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Here’s a quirky creative fact… Edgar Allan Poe originally wanted a parrot to repeat the word “nevermore” in his famous poem, The Raven. However, he apparently decided a parrot “didn’t fit the melancholy tone that his poem was going for, and he settled on a raven.”   * Source: Buzzfeed; […]

Quirky Creative Fact: Edgar Allan Poe Originally Wanted a Parrot ...

Enjoy some spooky and silly literary fun with your little ones with these Halloween acrostic poem printables from Activity Village. Just click on each title or image to grab them for yourself. Halloween Acrostic Poem Printable Alien Acrostic Poem Printable Mummy Acrostic Poem Printable Monster Acrostic Poem Printable

Halloween Acrostic Poem Printables

Peeling Rambutan is the third poetry collection from Montreal-based poet Gillian Sze. Following Sze’s previous collections, Fish Bones (2009) and The Anatomy of Clay (2011), the beautifully-bound Peeling Rambutan “meditates upon the rifts between immigrant parents and their Canadian-born children and the struggle of overlapping values which sometimes arises when we view the complexity of […]

Peeling Rambutan: New Poetry from Montreal’s Gillian Sze (Review)

Are you looking for some online poetry-based fun, games, and learning opportunities for your kids? Check out Giggle Poetry! The website for children has… Poetry Fun – “Learn everything you need to know to become a “Giggle Poet!” The easy-to-follow instructions on this page will have you up and writing funny poems […]

Giggle Poetry: A Website of Poetry Fun for Kids

You always need to be careful when entering your writing into a contest or any sort of submission situation. But when it comes to figuring out which contests may be scams, why not take advantage of other writers’ past experience and existing knowledge — especially when they are so willing […]

Writing Contests to Avoid

Do you or your kids love Shel Silverstein and his poems? Or perhaps you’re looking for a way to introduce your little literature lovers to Silverstein. Either way, together you can watch animated versions of some of Shel Silverstein’s poem with the poetperforming them himself ShelSilversteinBook‘s Youtube channel. The channel includes […]

Introduce Your Kids to Shel Silverstein’s Poetry with Animated Videos ...

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Whether you’re new to poetry or an experienced writer, there are always more tips, forms, and techniques to learn as well as room to develop your style. Exploring different perspectives and opening yourself up to new ideas through poetry writing books is a great way to become a better writer. […]

5 Books to Help You Write Better Poetry

If you’re a poet or poetry-lover in Canada and active on social media, then you’ll definitely want to follow the lively community on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Here is a list of Canadian poetry accounts you should being following on Twitter and Facebook: The League of Canadian Poets Twitter: […]

Canadian Poetry Accounts You Should Follow on Twitter and Facebook

Writing poetry isn’t something that should remain for poets alone. Artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other creative professionals can all benefit from penning their own poems. Here are 5 reasons why artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other creative professionals should write poetry: 1. Open Your Creative Mind Inspiration, new techniques, and fresh […]

5 Reasons Why Artists, Musicians, Filmmakers, and Other Creative Professionals ...

Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the epic poem Beowulf, it will now be published. Released on May 22 by HarperCollins, Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary will be edited by Tolkien’s son Christopher Tolkien.  The book is planned to have the poem’s translation “as well as the lectures Tolkien gave on Beowulf in the 1930s […]

JRR Tolkien’s Translation of Beowulf to be Published

Refining and defining your poetry is a life-long pursuit and a never-ending learning process. Actively working to improve your writing will bring you ever-closer to the kind of literary art you want to create. Here are 5 ways to improve your poetry and spark new ideas: 1. Write in Every […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Poetry and Spark New Ideas ...

Two poems by the Greek poet Sappho have been found in an anonymous collector’s possession, giving us a glimpse into a new side of the ancient writer’s world. The discovery was made when Oxford University Classicist Dirk Obbink identified the author of the writings that appear on ancient papyrus.  The first […]

Two Poems By Ancient Greek Poet Sappho Discovered

The artist known as Britta “Britta B” Badour is wise beyond her years. Relatively new to the spoken word poetry world, she’s already made a name for herself as perhaps one of the more dynamic slam poets on the North American arts scene. Her deeply personal and moving writing sparkles […]

URBAN/Intersection: Spoken Word Poet “Britta B”

“Get ready for late nights! Great books abound among this year’s GG finalists and you won’t be able to put them down. Further proof of the prolific and potent Canadian literary scene.” – Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Canada Council for the […]

Canada Council for the Arts Announces Finalists for the 2013 ...

The winners of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize were announced tonight at the annual gala in Toronto. One Canadian winner and one international winner were chosen by judges Suzanne Buffam, Mark Doty, and Wang Ping. 2013 Griffin Poetry Award Winner – Canadian: David McFadden, What’s the Score? 2013 Griffin Poetry Award Winner – […]

The 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Winners Announced

The finalists for the 2013 Trillium Book Award were announced today with six English and five French books shortlisted. Also shortlisted were three titles for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language and three titles for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language. English Finalists for […]

2013 Trillium Book Award Finalists Announced

Few Canadian poets have ever attained the level of reverence that bpNichol has earned. His creative output ranged from concrete poems and experimental fiction to small press ephemera and scripts for beloved kids’ shows Fraggle Rock and The Raccoons. While most readers are familiar with his most popular work, the nine-volume poetic epic The […]

Book Review: a book of variations, by bpNichol

How Poetry Saved My Life is a memoir, a call to action and a celebration of poetry. It’s honest and heartbreaking, it’s funny and exciting and it leaves the reader in a loving place. What more could you want? But enough of this preamble. The goods are in the conversation. […]

Poetry Saves Lives: A conversation with Amber Dawn

Those familiar with David Seymour’s first book of poetry, Inter Alia, will find his sophomore effort For Display Purposes Only to be a huge leap forward in style and aesthetic, almost unrecognizable in subject matter and tone. While Inter Alia was an earnest, geographically oriented and detail-obsessed text that recalled the work of Tim Lilburn and Seymour’s […]

Book Review: For Display Purposes Only, by David Seymour

Andrew Faulkner’s debut collection of poetry, Need Machine (Coach House Books), is as sharp as a bag of razors about a subject that usually breeds nothing but milquetoast wishy-washiness: boredom, dissatisfaction and indifference. Instead of the watery, grey and indefinite language that these feelings often inspire, Faulkner attacks them with every ounce […]

Book Review: Need Machine by Andrew Faulkner

White Piano is the second of Nicole Brossard’s many books that has been translated by the prolific team of Erin Moure and Robert Majzels. The last time the pair handled one of Brossard’s texts, Roses & Civilization, it was nominated for a Griffin Poetry Prize. The pair have again brought their exceptional […]

Book Review: White Piano by Nicole Brossard