The City of Kitchener is rising to a challenge from the City of Regina Mayor, and I have been asked to read a poem during the City Council meeting on Monday April 23, at 7pm.
I will be reading a poem from my Grand River: Grand Conversations series that I created as part of my 2010 City of Kitchener Artist In Residence project.
Here is an overview of the challenge as issued by Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco:
The Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge project encourages municipal councils across Canada to take a few minutes in their Council meetings in March or April 2012 to recognize the poets in their communities, the contribution of poetry to the arts in Canada, the enormous contribution small publishers to the history and cultural development of Canada. Poetry City will be coordinated with programs to promote reading, writing and study activities in schools, universities and community venues during National Poetry Month. The Poetry City project is led by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (SWG) in partnership with the League of Canadian Poets.
According to Regina’s Mayor Pat Fiacco, the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge “will be a world-first in recognizing the enormous contribution of our poets, other writers, and publishers to the cultural history and identity of our communities and our nation.”
Plan to attend to find out which poem I will read at the Kitchener City Council meeting and to show support for poetry during National Poetry Month; the first person at the meeting to tell me, “I’m here to support Canadian Poetry by a living poet!” will win a copy of my Grand River: Grand Conversations exhibition catalogue (a photo and poetry book).
Please come to the City of Kitchener Council Chamber on Monday April 23, 2012, at 7:00 pm!