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Project will bring 'poetic graffiti' to Sudbury storefronts

Poet laureate Kim Fahner looking for submissions of poems by local writers

During a trip to England this past summer, Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate Kim Fahner heard about a street poetry festival where poetry is displayed in the windows of local businesses and restaurants.

She decided this “poetic graffiti” idea was something she wanted to bring back home. Fahner is looking for local poets to submit their work to be featured as part of the Sudbury Street Poetry Project.

“It's working to bring poetry outside of traditional places — outside of books, outside of libraries, into the city where people wouldn't expect to see poetry,” Fahner said.

“It's kind of refreshing just to take your mind off your day and have a break from the routine with a stanza or two.”

The Sudbury Street Poetry Project follows on a project by the city's previous poet laureate, Tom Leduc, where local poets' work was displayed inside Greater Sudbury transit buses.

“I think it's going to be phenomenal,” Fahner said. “I'm looking forward to reading loads of poetry by different kinds of people.”

Up to three pieces of writing can be submitted for consideration. Submissions will be accepted until the end of December. The poems will be displayed starting sometime in the new year.

If you're interested in submitting a poem, you can do so through the Greater Sudbury Public Library website.

Fahner asks businesses interested in displaying poetry to contact her at [email protected].


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