National Poetry Month concludes at WPL on Monday, April 29 with a visit from City of Windsor Poets Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern and Samantha Badaoa. Both will be at 850 Ouellette Avenue to read selections of their poetry and interact in a question and answer session. MC for the evening will be local author Paul Vasey. The event begins at 7 pm in the Central Library Living Room.
Ms. Mulhern was appointed Poet Laureate earlier this year and will serve a four year term. She holds Masters of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Windsor, a Teacher’s Diploma from London Teacher’s College, and an Associate of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario’s Conservancy of Music.
Mulhern began writing poetry in 2001 during a summer writing seminar at the University of Windsor and has been involved in workshops and readings in local high schools and over the past several years has provided guidance and mentoring for young, hopeful writers. Published works include The Red Dress (2003), her first book of narrative poetry, Touch the Dead (2006) which was followed by When Angels Weep. The sequal to The Red Dress, Brides in Black, was published in 2010. Other works include How We Fare, Because We Have All Lived Here and All the Words Between: New and Selected Poems.
Samantha Badaoa was appointed Youth Poet Laureate and will serve through the end of 2020. A graduate of the University of Windsor with an honours degree in English Language and Literature, she has served as a contributor and editor for publications including The Windsor Salt (Poetry and Prose, 2014); The South Detroit Chapbook Series (Water Damage, 2015); Sundays with the Tigers: Eleven Ways to Watch a Game (2015, Black Moss Press); The Voodoo Journals: Dispatches from a Haitian Grave (2016, Black Moss Press); and The Spitfire’s Embers: A Windsor Poetry Slam Collection (2018).
The Youth Poet Laureate is a recognized spoken word artist with an established body of work and has been performing for a number of years at open microphonw events and at various venues around the city.
Pictured above (L to R): Samantha Badaoa; City of Windsor Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais; and Mary Ann Mulhern.