Thursday, 29 March 2012
Vancouver's Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau and acclaimed poet Catherine Graham support aspiring poets through new national contest!!
TORONTO AND VANCOUVER, March 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest, an initiative to encourage and identify this country's promising new poets, launches April 1, during National Poetry Month, with the support of acclaimed poets Evelyn Lau (Honorary Patron) in Vancouver and Catherine Graham (Contest Judge) in Toronto.
From April 1 to June 1, the contest invites submissions of original poems from unpublished Canadian writers. Three winners will see their poems published on the contest website and their names listed in the Contests and Awards section of Quill & Quire. They will also benefit from a total of $1,000 worth of private online mentoring sessions with poet and writing instructor Catherine Graham. Graham is the author of four books of poetry. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland and has been frequently anthologized. An interview with the first-prize winner will be published on Allyson Latta's website, "Memoir Writing & More." Latta is a literary editor and instructor for University of Toronto, and the contest's Editorial/Media Adviser.
"I'm thrilled to launch this poetry contest that both recognizes and develops new talent," says contest founder Heidi Stock. "I believe this contest is unique in the combination of its focus on submissions from unpublished writers (age 19 and older), its national scope, and its mentoring prize. My goal is to inspire and encourage emerging poets, and to create a spotlight and opportunity for our contest winners."
Stock is President of Prospect Research Experts Inc., a grant research and writing firm, and Founder of Gift To A Star, a new initiative that recognizes and rewards exceptional staff and volunteers at Canadian charities.
Honorary Patron Lau, who has mentored new writers at University of British Columbia,
Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Public Library, says, "I'm pleased to support the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest in its effort to recognize unpublished poets and develop talent through mentoring sessions with contest judge, poet Catherine Graham. Good luck to the contest entrants and this initiative in its inaugural year."
For further information:
Contest details: visit http://www.aspiringpoetscontest.org/
Interview requests: contact Heidi Stock at email@example.com
Catherine Graham: visit http://www.catherinegraham.com/
Evelyn Lau: visit http://www.vancouververse.ca/
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
This March 12, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Canada's greatest poets.
Canadians from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island are celebrating Irving Layton.
Never before in Canadian history has this country united to honour the life and work of one of its poets.
Irving Layton passed away on January 4th, 2006. He was 93.
ALBERTA - CALGARY Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
ALBERTA - EDMONTON Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:00pm
BRITISH COLUMBIA - BOWEN ISLAND Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 4:00pm
BRITISH COLUMBIA - VANCOUVER Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 3:00pm
BRITISH COLUMBIA - VICTORIA Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 7:00pm
LABRADOR - GOOSE BAY Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:00pm
MANITOBA - WINNIPEG Monday, March 12, 2012 at 8:00pm
NEW BRUNSWICK - FREDERICTON Monday, March 12, 2012 at 8:00pm
NEW BRUNSWICK - SAINT JOHN Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 4:00pm
NEWFOUNDLAND - CORNER BROOK Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
NEWFOUNDLAND - ST. JOHN'S Monday, March 12, 2012 at 8:00pm
NOVA SCOTIA - HALIFAX Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:00pm
ONTARIO - KINGSTON Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:00pm
ONTARIO - NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
ONTARIO - OTTAWA Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:30pm
ONTARIO - TORONTO - Harbourfront Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:00pm
ONTARIO - WINDSOR Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:00pm
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - CHARLOTTETOWN Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
QUEBEC - MONTREAL Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 7:00pm
SASKATCHEWAN - REGINA Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
SASKATCHEWAN - SASKATOON Monday, March 12, 2012 at 11:00am
SASKATCHEWAN - SASKATOON Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
YUKON - WHITEHORSE Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
CANADA - INDIGO/CHAPTERS Monday, March 12, 2012 at 9:00am
CANADA - NATIONAL FILM BOARD Monday, March 12, 2012 at 9:00am
INTERNATIONAL - FRANCE - PARIS Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 8:00pm
For more details, visit the Irving Layton website.
*Note - Photo of Irving Layton by Sam Tata, circa 1960.