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R.I.S.E. Edutainment

Creating safe and inclusive spaces for youth and emerging artists to express themselves in a positive way.


Toronto Poetry Slam

The Toronto Poetry Project (TPP) features some of the most talented spoken word artists in Canada with a goal of inspiring the next generation of spoken word poets.


League of Canadian Poets

Supporting poets and poetry in Canada.


The Word on the Street – Toronto

The Word On The Street Toronto is a celebration of literacy and Canadian writing.


Kingston WritersFest

Hailed as one of the best festivals in the country, KWF is renowned for its unique programming and the intimate atmosphere within which this community of readers and writers continues to grow.


Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

Northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts festival where the community comes together in Cobalt, ON to celebrate its past and present creativity through poetry, music, and art.



VERSeFest is Ottawa’s annual International Festival of Poetry. Built on a mandate of fostering creative crossroads and community, the festival features English and French poetry of all traditions, styles, and forms.



gritLIT is Hamilton’s annual literary festival, a four-day celebration of Canadian authors. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has built a reputation with readers in the Golden Horseshoe as a place to get “up close and personal” with their favourite authors and to discover new voices.


Poetry Present

A weekly poem written by someone with a connection to the Cobourg and Northumberland Region area (organized by Jessica Outram, Poet Laureate of Cobourg).


Poetry Invites

Poetry Invites is an evolving eChapbook started in January with contributions from anyone who is inspired by things that make the Cobourg and Northumberland Region special (organized by Jessica Outram, Poet Laureate of Cobourg).


Earth Day eChapbook

An annual project to celebrate Earth Day and Poetry Month (organized by Jessica Outram, Poet Laureate of Cobourg).


Poetry London

The Poetry London Reading Series, in partnership with the London Public Library, hosts monthly readings and poetry workshops in London, Ontario.

Discover other Poets Laureate in Ontario

  • Victoria Butler | Poet Laureate of Barrie

  • John. B. Lee | Poet Laureate of Brantford

  • Ann Margetson | Poet Laureate of Cobalt

  • Jessica Outram | Poet Laureate of Cobourg

  • Harry Posner | Poet Laureate of Dufferin County

  • Laurence Hutchman | Poet Laureate of Emery Village (Toronto)

  • Jason Heroux | Poet Laureate of Kingston

  • Tom Cull | Poet Laureate of London

  • Paul Edward Costa | Poet Laureate of Mississauga

  • John B. Lee | Poet Laureate of Norfolk County

  • Margaret Michèle Cook | Poet Laureate of Ottawa (French)

  • Diana Young | Poet Laureate of Ottawa (English)

  • Richard-Yves Sitoski | Poet Laureate of Owen Sound

  • Vera Constantineau | Poet Laureate of Sudbury

  • A.F. Moritz | Poet Laureate of Toronto

  • Mary Ann Mulhern | Poet Laureate of Windsor

  • Barry C. Butson | Poet Laureate of Woodstock

  • Randell Adjei | Poet Laureate of Ontario

  • Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer | Parliamentary Poet Laureate

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