REVIEW: BARBARIC CULTURAL PRACTICE | BY PENN KEMP

Quattro Books | October 2016 | $18.00 | Purchase online Review by Kate Rogers — The title of Penn Kemp’s most recent poetry collection reflects her urgent activist response to government announcements she thought could undermine Canadian diversity.  As they campaigned to hold onto power in 2015, the Harper Conservatives … [click for more]

REVIEW: BIG MEDICINE COMES TO ERIE | BY D.A. LOCKHART

Black Moss Press | 84 pages | $17.00 | October 2016 | Purchase online Review by Kim Fahner — D.A. Lockhart’s first collection of poems, published under the umbrella of Black Moss’s “First Lines” poetry series, evokes a sense of place and history that reflects the landscape of southwestern Ontario. … [click for more]

REVIEW: LOOKING FOR LIGHT | BY SUSAN IOANNOU

Hidden Brook Press | 83 pages | April 2016 | $19.95 | Purchase online Review by John B. Lee __ Riddle Me This: Hypophora and the question as a device is the poetry of Susan Ioannou For his part, People’s Poet Chris Faiers writes in praise of Susan Ioannou in … [click for more]

FEDERAL COURT FINDS IN FAVOUR OF WRITERS’ RIGHTS

>> From the Writers’ Union of Canada Access Copyright Wins Against York University and Widely Used Copying Guidelines July 13, 2017 — The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is very pleased with the Federal Court decision released on July 12 in the matter of Access Copyright v. York University. The … [click for more]

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: 2018 FEMINIST CAUCUS PANEL

The Feminist Caucus panel at the 2018 annual conference will consist of pairs of older and younger members who strongly resonate with the term “feminist.” In addition to participating on the panel in Toronto in June, participants will contribute a written response in any combination of poetry, essay, or art, … [click for more]

2017 AWARD WINNERS

On Saturday, June 10 at our annual awards ceremony in Toronto, we were thrilled to honour the winners of seven League of Canadian Poets awards: three book awards, one spoken word award, two membership awards, and an award for outstanding volunteer contributions. Sheri-D Wilson joined us from Alberta to host … [click for more]

SUMMER READING LIST: AWARDS

The sun is out, the beach is warm, the parks are full — it’s time to bust out your summer reading list! We truly believe that poetry makes an excellent beach read, so our first batch of summer recommendations are the 18 incredible books shortlisted for our awards. 100 Days … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: BÄNOO ZAN

Bänoo Zan’s book Songs of Exile is shortlisted for our 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award! As we near the awards ceremony where the winner will be announced, we wanted to take some time to meet the shortlisted poets and find out more about what inspired their most recent poetry collections. … [click for more]

REVIEW: ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS | BY PHOEBE WANG

>>From The Wilds, week 18; review by Terry Abrahams Bodies are difficult. Bodies of work often more so. Phoebe Wang’s debut collection of poetry follows several bodies—her own, her family members’, plants, animals, rivers, lakes, buildings—and asks them all a pertinent question: what does it mean to be admitted? Welcomed? … [click for more]

FRESH VOICES: SUE SORENSEN, CAROL STEEL, CAROL STEPHEN

Welcome to the third edition of Fresh Voices, a project from and for the League’s associate members. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this … [click for more]

REVIEW: THE WAKING COMES LATE | BY STEVEN HEIGHTON

>>From Arc Poetry Magazine, Chris Doda reviews Steven Heighton’s The Waking Comes Late (shortlisted for the 2017 Raymond Souster Award) House of Anansi Press | $19.95 | 128 pages | purchase online In the­se excel­lent poems, Heighton shows how tech­ni­cal mas­tery can merge with acute­ly rel­e­vant sub­ject mat­ter to great … [click for more]

REVIEW: OTOLITH | BY EMILY NILSEN

>>From the Hamilton Review of Books, Canisia Lubrin reviews Emily Nilsen’s Otolith Icehouse Poetry / Goose Lane Editions | $19.95 | 96 pages | purchase online Otolith, Emily Nilsen’s new pastoral, wakes deep in the ear and channels the reader through the speaker’s multifarious experiences of grief, loss, the burden … [click for more]

