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Four celebrated poets, one unforgettable event.

The college community and the public are invited to celebrate National Poetry Month at the College’s own poetry event April 4.

Co-organized by College faculty member and author Eva Tihanyi and the NC Library director Karen McGrath, the event will centre around presentations by accomplished poets such as NC’s own Tihanyi, as well as special guests Susan Glickman, Andrea Thompson and Patricia Keeney. All four presenters are masters at their craft with many published works between them.

Faculty, staff, students and members of the local community are all invited to attend the free event which will be held at Benchmark Restaurant (Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus) from 1 to 3 p.m.

“I am very excited about this event because it brings poetry both to the college and the Niagara community at large,” said Tihanyi. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that ‘we need poets to change the world’ so what better time than now to host a poetry event at Niagara College?”

This will be the first poetry event at the College for Tihanyi, who has been a professor in the English department since 2000 and has been working at the College since 1989. She noted the event was sparked by the fact that April is National Poetry month as well as the fact that her new book is coming out. While her book will be officially launched in Toronto later this spring, the College event will serve as an unofficial launch.

“I thought it would be a great idea to have a group reading with other poets. Karen McGrath was incredibly supportive right from the start,” she said. “This event couldn’t be happening without her.”

The theme, Ode to the Road, is set by the League of Canadian Poets. For event details viewNC Libraries website here.

Eva Tihanyi


Eva Tihanyi has taught in the English Department at Niagara College since 1989. She is the author of eight poetry collections including the just-released The Largeness of Rescue, which is already being called her finest work to date. Her most recent previous collection is Flying Underwater: Poems New and Selected (2012). Her poetry has been called “moving and powerful” (Anne Michaels) and “very accomplished, beautifully crafted” (Susan Musgrave). She has also published a short story collection, Truth and Other Fictions (2009), which The Globe and Mail hailed as “an impressive and promising debut.”  Tihanyi also reviewed more than 250 books between 1994 and 2008 for Books in Canada, the National Post, and the Toronto Star.

She is a longtime member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers’ Union of Canada.