Poetry readings by Laureates and writers group via Norfolk Arts Centre

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Event: Poetry readings by John B. Lee, Marty Gervais, Hugh
MacDonald, Bruce Meyer, and Elizabeth Zetlin
With special guest readings by Norfolk Arts
Centre’s First Thursday Poets and Writers’ group
Date: September 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: 21 Lynnwood Drive, Simcoe, ON

Epic poetry reading comes to the Norfolk Art Centre with 5 of Canada’s greatest Poets Laureate. Celebrate this momentous event at the historic Lynnwood Site on the eve of Culture Days. The role of the Poet Laureate is to act as “a champion for poetry, language and the arts by raising its profile through public engagements and civic interactions.” They serve a four-year term running concurrent to that of City Council.

About the Poets Laureate:

John B. Lee was born in 1951 in Southwestern Ontario where he grew up on a farm. He attended the University of Western Ontario, graduated with an Honours B.A. in English and M.A.T. in English. Presently, John B. Lee is the Poet Laureate of
Norfolk County. He is also the recipient of more than 70 prestigious international poetry awards.

Marty Gervais received a B.A. from the University of Guelph and an M.A. from the University of Windsor. He has penned over a dozen books of poetry, 2 plays, a novel and a number of non-fictions works including the Canadian bestseller, The Rumrunners. At present, Marty Gervais is the Poet Laureate of Windsor.

Hugh MacDonald is the Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island. After 30 years as an educator MacDonald turned to writing full-time in 1999. He has 9 books to his credit as a writer and editor, and is well-known for his Random Acts of Poetry which takes
poetry to public spaces and workplaces.

Bruce Meyer is Barrie’s first Poet Laureate. He is a distinguished author with 31 books to his name including his most recent collection of poetry, Alphabet Table. Bruce Meyer currently teaches English at Georgian College for Laurentian University.

Elizabeth Zetlin is a visual artist, filmmaker and award-winning poet. She is co-artistic director of the Words Aloud Spoken Word & Storytelling in Durham. She is Owen Sound’s first Poet Laureate.


About First Thursday Poets and Writers’ Group:

First Thursday Group is a project of the Norfolk Art Centre. They meet once a month to share works of poetry and prose in progress, and receive feedback and gentle critique. They recently published Lynn River Review Vol. 2: Moving Earth which
features works by 21 local contributors. Members of the Group will be reading new works.

Poet Laureate John B. Lee says “This event is HISTORIC!!!”

This reading is free to the community. Publications are available for purchase after the reading.

For more information please contact:

John B. Lee
Poet Laureate for Norfolk County
(519) 583-9027


Deirdre Chisholm, Director/Curator Norfolk Arts Centre

deirdre.chisholm@norfolkcounty.ca (519) 428-0540.

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 to 4:00 and alternating Saturdays.
Admission to The Norfolk Arts Centre is free.

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