Guelph takes up Mayor’s Poetry Challenge

Local poet to perform at April 23 Council meeting

GUELPH, ON, April 19, 2012 – Guelph’s Council Chambers will be animated with the sounds of spoken word poetry on April 23rd, as local poet Truth Is… will read a poem as part of the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge.

The Challenge was proposed by Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, and the League of Canadian Poets in celebration of UNESCO’s World Poetry Day on March 21 and National Poetry Month in April. The challenge involves having a local poet read a poem at a City Council meeting, with the goal of celebrating the contribution of poets to the arts in Canada.

Guelph is one of more than twenty cities and towns across Canada taking part in the challenge. The city was invited to participate because it was identified by the organizers as a strong supporter of culture and the arts.

“The Mayor’s Poetry Challenge is a terrific opportunity to showcase some of the incredible talent we have in our community, in an unexpected forum and to a different audience than may typically experience it”Mayor Karen Farbridge

Poet Truth Is… is a member of Guelph Spoken Word, a not-for-profit volunteer arts organization focused on the art form of spoken word poetry. The group offers monthly and annual events that provide a platform for local artists to perform and develop. They will send a Guelph Poetry Slam Team to Saskatoon to compete in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in October, and are hosting the Ontario International Poetry Slam at River Run Centre in November.

Truth Is… has been a six-time national spoken word team member, participating in over 200 slams. She has twice been a Toronto International Poetry Slam finalist, a repeat participant in the Women of the World International poetry slam, and recently opened up for Canadian hip-hop idol K-os.

For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts & Culture Program Officer
Community and Social Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2629