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]

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]

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]