Call out for 2018-2020 Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate

Local poets with a passion for advocacy of literacy and local heritage are invited to consider the role of Greater Sudbury's fifth Poet Laureate.

Greater Sudbury's Poet Laureate will serve as an active advocate for poetry, literacy and literature by initiating and participating in readings and other events throughout the community for a two-year term, commencing January 2018. The Poet Laureate's mandate also includes the creation of a legacy project that will be unique to the individual.

Applicants for the position of Poet Laureate must be a published poet, recognized for their achievements, and active in the cultural and literary community. Additional requirements include demonstrated leadership skills, public speaking ability and flexibility to carry out all duties required of the position in a manner that reflects English, French or Indigenous heritage.

Closing date for applications for the term 2018-2020 is 4:30 PM on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate receives and honorarium of $1,000 per term. Click the link above to apply. 

Meet Your current 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.

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. 

This project is deferred until Spring 2018.

Read the December 2017 Special Edition of terra north/nord (PDF: 5 MB) highlighting the chosen poets and pieces.

Sudbury Street Poetry Project poster.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."

Read the November 2017 Special Edition of terra north/nord (PDF: 704 KB) to celebrate the Sudbury Street Poetry Project.

Recent Events

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

Recent News about the Poet Laureate