Meet Your Poet Laureate:
Kim FahnerKim 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.

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 kimfahner.wordpress.com.

Contact the Poet Laureate

You can reach Kim by email at kim.fahner@greatersudbury.ca .

We welcome your poetry submissions at any time for various publication opportunities. Please fill in the form to submit your poetry to Kim.

(Re)shaping Your Poem: tips and suggestions for revising your poems to make them stronger

A young man writing in a notebook.The Main Public Library will host this program in the Makerspace on Tuesday, March 7th from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.

This one-on-one session will include a brief discussion of approaches to revising poems. Consideration of stanzaic structure, line length, and the importance of using concrete sensory imagery will be addressed. Kim will meet briefly with each poet and suggest ways in which to strengthen at least one of their poems. These pieces may be considered for publication and inclusion in the Sudbury Street Poetry Project.

Participants should bring at least one piece, and not more than two.

Registrations available for 10 participants.

Please email a copy of the poem you would like to work on with Kim in advance to kim.fahner@greatersudbury.ca so she can make suggestions on paper in advance of the session.

Register online.

Sudbury Street Poetry Project

Sudbury Street Poetry Project poster.The Greater Sudbury Public Library and Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate Kim Fahner invite writers and poets to submit poems as part of a new project to 'bring poetry to the streets'. Some of the submissions will be featured throughout Sudbury as part of the Sudbury Street Poetry Project.

Inspired by a Street Poetry Festival in Morpeth, England, this initiative will be a new way for residents to be exposed to and inspired by poetry in their everyday life. "We wanted to create opportunities for every day encounters with poetry," says Kim Fahner. "This project follows on the good work that former laureate Tom Leduc did in bringing poetry to the streets through the Moving with Poetry initiative on the city buses."

Up to three pieces of writing can be submitted for consideration.

We would like to thank the following businesses for taking part in the Sudbury Street Poetry Project:

  • Art Gallery of Sudbury
  • Bella Flora
  • Copy Copy Printing
  • Fionn MacCool's (Regent Street)
  • Myoga
  • Never Say Never Aveda Beauty Parlour
  • Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA)
  • Old Rock
  • Regency Bakery & Deli
  • Respect is Burning Kitchen + Bar
  • Ripe Restaurant
  • R Little Secret Fashions
  • Salute Coffee Company
  • Smith's Markets
  • Sudbury Paint & Custom Framing
  • Sudbury Theatre Centre
  • The Apollo Restaurant
  • The Ultimate You Esthetic & Day Spa
  • Tree of Life North: Complementary Healing Centre

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 28th: Kim will visit Ms. Hodgin's Grade 12 Writer's Craft class at St. Benedict's Catholic Secondary School

Recent Events

View our photo gallery of recent events that Kim has been a part of.

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