A big thank you to everyone who came, making our sixth instalment of Poetry at the Manor a huge success. With a staggering attendance of 250, you are the reason we are able to continue to have these events year after year.
A big thank you to each of the poets who agreed to make the trek to Windsor and share their words. Chloé LaDuchesse performed in both official languages, charming the audience with her wit and wisdom. Dr Afua Cooper brought the room to silence with her amazing mix of poetry and song, telling the stories of people from across the globe. John B. Lee, no stranger to Poetry at the Manor, read a blend of new poems and old favourites (including a new poem on the old favourite: Vernors). Lauren Best blew everyone away, beginning with a slam poem recited from memory. Marilyn Gear Pilling, in her second attendance at Poetry at the Manor, helped Marty culminate the evening in a poetic duet about female anatomy. Windsor’s own Dennis Robillard was invited to take the stage, reading a piece on Windsor from his recently published Ask the River. And of course we cannot forget Marty Gervais, the person who started Poetry at the Manor back in 2012. He couldn’t have known how far this would go, or how big this would get, but we are grateful to him for giving us this gift. This is Marty Gervais’ last year as acting Poet Laureate for the city of Windsor, but he has left his mark.
A special thank you also to everyone else who was involved: the caterers, Biblioasis Bookstore for selling books, the city of Windsor workers, the Editing Practicum class, and anyone else I may have missed. They all worked tirelessly to bring to life this dazzling event. It was an incredibly successful evening, and their hard work and dedication made it so. Keep scrolling for pictures from the evening.