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March 28, 2017
City of Toronto proclaims April as National Poetry Month with Poet Laureate reading in City Council
Today at City Council, Anne Michaels, the City of Toronto's Poet Laureate, read her new poem "To Write", as Toronto's proclamation of National Poetry Month in April and for the City's participation in a national Poetry City challenge.

Poetry City is an annual celebration of National Poetry Month that encourages Mayors and City Councils across Canada to invite a local poet to do a reading at a council meeting. This year, former Toronto Poet Laureate and current Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke is challenging Mayors and City Councils to participate.

"Toronto is pleased to be part of National Poetry Month and encourages other Canadian locations to participate in the annual Poetry City challenge," said Mayor John Tory. "It is vital this month, and every month, that we support the literacy of our residents and the literature of our artists."

The City of Toronto, the first Canadian municipality to appoint its own Poet Laureate to act as an ambassador and advocate for poetry and the literary arts, acknowledges the power of poetry and encourages citizens to read, write, speak, perform and share poetry throughout the month of April.

To Write is one of the new poems that Michaels will be releasing in her upcoming book of poetry All We Saw, which will be published in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom this fall.

On April 3 starting at 7 p.m., Michaels will host an evening of poetry with fellow poets Roo Borson and Phoebe Wang at the Toronto Reference Library's Beeton Hall, 789 Yonge St.

Michaels is an internationally acclaimed novelist and poet. Her books have been published in 45 countries and won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Lannan Award for Fiction. Her novel Fugitive Pieces was adapted into a feature film. Her latest book of poetry, Correspondences, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2014. More information is available at

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