Poetry in Voice 2016

Poetry In Voice is a recitation contest for high school students in Canada.

Students memorize and recite poems chosen from among the hundreds in our online anthology. By learning poems by heart, students develop lifelong relationships with poetry while improving their language, public speaking, and memorization skills.

The contest begins in the classroom. Top-scoring students, selected from across the country, win a trip with their teachers to the National Finals in the spring. More than $75,000 in travel and prizes are awarded each year.

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ESA’s in-school championship round is fast approaching.  English teachers are organising classroom competitions.  Classroom winners will move forward to the school finals…  to be held in the Library after school on Tuesday February 16th.

If…

  • your English (or French) class is NOT participating in Poetry in Voice, or
  • you don’t have English (or French) on your timetable…

Please… send an e-mail to enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca ASAP.

You will be sent a package of information, as well as a link to sign up for an after-school workshop to help you prepare your recitations.

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ESA’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest: Submissions Due!

Enter the 2nd Annual ESA Poetry Contest.

  • Submissions are due to the Library by  tomorrow, Friday May 1st (it was actually supposed to be today bu I’ve kept announcing tomorrow – Friday – so tomorrow it is).
  • Additional details on the posters posted around the school (or by clicking on the image attached below).

This year’s theme is “Food and Poetry”…  the same as this year’s theme for National Poetry Month.  Learn more about the theme at the Canadian League of Poets website.

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ESA Poetry Contest

Join us for the 2nd Annual ESA Poetry Contest.

  • Submissions are due to the Library by Thursday April 30th.
  • Additional details on the posters posted around the school (or by clicking on the image attached below).

This year’s theme is “Food and Poetry”…  the same as this year’s theme for National Poetry Month.  Learn more about the theme at the Canadian League of Poets website.

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April is Poetry Month: Student Contests

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 1.06.41 PMApril is National Poetry Month.

All ESA students are encouraged to get their writing out there.  To this end, we have compiled a comprehensive inventory of all of the Canadian Poetry Contests which are suitable for students to enter.

Beginning with the Ontario Poetry Society Contest which closes on April 30th, students – and anyone else for that matter – may peruse to find all of the Poetry contests, in order by submission deadline, through to next April.

Sylvia Plath Reads her Poems

Sylvia Plath reading her poetry (now out of print) was originally released on vinyl and cassette in 1977 by prolific spoken word record label Caedmon, but of course the readings they document all took place over fifteen years earlier, some at least as early as 1959, the year before the publication of her first book, The Colossus and Other Poems.

Learn more, and listen, at Open Culture.

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ESA Poetry Contest

Anne Carson and Anne Michaels have both just been shortlisted for this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize.  Read more at the CBC.

In addition to this, The League of Canadian Poets and Calgary Spoken Word Festival are thrilled to announce the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award: bill bissett!  Our own Ian Hogeboom-Burr is taking one of bill bissett’s poems on the road to the Poetry in Voice National Finals next month.

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At this time it is appropriate to announce the inaugural ESA Poetry Contest.

In honour of National Poetry Month, the ESA Library is sponsoring a student poetry contest.  Poems must:

  • be titled;
  • not have been previously published;
  • be typed on a blank white 8.5″ x 11″ paper; and,
  • be no longer than 50 lines.

All entries must be submitted by no later than Friday April 25th.  Entries should be submitted to Ms. Wray, in the Library.

The first place winning entry will receive a copy of Anne Carson’s NOX, an epitaph to her brother.

Allen Ginsberg Gets Heckled

Gregory Corso was kind of the Joey Bishop of the Beats—a member of the inner circle of Kerouac, Burroughs, and Ginsberg, but never quite achieving their degree of notoriety. Nevertheless, he outlived them all, and he was also arguably the biggest comedian in a group of inveterate pranksters (see him crack up an interviewer in this clip). A streetwise Greenwich Village kid, Corso learned his craft on the streets of Little Italy, and briefly in a psych ward and a prison cell, as much as in Harvard classes and the San Francisco poetry scene, where he relocated along with Allen Ginsberg in 1955, arriving just one day too late for Ginsberg’s historic Six Gallery reading of “Howl.”

Read more, and watch the video, at Open Culture.

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Find Poetry Across Canada at The Word on the Street

In 2013, The Word On The Street is delighted to announce that it is partnering with The League of Canadian Poets to celebrate Canadian poetry nationwide during festival weekend. This national project will take place in each of The Word On The Street’s five festival cities: Toronto, Kitchener, Halifax, Saskatoon and Lethbridge.

Read more at the Book and Periodical Council…