REVIEW: BAD IDEAS | BY MICHAEL V. SMITH

>>From a review published in The Province: Mark Abbot reviews Michael V. Smith’s new poetry collection, Bad Ideas. Nightwood Editions | $18.95 | 96 pages | purchase online Michael V. Smith is a multi-talented novelist, poet and performance artist whose work has always been expressive and honest. His first poetry … [click for more]

MISSISSAUGA WELCOMES NEW POET LAUREATE

>> From the Toronto Star article, “From troubled Mississauga teen to poet laureate” Poetry changed Wali Shah’s life and as the new poet laureate for Mississauga he is hoping he can help other young people with their personal struggles. Shah, 22, still remembers delivering his first spoken poem — in … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: LOUISE BERNICE HALFE

Louise Bernice Halfe’s book Burning in This Midnight Dream is shortlisted for our 2017 Raymond Souster Award! As we near the awards ceremony where the winner will be announced, we wanted to take some time to meet the shortlisted poets and find out more about what inspired their most recent … [click for more]

NPM17: THAT’S A WRAP

Every year it feels like there are more and more exciting goings-on for National Poetry Month, and 30 days is just not enough time to celebrate them all! Here are a few highlights from April, including awards announcements, fun articles about the benefits of reading poetry, and much more! If … [click for more]

POETS RESIST: NPM ON ALU, FINAL STRETCH

This content has been provided by All Lit Up, an online bookstore and blog run by the Literary Press Group for readers of emerging, quirky, and unabashedly Canadian literature by some of Canada’s finest independent publishers. One final, tremendous thanks to the great folks over at All Lit Up who … [click for more]

NPM AND BEYOND: RECOMMENDATIONS

And just like that, National Poetry Month is nearly over — our hearts are heavy, and our to-read lists grew as much as they shrank this April. In our last NPM and Beyond! blog post, we wanted to chat with some of our shortlisted authors about their reading habits and … [click for more]

NPM AND BEYOND: THE ACT OF READING

Today in our NPM and Beyond! blog series, we’re thrilled to be chatting with some of our shortlisted authors about their reading habits — and how they suggest making time for poetry in your day-to-day life. Steven Heighton’s latest book The Waking Comes Late is shortlisted for our 2017 Raymond … [click for more]

POETS RESIST: NPM ON ALU, WEEK 3

This content has been provided by All Lit Up, an online bookstore and blog run by the Literary Press Group for readers of emerging, quirky, and unabashedly Canadian literature by some of Canada’s finest independent publishers. We are already into the final week of National Poetry Month! Today on the … [click for more]

2017 JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE

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 … [click for more]

CHRISTINA CHEN: SWOLLEN

JUNIOR CATEGORY: THIRD PLACE “Swollen” packs a laudable amount of meaning into these sparse yet revealing lines. The poem gains momentum from its use of verbs and nouns and the tension between the two: the brain inflates like a lung, the heart pumps air not blood. The command of the … [click for more]

CHRISTINA CHEN: WINTER

JUNIOR CATEGORY: SECOND PLACE “Winter” is a poem that traffics in simplicity. It opens with a careful, but distinctive, meditation on the season before skating away to a wistful and wise coda. The poet’s two concerns, winter and destiny, are drawn together quite comfortably for a poem that doesn’t try … [click for more]

SAMANTHA CHEN: GRAY

JUNIOR CATEGORY: FIRST PLACE “Gray” inhabits a psychic space that is complex, restless, and wise. When the poem states “Time is evident here”, it an understatement—time is a main character on this windswept stage, touching and affecting everything. The speaker’s distrust of this world of flux and disintegration is rendered … [click for more]

FARAH GHAFOOR: THE MOTH

SENIOR CATEGORY: THIRD PLACE As a poem “The Moth” burns bright with visceral similes and metaphors, stunning rhetorical effects and electric language that hums. Confidence in a confluence of ideas and images runs through the poem from start to finish and the lushness of the entire effect draws one back … [click for more]

FARAH GHAFOOR: HOW TO LOOK AT THE SUN

  SENIOR CATEGORY: SECOND PLACE The voice in “How to Look at the Sun” moves with confidence and fluidity, sustaining a fine balance between an almost-submerged narrative and images that both mask and convey it. Light that “puckered/ your skin and ran across your forehead like a halo,” “Rare clovers … [click for more]

