Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Words in Motion Launch

The Words in Motion 2012 was a pilot program that was introduced by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. This program was created to promote literacy and to allow new and existing writers an opportunity to share their poetry. Poetry was gathered from local school students and the general public.

There was a wonderful turnout for the Words in Motion launch which took place at the Fort McMurray Public Library on April 2; close to 100 people attended the event to support our local poets. Highlights of the evening included a speech by Mayor Melissa Blake, two of the selected poets shared their poetry, and a WOOSH bus was onsite, displaying two poems inside.

The launch of Words in Motion was very successful. There were 118 poetry entries from local school students and 26 entries from the general public. It was wonderful to receive such a wide array of poetry from residents of all ages. Forty poems were selected by the selection panel to be displayed inside of the buses for the month of April which is National Poetry Month.

All poetry submissions are available to be viewed at the following website:

A special thank you to our partners: the Fort McMurray Public Library, NorthWord, and the Fort McMurray Catholic and Public School Boards. Also, we would like to thank our selection panel members: Jennifer Mason, Shauna Murray, and Kiran Malik-Khan.

This April, travel to your destination via public transit and enjoy reading poems written by local poets.

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