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National Poetry Month 2020 Information and Theme Announcement from the League of Canadian Poets

Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:48 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

Celebrate a World of Poetry this April for National Poetry Month 2020!

Open up a world of poetry this April!
The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 22nd National Poetry Month this April 2020 by opening yourself up to “A World of Poetry.” We hope that this theme will inspire conversations, poems, and dialogues about the many ways poetry is expressed and honoured around the world, as well as the cultural impacts of poetry in different regions. We encourage poets from around the world to speak and write about what poetry means for their life experiences, perspectives and identity as well as the roots of poetry in their culture or country.

For more information National Poetry Month please visit poets.ca/npm. You can also check out suggestions for how to get involved and celebrate this April here: poets.ca/2017/01/12/get-involved-with-national-poetry-month.

Applications for NPM event funding are now open
Hosting an NPM event this year? We’re now accepting applications from event hosts for our NPM funding program. Thanks to the continued support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage, we are pleased to once again be able to provide funding directly to poets participating in NPM-themed events. Funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2020. Find our application form and guidelines at poets.ca/npmfunding.

Be a Poetry City: get your event on our Poetry Map!
Throughout April, we will update our Poetry Map to track all NPM events and happenings that we hear about. We encourage cities and towns to celebrate National Poetry Month by inviting a poet to read at a City Council meeting during April or March! Email us the details of your event at info@poets.ca.

2020 Annual Poetry Awards: Important Dates

  • Saturday, March 21: On World Poetry Day, we will announce the winner of the 4rd annual Broadsheet Contest. For more information, visit poets.ca/broadsheet.
  • Wednesday, April 1: Join us at poets.ca/awards as we reveal the Longlists for our 2020 Annual Book Awards, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.
  • Tuesday, April 21: Find out who will make the Shortlists for our 2020 Annual Book Awards

Poem in Your Pocket Day Returns
On Thursday, April 30, 2020, celebrate the 4th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day across Canada. The day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. Find out more at poets.ca/pocketpoem.

Official NPM20 Poster and Bookmark
The official NPM20 poster and bookmark was once again designed by Megan Fildes. Both will be available for free download at poets.ca/npm.

The official NPM20 poster and bookmark was once again designed by Megan Fildes. Both will be available for free download at poets.ca/npm.

We have a limited number of posters and bookmarks that we are excited to provide to libraries, classrooms, bookstores, and event organizers free of cost. Complete this form to request posters and bookmarks: https://forms.gle/KfUfKKNPZ69xktNi8

Join the #NPM20 Conversation!
Share your NPM activities and join the conversation by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram @CanadianPoets. and use the official #NPM20 hashtag.

About National Poetry Month
Established in April 1998 by the LCP, NPM 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.

About Poem in Your Pocket Day
Each year on Poem in Your Pocket Day, schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. As a special collaboration, the leading membership-based poetry organizations that sponsor National Poetry Month in North America—the League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets—have created a guide to inspire and assist with local Poem in Your Pocket Day celebrations.

About the League of Canadian Poets
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. For more information, visit Poets.ca.


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