Mayor's Poetry City Challenge
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will again participate in the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge. This annual literary competition encourages municipal councils across Canada to take a few minutes in their meetings in March or April to recognize the poets in their communities and the contribution of poetry to the arts in Canada.
The purpose of this challenge is to recognize both UNESCO’s World Poetry Day on March 21, as well as National Poetry Month, which is celebrated in April. You can learn more about this initiative at the League of Canadian Poets website.
This is the third time that our community has participated in the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge. In 2014, citizen poet Kim Fiskeis read her poem, “The Worry Stone,” at the beginning of the April 22 Council meeting. Last year, Cathy Yard read her poem, “Not Sure I Could Explain,” at the April 28 Council meeting. This year, Dawn Booth will read her poem, “Wood Buffalo; Where ART thou?” at the April 19 Council meeting.
Each of these poets were participants of the annual Words in Motion poetry program and their respective poems each received one of the highest scores in the public category.