Willistead ManorWillistead Manor is the site of an Oct. 18 reading by poets laureate from across Canada.

Readings by poets laureate to launch anthology

A reading tonight — Tuesday, Oct. 18 — will feature poets laureate from across Canada and serve as the official launch of A Manor of Words, an anthology of works by more than 30 poets who have participated in Poetry at the Manor over the last 10 years.

City of Windsor poet laureate emeritus Marty Gervais and past poet laureate Mary Ann Mulhern will host the event at Willistead Manor, 1899 Niagara St., starting at 7 p.m.

Guests include Anna Yin, inaugural poet laureate for Mississauga; Richard-Yves Sitoski, poet laureate for Owen Sound; Micheline Maylor, poet laureate emeritus for Calgary; and Sarah Lewis, past poet laureate for Peterborough.

“This remains, by far, the most popular poetry event in Windsor,” says Gervais, resident writing professional in the English department. “We were the first to do this, and it is fantastic to be celebrating our 10th year of this wonderful and intimate reading, once again welcoming poets laureate who have such diverse bodies of work to share with us.”

The free event is typically standing-room only, so guests are advised to register at Eventbrite.ca and bring a copy of their ticket with them. Space permitting, walk-ups will also be accepted at the door.

The book will be available for purchase at the reading, and afterwards at BlackMossPress.com, at the Chimczuk Museum gift shop, and at Biblioasis Bookshop. A portion of sales proceeds will be donated to the United Way On Track to Success program.