What an exciting year 2017 was for the Brooklin Poetry Society! Not only did we launch our new website, Twitter feed, and Facebook page in 2017, we were also awarded arts funding from the Mayor’s Community Development Fund, Town of Whitby, which allows us to support our initiatives for the coming year. In 2017, our members continued to write, support one another, and share our work through competitions such as the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival and The Banister (Canadian Authors’ Association, Niagara Branch), poetry associations such as the League of Canadian Poets, websites such as Buried Horror, and through the publication of our poetry manuscripts. Membership grew in 2017, and we are always happy to accept new members as we continue to increase and expand our presence in Whitby and the broader Durham region.
2018 promises to be an exciting year for BPS as we look forward to the publication of our poetry anthology, Written Tenfold, which will include the work of some of our newest BPS members! In addition, we will be hosting a poetry café with the Whitby Public Library in April, and, as always, we will continue to have our monthly poetry meetings that sustain our writing practice and our community of poets. Keep checking our events page for details about the poetry café and anthology launch!
Finally, as I look back and reflect on 2017, I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from all BPS members in my new role as president. I especially wish to acknowledge once again my debt of gratitude for the continued assistance and guidance of Rod Stone and John Di Leonardo. To all BPS members, and to poets everywhere who have enjoyed reading our blogs and poetry in 2017, I wish you a happy and healthy 2018, and of course, much time for reading and writing poetry!
Happy New Year!
Renée M. Sgroi,