Meet Your Poet Laureate:
Kim Fahner

Kim Fahner - photo credit: Gerry KingsleyThe 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.

*photo credit: Gerry Kingsley

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 kimfahner.wordpress.com.

Contact the Poet Laureate

You can reach Kim by email at kim.fahner@greatersudbury.ca .

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

Raining Poetry Project

A red umbrella on a dark, rainy street.This summer, it's going to rain poetry in downtown Sudbury!

The "Raining Poetry Project" is based on similar initiatives that have been organized in Boston, Massachusetts, and in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. The idea is that poetry can rise from the pavement, the ink and lines appearing only when it rains. It's a bit magical and whimsical, which is something that appeals to me. If it doesn't rain much this summer and fall, well, we'll have a poetry hike and toss water balloons at the pavement! Either way, the words will be visible and it will bring more 'poetic graffiti' to the people of Greater Sudbury.

What are we looking for?

Lines of poetry that are 140 characters or less. Yes, you guessed it - these will be Tweetable poems. First, they'll find a home on sidewalks around the City of Greater Sudbury, and then we'll have them gathered online in a special issue of terra north/nord.

When do we want them by?

We'd love to have submissions by July 31st so we can work on getting the pieces on the pavement before the end of the summer.

How many are we accepting?

Up to three (3) pieces of writing can be submitted for consideration.

We're aiming to choose between five (5) and ten (10) of the best lines of poetry to put around the city.

Who's involved?

The Greater Sudbury Public Library and Downtown Sudbury, as well as the office of the Poet Laureate...and you, our local poets.

Submit your Rain Poetry!

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"

Recent Events

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

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