Niagara College: A Celebration Of National Poetry Month

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(Source: Niagara College website)

Four celebrated poets, one unforgettable event – that’s what Niagara College has in store to kick off National Poetry Month in April.

The public is welcome to join the College community for Ode to the Road. The free poetry event will be held on April 4 (1 to 3 p.m.) at Benchmark Restaurant, located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

Niagara College's Eva Tihanyi

Niagara College’s Eva Tihanyi

Co-organized by College faculty member and author Eva Tihanyi, and NC Libraries director Karen McGrath, the event will feature presentations by accomplished poets including Tihanyi, as well as special guests Susan Glickman, Andrea Thompson and Patricia Keeney. All four presenters are known as masters of their craft with many published works between them.

This will be the first poetry event at the College for Tihanyi, who has been a professor in the English department since 2000 and has been working at the College since 1989. She noted the idea for the event was sparked by her wish to mark National Poetry Month as well as the upcoming release of her new poetry book – The Largeness of Rescue – which will be officially launched in Toronto this spring.

“I thought it would be a great idea to have a group reading with other poets,” said Tihanyi. “I am very excited about this event because it brings poetry both to the college and the Niagara community at large. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that ‘we need poets to change the world’ so what better time than now to host a poetry event at Niagara College.”

Additional event details are available on the NC Libraries website at:  http://nclibraries.niagaracollege.ca/poetryevent

National Poetry Month was established by the League of Canadian Poets and the theme for 2016 is ‘The Road.’ View the League of Canadian Poets website here: http://poets.ca/

About the theme

The theme of National Poetry Month set out by the League of Canadian Poets is the Road.  NC Libraries is honoring Canadian poets with our own event Ode to the Road. The event praises all the roads taken, all the roads not taken and where the next road might take us. If you can’t find a road that will take you where you want to go, blaze your own trail. Join us on our road trip as we celebrate “The Road”.

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