Annually the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Public Art Committee invites writers to submit original, unpublished poems for the Poet’s Pause poetry competition.
The poem's are displayed at the two Poet's Pause sculpture sites in Alta Lake Park - specifically the large metal chimes art piece titled "Lost in Sound" at the north part of the park and the giant Adirondack chairs titled "Lakeside Couple" in the south end of the park.
Poet's Pause is part of a public art concept created by the late Joan Baron, an artist who developed the two Alta Lake Park sculpture sites with the intention of inspiring creativity.
2019 Poet’s Pause poetry competition
Twenty five poems were received for the tenth Poet’s Pause Poetry Competition. Nineteen poets participated.
Jurors selected Sandra Cairns poem Sound Orphans for the theme of Listening. Victoria Crompton’s poem Together in an Adirondack Universe was chosen for the Togetherness theme. The poets read their poems during the April 16, 2019 Council meeting in celebration of April as National Poetry Month.
The poems will also be displayed for a year at the Poet’s Pause sculpture sites in Alta Lake Park. Artist Joan Baron created the Poet’s Pause sculptures and hoped her installation would inspire creativity. The 343 poems received over the years indicates that it does.