For our June blog post, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments, as it’s been almost a full year since Brooklin Poetry Society launched its website.
We were finally able to celebrate our anthology, Written Tenfold, at the end of May (following the unexpected ice storm that prevented us from our launch during April’s National Poetry Month!) The launch was a great success, and it was wonderful to recognize our accomplishment (photos of the launch under the “events” tab). We were fortunate to have local Councillor Rhonda Mulcahy, who presented the group with a letter of recognition from the Mayor on our achievement, and as well acknowledged the value Brooklin Poetry Society brings to the arts community in our region.
We were also able to commit to our community outreach plans this year. In January, I delivered a poetry workshop to grade four elementary students at a school in Oshawa, and in April, in honour of National Poetry Month, BPS hosted an informative and engaging poetry workshop at the Whitby Public Library’s main branch.
Our members continue to participate in local and national poetry events. BPS poets will be reading at the Stellar Literary Festival to be held on the grounds of the Parkwood Estate in Oshawa on June 10, and two of our poets, who are Associate Members of the League of Canadian Poets, will be reading at the League’s new members’ event at Harbourfront on June 14.
We will be taking a well-deserved break from blogging and poetry posting over the summer, but I’m pleased to say that we’ve succeeded in contributing to the online poetry environment for the past twelve months, and that there is plenty of quality writing to be found on our site.
With that in mind, I wish you happy reading in these upcoming summer months, and I look forward to the fall and our plans for furthering the space for poetry here in Durham region.
Renée Sgroi, President
Brooklin Poetry Society