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Celebrating National Poetry Month in Kingston

April 17, 2015 -

The City of Kingston has accepted the Mayor's Poetry Challenge issued by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and has proclaimed April to be National Poetry Month in Kingston. In doing so, it becomes one of 70 communities across the country to take up this challenge to celebrate poetry, writing and publishing. To mark the occasion, council has invited our poet laureate, Helen Humphreys, to present a poem at its April 21 meeting. 

"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 many talented local artists."

The challenge asked mayors from across the country to recognize National Poetry Month by issuing a proclamation and inviting a local poet to share a poem at the start of a council meeting.

"In the past, poetry was oral history, and cultural memory was passed down as ballads or hymns or odes. Today, poetry is no less important in preserving and reflecting our modern times, and its short form and distillation of experience, perfectly suit our technological age," says Humphreys.

See the poem Humphreys read at the New Year's Levee – Three Owls and a Bayonet –at www.CityofKingston.ca/explore/culture-history/arts/poet-laureate.

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 poet laureate will increase awareness of Kingston as a centre of writing excellence and increase the profile of the literary arts within the city and beyond. The poet laureate serves a four-year term, serving as the spokesperson for the literary arts in this city and presenting poems at public events throughout the year.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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For more information contact:

Mayor Bryan Paterson

613-546-4291 ext. 1405