Past Events

October 28, 2018



Congratulations to John Di Leonardo on the publication of his poetry anthology, Conditions of Desire, published by Hidden Book Press (! Along with John, BPS members Gail M. Murray, Patrick Meade, and Renée M. Sgroi read during the open mic portion of John‘s book launch at the Supermarket restaurant in Kensington market.

John reading at his book launch

PatrickGailReading at the Supermarket in Kensington


June 14, 2018

BPS members John Di Leonardo and Renée M. Sgroi read poetry at the annual League of Canadian Poets, New Member’s Reading at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, on Thursday, June 14, at 6-7:30 p.m. as part of the Canadian Writers’ Summit 2018.

Harbourfront poster

John at HarbourfrontMe at Harbourfront

June 10, 2018

Several poets from the Brooklin Poetry Society read at the Stellar Lit Festival on June 10th. The event took place at the Parkwood Estate in Oshawa.

May 27, 2018

We finally launched our anthology – Written Tenfold – at the Brooklin Public Library with a good turnout of BPS members. Unfortunately, Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell was not able to make it but he sent a letter of commendation – see below. Also, we were honored to have Whitby Councillor Mulcahey in attendance to help celebrate the event. Following is Gail Murray’s delightful description of the launch, the Mayor’s letter and some pictures of the participants and contributing poets reading their work from the anthology.

Not to be deterred by the ice storm, Brooklin Poetry Society reschedules and launches their anthology – Written Tenfold – on a sunny May afternoon. A small informal gathering. An appreciative group. A wide range of talent. Yes a fine afternoon beginning with commendations from the local councillor representing the mayor’s office who helped fund the project.

We read in alphabetical order starting with artist and writer John Di Leonardo who reads on themes of desire and beauty and a lush piece inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies. Theresa Donnelly in her wonderful Irish lilt reads a poignant piece about her father as well as poems full of imagery and mysticism. The room fills with emotion. Next is Bradley Mcllwain, one of the original founders of this group and fresh from walking El Camino de Santiago which surfaces later in Renee’s piece –  El Camino. Gail M. Murray shares  tender love poems – Dichotomy and Orchid Petals and pieces about Italy – her second love. Renee  M. Sgroi’s poems reverberate in depth and Rod Stone closes with enchanting pieces on nature and a poignant piece – The Garden Gnome.

Mayor’s Letter

Mayor's Letter

Some pictures of the launch

Anthology_Launch - Another of BPS group

Anthology_Laynch - John Di Leonardo readingAnthology_Launch - Gail Murray readingAnthology_Laynch - Renee sharing






Anthology_Laynch - John Di Leonardo readingAnthology_Launch - Another picture of Theresa Donnelly


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Anthology_Launch - Rod Stone readingAnthology_Launch - John Di Leonardo reading










Anthology_Launch - Renee Segroi reading












April 29, 2018

BPS members honouring Poetry Month with readings at the Cork and Bean Café in Oshawa ON

john's group

April 26, 2018

The Poetry café was held from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Central branch of the Whitby public library. Thanks to everyone who came out to help make it a great success. 

January 31, 2018

Renee visited Jeane Sauve P.S. in Oshawa on behalf of Brooklin Poetry Society to meet with budding poets in a grade 4 class.  The kids were impressed to write a poem with a real poet!


December 3, 2017

Members of BPS: Renee, Gail, John, Bradley, Theresa and Rod met on Sunday 12-2:30pm at the Brooklin Pub in Brooklin to eat/drink, talk and share poems. A good time was had by all.


October 21, 2017

BPS poet, John Di Leonardo will be reading his (Judge’s Choice) poems at the Canadian Authors Association, (Niagara Branch) Book Launch on October 21, 2017.  Check out John’s poetry on our members’ poetry page!

October 14, 2017

See pictures below from the “Our Stories” Poetry Workshop organized by Anna Yin (former Poet Laureate of Mississauga) and led by Richard Greene (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2010 and English Prof at the University of Toronto). Renee, John and Rod attended from BPS and a good time was had by all.

Anna Yin Workshop

A Yin Workshop_Richard Greene


A Yin Workshop_J Dileonardo

A Yin Workshop_John and Renee

October 3, 2017

Here we are, gang, with Mayor Don Mitchell at presentation of the grant to Brooklin Poetry Society. With thanks to Town of Whitby, the Mayor’s Community Development Fund and everyone who was able to come out and support us! And thanks to John Di Leonardo for his hard work in putting the application together!

Brooklin Poetry Society