2019-2021 Moncton's Poets Flyés

The mandate of the Moncton’s Poets Flyés is to act as the City’s literary ambassadors, to promote the importance of writing and the art of the spoken word in both official languages, and to make Moncton’s voices known beyond the City’s boundaries.

The two-year term will start in September 2019 and end in August 2021 with the announcement of their successors.

Each Poet Flyé will receive a honorarium of $3,500 annually from the City of Moncton in addition to an annual budget of $1,500 from the Frye Festival to fund a community project in connection with poetry.


Kayla Geitzler was born and raised in Moncton NB. Her adventurous spirit has taken her all over the world and onto cruise ships where she worked for two years. This inspired her first poetry
collection That Light Feeling Under Your Feet. Published by NeWest Press in 2018, it won the 2016 WFNB Bailey Prize, made the Calgary Bestseller List, and was shortlisted for the 2018 NB Fiddlehead Poetry Prize and Alberta Publishers’ Award. The CBC has recognized Kayla as a poet who reflects “the enduring strength of the literary form in this country” and All Lit Up has named her a “Rad Woman of Canadian Poetry”.
Kayla holds an MA in English Creative Writing from UNB, has worked on the largest pipeline projects in Canada, and designed courseware for Air Traffic Controllers. She is the host of the Attic Owl Reading Series, the Moncton Representative for WFNB, and a member of Poetry in Voice and the League of Canadian Poets. Her writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Galleon, Poetry is Dead, Les Effeuilleuses, Gnaw
and Gnarl: A Chapbook of NB Poets
and most recently in Thirteen: New Collected Poems from LGBTQI2S Writers in Canada. She has read at literary festivals across Canada and the 2019 Frye Festival’s Prelude. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming multilingual chapbook of NB Women Writers Cadence. Kayla works as an editor and consultant, so that she can help businesses and writers capture their best writing.

Kayla Geitzler

Photo : Louis-Philippe Chiasson

Jean-Philippe Raîche / Crédit : Louis-Philippe Chiasson

Poète acadien né en 1970, Jean-Philippe Raîche évoque dans son œuvre les destins collectifs tragiques, l’exil volontaire et l’errance. Érigeant le déracinement comme figure de la condition humaine, il fait du corps de l’être aimé l’unique lieu du retour. 

Jeune étudiant à l’Université de Moncton à la fin des années 80, il relance Perce-Neige qui deviendra le principal éditeur acadien. Il étudie ensuite aux universités de Montréal, McGill et Paris VII. En 1997, il entre à l'Ambassade du Canada à Paris. Il y est d'abord chargé des universités puis dirige le service du livre et du cinéma. En 2012, il rentre en Acadie et s’installe à Moncton où il dirige durant trois ans la collection poésie des éditions Perce- Neige. 

En 2001 son premier recueil de poésie, Une Lettre au bout du monde, paraît chez Perce- Neige. Remarqué par la critique, l'ouvrage est en lice pour le prix Antonine-Maillet, le prix Émile-Nelligan et celui du Gouverneur-général du Canada. En 2007, Ne réveillez pas l'amour avant qu'elle ne le veuille qui transpose à l’époque moderne le Cantique des Cantique, paraît chez le même éditeur et reçoit, en France, le prix Aliénor et le prix Louise-Labé. Ses textes sont parus dans plusieurs revues et anthologies au Canada et en France.  

Jean-Philippe Raîche

Photo : Louis-Philippe Chiasson

The poets are currently working to adapt their community projects to the new realities surrounding the production and dissemination of literature. Stay tuned!



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