Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge FAQ (2016)

Pour les 2016 matériaux en francais, cliquez ici.

To celebrate National Poetry Month and UNESCO World Poetry Day, each year municipalities across Canada are challenged to bring poetry into politics. One mayor leads this annual challenge by inviting a poet to read at a council meeting in March or April, and challenges mayors and councils across the nation to follow suit and join the celebration. Initiated by Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco in 2012, Poetry City celebrates poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets and all writers to the rich cultural life in our country.

In 2015 the torch was passed from Regina to Calgary, and Mayor Nenshi’s first two challenges were a huge success! To find out about 2016 participating communities, as well as other #PoetryCity initiatives, visit this page.

Find out more about the 2015 challenge here, or the 2014 challenge here.

#PoetryCity challenge packages are sent out in early February each year.