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April 2019

#NPM19: Poet Laureate Mentorship (One-on-One Sessions)

April 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1X8 Canada
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Free

Are you an emerging or practicing poet interested in an hour's mentorship with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux? If so, you are invited to submit a sample of your poems (between 5 to 12 pages) to poetlaureate@cityofkingston.ca by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11. (If you don't have an email…

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#NPM19: Poems and Publishing

April 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alliance for Arts and Culture, 938 Howe Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1N9 Canada
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$5

Surrey poet Heidi Greco will read poems in celebration of National Poetry Month. Megan Williams of the Self Publishing Agency will also speak. The two will then present points of view regarding self v. trade publishing, and will answer questions on this far-ranging topic.

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#NPM19: Poetry Writing Workshop

April 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1X8 Canada
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Free

Poetry allows us to share personal feelings and perspectives, but every poem is part of an ongoing cultural conversation that carries on beyond us, spanning generations and geographies. Join the conversation! Add your voice by responding to one of your favourite poems. Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux offers a 90-minute…

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#NPM19: Poetry Slam Adult Finals, plus invitation slam featuring Beth Murch

April 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Artesian, 2627 13th Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan S4T 1N2 Canada
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$10

A poetry slam is a dialogue between audience and performer. It is a competitive event wherein spoken word artists share their work in a high-spirited, fast-paced environment to an often uproarious crowd. 5:30pm Doors Open 5:30pm-6:30pm – Just Write, drop in 7pm – Poetry Slam Finals begin (Two Rounds of…

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#NPM19: Gathering Voices

April 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
London Central Library, 251 Dundas Street
London, Ontario N6A 6H9
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Your invitation to “Gathering Voices”​, an evening of poetry at London Central Library.​​ Come celebrate Nature and National Poetry Month with us! Thursday, April 11, 2019. 7-8:30 pm. Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London N6A 6H9. Katerina Fretwell, Susan McCaslin (the RhiZoom B(l)oomers) and Susan McMaster…

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#NPM19: The Shimmering Verge

April 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Theatre Francais de Toronto, 21 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2B3 Canada
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$15

A Solo Show in Poems Featuring Readings by Toronto Poets In Celebration of National Poetry Month About: The Shimmering Verge juxtaposes verse and prose in an exploration of the fine line between metaphor and reality in life and in art. In Molly's own words: "Like stones into a ring the…

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#NPM19: Celebrate Nature with Poetry w/ PEI Poet Laureate Julie Pelissier-Lush

April 12, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Confederation Centre Public Library, 145 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 8G8 Canada
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Free

PEI's new Poet Laureate will share Mi'kmaq songs, poetry and stories. For all ages.

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#NPM19: OMG NO!! IT’S POETRY! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

April 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mochaberry Cafe, 177 Broadway
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 1K2 Canada
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Free

Readings with Emma Pink, Judy Zarowny, Harry Posner, and music with Shuri Soma. In celebration of National Poetry Month and Day of the Poets 2 on April 13th in Orangeville.

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#NPM19: The Shimmering Verge

April 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Theatre Francais de Toronto, 21 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2B3 Canada
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$15

A Solo Show in Poems Featuring Readings by Toronto Poets In Celebration of National Poetry Month About: The Shimmering Verge juxtaposes verse and prose in an exploration of the fine line between metaphor and reality in life and in art. In Molly's own words: "Like stones into a ring the…

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#NPM19: Day of the Poets

April 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Orangeville Public Library, 1 Mill Street
Orangeville, Ontario Canada
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Free

Readings from 12-5 by Lillian Allen, Heather Cadsby, Valentino Assenza, Steve McOrmond, Degan Davis, Day Merrill, Scot Wicken, Penn Kemp, Croc E Moses. With music by Erin Bolton. Free poetry workshops by Gary Diggins (10 AM) and Steve McOrmond (11 AM). Open Mics and window poetry in the downtown.

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#NPM19: Celebrate Nature with Poetry w/ PEI Poet Laureate Julie Pelissier-Lush

April 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Summerside Rotary Library, 57 Central Street
Summerside, Prince Edward Island C1N 3K9 Canada
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PEI's new Poet Laureate will share Mi'kmaq songs, poetry and stories. For all ages.

