Monday, February 24, 2014

Poetry in Voice 2014

Announcing this year's judges for the Online Semifinals: Martine Audet, Bathelémy Bolivar, Alice Burdick, Brad Cran, Jon Paul Fiortino, Ariel Gordon, Rino Morin Rossignol, Jeanne Painchaud, Stuart Ross, and Ian Williams.

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So I'm pleased to be (on-line semi-final) judging again this year for Poetry in Voice, which is a poetry recitation contest for Canadian high schools.

Being asked to spend an afternoon, or really several afternoons, listening to students recite Canadian poetry...I mean, how could you be a poet and not be for that?

Apparently, there are 377 schools competing this year, which I was glad to hear includes a few new Manitoban entries.

It's also nice to see that Franco-Manitoban poet Bathelémy Bolivar has been added as a judge. Manitoba's French poetry scene is small but dedicated, which I learned when I helped program the bilingual edition of Aqua Books' Lansdowne Prize for Poetry Reading Series back in the day.

Manitoba's francophone community is the largest outside of Quebec, so it's good to see them represented here.

Out-loud poetry! Fun!

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