Kingston Celebrates National Poetry Month

Published on: 2016/04/15 - in Featured News

The City of Kingston is joining communities across Canada in celebrating poetry, writing and publishing during April’s National Poetry Month.

Kingston City Council is marking the event by formally proclaiming April National Poetry Month in the city and has invited Kingston’s Poet Laureate, Helen Humphreys, to present a poem at the Council’s April 19th meeting.

According to a City release, the Poet Laureate position recognizes and honours individual achievement in poetry, and fosters creative writing in and about our city. The position is currently held by the renowned poet and novelist Helen Humphreys who serves as a spokesperson for the literary arts on behalf of the city and whose role it is to help increase awareness of Kingston as a centre of writing excellence.

“Kingston is a community that values and supports the contributions of arts and culture to our quality of life,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Participating in the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge is a great opportunity to celebrate poetry, writing and our talented local artists.”

The Mayor’s Poetry Challenge targets mayors from across Canada, asking that they recognize poetry and the contributions of poets and writers.

Communities participating in the celebration are encouraged to recognize World Poetry Day or National Poetry Month by proclamation and to invite a local poet to share a poem at the start of their own council meeting.

Cultural director for the City of Kingston, Colin Wiginton, said “We’re excited that National Poetry month provides the City of Kingston the chance to spotlight this important art form. Poetry has a long tradition in this community and Helen Humphreys, our current Poet Laureate, has made it her goal to connect people to poetry not just this month but year round through readings, workshops and online initiatives like the ‘Poetry Blackboard’ hosted by the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.”

Find out more about the poetry blackboard at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library website

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