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#NPM19: Breaking into Print The Genre Edition (Toronto)

April 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North York Memorial Community Hall (Burgundy Room), 5110 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Free

A group of editors, writers and publishers will help you with tips and advice on breaking into genre markets, whether it is poetry, short stories, or novels. Not just for the beginner, the panel will also discuss what makes a poem, short story, and novel great, and help those who…

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#NPM19: The Shimmering Verge

April 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Theatre Francais de Toronto, 21 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2B3 Canada
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$15

A Solo Show in Poems Featuring Readings by Toronto Poets In Celebration of National Poetry Month About: The Shimmering Verge juxtaposes verse and prose in an exploration of the fine line between metaphor and reality in life and in art. In Molly's own words: "Like stones into a ring the…

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#NPM19: Open Mic Session featuring Doyali Islam and John Terpstra

April 14, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 1V7 Canada
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  Scribbling in secret? A poetry lover, or seasoned open-mic sharer? To celebrate National Poetry Month, we are hosting an open mic session in this lovely art gallery. We are proud to feature new works by two prominent local poets, Doyali Islam of Etobicoke, and John Terpstra of Hamilton. And…

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#NPM19: Oakville Literary Cafe Event

April 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Joshua Creek Art Centre Gallery, 1086 Burnhamthrope Road East
Oakville, Ontario Canada
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$5

An afternoon of readings (from 4 to 6 pm) featuring the poetry of Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews and Terry Trowbridge, followed by open mic for everyone in attendance.   https://www.facebook.com/oakvillelitcafe.ca/

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#NPM19: kjmunro book launch

April 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Baked Cafe, 100 Main Street
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1A3 Canada
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book launch - debut collection from Yukon poet kjmunro - reading, book sales & signing, & interesting door prizes on International Haiku Poetry Day

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#NPM19: Earth Songs

April 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Avenue
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia V8K 2T6 Canada
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Free

Wednesday, April 17, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Salt Spring Library, Salt Spring Island, B.C.: National Poetry Month Reading. Earth Songs: Celebrating nature in all its forms: the forests and oceans, the birds and butterflies—all that delights, sustains, and nourishes us on Planet Earth. Christine Smart is the author of two…

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#NPM19: National Poetry Month Pop-Up Market

April 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
cSpace, 1721 29 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2T 6T7 Canada
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Free

Join Pedlar Press, University of Calgary Press, House of Blue Skies, The Blasted Tree Publishing Co, Feast Letterpress, and others as we celebrate National Poetry Month with all the poetry your heart can handle. Come for a sale of vital words for the heart and mind, and maybe even catch…

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#NPM19: Single Onion #158

April 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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WHAT: The Single Onion celebrates National Poetry Month with a reading from Vivian Hansen, Lori D. Roadhouse, Anne Sorbie, and Calgary’s Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson. WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 7 pm WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 - 1302 4th St. SW (shelflifebooks.ca) About the readers:   Vivian Hansen’s publications include…

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#NPM19: POETRY!

April 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Georgestown Cafe and Bookstore, 73 Hayward Avenue
St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 3W8 Canada
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Free

Celebrate National Poetry Month and support local publishers of poetry at this 8am to noon pop-up event at everyone's favourite local café. Readings.

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#NPM19: Force of Nature

April 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gibsons Public Library, 470 South Fletcher Road
Gibsons, British Columbia Canada
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Poets Heidi Greco and Marion Quednau will read from their recent books, with a focus on work about nature and her many moods. With these two readers, there's always plenty of fun, and question period is bound to be lively.

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#NPM19: City of Nelson Poetry Reading: Dazza MacAskill

April 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nelson City Hall – Council Chambers, 310 Ward Street
Nelson, British Columbia
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National Poetry Month Reading by local poet Dazza MacAskill: Dazza (aka Daryl MacAskill) is a Kootenay born hip hop artist, slam poet, actor, communication advisor and public speaker. Born in Fruitvale and a longtime Kootenay resident, Dazza (a.k.a. Daryl MacAskill) spent nearly 20 years depressed and often suicidal. At 18,…

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#NPM19: Poetry Workshop with Vannessa Barnier

April 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
House of Anansi Press, 128 Sterling Road
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2B7
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$16

