Committees

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.  

League of Canadian Poets staff will provide support, guidance and tools for Committees (such as access to Zoom), but Committees will organize and meeting independently within the policies and by-laws of the League. 

See our Community Committee Handbook (also available in plain-text) to learn more.

 

JOIN A COMMITTEE

Active Committees:

  • Feminist Caucus – Find out more about the Feminist Caucus here: https://poets.ca/feministcaucus/
  • Regional Representative Committee – To bring geographical representation to the Board of Directors.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee – To help the League develop and implement EDI goals, plans, and action within the organization and in the Canadian poetry community.
  • Associate Members Committee – 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 – 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.
  • Parenting Poets – 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.
  • Women Poets in Simcoe County – To connect women poets who live in Simcoe County
  • Indigenous Poets of the League – To create connections and dialogue between poets and to possibly organize a shared event or research or writing project.
  • Disability and Chronic Illness Committee  – 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 Community – To connect Canada’s Poets Laureate to share and support each other’s missions.
  • Dub Poets of the League – To bring together dub poets and related poets to further the artform in Canada
  • Muslim Poets of the League – To recognize and utilize Muslim talent to create community compassion and understanding for an often misrepresented and demonized group of people.

Upcoming Committees seeking a Committee Chair:

  • The poetry hub – To unify poets of all cultures so that they share their work and showcase their unique talent.
  • Georgina (Ontario) Poets – To gather local poets to share work and ideas
  • Surrealist poets gardening association – To connect poets with niche or odd interests
  • Past Presidents of the League – To preserve a living knowledge and history of the League through its past Presidents