six youth poets this week! We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian youth. The prize is awarded annually through the Jessamy Stursberg … [click for more]

THAT’S A WRAP: NPM16

It feels like we woke up yesterday and National Poetry Month was just beginning, but somehow it’s May tomorrow and we have to wrap up our celebrations. We’ve had such a great month celebrating poetry, both online and in events across Canada, and seeing what other organizations orchestrated for our … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: ATLANTIC PROVINCES

National Poetry Month is almost over, and so too is our virtual road trip. We hit our last four provinces today, driving through PEI, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick. We know for a fact that all of the Atlantic provinces are highly literary and active, but once again … [click for more]

2016 GOLDEN BERET AWARD WINNER: RC WESLOWSKI

At the beginning of National Poetry Month, we were thrilled to announce our 2016 book awards shortlists as well as the winner of the 10th annual Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for spoken word. The Golden Beret Award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour … [click for more]

ONE WEEK ON THE ROAD

by Alessandra Naccarato — DEPARTURE: Salt Spring Island, BC My cat did not do a very good job of saying goodbye. She slid past my legs and ran into the garden, up a tree. My partner did a better job. Walked me down the hill to the ferry. There’s something … [click for more]

LCP WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Director, Lesley Fletcher. Lesley is thrilled to rejoin the League of Canadian Poets, where she previously worked as an Administrative and Communications Coordinator from September 2012 ‒ January 2014. She is a literature-obsessed graduate of … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: QUEBEC

Here, our virtual road trip also becomes physically impossible, as we soar through all of Ontario in just 24 hours and carry on into Quebec. Magic! With just 0.5 french-speaking staff at the League office, we are unfortunately not the most up-to-date with literary goings-on in Quebec, and many of … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: ONTARIO

We’re out of the prairies and into Ontario on our road trip today, and there’s an impossible amount of amazing literary initiatives in our home province! We can’t possibly go into all of them, so as usual, we recommend checking out your local library or college/university creative writing courses if you’re … [click for more]

MICHELINE MAYLOR NAMED CALGARY POET LAUREATE

>>Local poet will serve as an artistic ambassador for Calgary from 2016 – 2018 (Calgary AB) – Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Poet Laureate Selection Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Micheline Maylor as the 2016 – 2018 Calgary Poet Laureate. The position was formally announced in … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: MANITOBA

We head back south on our virtual road trip (we picked up a dog along the way) into Manitoba to explore the last of the prairies’ literary goings-on. As ever, our list is woefully incomplete, and centered mainly in Winnipeg. If you run or know of a literary press, reading … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: NORTHWEST TERRITORIES & NUNAVUT

Today we drive north from Saskatchewan into the Northwest Territories and Nunavut! Although we have a confession to make: we were woefully under-prepared for this segment of the road trip. Almost certainly, we have barely scratched the surface of what these two territories have to offer. If you know of … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: RAOUL FERNANDES & ARMAND GARNET RUFFO

For the fifth installation of our 2016 “Meet the Shortlist” blog series, we meet Raoul Fernandes, whose book Transmitter and Receiver was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Armand Garnet Ruffo, whose book The Thunderbird Poems was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award. Throughout National Poetry Month, we’re excited to introduce you to … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: SASKATCHEWAN

Today on our virtual road trip we continue into the prairies, through endless skies and existential-dread-inducing amounts of beautiful expansive space. (A note from the author: I recently took a bus trip from Toronto to Whitehorse, and it was my first time in the prairies as an adult. I expected … [click for more]

THE TRAVELLING TEAM

As a special feature for National Poetry Month, we sat down with some members of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Slam team to find out about how travelling–and travelling as a team–affects the creative process and psyche. The TPS team is determined each year by several months of competitions culminating in … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: ALBERTA

We continue our virtual road trip today, cruising through BC into the Rockies–what’s up, Alberta? There are tons of festivals and literary goings-on here at the edge of the prairies, and as usual we will barely be scratching the surface of what they have to offer. We recommend checking out … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: MELISSA BULL & BEN LADOUCEUR

For the fourth installation of our 2016 “Meet the Shortlist” blog series, we meet Melissa Bull and Ben Ladouceur, whose books Rue and Otter, respectively, were shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award! Throughout National Poetry Month, we’re excited to introduce you to all the poets shortlisted for our book awards: the women … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: BRITISH COLUMBIA

After spending some time in Canada’s beautiful north, we’re driving south today to explore the literary offerings of beautiful British Columbia. BC is home to a wealth of poetry publishers, magazines, and reading series, and we will barely even be scratching the surface of the creative nooks of the province … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: MARILYN DUMONT & ALICE MAJOR

For the fourth installation of our 2016 “Meet the Shortlist” blog series, we meet Marilyn Dumont and Alice Major, whose books The Pemmican Eaters and Standard Candles, respectively, were shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award. Throughout National Poetry Month, we’re excited to introduce you to all the poets shortlisted for our book awards: the women shortlisted for … [click for more]