Poetry Workshop April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we are hosting two poetry workshops at the Anansi bookshop. The workshops are for writers of all levels, from first-timers to seasoned artists. We will work with prompts to produce poetry to be shared and taken home. All supplies will be…

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#NPM19: Wordfest presents: Pressure Cooker Love Bomb by Sharanpal Ruprai

April 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5
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$12

Join us for an evening with the author of Seva for a sizzling event featuring their second book of poetry, Pressure Cooker Love Bomb. This event includes an on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. About Pressure Cooker Love Bomb Poems masquerading as recipes, poems masquerading as survival guides, poems simmered in…

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#NPM19: Tri-Cities Poetry/Open Mic Night featuring Renee Saklikar and Jennifer Pownall

April 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Western Sky Books, 2132-2850 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia Canada
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#NPM19: Daring to Hope at the Cliff’s Edge

April 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cafe Cest la Vie, 785 Main Street
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 1E9 Canada
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DARING TO HOPE AT THE CLIFF'S EDGE - a poetry reading by Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland with musical guests Sally Wright and Beverly Glenn-Copeland Join us at Café C'est La Vie for a lively evening of poetry, song and conversation about how we can come together as a community as we stand…

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#NPM19: Poetry Writing Workshop

April 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Isabel Turner Branch, 935 Gardiners Road
Kingston, Ontario K7M 9A9 Canada
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Free

Poetry allows us to share personal feelings and perspectives, but every poem is part of an ongoing cultural conversation that carries on beyond us, spanning generations and geographies. Join the conversation! Add your voice by responding to one of your favourite poems. Kingston Poet Laureate offers a 90-minute workshop to…

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#NPM19: Infinite Sequels

April 26, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Revival House, 70 Brunkswick Street
Stratford, Ontario Canada
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$15

  Written, produced and directed by David Stones, David Stones performs the role of The Poet, an ageing poet reliving his life through his poetry..... Lauded by London Free Press as a “brilliant and beautiful piece of theatre,” David performs some 30 poems to a rich, synchronized and fully licensed…

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#NPM19: Poetry at Large: Oxford’s Annual Poetry Celebration

April 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
4968 Main Street, 4968 Main Street
Oxford, Nova Scotia Canada
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$10

Come join us for two days of celebrating poetry! We kick off the event on Saturday morning with breakfast, followed by poetry readings and conversations at various locations throughout beautiful downtown Oxford, Nova Scotia! Saturday night we have a fantastic Folk Music concert and then we wrap up the celebration…

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#NPM19: Five Author Reading at Well Read Books

April 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Well Read Books, 19 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G3 Canada
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Celebrate National Poetry Month at Well Read Books with five authors and five NEW books! Featuring a mix of poetry and prose readings by poets and authors Victoria Heatherington, Ali Blythe, Laura Matwichuk, Sarah de Leeuw, and Cassandra Blanchard. Event will be in a cafe-style setting with tables and chairs,…

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#NPM19: The Secret Handshake Presents, Poetry Reading Series

April 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
170A Baldwin Street, 170A Baldwin Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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#NPM19: Poetry Workshop with Vannessa Barnier of Legible Intelligibles

April 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
House of Anansi Press, 128 Sterling Road
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2B7
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$16

  Poetry Workshop April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we are hosting two poetry workshops at the Anansi bookshop. The workshops are for writers of all levels, from first-timers to seasoned artists. We will work with prompts to produce poetry to be shared and taken home. All supplies will…

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#NPM19: Spring into Writing – MSVU writing contest

April 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 2J6 Canada
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Spring into Writing: April 1-30 2019 : university-wide writing contest, to coincide with National Poetry Month: poems and prose-poems/flash fiction, for Mount university students in all programs; public display of winning entries.

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#NPM19: Shab-e She’r Poetry Month Celebration

April 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tranzac Club / Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXIII Poetry Month Celebration Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it. Please spread the word through social media and any other way you know. Let…

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#NPM19: WRITING ANIMALS!

