About Poetry London

The Poetry London Reading Series hosts monthly readings and poetry workshops in London, Ontario. We bring Canada's best national poets into London for readings, as well as providing a wide range of poetry-related opportunities for local writers and poetry aficionados. Our home is the Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Rd., in London's beautiful Wortley Village.

The series was created in 2004 by poet Cornelia Hoogland in partnership with the London Public Library. We partner with several other Ontario venues, including Toronto's Art Bar, The Hamilton Poetry Centre, Ancaster's Redeemer College, London's Fanshawe College, Western University, and St. Jerome's College in Waterloo, to provide national poets multi-stop Ontario tours. Poetry London strives to host a dynamic mix of voices, from established Canadian poets to new and local writers.

Workshops, open to everyone, are held prior to each featured reading. See the side-bar for more details!

Poetry London gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The League of Canadian Poets, The London Arts Council, The City of London, the London Public Library, and Brick Books.

We also thank the Doubletree by Hilton, the Wortley Roadhouse, and our individual donors for their continuing support.


Poetry London is brought to you by...

Karen Schindler

Karen Schindler's chapbook press, Baseline Press, was launched in the fall of 2011. Her book reviews and poetry have appeared in journals such as Vallum, The Rusty Toque, The Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Review. The 2016/2017 season will be Karen's final (of 12!) years with the Poetry London team.

Carolyn Doyle

Carolyn Doyle has proudly worked for almost 30 years in public libraries. She is the Supervisor of the Landon Branch Library, Poetry London's host venue, in the heart of Wortley Village.

Christine Thorpe

Christine Thorpe is a native of Penticton B.C. Her two books, A Rind of Sun (Serengeti Press, 2008) and Tendered Arms (Manifold Books, 2011) are co-authored with James Wood, whose drawings “complete” selected poems.

Ola Nowosad – Workshop Facilitator

Ola Nowosad teaches English and Creative Writing at London's Central Secondary School. Her students were involved in the Canadian pilot project of the "Poetry In Voice" poetry recitation contest.

Cornelia Hoogland – Founder

Cornelia Hoogland's six books of poetry include the recent Crow (Black Moss Press, 2011) and Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011), based on the fairy tale Red Riding Hood. The Grimm tale is also the source of her play Faim de Loup (Hungry Wolf) or Red, shortlisted for production at the Women Playwrights International in Sweden (2012), and produced by Fountainhead Theatre in London (2013). She recently moved to Hornby Island, B.C.