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Theme for 2010 National Poetry Month: Climate Changes

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April 2010 marks the 12th anniversary of National Poetry Month. Each year, the League of Canadian Poets brings members of the literary community together to "celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture." This year's theme is Climate Changes, and the official launch is on Thursday, April 1 at Ben McNally Bookstore where the shortlists for the Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Award will be announced. Keep reading for more information.

From our friends at the League of Canadian Poets:

The League of Canadian Poets is pleased to announce this year's National Poetry Month in April featuring renowned poets who will present a series of readings in several cities in Canada. To launch the National Poetry Month in Toronto, we plan to have a special press breakfast on Thursday, April 1, 2010 where several well known poets will present readings at the official launch. The awards shortlist for the Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Award categories will also be announced that morning. This year, the League will also be celebrating the 75th birthday of Pat Lowther. The event is open to the public. Young Poets Week will take place April 12 to 16, 2010.

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Theme for 2010: Climate Changes
This year, for our 12th anniversary, artists and NPM participators will be encouraged to discuss and elaborate on themes of poetry related to climate changes. As a society, we continue to change politically, ecologically, culturally and economically. This Spring, members are encouraged to submit poetry related to these topics: how changing climates affect you, your community and the larger communities of Canada and the world. Each day becomes a defining moment in our history. Do Climate Changes inspire you to write, to express your passion and compassion? Does change necessarily mean progress?

About National Poetry Month:
Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League, National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries and poets across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture. Communities and businesses participate through readings, festivals, book displays and other events in several unique venues including parks, movie theatres, art galleries and a local zoo.

To find out more information about programs and events, visit our website at: www.poets.ca and www.youngpoets.ca, and check out our NPM Blog at: http://lcpnationalpoetrymonth2010.wordpress.com/.

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