April 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forth Coffee, 171 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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Celebrate National Poetry Month with a night of fabulous readings by: George Amabile Lauren Carter Joanne Epp Grant Guy Tabitha Martens Jacqui Smyth and Winnipeg’s Poet Laureate, Di Brandt! This is a FREE event and all are welcome. #PFwritinganimals

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#NPM19: Lena Khalaf Tuffaha & Fady Joudah

April 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Another Story Bookshop presents a special night of poetry with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha & Fady Joudah Tuesday, April 30th @7pm Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Co-sponsored by The Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Cahoots Theatre, and Nightwood Theatre. With thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for funding support. Lena…

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#NPM19: An Evening with Kingston’s Poets Laureate

April 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1X8 Canada
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Date: April 30, 2019 Name: An Evening with Kingston’s Poets Laureate Time: 7-9 p.m. Venue: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch Address: 130 Johnson St., Kingston ON Readers: Jason Heroux, Helen Humphreys, Eric Folsom, Ky Pearce, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Zoe Coulter Description: To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, recognize the…

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May 2019

TAMARACKS: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century celebration

May 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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TAMARACKS: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century celebration   Sunday, May 5, 2019 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.  presenting 36 wonderful poets Special readers Frances Boyle, Ottawa Margaret Patricia Eaton, Moncton, N.B. Blaine Marchand, Ottawa also reading Sharon Berg, Sarnia Clara Blackwood, Toronto Kent Bowman, Toronto Allan Briesmaster, Thornhill Patrick Connors, Toronto David Day, Toronto…

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May Rowers Reading Series

May 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6 Canada
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Tuesday, May 7: Rowers Reading Series Time: Start time is 6:30 pm, evening ends at 7:45 pm. Location: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto. Readers: Edward Brown, Rebecca Higgins, Matthew Walsh and Yilin Wang. Description: Join the Rowers Reading Series for a magnificent May evening of poetry and prose. More…

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A Life Celebration for Robin Blaser

May 10, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
People’s Co-Op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
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May 10, 2019, A Life Memorial celebration of poet Robin Blaser during which Susan McCaslin presents on Blaser's libretto to the opera The Last Supper

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Poetry Workshops with Robin Richardson

May 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
59 Spencer Avenue, 59 Spencer Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6K 2J7 Canada
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$95

Spaces Limited to 4 – Reserved upon payment The Unsympathetic Poetry Workshops have gained quick popularity as participants find themselves tapping into inner resources, and digging up truths they never knew they had. They are an intensive, engaging, and revealing experience, which you are certain to walk away from with…

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Poetry Workshop by John Wall Barger – The Underglimmer

May 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
artsPlace Canmore, 950 - 8th Avenue
Canmore, Alberta T1W 2T1 Canada
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$34 - $40

Playful writing exercises and enthusiastic discussion meet in this engaging workshop by successful poet, John Wall Barger. What is the underglimmer in your poetry? The Japanese poet Bashō said that, if you succeed in leaving your ego out of your poem, “Your poem will well-up of its own accord when…

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Duende Workshop with John Wall Barger

May 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P7 Canada
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$40 - $79

In 1933 in Buenos Aires, the electrifying Spanish poet Federico García Lorca presented his famous lecture, “Play and Theory of the Duende.” The Duende, Lorca said, is a goblin—as distinct from an angel or a muse—which inhabits great art. But what is this goblin, and what business does it have…

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Book Launch: Emily Davidson with Catherine J. Stewart

May 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Beaumont Gallery, 2109 Alberta Street
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
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Please join us for a poetry party! We'll be launching Emily Davidson's debut poetry collection, "Lift", new this spring with Thistledown Press. Set both in Emily's hometown of Saint John and her adopted home of Vancouver, it's a book about "how to be alive without being adrift" - and we…

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The Secret Handshake Presents: Poetry Reading Series May 2019

May 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
170A Baldwin Street, 170A Baldwin Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Toronto Improvisors Orchestra Celebrates Gwendolyn MacEwen

May 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Array Space, 155 Walnut Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$10

The Toronto Improvisers Orchestra (TIO) celebrates Canadian poet and author Gwendolyn MacEwen with a performance of her verse- plays for radio “Terror and Erebus” and “Tesla”, with members of the TIO, a score for Tesla by composer Eugene Martynec and actors Rod Campbell and Randi Helmers, who between them have…

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The Gathering: Writers in Conversation

May 27, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Native Earth AKI Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 565 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$10

