Barrie Workshop: How to Get Published: 18 May

Barrie’s Culture Department is hosting a free workshop on how to get published on 18 May 2016. Topics range from placing pieces in magazines and journals, all the way to landing an agent and book contract, with some self-publishing, zine and micro press publishing thrown in. Though free, registration is required. 

Join Alana Wilcox of Coach House Books, Bruce Meyer and me on 18 May!

How to Get Published

When writers start their careers, most do so by publishing in literary magazines and work their way up to small presses. Literary magazines, despite financial pressures of the time, are still proliferating in Canada and they are constantly seeking new work from new writers. The initial segment of this informative workshop will feature Dr. Bruce Meyer, Barrie’s former Poet Laureate and author of 47 books, as he explains how authors can start up and after a few magazine publications produce their own chapbook to sell at open mic readings – in the manner that Margaret Atwood began her career.

If you’ve already spent months, or years, sweating and swearing over a book and now you’re ready to draw the interest of agents and/or publishing houses, then you will enjoy listening to Alana Wilcox, Editorial Director of Coach House Books, as she simplifies the process for you. Alana will speak to what the publishing landscape currently looks like and what publishers are looking for. Alana will address considerations such as, how do you approach a publisher and more importantly how do you win them over. Damian Lopes, Barrie’s current Poet Laureate will be adding his expertise to the evening, so don’t miss the opportunity to connect with three dynamic professionals.

You won’t be told it’s impossible to get published, or that it’s easy. You will, however, gain a realistic understanding of how the process works and how you can maximize your chances for success.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday May 18, 2016 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm in the Sir Robert Barrie Room, located on the second floor of City Hall. There is no charge to register for this workshop however you must contact us at [email protected] or call 705-739-4299 in order to reserve your spot.

Barrie Proclaims National Poetry Month

Barrie-Poetry-Month Barrie’s mayor, Jeff Lehman, has officially proclaimed April to be National Poetry Month in the city. Further, he has accepted the challenge of Calgary’s mayor, Naheed Nenshi, to have a poet read at an upcoming Council meeting.

On 11 April, as the city’s poet laureate, I will be presenting a poem as part of the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge. Come out in support, or listen in at home.

Upping the ante, derek beaulieu, Calgary’s poet laureate, and I have issued a friendly National Poetry Month – Poet Laureate Challenge to poets participating in the Mayor’s Challenge, to encourage poetic connections and small press publishing.

There’s lots going on in Barrie for National Poetry Month, including the L3 Writers’ Conference on 21 April, so come on out!

National Poetry Month – Poet Laureate Challenge!

To celebrate National Poetry Month and UNESCO World Poetry Day, each year municipalities across Canada are challenged to bring poetry into politics. One mayor leads this annual challenge by inviting a poet to read at a council meeting in March or April, and challenges mayors and councils across the nation to follow suit and join the celebration. Initiated by Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco in 2012, the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge celebrates poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets and all writers to the rich cultural life in our country. Last year the torch was passed from Regina to Calgary, and Mayor Nenshi’s first challenge was a huge success. With over seventy participants, the 2015 challenge was our largest yet—but we hope for even more in 2016!

Calgary’s Poet Laureate derek beaulieu—in partnership with Barrie, Ontario’s Poet Laureate damian lopes have a friendly challenge to Poets Laureate across Canada!

We challenge Canada’s Poets Laureate—the celebrated poets across the nation—to reach out to each other and publish, in a small press edition, a poem by one another that can be distributed in your city’s council chambers.

Lopes and beaulieu challenge Canada’s Poets Laureate to request a poem from one of their fellow Poetry Challenge poets, design and publish a small edition and then graciously distribute that edition to members of their city council during National Poetry month and the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge.

With over 40 years of small press publishing combined, beaulieu and lopes believe that small press publishing is an easy and fun way of distributing poetry—anyone can do it! Any printed and folded page can enclose a poem in a thoughtful, simple means of slowing down the reader with a poetic moment.

These small editions will distribute the nation’s poems to city councilors and put poetry in people’s hands – weaving together the nation’s Poets Laureate into a tapestry of voices celebrated in city chambers across Canada!