Mayors, are you listening?

February 13, 2015

The Mayor's Poetry City Challenge

Perhaps it’s time to take a page from the play book of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) Mayor Naheed Nenshi. According to the City of Calgary website, Mayor Nenshi is sending letters “to Mayors across Canada from Nenshi issuing the challenge: to have a local poet read a poem at the start of a Council meeting in March or April. The aim is to raise awareness and to celebrate poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets and all writers to the rich cultural life in our country.”

This is the third year for the Mayor’s City Poetry Challenge in Canada. Isn’t it about time U.S. mayors stepped up to honor poets and poetry as well?
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2 Responses to “Mayors, are you listening?”

  1. Bruce Rice, Regina, Saskatchewan Says:

    By the time you see this, likely March 23, we will have at least 50 Canadian cities covering 1/3 of Canada’s population participating in the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge. The most remote: Dawson City, Yukon Territory and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, with more to come


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