The Gathering: Writers in Conversation Monday, May 27, 2019 | 2:30-6pm  Aki Studio Theatre 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7 Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office. A collaboration with Literary Press Group, The Writers Union of Canada, Playwrights Guild Canada, League Of Canadian Poets, Festival Of…

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXIV

May 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tranzac Club / Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXIV Toronto’s most diverse & brave poetry reading and open mic series Featured poets: Jackleen Hanna & Kirby Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre Time: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Place: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7 Main Hall Doors open 6:15 p.m. Open-mic…

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HAPPENING Multicultural Festival: Poetry and Spoken Word Night

May 31, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
918 Bathurst Centre, 918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3G5 Canada
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$10

As part of HAPPENING Multicultural Festival and in partnership with Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series. We are very honoured to bring to you POETRY & SPOKEN WORD NIGHT curated by Bänoo Zan Featuring poets: Ayesha Chatterjee Charles C. Smith Diana…

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June 2019

Poetry from Signature Editions: Adrienne Drobnies & Elaine Woo

June 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Book Warehouse Main Street, 4118 Main Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3P7 Canada
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Rowers Reading Series: June

June 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6 Canada
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Join the Rowers Reading Series for a splendid June evening of poetry and prose featuring Cassandra Blanchard, Derek Mascarenhas, Anubha Mehta and Judy Rebick.

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Thirteen: chapbook launch & queer poets open mic

June 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive
St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 6K1 Canada
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The League is coming to St. John's and we're thrilled to be hosting a launch for Thirteen: New Collected Poems from LGBTQI2S Writers in Canada (LCP Chapbook Series) - our newest chapbook made in celebration of LGBTQI2S voices that continue to enrich, question, and propel literature in Canada! Join us…

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Writers Showcase

June 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Vancouver Central Library – Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8, 350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6B1 Canada
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Free

Description With only a few minutes to grab your attention, a talented line-up of established and emerging local writers showcase their works and bring you into their world. Angel Edwards Myra Pierre, Ka’zez’semaka7 Jacqueline Mastin Jenny Story Want to share your work at the next Writers Showcase? Email programs@vpl.ca with…

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Poetry Workshop: Fable and Fabulation – co-led by John Wall Barger and Stephanie Yorke

June 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 1200 Atwater Avenue
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 1X4 Canada
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$35

Poetry Workshop co-led by Stephanie Yorke and John Wall Barger June 12 | Wednesday | 5:30-7:30 Enrollment: $35 each. To register contact Stephanie (syorkefreelanceediting gmail.com) or John (johnwallbarger gmail.com) Limited enrollment. https://johnwallbarger.com/poetry-workshop-fable-and-fabulation/ WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Playful writing exercises and enthusiastic discussion come together in this team-led workshop by poets Stephanie Yorke…

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Single Onion #160

June 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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SINGLE ONION #160 WHAT: The Single Onion wraps up its season with five fabulous poets: John Wall Barger, Patrick Horner, dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Nikki Reimer, and Nikki Sheppy. WHEN: Thursday, June 20th, 7 pm WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 - 1302 4th St. SW (shelflifebooks.ca) About the readers: John Wall Barger’s…

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXV

June 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tranzac Club / Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$7 - $10

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXV Toronto’s most diverse & brave poetry reading and open mic series Featured poets: Merle Nudelman & Reza Eslami Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre Time: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Place: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7 Main Hall Doors open 6:15 p.m.…

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Duende Workshop by John Wall Barger (Vancouver)

June 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Kevin Spenst’s House
$25

June 29 | Saturday | 1:00 – 3:30pm Enrollment: $25 each Kevin Spenst’s house: Vancouver (West End), BC Limited enrollment: To register: message John (johnwallbarger gmail.com) or Kevin Spenst https://johnwallbarger.com/workshop-on-duende/ WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: In 1933 in Buenos Aires, the electrifying Spanish poet Federico García Lorca presented his famous lecture, “Play and…

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Hogg’s Dream opening reception & honouring Joe Rosenblatt (1933-2019)

June 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
yumart, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite B20
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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yumart gallery cordially invites you to the opening reception of "Hogg's Dream", a selection of works on paper by legendary poet and artist Joe Rosenblatt (1933 - 2019) on Saturday June 29, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Joe and I had been working on this exhibition for several months before his passing, with much…

