Poetry in Motion 2022

Our 2022 Poetry in Motion program is flowing right along!

This year’s jury met on July 25 to review nearly 100 submissions and select just 10 for installation in Halifax Transit ad spaces and for printing on special-edition postcards, which will be delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients in the Halifax area and will also be available for purchase by the general public. Jurors included two past Poetry in Motion participants, Jaime Forsythe and Christina McRae, as well as WFNS’s Program Manager (Membership Services), Andy Verboom.

The theme for this year was “water,” and the jury appreciated the wide range of approaches to water that Nova Scotia’s poets explored.

Many thanks to everyone who submitted and to our partners for Poetry in Motion—Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, and Halifax Public Libraries—and congratulations to the writers whose poems were selected!

  • “June Rain, 1 AM” by Annick MacAskill
  • “Message in a bottle” by Briony Merritt
  • “From Water” by Dian Day
  • “Lochaber, Evening, Summer Solstice” by Douglas Burnet Smith
  • “Promise” by Margo Wheaton
  • “Some things don’t have endings” by Michael Goodfellow
  • “misstep” by Nayani Jensen
  • “Tattoo” by Rose Adams
  • “Kepe’kek / At The Narrows” by Shannon Webb-Campbell
  • “Grey Heron Over Water” by Tammy Armstrong
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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, participant-to-participant) feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at communications@writers.ns.ca