Spearheaded by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month began in the United States in 1996. Two years later, Canada established its own National Poetry Month, which brings together poets, schools, publishers, booksellers, libraries and literary organizations to celebrate poetry and its place in Canadian culture.
To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Brantford Writers’ Circle is hosting a poetry reading on Monday, April 30 from 7-9pm at Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home’s Carriage House (96 West St., Brantford). Poets and non-poets are welcome to attend; you do not need to bring a poem, but you are welcome to read a poem of your own choosing - whether you wrote it or you simply love it and want to share. Donations of $2 will be accepted at the door, and snacks and beverages will be provided.
Jointly hosted by the Brantford Poetry Society & Glenhyrst Art Gallery, An evening of poetry appreciation will take place on Friday, April 20 from 7-9pm at Glenhyrst (20 Ava Rd., Brantford). The evening will feature several local poets and lovers of poetry who will each read one or two poems. The majority of the readers are actual poets who have been published, or are either individual participants or members of the Brantford Poetry Society.
Brantford Public Library will also be celebrating National Poetry Month in April. Gather at the St. Paul Branch on Wednesday, April 25 from 2-3pm for a free event to create your own black-out poem using recycled newspapers.
For poetry lovers, the Brantford Public Library is home to the Poet Laureate Collection, an eclectic mix of poetry volumes from hundreds of Canadian authors, gifted to the library by Brantford’s own poet laureate, John B. Lee. Take some time to peruse the collection and grow your appreciation for Canadian poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month this April.