Mayor's Poetry City Challenge 2013
When: April 8, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Regina City Hall (2410 Victoria Avenue, Regina)
Mayor's Poetry City Challenge celebrates March 21 as UNESCO World Poetry Day and April as National Poetry Month. As part of Mayor's Poetry City Challenge, Regina poet Bruce Rice will be reading his poem "Dead Métis at Batoche" during the City Council meeting in Regina.
Bruce Rice is a Regina poet and editor. His fifth collection, The Trouble With Beauty, will be published by Coteau Books in 2014. Bruce has received provincial and national awards for his writing. His most recent book, Life in the Canopy (Hagios Press) was shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book of the Year in 2009. He helped to initiate the Mayor's Poetry City Challenge. The poem, "Dead Métis at Batoche" was written for the opening of the national tour of the Joe Fafard restropective exhibition, and is inspired by Fafard's clay sculpture of one of the Métis killed in the battle.
In 2012, at the request of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild and the League of Canadian Poets, Regina's former Mayor Pat Fiacco issued a "Mayor's Poetry City Challenge" to the Mayors of 70 Canadian provincial capital cities, cultural capital and other communities across Canada. The challenge was for each municipality to have a poet from their community read a poem at their city council meetings in March or April. The purpose was to formally recognize the poets in their communities, the contribution of poetry to the arts in Canada, and the enormous contribution small presses have to the cultural development of communities across Canada.
Participating communities were recognized as "Poetry Cities" and poets reading for the Poetry City were invited to post their poems on the National Poetry Month section of the LCP Website and on "Mayor's Poetry City Challenge" facebook page. In 2013, Regina's new mayor Michael Fougere has issued the challenge to over 80 municipalities in Canada.