Windsor to Welcome Poets Laureate From Across Canada And Launch New Poetry Anthology
City of Windsor Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais and past Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern are hosting four poets laureate from across Canada for the next edition of the popular annual Poetry at the Manor on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
Poetry at the Manor – Vol. 10 will celebrate the milestone tenth anniversary of the beloved event, which returns to an in-person format at Willistead Manor in Walkerville. This year’s line-up includes Anna Yin (inaugural Poet Laureate for Mississauga), Richard-Yves Sitoski (Poet Laureate for Owen Sound), Micheline Maylor (Poet Laureate Emeritus for Calgary), and Sarah Lewis (past Poet Laureate for Peterborough).
Anna Yin was Mississauga’s inaugural Poet Laureate with five poetry collections and a book of translations: Mirrors and Windows. Her poetry won awards and appeared at ARC Poetry, New York Times, Queen’s Quarterly, China Daily, and CBC Radio. She teaches Poetry Alive. “The Hollow Tree” won 2022 Broadsheet Contest by the League of Canadian Poets.
Richard-Yves Sitoski is a songwriter, performance poet, and the 2019-2023 Poet Laureate of Owen Sound, Ontario. He is also the Artistic Director of the Words Aloud festival. With Penn Kemp he co-edited Poems in Response to Peril, an Anthology in Support of Ukraine. His latest book, No Sleep ‘til Eden is an augmented reality multimedia collection of poems on the environment. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in many journals, including The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, The Maynard, Barren Magazine, Bywords.ca, in the League of Canadian Poets’ Poetry Pause, and as part of Brick Books’ Brickyard spoken word video series. He has given performances in industrial ruins, has read poems to earth worms, and has written verse on snow with biodegradable dye.
Dr. Micheline Maylor was Calgary’s Poet Laureate 2016-18. Her latest poetry collection is The Bad Wife (2021). She recently won the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence in Alberta. She teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University and has been recently translated into Farsi.
Sarah Lewis is an Anishnaabe Kwe (Ojibwe/Cree) spoken word artist from Curve Lake First Nation and is Nogojiwanong’s (Peterborough’s) first Poet Laureate. Her poetry uncovers how Indigenous communities are reclaiming their identities, culture, strength and sovereignty. She was a national semi-finalist of the 2019 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and has performed her works at many slam poetry competitions and community events. Her work has been published in the Edmonton Indigenous Artists Anthology and featured on CBC’s Arts YouTube channel.
This year’s event will also serve as the official book launch for A Manor of Words: Poetry at the Manor 10th Anniversary Anthology, which is the fourth entry in the City’s South Shore Collections. This unique book includes works by the more than thirty poets and poets laureate who have visited the city of Windsor and participated in Poetry at the Manor over the last ten years. The book will go on sale at the event this year, and will be available afterwards at www.BlackMossPress.com, at the Chimczuk Museum gift shop, and at Biblioasis Bookshop in Walkerville. A portion of proceeds from book sales will be donated to the United Way’s On Track to Success Program.
The free event is typically standing-room only, so guests are asked to kindly pre-register at Eventbrite.ca and bring a copy of their ticket with them. Space permitting, walk-ups will also be accepted at the door on the night of the reading.
“Windsor is proud to once again play host to poets laureate from across Canada. On behalf of the City of Windsor, we welcome our guests from Mississauga, Owen Sound, Calgary and Peterborough, and offer sincere congratulations to all of the poets featured in the new poetry collection launching at this event.”
- Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
“This remains, by far, the most popular poetry event in Windsor. We were the first to do this, and it is fantastic to be celebrating our tenth year of this wonderful and intimate reading, once again welcoming poets laureate who have such diverse bodies of work to share with us. We are so excited to be launching our anniversary anthology – also a first of its kind – as part of this special evening.”
- Marty Gervais, Poet Laureate Emeritus, City of Windsor
“Literacy is critical for a young person’s academic achievement and future success. United Way’s On Track to Success program unlocks potential in local youth by providing academic and other vital supports that help them graduate high school and go on to college, university or a trade. The program continues to expand and is currently offered to students in three priority neighbourhoods including Downtown Windsor, West Windsor, and Leamington.”
- Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
Poetry at the Manor – Vol. 10 is presented by the City of Windsor, through the Culture and Events Department, and in partnership with Black Moss Press, the League of Canadian Poets, Biblioasis, and Thyme To-Go.
Find more information on the City of Windsor’s Poet Laureate and Storytellers program.