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Jun. 20, 2019 | Thursday
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Mayor's Poetry Challenge is back this April
The Annual Mayor's Poetry Challenge invites poets to write poems describing the water surrounding St. Catharines.

The Mayor’s Poetry Challenge, an annual competition to celebrate the poets of St. Catharines, is back this April with a theme to celebrate the water that surrounds us.

The challenge takes place annually during National Poetry Month, April, which began in 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets to celebrate and appreciate poetry.

“The annual Mayor’s Poetry Challenge is a great way to engage poets in our community to use their creative minds to expand on how we see our city,” explains Mayor Walter Sendzik.

Sendzik invites residents and poets to submit an original poem elegantly describing the water that surrounds St. Catharines. All types of poetry are accepted – from Shakespearean sonnets to Dr. Seuss-inspired pieces.

Sendzik says, “this year we are shining a spot light on the water that surrounds us. We are a city on Lake Ontario. We have the Welland Canal that runs through our city, and creeks and rivers coursing through our parks and neighbourhoods. Water is an important part of who we are and I am looking forward to reading how poets make the connection with the water that surrounds us.”

Poems should be sent to by April 24 to be considered. The winner will recite their poem at the April 29 City Council meeting.