Since 2019, the League has worked with volunteer poets to craft spontaneous poetry for couples, passers-by, friends, and family.
Our first event was held in partnership with Union Station in Toronto, and the very first Poetry in Union was held on Valentine's Day 2019. When the COVID-19 pandemic moved us all online after just two in-person events, our dedicated volunteers worked with us to reimagine this event in a digital format, and our 2021 Poetry in Union event was a sweet gathering of online friends in a most impossible time.
In 2023, our online events were rebranded to "custom poem fundraisers," where, for a small fee, individuals can sign up to be paired with a poet who will craft them a beautiful custom poem - on the spot! We have some very talented volunteers! - for any occasion. We were grateful for the generous poets and readers who signed up to celebrate with our Valentine's Day 2023 event, Heartfelt.
Spontaneous poetry writing can capture the feeling, image or essence of a special moment, event or conversation. LCP Custom Poetry Fundraisers will connect you with a Canadian poet who, after a brief conversation, will write a unique, personal, and beautiful spontaneous poem just for you. This unique experience is an uplifting way to celebrate a special occasion, loved one, or memory.
Proceeds from custom poetry fundraisers will 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.