Poets in the Schools


Page last updated December 3, 2020. 

The Poets in the Schools program, supported by the Ontario Arts Council, is currently closed for virtual class visits.

This application is designed for a poet to submit their own application. If you are an educator seeking a poet to bring to your classroom, check out this directory and reach out to a poet to start the process!

For information about funding general public online events (not school visits), visit this page!




Please note: This funding program is now closed. 

Poet’s location: This funding is primarily reserved for Ontario poets, with a limited amount available for poets residing elsewhere in Canada

Payment: This funding is available only for Full Members of the League of Canadian Poets. Poets will be paid $500 per presentation, to a maximum of $3,000, for events before March 31, 2021.

Schools: Poets must have made an initial arrangement with a school to participate in the program but do not have an exact date in place in advance.

Presentation/event: Poets will deliver a presentation for virtual classroom use. Presentations must be a minimum of 20 minutes which can be divided into more than one presentation (e.g. two 10-min presentations or four 5-min readings) excluding exercises/activities.

The virtual presentation should include resources for teachers to use with the class on the presented material. Resources should include a minimum of 5 – 7 questions for the class and 2 exercises related to the presented material.

The virtual presentation will be available for the teacher to present to students on the teacher’s schedule but may also involve a live component keeping privacy and security issues for students in mind.

Examples of presentations:

  • A Zoom meeting between teacher and poet recorded and available for student viewing,
  • A short video to use with the supplementary exercises
  • A live virtual visit on platform like Zoom or Facetime, etc.

Check out Tips for Virtual Presentations from the Writer’s Union of Canada.

Equity initiative: Applications from poets who self-identify as belonging to one of the Canada Council’s priority groups (Deaf/Disabled, Indigenous, racialized, cultural minority) and/or as LGBTQI2S will be prioritized. As well, priority will be given to partnerships with schools in Northern Ontario.