I’m honoured and excited to be a part of Serena’s National Poetry Month Blog Tour 2010. Hopefully this will be the first of many successful literary blog tours! I applied to take part to showcase Canada’s (particularly BC and Vancouver’s) poetry scene. This post is basically a Canadian/BC/Vancouver poetry linkfest!

Our first resource is The League of Canadian Poets, a great place for news and author lists. One great feature is that you can sort poets by province of residence. Check out all these great BC poets! To celebrate National Poetry Month, the League of Canadian Poets announced a theme of “Climate Change” and launched a League Poetry Month blog. They also have an additional initiative to celebrate P.K. Page, an extraordinary poet who passed away in January 2010 in her home in Victoria, BC. An offshoot of the League of Canadian Poets, check out YoungPoets.ca! They are also involved in the National Poetry Month theme of “Climate Change”.

For poetry events and happenings, check out the League’s full listing of Poetry Month events. They also have a list of readings (updated every second month). The Poetry Kit also keeps a great list of on-going and reoccurring readings.

In poetry news, the shortlists for two Canadian poetry awards were announced this week. I personally find awards a fantastic way to see some of the great new releases. View the shortlists for the 2010 Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards. The BC Book Prizes, has the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize which celebrates British Columbian poets. And the BC Book Prizes website features all the past winners since the prizes began in 1985. To be honest, talking about Canadian literary prizes could be an entire post itself. So, I’ll direct you to Wikipedia’s list of Poetry Awards, with a full list of Canadian poetry awards.

Vancouver Poetry House is a great website with forums, featured poets, podcasts, events and the Vancouver Poetry Slam team. On April 19th, a new VanSlam Poetry Team will be chosen by the audience (and judges). Vancouver Poetry House is inviting everyone to join in the Poetry Slam Playoffs featuring the 2009 Individual Word Poetry Slam Champ, Joaquin Zihuatanejo.

Another ‘alternative’ poetry resource is The World Poetry Reading Series. They have readings, fundraisers, special events, and more. If you ever have the chance to check out these poets and/or poetry readings, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve seen them at The Word on the Street Vancouver, a local reading festival and you’ll really enjoy it even if poetry isn’t your ‘thing’.

Another great resource for Vancouver is VancouverVerse.ca, the website for the Vancouver Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate Program was made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Yosef Wosk, a prominent Vancouverite and supporter of the arts. The Poet Laureate Program is a partnership of the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. Begun in 2007, George McWhirter was Vancouver’s inaugural Poet Laureate. Brad Cran is currently Vancouver’s second poet laureate until 2011.

*deep breath* wow that was a lot of information. Anyway, I hope you’ve clicked lots of links and have tons of bookmarks to look at. Enjoy the rest of the National Poetry Month Blog Tour 2010! Thank you so much Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit for arranging everything.