Meet Your Poet Laureate:
Kim FahnerKim Fahner

The tradition of Poet Laureate dates back to the court poets of England in the 1600s. In centuries since, the Poet Laureate has outgrown the confines of the royal court to fulfill a human need to leave our mark on the passage of time. The City of Greater Sudbury continues to create its own history with the appointment of Greater Sudbury's fourth Poet Laureate, Kim Fahner.

About Kim

Kim Fahner has been writing her entire life, but has only seriously writing and publishing poetry since her early twenties. She has had her poems and short stories published over the past 20 years, along with three books: You Must Imagine the Cold Here (Srivener Press, 1997), braille on water (Penumbra Press, 2001) and The Narcoleptic Madonna (Penumbra Press, 2012). Her short story, Visitation, was published in Along the 46th, an anthology of short fiction released by Latitude 46 Publishing in November 2015.

Kim is an English teacher who has been teaching with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board since getting her Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University. As a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers' Union of Canada and PEN Canada, Kim often brings visiting poets and writers into her classroom, so that her students can see how literature is alive in the world. As the new poet laureate, one of her hopes is to meet with other teachers about how they can use poetry in their classrooms.

Kim has a blog, The Republic of Poetry, which you can follow at

Contact the Poet Laureate

You can reach Kim by email at .

We welcome your poetry submissions at any time for various publication opportunities. Please fill in the form to submit your poetry to Kim.

Sudbury Street Poetry Project

Sudbury Street Poetry Project poster.The Greater Sudbury Public Library and Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate Kim Fahner invite writers and poets to submit poems as part of a new project to 'bring poetry to the streets'. Some of the submissions will be featured throughout Sudbury as part of the Sudbury Street Poetry Project.

Inspired by a Street Poetry Festival in Morpeth, England, this initiative will be a new way for residents to be exposed to and inspired by poetry in their everyday life. "We wanted to create opportunities for every day encounters with poetry," says Kim Fahner. "This project follows on the good work that former laureate Tom Leduc did in bringing poetry to the streets through the Moving with Poetry initiative on the city buses."

We would like to thank the following businesses for taking part in the Sudbury Street Poetry Project:

  • Appearances Hair Salon - Mike Timchuk - "Still"
  • Art Gallery of Sudbury - Sarah Gartshore "Artist"
  • Bella Flora - Kim Fahner "Flock" 
  • Copy Copy Printing - Vera Constantineau - "moon haiku"
  • Eat Local Sudbury - Violet Lanthier - "A Song for the Past"
  • Fionn MacCool's (Regent Street) - Roger Nash - "Tree"
  • Hair Designs by Sheryl - Morgan Ballantyne - "Carved"
  • Myoga (South End) - Chris Nash "Winter Solstice/Summer Solstice"
  • Myoga (Cedar Street) - Willa Paterson "untitled"
  • Never Say Never Aveda Beauty Parlour - Ruva Gwekwerere - "Romancing a Picture of..."
  • Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) - Melanie Marttila - "this winter sky"
  • Old Rock - Louise Visneskie - "Beachhead"
  • Regency Bakery & Deli - Delanie Pearson - "Loss"
  • Respect is Burning Kitchen + Bar - Cristina Masotti - "brace"
  • Ripe Restaurant - Daniel Aubin "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"
  • Ristorante Verdicchio - Shannon Duguay "Mine Gusto"
  • R Little Secret Fashions - Jessica Robinson - "Gigi" 
  • Salute Coffee Company - Michel Dallaire - "untitled"
  • Smith's Markets - Irene Golas - "parsley haiku"
  • Sudbury Paint & Custom Framing - Tom Leduc "Slag Flower"
  • Sudbury Theatre Centre - Kim Fahner "He Will Give It To Me"
  • The Apollo Restaurant - Brittany Thornton - "Silenced"
  • The Ultimate You Esthetic & Day Spa - Lauren Knox - "Everything I Needed to Tell You" 
  • Tree of Life North: Complementary Healing Centre - Nancy Daoust - "sunrise in treehouse"

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, April 11th: Kim will read a poem at Tom Davies Square for the the proclamation of National Poetry Month at City Council.
  • Thursday, April 20th: Interview with Marcus Schwabe on CBC Points North 
  • Thursday, April 20th: Class visit to St. Charles College (Ms. Daoust's Writer's Craft class) 
  • Tuesday, April 25th: Sudbury Street Poetry Readings at Main Library (74 Mackenzie Street) starting at 6:30 PM. 

Recent Events

View our photo gallery of recent events that Kim has been a part of.

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