Chez Nous In Moncton

My Community Poetry Project as Moncton’s Anlgophone Poet Laureate – Poète flyée

Myself and Francophone Poet Laureate – Poèt flyé Jean-Phillipe Raiche.
Moncton celebrates our two official languages with two Poets Laureate or “Poèt-es flyé-es”.

Our City, Our People, Our Pride | Notre ville, nos peuples, notre fierté

CHEZ NOUS IN MONCTON is my City of Moncton and Frye Festival community poetry project. I will be creating a multilingual found poem representing the many voices within Moncton and neighbouring First Nations. My found poem will use excerpts from interviews and writing gathered from Moncton and First Nations students, professionals, artists, and residents from all walks of life. My goals is to examine who we are as individuals and how our communities inspire us. What does home mean to each of us? Why is this city home? The final text will demonstrate our strong sense of community, as well as the significance Moncton holds for us all. 

The completed text will first take life as a condensed bilingual text (public reading as part of the Frye Festival’s 21st annual edition, in April 2020). A longer multilingual text will then become a video poem read by local writers, artists, students and the people who serve Moncton daily, such as elders, doctors, teachers, RCMP, firefighters, air traffic controllers, and others members of note. The video poem will be presented during the 22nd annual edition of the Frye Festival, in April 2021.

I want your stories!

Contact me to setup an interview or discuss. Everyone is welcome to submit.

Kayla Geitzler is from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and she is the city's inaugural Anglophone Poet Laureate. Recognized by the CBC as a poet who reflects "the enduring strength of the literary form in this country", Kayla is an award-winning author. She holds an MA in English Creative Writing and a Diploma of University Teaching. Her first book, That Light Feeling Under Your Feet, about the surreal world of cruise ships workers, was shortlisted for the 2018 NB Fiddlehead Poetry Prize and Alberta Publishing Awards. Kayla's work has appeared in literary magazines across the country. She is the host of the Attic Owl Reading Series and editorial assistant to The Fiddlehead and Galleon. Kayla's adventurous spirit has taken her around the world. She loves yoga, weight lifting, art, history, tattoos. She is currently working on her second poetry collection and Virgins Skins, a book of wonderous tattoo stories.

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