‘(Harry) Posner, a spoken word artist (and member of Alton’s Writers’ Ink) and Dufferin County’s poet laureate, is part of an effort to launch a new poetry festival to be called Day of the Poets on (Saturday) May 5 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. It’s hoped the festival will take place at a number of venues throughout Orangeville. He said more than 20 local and regional poets would share their work at four different venues throughout the downtown. Street activities will include window poetry and random acts of poetry offered to passersby one-on-one.
Venues will include Orangeville’s town hall, the (Orangeville) public library’s Mill Street branch, Maggiolly’s, and Dragonfly Arts.
“If the tiny village of Eden Mills can host a major literary festival, why not Orangeville?” Posner said.
As the (Dufferin) county’s poet laureate, Posner is mandated to highlight poetry through public appearances and the creation of events that encourage local poets to present their work in public.”
“Poetry never seems to get the attention it deserves,” he said. “At least once a year poetry should be celebrated in all its forms, and poets should be recognized for their cultural contributions.” ‘