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Poetry in the Park


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Bellevue Park

1301 Queen St East

Sault Ste Marie, ON

Directions: We will be meeting by the Green House and Water fixtures at Bellevue Park. In the event of poor weather, this event will be relocated to the Pavilion by the Lake Street (Main) entrance.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Join Northern Ontario Poet J.L. Fizzell in a one and a half hour outdoor workshop where we explore our stories through the lens of nature and poetry at one of Sault Ste Marie's prettiest places - Belleview Park. Gathering together in a place where the natural world meets the man made, you'll explore the process of using abstract thought to express yourself creatively and learn to use poetic techniques to explore your narrative and how it connects to the greater whole. Don't let the word poetry scare you, this workshop is open to all skill levels. The goal is to inspire you to look at the world in new ways, connect with your authentic voice, learn how to tell your story and above all else, HAVE fun! With that being said, the recommended age group for this event is 14+.

Please be sure to bring your own seating (ie. Chairs and blankets) as well as something to write on/with as extra supplies will be limited. We will be meeting near the Green house/water fixtures.

J.L. Fizzell is an advocate for accessible arts and believes that everyone is an artist - they just need to find their voice and the right medium. This event is a safe space for all participants and will not tolerate any kind of bullying, harassment, discrimination, or racism of any kind.



J.L. Fizzell

J.L. Fizzell (think Fizz-ELLE) is a poet and author who grew up and continues to live in Northern Ontario. Inspired by the connection between lived experience and the natural world, her work explores the rugged parts of both her humanity and the natural world. Her tagline is "Poetry for Northern Souls" as J.L. aims to do proper justice to the spirit of "The North" in everything that she does.

As the daughter of an immigrant as well as a Canadian-born parent, J.L. Fizzell is fascinated by the concept of "home" and the many faces that it can take and our connection to these places. She is an advocate for all things creative and aims to inspire people to engage with artistic expression regardless of their skill level. When she's not writing poetry, she's spending with her family, adventuring in the forest, supporting local farmers and businesses, playing around in the kitchen and forever learning something new. She lives off of coffee that has gone cold, an absurdly large book collection and the hope that the ripples she makes have a positive effect on the world.

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