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Toronto Poetry Slam: Pride Month Slam featuring Tanya Neumeyer

June 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$7

Date: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 8:00pm Location: The Drake Hotel - 1150 Queen Street West Cost: $7 Doors Open: 7:00 PM Show Begins: 8:00 PM Sign-up: 7:30 PM We always celebrate Pride Month with a fantastic queer poet feature and this month we are especially excited to feature TPP's…

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July 2019

TAMARACKS celebration, featuring 8 wonderful poets

July 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Toronto Public Library Anette Street Branch, 145 Annette Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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The Secret Handshake Presents: Poetry Reading Series JULY

July 28, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
170A Baldwin Street, 170A Baldwin Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXVI

July 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tranzac Club / Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$7 - $10

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXVI Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it. Please spread the word through social media and any other way you know. Let our event become…

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August 2019

LOMP ft. Qurat Dar

August 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street
London, Ontario N6A 1G4 Canada
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Qurat Dar is an engineering student at the University of Guelph and an emerging author and spoken word artist. She has work currently in Augur Magazine, The Temz Review, and Anathema Magazine, among others, and is a Best of the Net finalist. Qurat is currently part of the Art Gallery…

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The Secret Handshake Presents: Poetry Reading Series August

August 25, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
170A Baldwin Street, 170A Baldwin Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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September 2019

WOTS TORONTO: The City Imagines

September 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Concert Hall, 888 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$10 - $25

Join The Word On The Street for our inaugural City Imagines keynote with Toronto city builder Ken Greenberg. The City Imagines asks how Torontonians can build an inclusive, creative city for the 21st century. Drawing from his 2019 book Toronto Reborn, Ken Greenberg will explore how citizens, NGOs, businesses, and governments have combined…

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Word on the Street: Mourning Anthology Panel

September 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON Canada
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A festival 30 years in the making—The Word On The Street Toronto has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair. On Sunday, September 22, 2019, the WOTS returns to the Harbourfront Centre…

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Word on the Street: #WOTS30 Anniversary Series: Building Literary Communities

September 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON Canada
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A festival 30 years in the making—The Word On The Street Toronto has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair. On Sunday, September 22, 2019, the WOTS returns to the Harbourfront Centre…

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Word on the Street: The Intricate Art of the ‘Sonnet’

September 22, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON Canada
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A festival 30 years in the making—The Word On The Street Toronto has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair. On Sunday, September 22, 2019, the WOTS returns to the Harbourfront Centre…

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Word on the Street: Presenting Climbing Shadows

September 22, 2019 @ 1:20 pm - 1:40 pm
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON Canada
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A festival 30 years in the making—The Word On The Street Toronto has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair. On Sunday, September 22, 2019, the WOTS returns to the Harbourfront Centre…

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Word on the Street: Presenting Treaty#

September 22, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON Canada
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A festival 30 years in the making—The Word On The Street Toronto has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair. On Sunday, September 22, 2019, the WOTS returns to the Harbourfront Centre…

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Shab-e She’r LXXVII

September 24, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Tranzac Club / Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$7 - $10

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXVII Toronto’s most diverse & brave poetry reading and open mic series Featured poets: Giovanna Riccio & Alvin Wong Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre Time: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Place: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7 Main Hall Doors open 6:15 p.m.…

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October 2019

Poems for the long haul

October 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Comox Valley Art Gallery, 580 Duncan Ave.
Courtenay, BC VYN 2M7 Canada
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interactive poetry reading by Wendy Donawa and Linda K Thompson followed by Q&A, discussion, held in art gallery This event is FREE to attend

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXVIII

October 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tranzac Club / Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXVIII Toronto’s most diverse & brave poetry reading and open mic series Featured poets: Adebe DeRango-Adem & Paul Edward Costa Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre Time: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Place: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7 Main Hall Doors open 6:15…

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November 2019

Angel Edwards’ Third Book of Poetry book Launch & book signing

November 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St.
New Westminster, BC
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Silver Bow Publishing and RCLAS Present Angel Edwards third book of poetry,"Spirits Dressed Up As Poems " book launch book reading book signing Poetry readings by Candice James Janet Kvammen Musical performance by Enrico Renz

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Rowers Reading Series

November 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6 Canada
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The Rowers Reading Series kicks off its 13th season with a wonderful evening of poetry and prose featuring Lauren Carter, Dwayne Morgan and Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall. Admission is free.

