About The League of Canadian Poets

Mission

The League of Canadian Poets supports Canadian poets and poetry in Canada.

Mandate

The League of Canadian Poets’ mandate is to enhance the status of poets and foster professional poetry communities. The League works to enlarge the audience for poetry by encouraging publication, performance, education, and recognition of Canadian poetry locally, nationally, and internationally, and supports equitable and inclusive freedom of expression in Canada.

Vision

A representative and thriving culture of poets and poetry lovers.

History

The League of Canadian Poets is the professional organization for established and emerging Canadian poets. Founded in 1966 to nurture the advancement of poetry in Canada, and the promotion of the interests of poets, it now comprises over 800 members. The League serves the poetry community and promotes a high level of professional achievement through events, networking, projects, publications, mentoring and awards. It administers programs and funds for governments and private donors and encourages an appreciative readership and audience for poetry through educational partnerships and presentations to diverse groups. As the recognized voice of Canadian poets, it represents their concerns to governments, publishers, and society at large, and maintains connections with similar organizations at home and abroad. The League strives to promote equal opportunities for poets from every literary tradition and cultural and demographic background.

Members of the League are professional poets who are actively contributing to the development, growth, and public profile of poetry in Canada. We are happy to have members from all across Canada at all stages in their careers, and we are proud of the valuable network of writers this has created! If you are interested in becoming a member of the League, check out our membership page.

We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2016! You can find some of our favourite finds from the last 50 years over on the LCP50 page. For a short history of the League from 1966 to 1995, you can download our online publication “A Selective History of the League of Canadian Poets.” The publication–by no means a complete or official history of the League–was compiled from archived newsletters, AGM minutes, past editions of Who’s Who in the League of Canadian Poets, and Cathy Ford’s Out of Con/Tex: Creating a Living Archive of Feminism in Stats, Memos & Memory. Betsy Struthers, League President from 1995 to 1996, created this selective history based on the listed documents, as well as by gathering information through brief but illuminating conversations with Cathy Ford, Maria Jacobs, and Robert Priest.

Want to know more? Check out our page of frequently asked questions!

Contact Us

The LCP office operates remotely. Lettermail may be sent to:

1519-2 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 1J3

Parcels will not be accepted at this address. Contact admin@poets.ca if you are sending a delivery to the LCP.

Phone: 416-504-1657

General inquiries: info@poets.ca

Board of Directors

President: Tracy Hamon

Vice President: Rayanne Haines

Treasurer: Michael Andrews

Secretary: Geoff Nilson

Past President: Sarah de Leeuw

Chair, Membership Committee: Emilia Nielsen

Chair, Regional Representatives Committee: Carolyne Van Der Meer

Chair, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee: Stuart Ian McKay

Staff

Executive Director (On leave): Lesley Fletcher, ed@poets.ca

Lesley Fletcher is a literature-obsessed graduate of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. She rejoins the LCP from the Retail Council of Canada (where she supported independent bookstores and publishers). In the past, Lesley has also worked as a freelance writer and editor, a bookseller, and a social media manager for self-published authors. Lesley spends an unusual amount of time reading, and cannot resist a bookstore, a library, or a dog.

Interim Executive Director (Administrative Director): Nic Brewer, nicole@poets.ca

Nic Brewer is a fiction writer and editor from Toronto. She loves to be involved with small presses and grassroots literary projects, and has run a few of her own: for four years, she co-managed the literary arts collective words(on)pages, and in Fall 2019 she co-founded the online literary magazine Frond. Their first book, Suture, was published by Book*hug in the fall of 2021.

Communications Manager: Laura O’Brien, laura@poets.ca

Laura Auna O’Brien is a writer, communications aficionado and audio nerd. In her spare time, Laura enjoys listening to podcasts, attending music shows, sampling craft beer with friends and hanging out with her partner and two cats in their vibrant Queen West neighbourhood. Laura is proud to be an ally and advocate for fat positivity, sustainability, and equity for marginalized communities.

Administrative Manager: Ashley-Elizabeth Best, aeb@poets.ca

Ashley-Elizabeth Best is a disabled poet and essayist from Kingston. She enjoys cats, novelty mugs, and hiking with her partner. A-E joins the League staff after working in real estate and as a freelance editor. After finishing her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, she is now finishing her second full-length book and working towards her Certificate in Creative Writing at U of T.

Communications and Programming Intern: Leila-Indira Mohabeer-Ortiz

Leila-Indira Mohabeer-Ortiz is a student journalist, avid writer and reader currently located in Ottawa. She loves everything about rom coms from the early 2000s, fictional literature, RnB music, and using her free time to attempt to work on a novel she started in 2012. Leila is currently working toward her undergraduate degree in journalism at Carleton University.

Reports and Financials

Contact admin@poets.ca if you would like to review LCP Annual Reports or Financial Statements.