ALYSSA FU: ANARCHY AFTER THE BARBERSHOP B&E

SENIOR CATEGORY: FIRST PLACE This sparse poem depicts violent aftermath with startlingly subtle and clear imagery, allowing the reader to view and evaluate the scattered remains of a barbershop’s bizarre corpse and arrange the surreal tableau from the objects of the text, rather than relying on the prior drama of … [click for more]

MEET THE POETS: 2017 JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE

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 … [click for more]

NPM AND BEYOND: 10,000 HOURS, PART 2

National Poetry Month, for 2017, is celebrating the time of time. When Kate Hargreaves took that theme and ran with it for our poster and bookmark designs, she said that what she first thinks of when she hears “time” is editing: drafts, drafts, and more drafts. This got us to thinking: … [click for more]

FRESH VOICES: KAMAL PARMAR, MARILYN BOYLE, NAN WILLIAMSON

Welcome to the second installation of Fresh Voices, a project from and for the League’s associate members. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this … [click for more]

NPM AND BEYOND: 10,000 HOURS, PART 1

National Poetry Month, for 2017, is celebrating the time of time. When Kate Hargreaves took that theme and ran with it for our poster and bookmark designs, she said that what she first thinks of when she hears “time” is editing: drafts, drafts, and more drafts. This got us to thinking: … [click for more]

2017 POETRY READING CHALLENGE: CHECK-IN

2017 is somehow already four months underway, and we figured now would be a great time to check in with our 2017 Poetry Reading Challenge! National Poetry Month is a great time to either catch up or get ahead, depending on how the year is going for you. Here’s what … [click for more]

POETS RESIST: NPM ON ALL LIT UP, WEEK 2

This content has been provided by All Lit Up, an online bookstore and blog run by the Literary Press Group for readers of emerging, quirky, and unabashedly Canadian literature by some of Canada’s finest independent publishers. Here we are, already halfway through National Poetry Month! Over on the All Lit … [click for more]

GETTING PAID FOR POETRY: PUBLIC LENDING RIGHT

Guest post for National Poetry Month and beyond, by Peter Schneider at the Public Lending Right PLR for Poets: Payment for Public Use Did you know that more than 10,000 Canadian poetry titles are now registered with the Public Lending Right Program (PLR)? PLR is an essential cultural support provided … [click for more]

POETS RESIST: NPM ON ALL LIT UP

This content has been provided by All Lit Up, an online bookstore and blog run by the Literary Press Group for readers of emerging, quirky, and unabashedly Canadian literature by some of Canada’s finest independent publishers. We are so excited to be able to share some amazing National Poetry Month … [click for more]

2017 AWARDS SHORTLISTS

We are thrilled to announce the 2017 Poetry Awards shortlists for the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, the Raymond Souster Award and, together with the Calgary Spoken Word Society, the finalists for the 2017 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award. The winners of these awards will be announced at an awards ceremony … [click for more]

POETRY AND ACTIVITIES FOR EDUCATORS AND YOUNG READERS

We are absolutely in love with all the librarians and teachers who work day in and day out to put exciting stories into the hands of sometimes-not-so-excited kids, and this National Poetry Month we want to put together some ideas for how to celebrate poetry with young readers! If you’re … [click for more]

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH… AND BEYOND!

Here we are again, in our favourite month of the year: it’s April and we’re celebrating National Poetry Month! We’re only three days into the month and we’ve already seen so many great projects, initiatives, and resources going around on social media–we’re excited to round up some of those resources … [click for more]

FRESH VOICES: JOHN PICKERNELL, KJMUNRO, AND SUE BRACKEN

This first installation of Fresh Voices is a project spearheaded by the League’s Associate Membership Representative, Lesley Strutt. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking … [click for more]

DOYALI ISLAM WINS INAUGURAL NATIONAL BROADSHEET CONTEST

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 … [click for more]

POETRY TO GET THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

Guest post by Nicole Brewer — I didn’t discover poetry until the summer before my fourth year of university, and as soon as I did I wished I had discovered it sooner. When poetry clicks with a reader or a listener, it clicks more loudly and with much more conviction … [click for more]

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]