2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings

Annually, the readings by the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets are highly anticipated. Again in 2020, the readings will be held at beautiful Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, part of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. The evening will also include the presentation of the Griffin Lifetime Recognition award recipient.

Learn more about the Griffin Lifetime Recognition Award.

Replay the shortlist readings livestream here.

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie VOICES/VOIX Poetry Journal submission period closes

In June 2020, Poetry In Voice will publish the second issue of VOICES/VOIX, their student poetry journal. If you are a student in grades 9 through 12 (Sec. 3, 4 & 5 and CEGEP 1 in Quebec), you’re encourage to send your original poems via their submission form. The journal is open for submissions from October 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.

Please note that for Issue #2, only one poem submission per student will be accepted.

Learn more here.

Crawford and Lockhart read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

The Poetry London Reading Series, in partnership with the London Public Library, hosts monthly readings and poetry workshops in London, Ontario. They bring a diverse list of Canada’s finest poets into London for readings, as well as providing a wide range of poetry-related opportunities for local writers and poetry aficionados. The reading series’ home is the Landon Branch Library in London’s beautiful Wortley Village.

Workshops, open to everyone, are held prior to each featured reading, from 6 to 7 pm. This evening’s featured readers are Lucas Crawford and D.A. Lockhart.

Learn more here.

Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie Senior National Finals

Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie is a charitable organization that encourages Canadian students to fall in love with poetry through reading, writing, and recitation. 

The 24 top-scoring students from the Senior Online Qualifiers are invited to compete at the National Semifinals. Then at the National FInals, the top 3 students in each of the three contest streams (English, Bilingual, and French) compete we award the following:

  • 1st place: $5,000 for the student, $1,000 for their school library, with $500 reserved for the purchase of poetry books
  • 2nd place: $1,000 for the student, $500 for the purchase of poetry books for their school library
  • 3rd place: $500 for the student, $250 for the purchase of poetry books for their school library

With poetry-themed cultural activities, this is a truly immersive event: To date, Poetry In Voice has hosted a Q&A with Margaret Atwood for finalists and their teachers; poetry-themed gallery tours of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario; a screening of Al Purdy Was Here followed by a Q&A with director, Brian Johnson; the Amazing Recitation Race in Vancouver; the Epic Toronto Poetry Showdown; the Epic Winnipeg Poetry Hunt; writing workshops for students; and best-practice workshops for teachers.

Learn more here.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a month-long celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and observed since 1999 in Canada. As the Academy of American Poets states, National Poetry Month is meant to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to the nation’s complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. National Poetry Month events and initiatives increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.

Learn more about National Poetry Month via the Academy of American Poets, the League of Canadian Poets and UK Book Trade’s National Poetry Month.

di Michele and Gillis read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

The Poetry London Reading Series, in partnership with the London Public Library, hosts monthly readings and poetry workshops in London, Ontario. They bring a diverse list of Canada’s finest poets into London for readings, as well as providing a wide range of poetry-related opportunities for local writers and poetry aficionados. The reading series’ home is the Landon Branch Library in London’s beautiful Wortley Village.

Workshops, open to everyone, are held prior to each featured reading, from 6 to 7 pm. This evening’s featured readers are Mary di Michele and Susan Gillis.

Learn more here.