Please join me on Sunday, January 19, from 2-5 pm at
Third Space Café on Queen St., Niagara Falls, Ont. for a poetry selection event.
We will collectively select the poems of Niagara Falls that will appear on the Poetry Walking Tour of Niagara Falls mobile app that I am developing. First we’ll get together in small groups and pick the best 2 poems presented to your group. Then we’ll get together as a whole group, read them out, and decide which ones are the best. You don’t need any poetry experience, it’s just the ones you like best.
We will provide free food and drinks .
Please email me at email@example.com so I know how many people are coming. Please feel free to invite your friends.
I hope to see you at the poetry selection event!
Niagara Falls Public Library’s Victoria Avenue branch. – Torstar file photo
When Andrew Porteus came across a poem about Niagara Falls in an old book on engineering, he was intrigued.
As manager of adult reference and information services at Niagara Falls Public Library, he knew it was unlikely anyone else would read the poem.
“I realized it wouldn’t be seen again, except by accident, so I put it in a vertical file at the library,” he recalled.
“I started finding more in odd places, and collected them.”
Now, more than 20 years later, the retired librarian has amassed more than 300 poems relating to Niagara Falls.
“… and I have tons more to put up.”
Porteus created a website —
niagarapoetry.ca — to share his poetry project with others.
The collection includes “Niagara” by Jose Maria Heredia.
“He’s one of the best known Latin American poets and this poem helped solidify his reputation,” Porteus said.
There’s a plaque dedicated to Heredia at the Table Rock Welcome Centre.
On Friday, January 3 he’ll present “An incomplete and non-comprehensive history of Niagara Falls through poetry” at the Victoria Avenue library starting at 7 p.m.
The free event will look at some of the major events that occurred in Niagara Falls over the years.
The stunters and daredevils, the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, the Hermit of Niagara, everyday life in the city, the bridges, trains, honeymoons and deaths will all be covered.
Porteus will be doing a similar presentation in April at the Popular Culture Association of America conference in Philadelphia. He’s also developing a poetry walking tour based on the Poetry Project.
Published in the
Niagara Falls Review, December 29, 2019
See the article
Andrew Porteus reads a poem from his book Niagara Mornings at the 2016 Niagara Falls Writer’s Festival
The Niagara Falls Writer’s Festival is happening this Saturday, October 19, at three of the
Niagara Falls Public Library Branches. Niagara Now wrote an article about it – The program can be accessed through Niagara Falls Writer’s Festival gets help from some NOTLers. this link.