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Meet Your Poet Laureate: Kim Fahner

Sudbury Living Magazine March 29, 2016 Upfront No Comments

Kim Fahner

Kim Fahner

The tradition of Poet Laureate dates back to the court poets of England in the 1600s. In centuries since, the Poet Laureate has outgrown the confines of the royal court to fulfill a human need to leave our mark on the passage of time. The City of Greater Sudbury continues to create its own history with the appointment of Greater Sudbury’s fourth Poet Laureate, Kim Fahner.

 The public is invited to attend a poetry event for this literacy campaign on Saturday, April 30th[email protected]1 PM at the Sound End Public Library. This special Living Poetry event will feature Kim Fahner, past laureates, as well as other local writers in a celebration of poetry and writing.

About Kim

Kim Fahner has been writing her entire life, but has only seriously writing and publishing poetry since her early twenties. She has had her poems and short stories published over the past 20 years, along with three books: You Must Imagine the Cold Here (Srivener Press, 1997), braille on water (Penumbra Press, 2001) and The Narcoleptic Madonna (Penumbra Press, 2012). Her short story, Visitation, was published in Along the 46th, an anthology of short fiction released by Latitude 46 Publishing in November 2015.

Kim is an English teacher who has been teaching with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board since getting her Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University. As a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Union of Canada and PEN Canada, Kim often brings visiting poets and writers into her classroom, so that her students can see how literature is alive in the world. As the new poet laureate, one of her hopes is to meet with other teachers about how they can use poetry in their classrooms.

Kim has a blog, The Republic of Poetry, which you can follow at

Terra North

The Terra North website promotes Greater Sudbury’s literary culture by publishing original poems written by the Poet Laureate and other established writers as well as poems submitted by budding poets and poets who have never published their writing. The website also provides an opportunity for visitors to comment on published content and engage in discussion. Learn more about the website on our Terra North page.

Poet of the Month

Check out our Poet of the Month and read a sample of great new poetry from Greater Sudbury.

The Young Writers Guild

The Young Writers Guild is a group of young people who meet monthly to share their common interest in all aspects of writing.  Youth ages 12 to 18 are invited to join the group.

The Younger Writers Guild will meet @ 1 PM on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 24th

Contact the Poet Laureate

You can reach Kim by calling 705-673-1155 ext. 4761.

Source: Greater Sudbury Public Library website

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