Event: Poetry City Challenge

Where: Canada
When: March or April (by community)

In celebration of National Poetry Month and World Poetry Day (March 21), each year municipalities and people across Canada are challenged to bring poetry into politics. This event celebrates poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets and all writers to the rich cultural life in our country.

In previous years, one mayor led this annual challenge (Mayor’s Challenge) by inviting a poet to read at a council meeting in March or April, then challenging mayors and councils across the nation to follow suit and join the celebration. As part of the Edmonton 2016 Poetry Festival, the City of Edmonton hosted an event at City Hall on April 20, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. The 2016 Poets Laureate of Edmonton (Pierrette Requier and Charlotte Cranston) delivered poetry alongside Gerald Hill (Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan), Anna Yin (Poet Laureate of Mississauga, Ontario) and Cree/Métis poet Marilyn Dumont.

Anyone is welcome to contribute #PoetryCity poems during the months of March and April.

Latest update: 2018

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