Poetry at the Manor 2018 Line-up

Every year the City of Windsor and Marty Gervais, its Poet Laureate, team up to host one of the biggest poetry events in Ontario. The historic Willistead Manor is repurposed for this gala event in which Poets Laureate from across Canada make the trek to Windsor to participate in a reading.

This year Poetry at the Manor will be on October 2nd at 7pm, be sure to arrive early as seats fill up fast! There is no cover charge and refreshments will be provided post-reading. At less than a month away we’re very excited to be able to present to you the list of featured authors for the 2018 instalment of Poetry at the Manor:


Everyone who knows Poetry at the Manor knows John B. Lee. In 2005 John B. Lee was inducted as Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity. In 2011 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Norfolk County (2011-14) and in 2015 Honourary Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life. An amazing poet, he has rightly won many awards for his writing. John is also an amazing public speaker, with the ability to hold a crowd captive by his words it’s no surprise he’s been asked to return to Poetry at the Manor time and again.





A celebrated poet, Afua was recently installed as Halifax’s (Nova Scotia, Canada) 7th Poet Laureate.  She is the author of five books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Copper Woman and Other Poems. She has also recorded two poetry CDs. Her poetry has a strong sense of memory, history, place, and spirituality. Further, Afua has published two historical novels, which have garnered Canadian and American awards. We are looking forward to seeing Afua read her poetry here in Windsor and welcome her to her first Poetry at the Manor.








Fifth poet laureate of the city of Greater Sudbury, Chloé LaDuchesse is the author of Furies, a first collection of poetry published in 2017 by Mémoire d’encrier. The collection was nominee for the 2018 Trillium Poetry Prize. She has written in several cultural and student magazines, as well as in two collections of short stories. She is also the author of several zines and organizes, since 2017, the annual zine fair Expozine Sudbury. In her spare time, she paints, travels and raises her cats. Another first time Poetry and the Manor attendee, we look forward to having Chloé in Windsor for this prestigious event.






Lauren Best is a musician, songwriter, poet and interdisciplinary arts facilitator with a passion for bringing creative experiences to families. She has experience animating community music and arts engagement across the lifespan (from newborns to seniors!). She is Owen Sound’s newest Poet Laureate (2017-2019) with a tenure focused on children, and she continues to bring arts based learning to people of all ages through a variety of programming partners and performances. We welcome Lauren to her first Poetry at the Manor as well and eagerly await her poetry.





Marilyn Gear Pilling lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Her roots are in the East Wawanosh area of Huron County, which has been a powerful presence in her life and work. She is the author of three collections of short fiction, five collections of poetry, and one chapbook, Estrangement (2017). Pilling has won and/or placed in forty-five national contests for poetry, literary nonfiction and fiction, as well as twenty local Hamilton awards in those three genres. Past president of the Hamilton Poetry Centre, she has read in venues that include Harbourfront, the Banff Centre in Alberta, and the historic Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris and in Holguin, Cuba. A new book, The Gods of East Wawanosh, will be published by Cormorant Books in April of 2019. Those familiar with Black Moss Press will know Marilyn well. Though not a Poet Laureate, we are rebelling against Hamilton’s lack of a Poet Laureate by making Marilyn an honorary Laureate for the evening.




With such a stellar lineup of poets planned for this year’s instalment of Poetry at the Manor, it’s sure to be another hit! Make sure you mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss this one: October 2nd, 7pm, Willistead Manor. See you there!

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