Poetry Matters is an initiative inspired by figures from the history of McGill’s Department of English—such as Canadian poets Louis Dudek and Leonard Cohen. With the support of SSHRC, the Montreal International Poetry Prize, McGill English, and the Mordecai Richler Writer in Residence Program, our project establishes a research community around poetry to support faculty and student work. More generally, we seek to foster conversation on poetry among members of different communities, at the university and beyond—through events, workshops, and collaborative projects. To explore how verse forms and figures cross temporal and cultural borders, we draw from scholars whose expertise engages global poetries, diverse histories, and issues of cultural and linguistic translation.
Working together, we explore how and why poetry matters in the contemporary climate.
For more on Poetry Matters, visit https://www.mcgill.ca/poetrymatters/