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Brick Books presents: Brickyard

November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Join us for a night at the Brickyard—a new audio/visual hub showcasing excellence in Canadian writers/poets/spoken word artists—with special performances by Brickyard poets Ian Keteku Charlie C Petch Mahlikah Aweri & Valentino Assenza … followed by an open mic ! (to sign-up please arrive by 6:30 p.m.) Hosted by adebe…

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A Song of Milestones complete presentation by Jennifer Wenn

November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Calvary United Church, 290 Ridout St S, London, Ontario, 290 Rideout St. S
London, Ontario N6C 3Z1 Canada
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A complete presentation of Jennifer Wenn's cycle A Song of Milestones, a poetic tour through their gender journey. This piece is now published as a chapbook by Harmonia Press. This one of Calvary's Jazz Vespers series of services.\ This is a FREE event.

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Building Bridges – Book Launch

November 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Public Library Fort York, 190 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON M5V0E7
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The Immigrant Writers Association (IWA)/ Association des écrivains immigrants (AEI) is launching our first anthology with contributors from thirteen countries besides Canada: Romania, India, France, Senegal, Argentina, Japan, Mexico, Marocco, Congo, Lebanon, Iran, Germany, and the USA. Co-authors: Gabriela Casineanu, Oscar Cecena, Bänoo Zan, Claudiu Murgan, Shruti Dargan, Guillaume Lorin,…

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Single Onion #163

November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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The Single Onion wraps up its fall schedule with four great poets: Cobra Collins, Francine Cunningham, Charles Noble, and Steven Ross Smith.

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Dreamland Beach

November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jam Chamber, 40 Lepage Crt
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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SPACE Mood Intervention and People Power Company [Dreamland Beach |8pm-11pm|40 Lepage crt| $30 °Providing a relaxing 🌴 beach ambiance °Live performances Musicians, spoken word, dance or any other talent. 🎶 °Opportunity to perform on stage in front of a supportive audience. °Interactive performances °Organic social °Active sensory area °Group jam…

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Written Verses Spoken

November 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 1V7 Canada
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Open mic poetry slam with special guest poet Joan Sutcliff. Bring your own verse to share!  

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Richard Dittami: A reading at the Nonesuch Café

November 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main & Station, 168 Main Street
Parrsboro, NS Canada
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Join us on MONDAY, November 25 for an evening of poetry read and performed live at Main & Station. Richard writes constantly and has done so for many a year. Come hear selections from his upcoming book Shredding Plywood. For more information, please contact judith or harvey at fun@hmsnonesuch.com

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) 7th Anniversary

November 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tranzac Club / Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$7 - $10

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) 7th Anniversary Toronto’s most diverse & brave poetry reading and open mic series Featured poets: Charlie C Petch & Tunchai Redvers Featured musician: Kianoush Khalilian Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre Time: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Place: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7…

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December 2019

Rowers Reading Series

December 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6 Canada
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Join the Rowers Reading Series for a wonderful evening of poetry and prose featuring Alicia Elliott, Dominik Parisien and Giovanna Riccio.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXX

December 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tranzac Club / Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXX Toronto’s most diverse & brave poetry reading and open mic series Featured poets: A. F. Moritz & Janice Jo Lee Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre Time: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Place: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7 Main Hall Doors open…

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January 2020

Single Onion #164

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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The Single Onion kicks off its 2020 season (our 20th anniversary!) with four great poets: James Arthur, Ian Kinney, John Williamson, and U of C Writer in Residence Sharanpal Ruprai.

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writtenVERSESspoken

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fellowship Church, 800 Burnhamthorpe Rd.
Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 4W1 Canada
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Neilson Park Creative Centre and Fellowship Church are pleased to co-host this monthly series of PWYC open mic poetry sessions. Bring your own verse to share! Our featured poet this month is D.S. Martin, Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton. Everyone is invited to share their verse at this family-friendly…

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXXI

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$7 - $10

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXXI Toronto’s most diverse & brave poetry reading and open mic series Featured poets: Ghadeer Elghafri & Tyler Pennock Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre Time: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Place: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7 Main Hall Doors open    …

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February 2020

Book Launch: Were There Gazelle by Laura K McRae

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Queen Books, 914 Queen St. E.
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Laura K McRae is releasing her poetry collection, Were There Gazelle, and will be celebrating its publication with a Toronto Lit Up book launch! Join Pedlar Press and the Toronto International Festival of Authors for this exciting event.  

