Frank Scott Poetry Day, Aug. 1

January 25, 2019

Francis Reginald (F.R.) Scott was a Quebec poet, lawyer, civil rights advocate, and social democrat. And if I can be frank, Frank Scott was the man that changed Canadian society. His writing guided Canada into a new open-minded era, where the rights of citizens was paramount. For this reason, Public Poetry has started the Frank Scott Poetry Day.

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The first Frank Scott Poetry Day

August 7, 2018



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Rear L-R: Donald Winkler, Helaine Kliger, Bill Thomas, Beryl Wajsman, Ehab Lotayef. Front row: Jack Locke, Sandra Sjollema, Ryan Ruddick. Missing: Julien Feldman. Photo: Mary Shingler

The first Frank Scott Poetry Day is over. The Aug 1, 2018 event was a wonderfully diverse affair with excellent local poets sharing selected works of Frank Scott, sharing their own work, and sharing reminiscences of Quebec’s most important man of letters. A crowd of about 30 persons filled the room at Centre Greene.

Arguably, Canada’s most important poet of the 20th century, Montreal’s Frank (F.R.) Scott was awarded the Governor-General’s award for poetry in 1981 (The Collected Poems of F.R. Scott) and was a mentor to many young poets including Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen.

“He was pivotal in bringing Canadian Poetry into the modern world. Moreover, he was poignant, witty, and critical of the Canadian establishment,” says Jack Locke, organizer of the event.

Marking the 119th anniversary of his birth, Frank was a poet, social democrat, professor of constitutional law, and civil rights advocate.

His poetry books include:
Overture. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1945.
Events and Signals. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1954.
The Eye of the Needle: Satire, Sorties, Sundries. Montreal: Contact Press, 1957.
Signature. Vancouver: Klanak Press, 1964.
Selected Poems. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1966.
Trouvailles: Poems from Prose. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1967.
The Dance is One. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973.
The Collected Poems of F. R. Scott. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1981.


Inaugural Frank Scott Poetry Day Celebration, August 1, 2018

August 1, 2018

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Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Place: Greene Centre, 1090 Avenue Greene, Westmount, Quebec.

The first Frank Scott Poetry Day will be held August 1, 2018.

Marking the 119th anniversary of his birth, Frank Scott was a Governor-General’s award winning poet, a social democrat, professor of constitutional law, and well-known civil rights advocate.

Reading their favourite Frank Scott poems, the following will also share a poem of their own:

  • Thomas William (Bill) Evans

  • Beryl Wajsman

  • Ehab Lotayef

  • Helaine Kliger

  • Sandra Sjollema

  • Donald Winkler

  • Ryan Ruddick

  • Julien Feldman