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and write two “How-To” booklets: Self-publishing How-To Booklet The booklet will provide information for authors with unpublished or previously-published materials who are seeking to self-publish their work.The booklet should be a minimum of … [click for more]

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]

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]

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]

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]