Annually the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Public Art Committee invites writers to submit original, unpublished poems for the Poet’s Pause poetry competition.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 poems are displayed at the two Poet's Pause sculpture sites in Alta Lake Park: 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" at 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.
2021 poetry competition
The public was invited to submit poems for one or both display sites. Poems responded to the themes of the two sculpture sites: the theme for the large metal chimes is listening, and the theme for the giant Adirondack chairs is togetherness.
The call for 2021 poetry submissions is now closed, and the winners have been selected. The winners had the opportunity to read their poems at the August 17 council meeting, and will receive a prize of $200 each.
Congratulations to the 2021 poetry competition winners:
- Kirsten Pendreigh’s Tiny tourist was selected for the theme Listening.
- Vanessa Dy Teves To these eyes that sting was selected for the theme Togetherness.
For more information: 2021 Poet's Pause Poetry Competition Terms of Reference
- 2021 Winning Poems
- 2020 Winning Poems
- 2020 Meet me at the Lake - video
- 2020 The Eve of Destruction: December 26, 1980 - video
- 2019 Winning Poems
- 2018 Winning Poems