The Westmount Poetry Group invites the community to celebrate National Poetry Month for a special afternoon, Sunday, April 23 at 2 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke Street West.. Enjoy refreshments while local poets entertain and intrigue with their newest work. Free tickets available at Victoria Hall and the Library. Info: 514.989.5226
Established in 1966, the League of Canadian Poets is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, engaging, and promoting poets and poetry in Canada. Visit our About page to find out more about the League, or support the League today! National Poetry Month began in the US in 1996, spearheaded by the Academy of American Poets on the steps of a post office in New York City. There, the story goes, Academy staff members handed out copies of T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Waste Land,” which begins, “April is the cruellest month…” to individuals waiting in line to mail their tax returns. Established in Canada in 1998, NPM now brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.
April also celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day each year! The day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. For more information about this initiative, visit poets.ca/pocketpoem. Poem in Your Pocket Day 2017 will take place on Thursday, April 27.