April is National Poetry Month in Canada, and Canadian mayors are being challenged by Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, and the League of Canadian Poets, to invite a local poet to read at a city council meeting to help bring poetry into the public eye, and showcase local talent.
Summerside Mayor Bill Martin, for the third year, has accepted the challenge and has invited Summerside poet Wayne Wright to read at the April 17th city council meeting. Wright is writing a “beautiful poem for Canada” in celebration of the 150th.
Wayne Wright is one of PEI’s most versatile artists. Many Islanders would know him as the long-time editorial cartoonist for the Journal-Pioneer, and as a bronze sculptor and portrait artist. He has written or edited several books of poetry, community history, stage plays, and stories. He has given poetry readings from St. John’s to Toronto. He chaired the committee, which oversaw the creation of the Prince Edward Island Poet Laureate position. He is the designer of the PEI Sports Hall of Fame (1978) and the International Fox Farming Hall of Fame (1988). His ongoing series of Mi’kmaq portraits is housed at the Lennox Island Cultural Centre’s Wall of Honour.
The April 17th Summerside City Council meeting will get underway at 6:00 pm in the council chamber of Summerside City Hall. Mayor Martin extends an invitation to the public to attend the poetry reading.