Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi issues poetry challenge to Canada's mayors

poetry-city.pngCalgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi issues the Mayor's City Poetry challenge for the second year.

For the second year in a row, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is challenging mayors across Canada to kick off a council meeting in March or April with a reading from a local poet.

"The creative industries in Canada are an important part of what makes our country a great place to live," said Nenshi in a news release.

"I'm looking forward to once again challenging other Canadian cities to use their Council Chambers as a platform to encourage, uplift and promote the art of poetry."

Last year, over 70 Canadian cities participated in the challenge. The tradition was first launched in 2012 by former Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco to commemorate both UNESCO's World Poetry Day on March 21 and National Poetry Month, which takes place in April.

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