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Day of the Poets Poetry Festival

Celebrate poetry at Day of the Poets.  Orangeville’s first poetry festival will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Coinciding with the first outdoor Farmers’ Market of the year, the inaugural event will feature more than twenty local and regional poets.  Poetry readings will take place at four different venues in the downtown area including Town Hall, the Mill Street Library, Maggiolly Art Supplies, and Dragonfly Arts on Broadway. Poets will also engage in 'random acts of poetry' along Broadway and written poetry will be displayed in the windows of downtown businesses. This legacy project was created by Dufferin County Poet Laureate Harry Posner to highlight the special literary art form of poetry and to bring some excitement and beautiful words to the streets of Orangeville.  For more information, email [email protected].

Day of the Poets

Poets at the Library: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Morvern McNie

Morvern is a writer and photographer who lives in Elora. She has performed at many community events in the Guelph/ Wellington area, including 100,000 Poets for Change at the Elora Poetry Centre, Wordfest Elora, The Eden Mills Fringe and Hillside Festival. Her work appears on two Guelph compilation discs.

Jerry Prager

A resident of Elora since 2013, Jerry is a heritage and landscape stone worker by trade. He is the author of three volumes on the Calabrian mafia of Guelph, Legends of the Morgeti, and several books of poetry. Jerry is currently working on a series on fugitive slaves and how they came to Wellington County; the first two books: Laying the Bed: the Native Origins of the Underground Railroad, and Exodus and Arrival: Fugitive Roads to Guelph and Beyond have been published. The third book, Blood in the Mortar: Freedom and Stone is slated for publication in May. He is also preparing the first six books of a novel series.

Robert Priest

One of Canada’s most beloved poets, Robert Priest's words have been debated in the legislature, posted in the Transit system, quoted in the Farmer's Almanac, sung on Sesame Street and turned into the hit: Song Instead of a Kiss by Alannah Myles. His latest book is The Wolf is Back (Wolsak & Wynn).

Amy Dennis

In addition to publications in England, Wales, and France, Amy Dennis' poetry has appeared in more than twenty Canadian literary publications. She has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards as well as a Random House Creative Writing Award. Now that she has finished her doctorate, Amy is teaching at Georgian College and writes whenever she can!

Max Layton

Born in Montreal in 1946, Max lives with his wife, Sharon, in Caledon, Ontario. Max has released four CDs of original songs and he is also the author of three books of poetry, most recently a collection of poems entitled LIKE

Kirby Beneventi

Originally hails from the plains of Kansas. Words have always been a close companion, and she aims to craft pieces that are both relatable and introspective to the human experience.

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