Page last updated: May 5, 2020
League office hours
The League of Canadian Poets office building is currently closed, and cannot receive mail. All staff are working remotely, so phone calls are by appointment only. If you are trying to reach us by phone, please call and leave a voicemail, or e-mail email@example.com to make a phone appointment.
Artist relief funds and efforts
- Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund
- Woodcock Fund
- TOArtist COVID Response Fund: Now open for applications from Toronto artists
- Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers: An emergency fund operated by Glad Day Bookshop
- COVID-19 FAQs and resources from the Canada Council for the Arts
- COVID-19 FAQs and resources from the Ontario Arts Council
- Toronto Arts Council COVID-19 updates
League membership relief, deferral, and installments
For events that were approved for funding through the National Poetry Month and Canada Poetry Tours program, and have since been cancelled, postponed, or moved online due to COVID-19, please find resources and information below for guidance on how to still receive support from the League!
In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the League is encouraging members to use their funding to take poetry online, and inspire people during these uncertain times.
Options for Receiving your Poetry Funding
If you are either a host or a poet with a cancelled event, and you have not already done so, please complete this form as a follow-up about your funded event to let us know how you will be proceeding:
- Create a Digital Poetry Event: This could include a solo reading of your own work, a group poetry reading, a poetry panel or discussion, a lesson plan for teachers, students or the general public, or another creative digital poetry project. Note that hosts do not need to take on the responsibility of creating an entire replacement virtual event; poets are welcome to use their funding to create an independent online offering.
- Hootsuite has prepared a fantastic gathering of suggestions for hosting online events here: https://blog.hootsuite.com/virtual-events/
- A more involved guide to creating multi-day or large-scale virtual events can be found here: https://navidmoazzez.com/virtual-events/
- The League is in the process of creating a guide for poets and poetry hosts who are looking to move their NPM celebrations online! We will post and share widely when it is available.
- Postpone your Event: We know that you put careful thought into planning your event. If you would like to postpone your event for the future, we will be able to honour the payment for poets’ honoraria if your event takes place before March 31, 2021.
- Cancel your Event: We also understand that this is a very difficult time, and that many people are focused on caring for themselves and their families. If you’d like to simply cancel your poetry event for the time being, just let us know. You will be welcome to reapply when funding opens.
Forms for Hosts and Poets
- Invoices for poets to submit (upon completion of an event) to receive honorarium (please use the invoice/reference number from your original confirmation email):
- National Poetry Month: https://forms.gle/jJDfmQtRiCTJFL9G6
- Canada Poetry Tours
- Poets in the Schools:
- Host report (completed after an event): https://forms.gle/SnTE5KXZw7gqbuxW7
- Travel reimbursement for cancelled Canada Poetry Tours events: https://forms.gle/J6SzXj8kp81vatBi8
- Follow-up form for letting the League know the status of your event: https://forms.gle/W25D8CVFEXEhKVB3A
- Online event submission: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with event link and details, or direct message @CanadianPoets on Twitter