Poet Laureate of Cobourg

Poetry Present: A Weekly Email Publication

Cobourg has a dynamic writing and arts community. Shining a light on the poetry and profiles of local writers is an important part of my mission as Poet Laureate. The goal of Poetry Present is to celebrate the community of poetry writers and readers who share a connection to Cobourg and Northumberland Region.

There is a vibrant presence of poetry in Cobourg, Ontario.

This project is simple: a weekly gift of a poem. It aims to encourage us to read and write more poetry. When Jill Battson was Poet Laureate in Cobourg she published poems in the local paper each week. Poetry Present captures the spirit of what she started but shifts the medium online. This project is also inspired by the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Pause program, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day program, and the Poetry 180 program.

If there is an audience to support this project, then my hope would be to continue it for the four years of my term as Poet Laureate.

At the end of it all, I’m hoping we can answer these questions with a joyful YES:

  • Did we read and write more poetry?
  • Did we learn about writers living in and inspired by our community?

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To receive an email with a poem each week, click on the image OR fill in the form embedded in this page. (You can also unsubscribe at any time.)

Please add poetlaureate@cobourg.ca to your contacts so the email doesn’t end up in your spam folder. Your contact information will not be used for any other purpose.

Poetry Present is delivered every Saturday morning at 8:00 am beginning the first Saturday in August.

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Submit Your Poems

Submitting a poem is simple: fill in this form with your poet info (by clicking here) and then email the poem.


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Thank-you to Ted Amsden and James Pickersgill for being advisors for this project.

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