Call for Poets & Audition

Leonard Cohen – You’re Our Man: The Poetry of Leonard Cohen with Reflections by Montreal Poets.”

In honour of Leonard Cohen’s 75th birthday, the Foundation for Public Poetry/Fondation Poésie Publique is sponsoring a fund-raising Gala on September 21, 2009. A silent auction is also planned.

Montreal poets who wish to participate in this event must select a poem of Cohen’s, write a poem in response, and then present both poems in a live audition. Finalists will be invited to present at the Gala. We can forward a small sampling of Cohen’s poetry, upon request.

To apply for an audition, poets must write to the Foundation for Public Poetry at

The application deadline is August 1, 2009. Auditions will be held Friday evening, August 21, and Saturday, August 22. You will be notified of the audition time and location when you register.

Proceeds of the September 21 Leonard Cohen fund-raising Gala will support the Foundation’s Poet-In-Residence program. For more information, call Jan at (514)721-8420, or write


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