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November 10, 2014 -

The City's Poet Laureate Eric Folsom and Queen's School of Medicine invite the public to engage in "A Beautiful Verse" – a poetry reading and public discussion.  This free event will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Baby Grand Theatre, upstairs at 218 Princess St.

Folsom has been working with students from Queen's School of Medicine to address the sometimes tenuous connections among the Town and Gown, Medical and LGBTQ communities.

This presentation is the culmination of a series of workshops which offered participants an opportunity to engage in discussion of gender and sexuality. The language, ideas and discussion points that emerged from A Beautiful Symposium – which asked participants to respond to the question: "Is Kingston a LGBTQ-friendly city?" are represented in the poetry of the participants.

The group will read their poems-in-progress around the table. The audience will be invited to engage in the process if they so desire.  A community discussion lead by Ron Sly of YGKLGBT will follow the readings.

A Beautiful Symposium was hosted in March 2014 by Theatre Kingston in association with a presentation of Volcano Theatre's "A Beautiful View" at the Grand Theatre. The play, by Daniel McIvor, explores a complex female relationship.

For more on The Grand and Baby Grand Theatre, see http://kingstongrand.ca   

For more on the Poet Laureate Eric Folsom, see:  www.CityofKingston.ca/explore/culture-history/arts/poet-laureate

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