NPM24: Meet the shortlists

This National Poetry Month, find out more about the 15 poets shortlisted for the League’s annual book awards, including what weather inspires their writing!

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Poem in Your Pocket Day 2024

A piece of paper sticks out of a jeans pocket and reads Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 18

Held in the last two weeks of National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day is an international movement that encourages people to center poetry within their daily interactions. Poem in Your Pocket Day 2024 will be celebrated on April 18, 2024.

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Book Awards 2023: What is a poem you turn to for comfort or joy?

We asked the longlisters and shortlisters of the 2023 Book Awards, What is a poem you turn to for comfort or joy? Winners will be announced on May 4, 2023. Stay tuned! Looking for more info about LCP Book Awards? Read the 2023 Shortlists Read the 2023 Longlists “Perfect Song” by Heather ChristleManahil BandukwalaMONUMENT by Manahil…

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NPM 2023: Joy

The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 25th National Poetry Month this April 2023! What will you read this National Poetry Month? What events will you organize, attend? Will you start your own poetry writing project? Will you write your first poem? Will you share your poetry online for the first time? This…

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NPM23 Blog: Room for Little Joys by Prathna Lor

I was asked to write about joy and, to be honest, I’ve been having a hard time thinking about how to approach the subject. Now, that’s not to say I’m against joyful indulgence; in fact, if you asked anyone close to me, they’d probably tell you that I am the queen of relaxation. I eat…

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Book Awards 2023: What does JOY mean to you?

We asked the finalists of the 2023 Book Awards, What does Joy mean to you? See what the poets had to say! The theme of National Poetry Month 2023 is JOY! We hope that you find the joy in poetry this month. Looking for more info about LCP Book Awards? Read the 2023 Shortlists Read…

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Poem In Your Pocket Day 2023

PIYP 2023

Poem in Your Pocket Day is an international movement that encourages people to centre poetry within their daily interactions. On PIYP Day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, coffee shops, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem. The 2023 Poem in Your…

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NPM23 Blog: 6 Activities to Spark Creative Joy

by Leila-Indira Mohabeer-Ortiz Happy National Poetry Month! April is a month of joy, with the weather getting warmer and the sun shining brighter, the springtime brings forward a multitude of opportunities to get those creative juices flowing. If you find yourself with a creative itch to scratch, but you’re not quite sure how to get…

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NPM23 Blog: Pulling Joy Forward by Elizabeth Mudenyo

Easy Joy Rock huntinghands digging past algaeknee deep in water orkeeled over dusting off sandputting rocks in the bucket of our shirtsshining them and showing them offWhat a lucky find.Oh and this turquoise note!This red accent!Good eye, good eye! It cost nothingto be that fortunatetime was elastic never wastedevery minute foundits home Many once removed…

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NPM23 Blog: Rewilding Poetry Through Joy by Shannon Webb-Campbell

If you ask me if I made a new year’s resolution I’d tell you no. Such rigid ways often result in the opposite outcome, or at least that’s how it goes for me. I’ll make a resolution only to break the resolution. It’s the rebel within me. I blame the astrological fates. Not only am…

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