Frank Scott Poetry Day Offers Discounts

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July 21, 2019

POETIC JUSTICE

Quebec Kippah, Turban, Hijab Wearers to Receive Discount

To commemorate the 120th birthday of Frank Scott(1899 – 1985), organizers of the Frank Scott Poetry Day(Thursday August 1) will employ poetic justice to denounce Quebec’s Bill 21, a law that discriminates against citizens who wear articles as part of their religion.

Frank(F.R.) Scott was a poet, Dean of law at McGill University, social democrat, civil rights litigator, and co-author of Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

To honour Scott’s belief in Freedom of Religion, people wearing a kippah, a turban, a niqab or hijab, or other articles of a religious nature will receive a 50% discount for afternoon workshops.

“In my opinion, this discriminatory law is wholly repugnant to the values Frank Scott stood for,” says J.J. Lokshtanov, event organizer.

The action is in response to Quebec’s Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, which was enacted to operate outside of Canada’s and Quebec’s Human Rights legislation.

Participants of the workshops, held at the Greene Centre, 1090 Greene Avenue, will be invited to share their writing at an evening reading.

2 – 3:30 PM Mark Yakich Workshop, Serious Play: Generating and Revising Poetry with Surrealist Techniques

4 – 5:30 PM George Elliott Clarke Workshop, Becoming the Acknowledged Legislators of the World Workshop (Writing with Passion)

7:15 PM Reading with George Elliott Clarke and others.

MARK YAKICH – Poet, Gregory F. Curtin, S.J., Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, and editor of New Orleans Review. His most recent books are Spiritual Exercises, a collection of poems, and Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide, an unconventional guide to reading and writing poems.

GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKEGeorge Elliott Clarke, OC ONS is a Canadian poet, playwright and literary critic who served as the Poet Laureate of Toronto from 2012 to 2015 and as the 2016-2017 Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

For more information, https://publicpoetry.wordpress.com or publicpoetry@gmail.com

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CONTACT: J.J. Lokshtanov,  publicpoetry@gmail.com

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