Introducing Collingwood's First Poet Laureate

7 May 2018 - The Town of Collingwood is thrilled to announce that the community's first Poet Laureate will be local resident Day Merrill.
 
During her two-year term, Day will liaise with the Parks, Recreation and Culture department to act as a champion for poetry and literary arts in the community. She’ll lead creative projects that encourage new poets and foster an appreciation for poetry as well as appear at community events and functions and produce new original works related to Collingwood and the area.
 
A published poet in both print and online, Day is a long-time “poetry advocate”, sharing poetry at events and conducting workshops on appreciating and writing poetry. She promotes the written and spoken word to diverse audiences through poetry workshops that encourage self-expression and leverage other artistic media. Her experience also includes composing, reading and “speaking” customized poems at private and community events.
 
Day has been reading, listening to and learning poetry since she was a child, and has been writing poetry since her teenage years. In university, she studied literature with an emphasis on poetry and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.
  
“I see my role as 'poetry advocate'," said Day. "I’m looking forward to championing projects that have the potential to help all residents experience the power of poetry as creators, not only consumers.”
 
Applications for Collingwood’s Poet Laureate position were garnered through an open call for submissions and a jury comprised of members of the community selected Day.
 
“The written word is an aspect of our cultural community that we are excited to promote, enhance and encourage,” said Town of Collingwood Arts and Culture Coordinator, Tanya Mazza. “Poetry is something that can connect to people of all ages and backgrounds. It can be a source of inspiration and help us express what matters most as individuals and as a community.”
 
To learn more about Day Merrill, and the Poet Laureate program, visit www.CollingWord.ca.
 
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For more information, contact:
Communications Officer
Jennett Mays
705-445-1030 Ext. 3293
jmays@collingwood.ca
Coordinator, Arts & Culture
Tanya Mazza
T. 705-444-2500 Ext. 3287
tmazza@collingwood.ca