Local poet Madhur Anand will present her poem “Sestina” during tonight’s meeting of Guelph City Council as part of the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge.
The challenge is a collaboration between the League of Canadian Poets and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, in cooperation with the City of Regina. The Mayor of Regina, Michael Fougere, challenged his fellow mayors across Canada to have a local poet read a poem at their Council meetings to draw attention to the contributions poets and writers make to the cultural life of communities. The challenge coincides with UNESCO’s World Poetry Day on March 21 and National Poetry Month in April. Guelph is one of 40 municipalities participating in the challenge this year.
“The Mayor’s Poetry Challenge is a terrific opportunity to showcase some of the incredible talent we have in our community, in an unexpected forum and to a different audience than may typically experience it,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge.
Madhur Anand’s poetry has appeared in many literary magazines in Canada and the USA, and her first poetry collection will be published in 2015 by Wolsak & Wynn. She co-edited an anthology entitled Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry (Scrivener Press, 2009). She is also a Full Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences and University Research Chair in Sustainability Science at the University of Guelph. She has authored or co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed scientific papers in various aspects of ecology and one academic book (Climate Change Biology, CABI, 2010).