Dear Community Associations of the Poets’ Pathway,I am sure you remember the unveiling of the Poets’ Pathway plaque in your community (Coronation Park). Well, we have been working for about twelve years, and we are just about at the end of the plaques. Your community is part of a lovely large monument itself, certainly the largest to Canadian writers.We very happily invite you to a special unveiling. The final plaque on the Poets’ Pathway (www.poetspathway.ca) will be unveiled on Sept. 9, 2017, on a boulder in front of the James Bartleman Archives on Woodroffe Avenue. The poem on the bronze plaque is by William Pittman Lett, an important figure in Ottawa’s history, Ottawa’s first and long-serving City Clerk, and writer.The event will begin shortly after noon. As you know, usually an unveiling, which is outside, takes 30-40 minutes. The unveiling will be followed by a reception inside the Archives, which we anticipate taking another 90 minutes. We plan a sit-down lunch. There will be a poetry reading by probably five poets.There will also be a visual display inside the Archives.
Other people attending will include Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Rick Chiarelli,Councillor Mark Taylor, perhaps other councillors, and Canada’s Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, Ottawa’s new Poets Laureate Andree Lacelle and Jamaal Jackson Rogers, poet Susan McMaster, whose fonds are in the Archives already, and indigenous poet, Professor Armand Garnet Ruffo from Queen’s University. Also attending will be two great-grandsons of William Pittman Lett, Poets’ Pathway members, and others.If you could let you community know about the unveiling, in any sort of news organ, newsletter, website, Twitter? or? that would be wonderful. And if this email should go to someone else in your organization, would you please forward it to them.Thank you so much, especially to the first communities on our Pathway, who had faith in us. We made it! (With the help of Ottawa Heritage!)
Jane Moore,Chair, Poets’ Pathway