I was honoured to be part of Laureate City 2. I read with smart, funny, and compassionate poets—people committed to advancing the word, and making poetry central to all our lives. Laureate City2 provided a space where we could all sing out loud, grounded in our authentic selves.
All of these talented people came together from all over Canada to work together, to learn new things, share in the work that is being done and we also created strong connections to each other during this time so that we now know that none of us are not in this alone. With events like this we can share our information and knowledge and become better at what we do for the Provinces and Cities we represent.
Laureate City 2 a été une occasion unique et stimulante de rencontrer des poètes de partout au Canada et de discuter de façons de faire vivre la poésie dans la communauté.
VerseFest in Ottawa brought poets together for lively discussions and dynamic readings that clearly demonstrated how important poetry is to the lives of everybody.
More weekends like Laureate City 2, please! An incredibly valuable and all-too-rare opportunity to share poetry, practice, and ideas about public art on a Canada-wide scale.
At Laureate City, I drew inspiration from my peers from across the country, from the poetries they write to celebrate the cities they represent and from the locally specific approaches they each take to sustain the poetries of their fellow citizens. An enriching festival of contemporary writing that is unique in Canada.
I had an absolutely wonderful time and left Ottawa feeling invigorated and inspired.
Laureate City is a municipality of poetic spirit, and participating in it, sharing ideas and viewpoints, has helped inspire me to engage my own community with fresh eyes and ears.
Margaret Michèle Cook
Laureat City 2 est un événement scintillant, une superbe rencontre de rythmes, d'images et de styles qui transporte dans un lieu autre. La synérgie des poètes fait en sorte que chacun et chacune en repart transformé-e.
Laureates City 2 allowed me to meet and compare notes with poet laureates from across Canada, and to hear from members of the community about what poetry means to them.