Poet Laureate Marilyn Lerch

Marilyn Lerch: 2016 Canada Day Celebrations

Born in 1936 in East Chicago, Indiana, Marilyn has degrees from Indiana University and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.  Marilyn went on to teach high school English in Washington, D.C., from 1967 to 1995, where she was also active in many coalitions for peace and justice.

Marilyn moved to Sackville in 1996.  While in Sackville, Marilyn has formed the Sackville Writers’ Group and the Roving Poets; taught creative writing at Westmorland, Springhill and Dorchester prisons; taught memoir classes at the Tantramar Senior College; and served as president of the WFNB from 2006 to 2010.

In 2013 she was named Sackville Poet Laureate.  Since then, Marilyn has played an instrumental role in organizing the Town’s annual Poetry Month events, has offered several workshops in Tantramar schools, hosting Poetry Reading events throughout the Town, and written and read many original works at Town events.

Poetry Publications
Lambs & Llamas, Ewes & Me, 2001
Moon Loves Its Light, 2004
Witness and Resist, 2008
The Physics of Allowable Sway, 2013
Other Publications
Making a Difference, Toute la difference, A Celebration of the 3M Teaching Fellowship (Editor), 2005
Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read (Co-Editor), 2009
Musical settings of her poetry:
We Move Homeward, Alasdair MacLean, 1998
The Whole is Enough to Drive You Crazy, W.L. Altman, 2002
We Move Homeward, Lloyd Burritt, 2011
Moon Loves Its Light, Lloyd Burritt 2011
Triptych, Lloyd Burritt, Canadian premiere, 2013, American premiere, 2014
Trees on the Edge, Nicholas Piper, 2014


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