COVID-19

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 admin@poets.ca to make a phone appointment.

Artist relief funds and efforts

League membership relief, deferral, and installments

The League of Canadian Poets is aware that many members have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, we have made a limited number of subsidized memberships available for the 2020-2021 year. This initiative is intended to help members to stay engaged in our community and to access programming while the world recovers from the COVID-19 outbreak. The application window for funding has now closed. 
The League will also be offering deferred membership payments and installment plans for the 2020-2021 year as usual! We are happy to set up a plan that works for you.
If you have any questions about this program or your membership, please send an email to admin@poets.c
A note on payments: The League is unable to accept cheque payments at this time. We encourage you to pay online using a credit card or VISA debit card through Wild Apricot, our secure payment processor. If paying by cheque is your only payment option, please let us know by completing this form.

League-funded events

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