Poet Laureate offering one-on-one mentorship sessions

Are you an aspiring poet? Would you enjoy being mentored by Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux?

Good news! The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is offering you the chance to do just that.

Jason Heroux was appointed Kingston’s third Poet Laureate in November 2018. He has written four books of poetry and been included in several poetry anthologies. Born in Montreal, Jason enrolled at Queen’s University in 1990 and has lived in Kingston ever since.

The Poet Laureate program recognizes achievements in writing and showcases literary arts within the Kingston community. A new Poet Laureate is chosen every four years.

“The Poet Laureate program reflects the City’s belief in and support of the literary arts and recognizes the achievements of a local poet whose work exhibits excellence and resonates with the people of this community,” said Colin Wiginton, cultural director, City of Kingston.

There are six hour-long opportunities available to work one-on-one with Heroux. To be considered for this unique opportunity, poets over the age of 14 can submit their work (from five to 12 pages) to [email protected]. Poets without an email address may submit their work, in print, to any branch of the KFPL. Please mark attention of Poet Laureate Jason Heroux, c/o Isabel Turner Branch.

Submissions will be received until Monday Mar. 11, 2019 at 5pm.

Session times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 9 at Central, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Friday, April 12 at Calvin Park, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at Isabel Turner, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

When sending in submissions, include your full name and contact details, and list which sessions you would prefer.

Jason will consider all applications and schedule six poets for a one-on-one session. He will review your work, provide feedback and suggest possible next steps.

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