Guelph takes up Mayor’s Poetry Challenge

Local poet to perform at April 29 Council meeting

Guelph, On, April 22, 2013 – On April 29 at 7 p.m., Guelph’s Council Chambers will be animated with the sounds of spoken word poetry, as local poet Fannon Holland performs a poem as part of the annual Mayor’s Poetry Challenge.

The poetry challenge was issued by Regina Mayor Michael Fougere, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, and the League of Canadian Poets in celebration of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’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.

This is the second year of the challenge. Guelph was one of 30 cities and towns across Canada that took part last year and the response to the challenge is expected to be even greater this year. The City was invited to participate because it was identified by the organizers as a strong supporter of culture and arts.

“Guelph is proud to have many talented poets and the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge provides a great opportunity to showcase such remarkable talent,” says Mayor Karen Farbridge.

Holland 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. Members compete in poetry slams across Canada and the group hosted the first Ontario International Poetry Slam last year at River Run Centre.

Holland was also a member of the 2011 and 2012 Guelph slam teams that competed on the national level at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In April 2012, Holland represented Guelph in the Vancouver Individual Poetry Slam where he finished fifth out of 40 poets from across the country.

For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts and Culture Program Officer
Culture and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2629
astero.Kalogeropoulos@guelph.ca