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Poetry at the Manor – Vol. 9 Virtual Edition

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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City of Windsor Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais and Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern are hosting five poets laureate from across Canada for a special virtual edition of the popular annual Poetry at the Manor. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Windsor’s Poet Laureate program, with this year’s line-up featuring Louise Bernice Halfe-Sky Dancer (Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate), Albert Dumont (Ottawa’s English-Language Poet Laureate), Randell Adjei (Ontario’s Poet Laureate), Victoria Butler (Barrie’s Poet Laureate), and Alexei Ungurenaşu (Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate). The virtual reading will be broadcast Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. on YouTube, and shared on Facebook pages for Mayor Drew Dilkens, the City of Windsor, Museum Windsor, and Black Moss Press.

In addition to the poets, special guests include Mayor Drew Dilkens with introductory and welcome remarks, Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac with a message to mark the 10th anniversary of Windsor’s Poet Laureate program, Nadine Deleury with a cello performance filmed outside of Willistead Manor, Michelle Staadegaard for the City’s Community Services Division, and Crissi Cochrane with a special musical performance. Willistead Manor is the usual setting for this event, with the switch to virtual continuing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we mark the 10th anniversary of our poet laureate program, we are honoured to welcome the poets laureate for Canada, Ontario, Ottawa and Barrie to help us carry on this important literary tradition in the City of Windsor,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens.

“This remains by far the most popular poetry event in Windsor, and has been for the past nine years,” said Windsor’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, Marty Gervais. “Windsor was the first to do this, and it is fantastic to be welcoming poets laureate who have such diverse bodies of work to share with us. You don’t want to miss this virtual edition.”

“We meet again in a time of pandemic, our lives open to poetry, the life of words all of us need,” said Windsor’s Poet Laureate, Mary Ann Mulhern.

To learn more about this year’s featured poets laureate, check out the following sites:
-Marty Gervais: https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/culture/pages/marty-gervais.aspx.
-Mary Ann Mulhern: https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/Culture/Pages/Mary-Ann-Mulhern.aspx.
-Alexei Ungurenaşu: https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/Culture/Pages/Alex-Andrei-(Alexei)-Ungurena%C5%9Fu.aspx.
-Louise Bernice Halfe-Sky Dancer: https://lop.parl.ca/About/Parliament/Poet/current-poet-laureate-e.html.
-Albert Dumont: http://albertdumont.com/about/biography/.
-Randell Adjei: https://www.ola.org/en/poet-laureate/randell-adjei-biography.
-Victoria Butler: https://www.victoriabutler.ca/.

Poetry at the Manor – Vol. 9 is presented by the City of Windsor, through the Culture & Events department, and in partnership with the Office of Mayor Drew Dilkens, the League of Canadian Poets, Willistead Manor, Black Moss Press, and Biblioasis. For more information and details, visit www.citywindsor.ca.

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