Poetry plaudits

December is such a good time for festivities and celebrations, so for this month’s blog, we thought we’d celebrate what we’ve accomplished in 2018!

2018 proved to be a busy and exciting year for us. Our first major accomplishment was the publication of our latest anthology, Written Tenfold. This was our first anthology in several years, and we were thrilled to be able to publish another anthology.

The spring saw  our first poetry workshop at the Whitby Public Library in celebration of National Poetry Month (#NPM2018), as well as the official launch of our anthology in May.

Of course, another of our major accomplishments was the launch of our inaugural poetry contest this summer with our fantastic judge, Debbie Okun Hill (http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Memberprofile009.htm).

In addition to our society’s accomplishments, several of our members had their own accomplishments in 2018. Former president John Di Leonardo saw the publication of his debut poetry collection, Conditions of Desire, published by Hidden Brook Press (http://www.hiddenbrookpress.com/author/john-di-leonardo/?post_type=publication).

Both Renée M. Sgroi and Gail M. Murray had their work published in the latest anthology of The Banister (http://canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/), as well as other publications.

Bradley McIlwain and Graham Ducker published work in Buried Horror (http://buriedhorrormagazine.blogspot.com/)and Patrick Meade’s previously translated work is set to be published in a dual language edition by poet, Anna Yin ( http://www.annapoetry.com/)

Of course, all of our poets have continued to write poetry  (an accomplishment in and of itself!) and to share their love of poetry through readings and events, including our monthly meetings. 

So, for this month of celebrations and festivities, we here at the Brooklin Poetry Society raise a glass to poets everywhere. Whether you’re published or not, a first time poet or a seasoned one, kudos to all those who continue to believe in the importance and relevance of poetry and its creation!

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