KFPL to host an evening of poetry, language, and culture with Sadiqa de Meijer

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Join Kingston’s Poet Laureate Sadiqa de Meijer in celebrating the region’s blend of cultures through an exclusive poetry reading event, Spoken Here, hosted by the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL).

According to a release from the library, attendees will listen to people reading a poem they love in its original language and then in their English translations, as facilitated by de Meijer. KFPL said that this event promises a “unique linguistic experience”, fostering a deeper appreciation for the rich poetic heritage thriving alongside Kingston Frontenac’s growing population.

“Let the beauty of poetry’s boundless expression inspire your creativity, with talented voices shaping the future of our community,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming.

“Collaborating with Sadiqa to highlight the words and voices of newcomers has been truly special. This event is a testament to our partnership and her ongoing dedication to showcasing the creative talents within our community.”

Named Kingston’s Poet Laureate in 2022, de Meijer was born in Amsterdam to a Dutch-Kenyan-Pakistani-Afghani family and moved to Canada as a child. She has established her reputation both nationally, as a Governor General’s Literary Award winner and multi award-nominee, and in Kingston, as a dedicated and talented artist, and de Meijer received a 2022 Mayor’s Arts Award.  

Registration is required for the upcoming event, which is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at the Isabel Turner Branch of KFPL. Visit https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/9781937 or call 613-549-8888 to register.

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