Tom Leduc

A fourth-generation Sudburian and father of two focuses most of his poems on nature and the industrial working world — both big influences on northern culture — although at times he's written about world events.

He's kept journals all his life, but has only written poetry seriously for the past seven years.

There's a bit of a story behind that — Leduc's grandparents had kept a poem he'd written as a young child, and after his grandfather passed away, his grandmother gave it back him.

“This is where I started to look back in some of the journals I've been keeping and writing I've been doing, and I realized maybe I should be looking into poetry,” Leduc said.

He continues to write and people can (at most times) catch him reading new material at the Open Mics that are held at the Main Greater Sudbury Public Library every second Thursday of the month.

Tom is a current member and past president of the Sudbury Writers Guild, a member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a member of the Writers Union of Canada. He was Sudbury's Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2016.