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]

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]

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and write two “How-To” booklets: Self-publishing How-To Booklet The booklet will provide information for authors with unpublished or previously-published materials who are seeking to self-publish their work.The booklet should be a minimum of … [click for more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

2016 TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

>> From the OMDC website TORONTO – Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2016 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature. Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in both English language and French language. For detailed … [click for more]

INAUGURAL SUMMIT UNITES 14 NATIONAL WRITING ORGANIZATIONS

Fourteen Canadian writing and reading organizations have joined forces to present the inaugural Canadian Writers’ Summit (#CWS2016), a four-day super-conference for writers and publishing industry professionals. The largest national gathering of its kind, #CWS2016 presents a unique opportunity in terms of programming, ideas, and networking for the Canadian writing community, and … [click for more]

CALL FOR REVIEWS

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote and engage poets and poetry across Canada, the League of Canadian Poets is hoping to create a reviews series hosted here on our Community page. In time, we would like to develop a dedicated network of writers and reviewers who want to … [click for more]

LCP WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Director, Lesley Fletcher. Lesley is thrilled to rejoin the League of Canadian Poets, where she previously worked as an Administrative and Communications Coordinator from September 2012 ‒ January 2014. She is a literature-obsessed graduate of … [click for more]

MICHELINE MAYLOR NAMED CALGARY POET LAUREATE

>>Local poet will serve as an artistic ambassador for Calgary from 2016 – 2018 (Calgary AB) – Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Poet Laureate Selection Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Micheline Maylor as the 2016 – 2018 Calgary Poet Laureate. The position was formally announced in … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: LORNA CROZIER & MAUREEN HYNES

Welcome to the first installation of our 2016 “Meet the Shortlist” blog series! Throughout National Poetry Month, we’re excited to introduce you to all the poets shortlisted for our book awards: the women shortlisted for our Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the new poets shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, … [click for more]

2016 BOOK AWARDS: SHORTLISTS

We are thrilled to announce the 2016 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 2016 recipient of the prestigious Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award. The winners of these awards will be announced on Saturday, June 18 … [click for more]

CELEBRATING POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

The League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets Team Up to Celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day Across North America As a special collaboration for this year’s National Poetry Month in April, the leading membership-based poetry organizations that sponsor the month in Canada and the United States—the … [click for more]

REBECCA THOMAS NAMED NEW HALIFAX POET LAUREATE

>> From the Halifax Poet Laureate website. Rebecca Thomas will become the Halifax Regional Municipality’s sixth Poet Laureate. The municipality’s Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador and advocate for literacy, literature and the arts, and reflects the vitality of our community through appearances and readings of poetry at a number … [click for more]

National Poetry Month 2016

Planning for National Poetry Month is now well underway here at the League, and we’re excited to be preparing all of our visual promotional materials! Our theme this year is THE ROAD, and we can’t wait to see what journeys and adventures you’re all planning for this April. Established in … [click for more]

Le mois national de la poésie 2016

    AVRIL 2016 — LE CHEMIN Le chemin te mènera n’importe où. C’est le moment de célébrer les chemins que nous voyageons, les chemins que nous souhaitons voyager, les chemins que nous avons découverts et créés et chéris depuis des décennies. Cette année, le Mois national de la poésie … [click for more]

2016 Défi de la poésie | #VillePoésie

Pour ne pas alourdir le texte, nous nous conformons à la règle qui permet d’utiliser le masculin avec la valeur de neutre. — Vous pouvez télécharger le communiqué de presse pour le Défi de la poésie du maire 2016 ici. Ce printemps, faites de votre ville une #VillePoésie en participant … [click for more]