Andrea Halwa, LAC executive Director, Rachel Pennington, its Public Art Specialist, and Tom Cull, London's LAC-appointed Poet Laureate, listened as the three third-year English students made the presentation they had researched and written.
Jennifer Ball (L in the photo), Leizel Rafanan and Noelle Schmidt did the work as part of Professor Manina Jones' class "Canadian Literature, Creativity and the Local".
After the presentation, Andrea Halwa cautioned us about some of the difficulties, but the three of them, especially Poet Laureate Tom Cull, seemed quite positive nevertheless.
The presentation included discussion of some of the methods, processes and costs from the St. Paul, Minnesota project, which has been stamping poems 2008, with over 700 impressions in its sidewalks now. It also included ideas of our own, the results of a petition the students circulated, and a number of letters of support.
Jennifer Ball (L), Leizel Rafanan and Noelle Schmidt are getting a first-hand view of how poetry can be propagated outside of campus. They’ve been doing research, making petitions, asking for letters of support, refining the idea and writing the proposal.