Try these sites for more inspiration.
The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry funds the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English from any country in the world. Check out their site to see and hear nominated poets reading from their work.
The Poetry Foundation, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, created a poetry recitation contest for high-school students in the United States called Poetry Out Loud. Check out the Poetry Foundation’s site for interesting feature articles about contemporary poetry, news from the poetry world, blogs by poets, interview podcasts, and poetry videos.
Read the Poetry Foundation’s ebook on teaching poetry called Open the Door, freely available for download.
Poetry By Heart is a sister competition recently launched in the UK by Britain's Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. In Motion’s own words: “Poetry By Heart is designed to put the emphasis on learning by heart, not on learning by rote. It is about understanding and remembering the deep recurring truths about our experience as humans, in terms that are especially beautiful and resonant.”
The League of Canadian Poets runs the youth- and education-focused poetry site youngpoets.ca. Students can find articles and information on contests and publication opportunities for young people here. The site also includes poetry workshop ideas and other resources for teachers.
“One of my projects as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate is to produce a series of short videos to help make contemporary Canadian poetry more accessible. These recordings illustrate a range of poetry that reflects the identity, places and modes of poetic writing in Canada.” – Fred Wah, former Canadian Poet Laureate (2011-2013)
Read more about the featured Canadian poets here.
Brick Books is a Canadian publisher that offers some great resources by and about the poets they publish. Their poet pages include interviews, reflections on writing poetry, and some writing activities that the poets themselves use.
Poetry.org is a good place to explore for an overview of the history of different schools of poetry and for the definitions of poetic terms.
The BBC Arts site features podcasts of poets reading their work.
Canadian Parents for French seeks to raise awareness of the value of learning French as a second language by sponsoring cultural events in communities throughout Canada.
Most notably, CPF runs Concours d'art oratoire, a public-speaking contest for FSL students.
The National Reading Campaign’s mission is to make reading a national priority and to create, sustain and grow a society in which everyone has an equal opportunity to become and remain a lifelong reader.
Depending on where you live, check out these great literary festivals:
Montreal, QC: Blue Metropolis / Metropolis Bleu
Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Writers Festival