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National Poetry Month 2021

National Poetry Month 2021: Resilience The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 23nd National Poetry Month this April…
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Reading Series and Festival funding

If you are already familiar with our funding programs and you are looking to submit an application, please visit this…
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Poets in the Schools micro-grants

If you are familiar with the League's Poets in the Schools funding program and looking for the application details and…
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Poetry In Union 2021

Poetry in Union - A Poetry Experience for Valentine's Day We have all experienced distance and disconnection in the past…
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Review: footsteps in the garden by Bob Mackenzie

Reviewed by Vanessa Shields footsteps in the garden by Bob MacKenzie (cyberwit.net, 2021)   Bob MacKenzie’s latest collection of poetry,…
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Review: The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak by Grace Lau

Reviewed by Padmaja Battani The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak by Grace Lau, Guernica Editions, 2021   The…
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Funding for 2022 in-person events

NEW: The League of Canadian Poet Local In-Person Events Funding Program    December 8, 2021: The League of Canadian Poets is thrilled…
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Review: Metastasis by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews

Reviewed by Emma Odrach Metastasis by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews (Mosaic Press, 2021) Insightful. thoughtful and timely Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews says…
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Review: Wild Hope: Prayers and Poems by John Terpstra

Reviewed by Carol MacKay Wild Hope: Prayers and Poems by John Terpstra (St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2020) John Terpstra’s book…
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Review: Thimbles by Vanessa Shields

Reviewed by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews Thimbles by Vanessa Shields (Palimpsest Press, 2021)    In poetry, everything has a deeper meaning.…
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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors…
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Review: Haiku in Canada: History, Poetry, Memoir by Terry Ann Carter

Reviewed by Philomene Kocher Haiku in Canada: History, Poetry, Memoir by Terry Ann Carter. Victoria, BC: Ekstasis Editions, 2020. 170 pp.…
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Review: Locked in Different Alphabets by Doris Fiszer

Reviewed by Pearl Pirie Locked in Different Alphabets by Doris Fiszer (Silver Bow Publishing, 2020) I’ve had the privilege of…
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Review: The Muse Sings by Dennis Cooley

Reviewed by Pearl Pirie The Muse Sings by Dennis Cooley (At Bay Press, 2020) I’ve long admired the playfulness of…
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Take Heart: A review of Nothing You Can Carry by Susan Alexander

Reviewed by Chantel Lavoie Nothing You Can Carry by Susan Alexander (Thistledown Press, 2020) The title hints at the spiritual…
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The World is Always Being Born: Review of Blood Rises by David Haskins

Reviewed by Patricia Keeney Blood Rises by David Haskins (Guernica Editions. 2020) At the breathless top of the world along…
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Review: sfumato by David Stones

Reviewed by Kamal Parmar sfumato by David Stones (Blue Moon Publishing, 2021)   In the book sfumato, the poet David…
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What can be disentangled from language by Bahar Orang

Canthius celebrates poetry and prose by women, trans men, non-binary, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming writers, and these poems were chosen…
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Fall Webinar: Sept 24, 2021 – Using Canva to Support your Poetry Career

Join League staff in discussing how Canva can help you to create professional and impressive designs in support of your…
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Just Cross: a review of Windfor by Allan Briesmaster

Reviewed by Louise Carson Windfor by Allan Briesmaster, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, 2021 As I was curious about the origin of…
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There’s Art In Dying: a Review of Uncharted by Sabyasachi Nag

Reviewed by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews Sabyasachi Nag. Uncharted. Toronto, Ontario: Mansfield Press, 2020. Whether in the animal kingdom or amongst…
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An Appreciation: review of Mirrors and Windows by Anna Yin

Reviewed by John Robert Colombo Very seldom these days do avid and adventurous readers come across a volume that meets…
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Review: Walking Across The Day by d.n. simmers

Reviewed by Michael Edwards Walking Across The Day by d.n simmers, New Westminster, BC: Silver Bow Publishing, 2020. Vancouver poet…
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Strange Ways: a review of The Hammer of Witches by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

Reviewed by By Louise Carson The Hammer of Witches by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, Dagger Editions, 2020   One of the…
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Final Breaths on the Tongue: Review of Gianna Patriarca’s To the Men Who Write Goodbye Letters

Reviewed by Renée M. Sgroi Gianna Patriarca’s latest poetry collection, To the Men Who Write Goodbye Letters (Inanna, 2020) balances…
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Review: The Dance Between: Poems About Women by Susan Ioannou

Review by Kate Marshall Flaherty first published in Verse Afire, January 2021.   The Dance Between: Poems About Women by…
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Review: For the Love of Lazaros by Susan Ioannou

Reviewed by Ronnie R. Brown first published in Verse Afire, January 2020.   For the Love of Lazaros by Susan…
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Review: The Other Life by Pat Connors

Reviewed by Jeevan Bhagwat In his debut poetry collection, The Other Life (Mosaic Press, 2021), Patrick Conners takes us on…
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Review: A Near Memoir: New Poems by Penn Kemp

Reviewed by Katerina Fretwell A Near Memoir: New Poems, Penn Kemp's elegant chapbook, features her father's portrait of her at…
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Review of Niagara & Government, by Phil Hall

Reviewed by Marguerite Pigeon “I have compounded another thingamajig,” exclaims Phil Hall partway through his recent collection, Niagara & Government…
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