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What does poetry mean to you?

We are incredibly proud of and humbled by the role we play in supporting and amplifying the voices of Canada’s incredible poets and their contributions to the Canadian – and global – poetry community. Poetry does so much: it can elicit emotion, provide information, construct images, build worlds, strengthen bonds, tell stories, teach us to listen, build empathy, catch our attention. Poems are gifts that we can share, that we can hold close and return to when we need them.

It takes more than just a poet to keep poetry alive and well in Canada: we need writers of poetry, readers of poetry, and partners in poetry.

Donations to the League help us grow and sustain our outreach programs (like Poetry Pause), create paid publication opportunities for poets (like the LCP Chapbook Series), support our awards in recognition of the incredible talents in Canadian poetry, and better connect and support our hundreds of poet members across Canada. Your donations to the League go directly towards furthering our goal of nurturing a professional poetic community in Canada. Through funding, awards, mentorship, and publication, we aim to bring poetry into the lives of everyday Canadians, while supporting the amazing poets who can make that happen.

Follow this link to donate today.


Poetry matters to us.

We want to know: what does poetry mean to you?

Let us know what poetry means to you. Tag @CanadianPoets and use the social media campaign hashtag #PoetryMeans on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram. We need readers, writers, and partners of poetry to keep the community thriving; we want to hear from everyone! We hope that sharing what #PoetryMeans to you will encourage donations to keep our programs running! Lend a dollar, lend your voice: contribute to our #PoetryMeans campaign to help support Canadian poets.


“The role poetry plays in our communities is that of empowerment, not only by giving voice to the individual or the collective, but by giving creative freedom to those who seek it.” – Kevan Anthony Cameron, aka Scruffmouth, co-editor of The Great Black North anthology

“Having the courage to forage the depths of what makes & unmakes us.” – Adebe DeRango-Adem, author of The Unmooring (Mansfield Press, 2018)

“Poetry is a way of understanding myself as a human in the world. It’s a way to seek justice and understand injustice.” – Laurie D. Graham, author of Settler Education (McClelland & Stewart, 2016).

“Poetry is a good form of honest communication.” – Ben Ladouceur, author of Mad Long Emotion (Coach House Books, 2019)

“Poetry combines music, voice, philosophy, social activism, personal angst, and joy.  It is the place where I talk about restlessness, longing and desire and the tension between various emotions. It’s the place where I can be ecstatic – breathe in sadness, exhale possibility.” – Jim Nason, author of Rooster, Dog, Crow (Frontenac House, 2018).

“Poetry is a way of thinking, a way of feeling, a way of attending more deeply to language and the world, illuminating the rifts that threaten us as well as the threads that bind us.” – Susan Olding, RBC Taylor Prize-longlisted author

“Poetry is necessity. It is that almost-choke in the throat given voice before song. It is being.” Shazia Hafiz Ramji, author of Port of Being (Invisible Publishing, 2018).



Thank you to our supporters for making our work possible!

All donations exceeding $10 will receive a charitable tax receipt. Contact to register for a monthly donation.


In 2011, the P. K. Page trust fund was created to establish the funds for a League mentorship program. The initial $10,000 deposit comprised donations from the Page family, Roger Nash, and DC Reid as well as proceeds from a series of readings hosted across Canada to honour P.K. Page. Page was a luminous, intelligent poet who made an enormous contribution to Canadian poetry for more than five decades. She was awarded a life membership in the League in 1987. Her poem, Planet Earth, was honoured by the United Nations as their poem of the planet. The PK Page Trust Fund aims to establish a mentorship programme that will pair a junior and senior poet to work on a manuscript by the junior poet.

To donate to the P.K. Page trust fund, complete the above donation form and please specify “P.K. Page” in the comment box.


A supporting membership with the League costs $110 per year and comes with the following benefits: a charitable tax receipt for $70.00, eligibility to participate in the League AGM, inclusion in the members’ listserv, and eligibility for a benefits plan through the Writers’ Coalition Program. If you would like to become a supporting member of the League, email


The League is happy to accept several kinds of donations that do not fit into the above categories. Below are a few examples of other ways to support the League:

  • Bequests (feel free to download this document to find out more about donating to the League in a will)
  • Matching donations
  • Real estate
  • Giving through a business or holding company
  • Gifts of securities
  • Charitable gift annuities

To inquire about making a donation listed above, or to find out other ways you can support the League, contact the office at 416-504-1657 or email


We are pleased to offer affordable ad space in our members-only publication, ST@NZA, that connects our nationwide network of poets with writing opportunities, industry updates, and more. To find out more about supporting the League with an advertisement in ST@NZA, view our rate card.


The League is a small organization that happily welcomes volunteer contributions from filing to photography and beyond. Complete this form if you’re interested in offering contributing your skills and talents in the name of poetry! We are happy to provide a reference or documentation for volunteers if requested.