THAT’S A WRAP: NPM16

It feels like we woke up yesterday and National Poetry Month was just beginning, but somehow it’s May tomorrow and we have to wrap up our celebrations. We’ve had such a great month celebrating poetry, both online and in events across Canada, and seeing what other organizations orchestrated for our … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: ATLANTIC PROVINCES

National Poetry Month is almost over, and so too is our virtual road trip. We hit our last four provinces today, driving through PEI, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick. We know for a fact that all of the Atlantic provinces are highly literary and active, but once again … [click for more]

2016 GOLDEN BERET AWARD WINNER: RC WESLOWSKI

At the beginning of National Poetry Month, we were thrilled to announce our 2016 book awards shortlists as well as the winner of the 10th annual Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for spoken word. The Golden Beret Award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour … [click for more]

ONE WEEK ON THE ROAD

by Alessandra Naccarato — DEPARTURE: Salt Spring Island, BC My cat did not do a very good job of saying goodbye. She slid past my legs and ran into the garden, up a tree. My partner did a better job. Walked me down the hill to the ferry. There’s something … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: QUEBEC

Here, our virtual road trip also becomes physically impossible, as we soar through all of Ontario in just 24 hours and carry on into Quebec. Magic! With just 0.5 french-speaking staff at the League office, we are unfortunately not the most up-to-date with literary goings-on in Quebec, and many of … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: ONTARIO

We’re out of the prairies and into Ontario on our road trip today, and there’s an impossible amount of amazing literary initiatives in our home province! We can’t possibly go into all of them, so as usual, we recommend checking out your local library or college/university creative writing courses if you’re … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: MANITOBA

We head back south on our virtual road trip (we picked up a dog along the way) into Manitoba to explore the last of the prairies’ literary goings-on. As ever, our list is woefully incomplete, and centered mainly in Winnipeg. If you run or know of a literary press, reading … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: NORTHWEST TERRITORIES & NUNAVUT

Today we drive north from Saskatchewan into the Northwest Territories and Nunavut! Although we have a confession to make: we were woefully under-prepared for this segment of the road trip. Almost certainly, we have barely scratched the surface of what these two territories have to offer. If you know of … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: RAOUL FERNANDES & ARMAND GARNET RUFFO

For the fifth installation of our 2016 “Meet the Shortlist” blog series, we meet Raoul Fernandes, whose book Transmitter and Receiver was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Armand Garnet Ruffo, whose book The Thunderbird Poems was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award. Throughout National Poetry Month, we’re excited to introduce you to … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: SASKATCHEWAN

Today on our virtual road trip we continue into the prairies, through endless skies and existential-dread-inducing amounts of beautiful expansive space. (A note from the author: I recently took a bus trip from Toronto to Whitehorse, and it was my first time in the prairies as an adult. I expected … [click for more]

THE TRAVELLING TEAM

As a special feature for National Poetry Month, we sat down with some members of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Slam team to find out about how travelling–and travelling as a team–affects the creative process and psyche. The TPS team is determined each year by several months of competitions culminating in … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: ALBERTA

We continue our virtual road trip today, cruising through BC into the Rockies–what’s up, Alberta? There are tons of festivals and literary goings-on here at the edge of the prairies, and as usual we will barely be scratching the surface of what they have to offer. We recommend checking out … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: MELISSA BULL & BEN LADOUCEUR

For the fourth installation of our 2016 “Meet the Shortlist” blog series, we meet Melissa Bull and Ben Ladouceur, whose books Rue and Otter, respectively, were shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award! Throughout National Poetry Month, we’re excited to introduce you to all the poets shortlisted for our book awards: the women … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: BRITISH COLUMBIA

After spending some time in Canada’s beautiful north, we’re driving south today to explore the literary offerings of beautiful British Columbia. BC is home to a wealth of poetry publishers, magazines, and reading series, and we will barely even be scratching the surface of the creative nooks of the province … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: MARILYN DUMONT & ALICE MAJOR

For the fourth installation of our 2016 “Meet the Shortlist” blog series, we meet Marilyn Dumont and Alice Major, whose books The Pemmican Eaters and Standard Candles, respectively, were shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award. Throughout National Poetry Month, we’re excited to introduce you to all the poets shortlisted for our book awards: the women shortlisted for … [click for more]

READYING FOR THE ROAD

notes to self before departure  — by Alessandra Naccarato   Remember the first time you did this: Five years back, in thunderstruck winter, Montreal. It seemed like anything would be better than another month of unaffordable hydro, windows covered in frost, nights spent at Snack & Blues just trying to … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: RACHEL ROSE & DEREK WEBSTER

For the third installation of our 2016 “Meet the Shortlist” blog series, we meet Rachel Rose, whose book Marry & Burn was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and Derek Webster, whose book Mockingbird was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award! Throughout National Poetry Month, we’re excited to introduce you to all the poets … [click for more]

MEET THE SHORTLIST: ADEBE DeRANGO-ADEM & BRUCE MEYER

For the second installation of our 2016 “Meet the Shortlist” blog series, we meet Adebe DeRango-Adem, whose book Terra Incognita was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and Bruce Meyer, whose book The Arrow of Time was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award! Throughout National Poetry Month, we’re excited to introduce you to all the … [click for more]

HITTING THE ROAD: THE YUKON

This National Poetry Month, we’re taking a virtual road trip across this beautiful country to explore some great reading series, festivals, magazines, and publishers in each province. If you’d like to throw your poetry-related project into the mix, e-mail admin@poets.ca with a brief description of your project, including a website … [click for more]

WELCOME TO NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2016

DOWNLOADABLE GRAPHICS | NPM16 EVENTS | FRANCAIS We’re so excited to celebrate poetry with you this month! Here on the blog, we’ll have guest posts on poetry and travel from JC Bouchard and Alessandra Naccarato, as well as a virtual road trip across Canada with posts highlighting reading series and … [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]

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]