Poet Laureate

Welcome to CollingWord, the place to learn about poetry and the spoken word in Collingwood. As a literary form for people of all ages and backgrounds, poetry can be a source of inspiration and help us express what matters most to us as individuals and as a community. We look forward to adding information and creative output to these pages as our community’s connection to poetry grows here in CollingWord.

Call for Applications: Collingwood's Second Poet Laureate. Poets with a passion for literary arts and who are willing to act as a champion for poetry and/or the spoken word are invited to apply for the position of Collingwood’s second Poet Laureate. During a two year term, the Laureate will develop creative projects and produce original works that inspire an appreciation for poetry and the literary arts, and encourage new poets of all ages and abilities. Link to Poet Laureate application>>.

“For the past two years it has been my honour and privilege to serve as the Town of Collingwood’s first Poet Laureate,” says Day Merrill. “Poetry is the most compact and efficient way to express thoughts and feelings and engender a deep response in others. The role of Poet Laureate has given me the opportunity to share my love of poetry and the spoken word as well and inspire both committed word fans and those new to the power of poetry.” You can contact Day at poetlaureate@collingwood.ca.

A logo with the words Place Holders


We invited local writers to select a park in Collingwood where they have a connection and create a poem about it. Fueling our imaginations and bringing to life the character of a place, is something poets do best and the result is a unique storymap including a video of each poet reciting their poem in the park. Go to Place Holders >>.



Young girl making words from giant letters at Side Launch Days Harbour Festival



Pints & Poems event

In this section, you’ll find a running list of literary events that may be of intertest. If you are planning such an event and would like it posted here, please let us know. We’re always happy to spread the “word.”

Old fashioned typewriter For anyone who would like to read more poetry and maybe even start writing it, the resources in this section can help. Drop us a line if you have any resources that you’d recommend so we can share them on this page.

Head shot of Day MerrillWelcome to my blog, which I call Symbol & Drum to reflect my dual role as your Poet Laureate. As a poet, I’ll be using symbolism, metaphor and other literary devices to create poems in a wide range of forms on the topic of Collingwood– what it means, both as a place and as a community. In addition, as a poetry advocate, I’ll be “beating the drum” to promote the written and spoken word as an art form that has been underrepresented in our area compared to the visual arts, music, theatre and dance.  

I hope you enjoy reading it, and I look forward to hearing from you what you’d like me to be talking about. 


Block letters saying Poetry CornerThis section is where you can share your poetry. Please submit any original poem you’d like considered (as a Word document attachment or in the body of an email) and send it to  poetlaureate@collingwood.ca. Let us know if you’d like to be acknowledged as the poet or be published anonymously. We’ll read every submission and publish what we can. We look forward to seeing your work!