Local writers group will mark ‘National Poetry Month’ at event this coming Saturday

April 6 'marathon' takes place at The Hawg Bar in downtown Sarnia beginning at 1 p.m.

Tom Gannon Hamilton is one of the featured performers at an event to take place next Saturday, April 6 at The Hawg Bar in downtown Sarnia. The "Pay What You Can" event is being organized by the Lambton Writers Association as part of National Poetry Month, which starts April 1.

The Lambton Writers Association is hosting a special event as part of National Poetry Month, which begins April 1.

On Saturday, April 6, the organization is hosting a poetry marathon at The Hawg Bar, located at 117 Christina Street, running from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission for this event is “Pay What You Can” (PWYC) and begins with a feature performance by Toronto poet and musician Tom Gannon Hamilton, formerly of Windsor. The program is rounded out by 12 local authors, each of whom will read for 10 minutes.

Gannon Hamilton released two books in 2018 and took first prize in the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Contest. He runs the Urban Folk Art Salon held on the last Thursday of every month at the Mount Pleasant Library in Toronto. He is also an accomplished violinist and will likely play during the afternoon.

It is remarkable that all of the other readers in the long line-up of talent have published in a variety of journals or released books from Canada’s small presses. The crop of Lambton authors taking the mic at this event include (in alphabetical order):

Sharon Berg, Bob Boulton, James Deahl, Jale Fancey, Mary Frost, Debbie Okun Hill, Norma West Linder, Rhonda Melanson, David D. Plain, Najah Shuqair, Kara Smith, and Lynn Tait.

All are invited to join the audience and root for your favourite poets, some of whom will have their books for sale.

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