On June 30th, during the opening ceremonies for Canada Day Night Before Event at 6:30 pm, the newly appointed Comox Valley Poet Laureate, Lawrence J.W. Cooper, will read his latest poem created for this celebration. In his own words, he will be sharing a poem based on the Canada Day theme, “Threads: The Costumes of Canada”.

Cooper has been involved in education for almost 50 years, the last 15 teaching students homebound due to physical or mental illness.  He says he wants to “reach the young people in our high schools and colleges and encourage them to write and share poetry as a way of communicating from the heart.”

“I see the poet laureate position as an opportunity to not only tell my story, but to help other poets tell their stories as well. Together we can create conscious lives that we can truly love to live and in so doing contribute to the world around us”, explains Mr. Cooper.

“We have started what I call the Serious Writer’s Group who will be meeting every second Thursday for the purpose of editing and preparing works of poetry for publishing. We now have our five people for the group. There might be room for one more, or if there is enough interest, we could start a second group. We will be meeting from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Courtenay Public Library”, concludes Mr. Cooper.

The Comox Valley Poet Laureate creates works during a two-year term to celebrate or commemorate significant community events and will serve as a touchstone for the mood of the community. The program is overseen by Comox Valley Arts. The 2019-2021 Poet Laureate is supported by Comox District Teachers Association, North Island College, Sure Copy, School District 71, The Island Word and 97.3 The Eagle.

For more information visit the Comox Valley Arts website: https://www.comoxvalleyarts.com/what-we-do/comox-valley-poet-laureate-program/

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