The League of Canadian Poets’ new Community Committees bring together poets based on their region, identity, writing style, interest in investigating solutions or opportunities, or the simple desire to connect with other poets. The League’s membership is growing larger every day and with poets being dispersed nationally, these committees will provide the opportunity for more intimate and meaningful connections for poets.
These committees are intended to bring poets together to foster connection, conversation, issue-focus, and community. Committee meetings will begin in October 2022.
Some examples of a committee’s purpose are:
- Research an issue relating to poets
- Research an opportunity related to poets
- Bring together poets to read, write, work and share together
- Build community between poets who have common goals, interests or identities
The League of Canadian Poets is looking for poets who are interested in joining Committees. You can express your interest by filling in the form below.
To form a committee, poets who are prepared to be Chair of the committee may complete this form: https://airtable.com/shrRnD3rgSBN8xhoh
League of Canadian Poets staff will provide support, guidance and tools for Committees (such as access to Google Meets and a central email address and Google Drive folder), but Committees will organize and meet independently within the policies and by-laws of the League.
See our Community Committee Handbook (also available in plain-text) to learn more.
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Committee News and Updates
Chair: Diana Manole
Mission: The Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets strongly and uncompromisingly champions the rights of those who identify as women and/or feminists in Canada and worldwide. Our mandate is to celebrate, promote, and support women’s creativity within the League and beyond. We oppose systemic misogyny, anti-feminist traditions, and rights-restrictive cultural relativism and commit to take action against any infringement of women’s rights and their creative work. The Feminist Caucus respects and advocates for equality and freedom of expression in its practices and membership.
Associate Members Committee
Goal: To empower Associate Members of the League to be represented to the Board of Directors, and to provide a space for Associate Members to connect
Queer Poets of the League
Chair: Eric Folsom, pending vote
Goal: To advocate on behalf of 2SLGBTQIA+ poets of the League by forming a safe space for ideas and concerns to be raised. In a generally homophobic and transphobic society, queer poets face great challenges; this committee would work to provide help through readings, publications, and conversations.
Chair: Jennifer Bowering Delisle
Goal: To create community for poets often isolated by the demands of parenting, to discuss issues pertinent to parenting poets, and to organize events that attempt to eliminate the barriers parents often face.
Indigenous Poets of the League
Chair: Diana Hope Tegenkamp
Goal: To create connections and dialogue between poets and to possibly organize a shared event or research or writing project.
Disability and Chronic Illness Committee
Goal: To enable connection and strategize ways to increase visibility, organize events and things like wikipedia editathons or reviewathons, identify ways to communicate about access needs and increase accessibility within literary communities, etc.
Poets Laureate Committee
Chair: Micheline Maylor, pending election
Goal: To connect Canada’s Poets Laureate to share and support each other’s missions.