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Celebrating National Poetry Month in Kingston

April 13, 2016 -

The month of April is National Poetry Month and the City of Kingston is joining communities across the country in a celebration of poetry, writing and publishing. To mark the occasion Kingston city council has proclaimed April National Poetry Month in the city of Kingston and has invited our Poet Laureate, Helen Humphreys, to present a poem at the April 19 meeting of council. 

"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 asks mayors from across the country to recognize poetry and the contributions of poets and writers. Participating communities are encouraged to recognize World Poetry Day or National Poetry Month by proclamation and invite a local poet to share a poem at the start of a council meeting.

Colin Wiginton, cultural director for the City of Kingston adds, "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 https://www.kfpl.ca/programs-and-events/the-poetry-blackboard.

About the Poet Laureate

The position of Poet Laureate 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.

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Media contact: For more information contact Christina Thomson, assistant to the mayor, 613-546-4291 ext. 1405 (cell 613-650-7231)

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