Poetry in Motion update

Our 2021 Poetry in Motion program is in motion! Full steam ahead!

The jury met on July 22 to review the submissions and select 10 poems for publication & public installation this fall. Jury members were Evelyn White and Tiffany Morris, writers whose poems were selected for last year’s project, and Marilyn Smulders, WFNS Executive Director.

The 10 poems chosen will appear inside Metro Transit buses during the months of October and November. They will also be printed on postcards and delivered to 450 Meals on Wheels clients in Halifax, Dartmouth, Sackville, and Bedford for 10 weeks in the fall. The theme for this year is “connection.”

Additional sets of 10 postcards will be available for sale through our website.

Congratulations to the writers whose poems were selected. And thank you to everyone who submitted. What a pleasure it was to read all the poems.

Without further ado, here are the 10 poems selected for the 2021 edition of Poetry in Motion:

  • “Open” by Anna Elmira
  • “Spring 2020” by Brian Bartlett
  • “Blaze” by Carole Glasser Langille
  • “And Yet…” by Christina McRae
  • “Spring Arrival” by Deborah Banks
  • “Roots” by Joanne Bealy
  • “Used Envelopes” by Leanne Schneider
  • “Light & Darkness” by Martha Mutale
  • “One Bite” by Robin Metcalfe
  • “Clematis” by Susan Drain

Many thanks to our partners for Poetry in Motion: Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, and Halifax Public Libraries.

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

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