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Mayor's Poetry City Challenge

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo participated 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 year, Amrita Toor, representing the Elementary School Category, read her poem “Shadow” and Devin Oliver, representing the Junior/High School Category, read his poem “Orange Light” at the beginning of the April 25, 2017 Council Meeting.

In previous years, the following residents read their poems as part of the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge:

  • In 2014, Kim Fiskeis read her poem, “The Worry Stone,” at the beginning of the April 22 Council meeting.
  • In 2015, Cathy Yard read her poem, “Not Sure I Could Explain,” at the April 28 Council meeting.
  • In 2016, Dawn Booth 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.

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