About Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie

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Charitable registration #: 816009856 RR 0001

VISION

Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie is a registered charity that wants all Canadians to speak poetry. To achieve this, we are striving to become the essential resource for teaching and learning poetry in Canada — and beyond.  

MISSION

We provide educators with engaging content and experiences, in English and French, to inspire their students to read, recite, and write poetry:

Everything we offer is free of cost.

Our programs and projects are written and delivered by renowned Canadian poets who connect contemporary poetry directly with students.

HISTORY

Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie (PIV/LVP) was founded in 2010 by Scott and Krystyne Griffin, along with Founding Director Damian Rogers, who edited our English anthology; our French anthology was edited by poet and professor Pierre Nepveu. Under the direction of Sepideh Anvar, the poetry recitation contest grew from 12 schools in Ontario to thousands of schools across the country. In 2014, Sepideh joined the Board of Directors to continue to shape PIV/LVP's bilingual identity, and David Smith became Executive Director. The recitation contest is now one program among many that promotes poetry in Canadian classrooms. The organization, according to Margaret Atwood "has become a cultural force in Canada." Read about our growth and impact.

TEAM

To carry out our mission, our staff benefits from the support of our advisory and working boards, and our anthology editors.

PARTNERS

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

We are also deeply grateful to our network of over 120 poets and our literary partners, who are working with us to ensure poetry is in the air, from coast to coast to coast: