This is a call to Canadian poets — join us in sparking a love of poetry among students to last a lifetime!
We are inviting poets from across Canada to work with us on a freelance basis and join our Poet Network
Consult our eligibility requirements, read about the ways you can become involved, then apply for a poet account on our site.
Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie is committed to working with poets who can connect with and challenge students’ perspectives. We encourage any eligible poet who identifies as Indigenous, LGBTQIA2+, a person of colour, is D/deaf, or differently abled to consider joining our network.
Any page poet interested in joining our poet network must:*
- have specialized training or a combination of experience in the field of literature
- be recognized as a professional by peers working in the same literary artistic tradition
- have a history of publications in a professional context, implying an editorial selection process with remuneration; more specifically, have published a minimum of 1 book or have a minimum of 10 poems published in literary magazines, periodicals or anthologies that are published by literary book publishers
- have a commitment to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
Any spoken word artist must:*
- be a professional artist and
- have created or publicly presented a minimum of 2 spoken word performances and have received an artist fee for them
*As per the Canada Council for the Arts’ Applicant Profiles.
With our Poet In Class/Poètes à l’école program, we’ve brought dozens of poets into hundreds of classrooms across Canada, and this year, we will continue to expand our reach.
Class visits are scheduled between January 4 and June 1 of the school year. Class visits can take place in person or virtually, depending on the class needs. We encourage all of our Poet Network to maintain as much flexibility as possible since requests may change at the last minute due to changing health and/or school policies.
What experience is expected?
- Previous experience in high school classrooms or with high school–aged students is a clear asset.
- While our focus is on secondary schools, we are open to connecting poets with primary school teachers who have requested a visit — please indicate any relevant experience on your CV.
How will poets be compensated?
Our poet networkers are independent contractors. PIV pays the first $300 of a poet school visit. You may agree, in advance of your visit, to charge the school extra or to arrange additional visits. PIV/LVP is not responsible for collecting this extra amount and will only pay $300 maximum per school visit. Based on other Canadian organizations' fee structures, we suggest $300 could cover under 3 hours of instruction time, or 2 virtual classroom visits.
Judge recitation contests
During the school year, we host live and online recitation contests, where poets judge students’ performances according to our scoring rubric.
Given the challenges due to COVID-19 we have recommended all our contests be held online. Judges will use their own computers to watch and evaluate students’ recitation videos.
A Team Regional is a live contest where teams from local schools compete against one another. These events last up to two hours, and judges receive an honorarium of $200 for their time.
We also have two online contests, The Junior Online Finals and the Online Qualifiers (formerly known as the Online Semifinals), in which judges use their own computers to watch and judge students’ recitation videos. Judging takes place within a two-week period, and judges receive an honorarium of $300 for their time.
What types of content will be assigned and how will poets be compensated?
- Lesson plans that will get students fired up about poetry: $250, published with attribution
- Dive Ins and one-liners to provide different access points to a poem (not all poems have them yet!): $100/poem, Dive Ins published with attribution, one-liners published without attribution
- Writing prompts (up to 200 words) to inspire students to find their own poetic voices: $50, maximum one per poet and published with attribution
- Other poets’ bios (100-150 words): $50/bio, published without attribution
- Extended poet biographies (300 words): $100/bio, published without attribution (we don't have any of these on the site yet, but we're eager to add some!)
Create your poet account application here: https://www.poetryinvoice.com/create-account
If you already have a poet account, you can log in