Tower Poetry Society
Promoting poetry since 1951
When established at McMaster University in 1951, the members would meet in a room in the “Tower”, which is part of University Hall. Hence, the members decided that the name of the organization would be The Tower Poetry Society. Little did those early members know that the TPS would expand to include non-university members and hold its monthly meetings in other venues within the Hamilton community. In 2021, TPS will celebrate 70 years of promoting and publishing poetry. The Society is Canada’s oldest continuously operating poetry group.
In honour of our 70th Anniversary
Tower Poetry Society is excited to announce a special program:
Tower Poetry Society (TPS) is the oldest continuously active poetry organization in North America. As we enter the 2020–2021 Anniversary year, we are launching this worthwhile program to mark the occasion and help sustain the organization.
To participate, a TOWER poet reaches out to a friend, family member, business colleague, or neighbour to match their $35 tax deductible contribution with one of their own, for a total donation of $70 (our Anniversary number), to promote our vibrant local artistic community. Tower Poets, if you can’t find a matching partner, ask an Events sub-committee member for suggestions.
IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER of TPS but would like to support the organization and recognize its 70 Anniversary, you can do so by partnering with a friend, family member or colleague. Send your names to firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us that you are Poetry Partners, and send your cheque(s) to our mailing address (27 Legend Court, P.O. Box 10148, Ancaster ON L9K 1P3). Remember to include both Partners’ mailing addresses so that charitable receipts can be sent.
All POETRY PARTNERS will be thanked at all of TPS’s readings and events throughout our Anniversary year, and listed in our Fall 2021 Anniversary Event program.
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THE TWIN COMMITMENTS OF TPS:
TOWER POETRY, published twice annually, receives open submissions during February and August.
Monthly poetry workshops are held at Westdale Public Library
in Hamilton, Ontario.
In 2014 the TPS Website was overhauled and simplified which meant that many aspects of the old site could not be continued. Our historical (archived) Poetry & Information website towerpoetry.ca/poetryplus contains a wealth of information, history, poetry and commentary.