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March 2020

Finding Words Writing Retreat

March 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$185

Finding Words is an embodied writing retreat with Tanya Neumeyer and Barbara Erochina that takes a holistic approach to get you unstuck in your creative process and build confidence in your writing. Immerse yourself in our community of practice and learn practical skills to heighten your creativity and make writing…

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Rowers Reading Series

March 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6 Canada
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Join the Rowers Reading Series for our marvellous March/International Women's Day edition featuring authors Hannah Brown, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Maria Meindl and Christine Ottoni.  

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Word Up

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Unity Market Cafe & Studios, 25 Toronto St.
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1T8 Canada
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Readings by Allan Briesmaster and Rocco de Giacomo plus an open mic.

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Devolution Book Launch in Nanaimo

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5E4
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Join award-winning poet Kim Goldberg for a talk and reading to celebrate the launch of her eighth book on World Poetry Day: DEVOLUTION (Caitlin Press), poems and fables of ecotastrophe. Can poetry transmute climate grief to climate action? Is every creative act an act of extinction rebellion? What is the…

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April 2020

Book Launch: Fields of Light and Stone

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 2A6 Canada
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Join Angeline Schellenberg as she celebrates the Winnipeg launch of Fields of Light and Stone (University of Alberta Press). Angeline's elegiac love letter to her Mennonite grandparents articulates her grief against the backdrop of their involuntary emigration, drawing on events both personal and global: war and famine, dementia and cancer,…

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O P E N Sound

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Maggiolly’s Art Supplies, 158 Broadway Ave.
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 1K3 Canada
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Owen Sound Poet Laureate Richard-Ives Sitoski and spoken word and musician croc E moses team up to create an evening of poetry and song as a kickoff to the Day of the Poets festival in Orangeville.

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Day of the Poets 3 Festival

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orangeville Public Library, 1 Mill Street
Orangeville, Ontario Canada
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A full day of poetry readings and live music, with open mics, book giveaways, window poetry and more. Featuring poets Barry Dempster, D.A. Lockhart, Kateri Lanthier, Maureen Hynes, Louise Carson, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, and musicians Sohayla Smith and Nadina Mackie-Jackson. Free poetry workshop at 11 am with Maureen Hynes.

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Mel D. Gill Book Signing

April 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Chapters Pinecrest, 2735 Iris St.
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 3Z7 Canada
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Mel D. Gill will be signing copies of his recently published book, Point to Counterpoint: poetic reflections on life, love, and passion This book offers compelling, sometimes deeply personal and candid, experiences as it wanders through a journey from birth to death, beginnings to endings, Alpha to Omega in poems,…

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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - May 3 @ 10:00 pm
Brampton, 1 Theatre Lane
Brampton, Ontario L6V 0A3 Canada
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$50 - $120

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) includes over thirty literary events held in downtown Brampton, Ontario on the first weekend in May, and provides an important space for writers to discuss their craft and the challenges involved in creating stories that ask difficult questions, expose hard truths and push literary…

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May 2020

Book Launch of The Blue Moth of Morning

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Roxy, 377 Berry Point Road
Gabriola Island, British Columbia V0R 1X6 Canada
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P.C. Vandall launches her new book, "The Blue Moth of Morning" from Porcupine's Quill, an artisanal book publisher that values the craft of the book in form and content and has been publishing Canadian authors for over forty years. From the Porcupine's Quill website:  In The Blue Moth of Morning,…

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WFNB’s WordSpring Festival

May 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Thomas University, 51 Dineen Dr.
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3G 5W6 Canada
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$140

From May 22-24,Writers Federation of New Brunswick's WordSpring Festival will host our Literary Competition Soiree on Friday night, the NB Book Awards on Saturday night,  panel discussions on First Books and on Game Narratives, as well as workshops with Roger Moore, Lynn Davies, Susan White, Jenn Carson and Gerald Collins.…

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