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April 2018

NPM18: NANE COUZIER AT KAFE POE

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kaffeccino, 101 boul. Cardinal-Leger
Pincourt, Quebec Canada
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NPM event Nane Couzier at Kafe Poe Thursday, April 5 7pm Book launch for a new book of Haiku, Retour aux cendres roses Free At Kaffeccino 101 boulevard Cardinal Leger Pincourt QC

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NPM18: FOUR FABULOUS POETS

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sanderson Library, 327 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1J1 Canada
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Words to wake the world! Come hear four fabulous poets: Liz Howard, Eva H.D., Jack Davis, Kate Cayley. Be inspired, entertained, and challenged. Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us.

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NPM18: POETRY POTLUCK

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
LOFT 112, 535 8 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 5S9 Canada
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Poetry Potluck We are gathering once again at Loft 112 to break bread with friends and local poets to kick off poetry month. Join us April 6, 2018 6pm Cocktail Hour with poetry by Blaine Greenwood 7:00pm Soup and Salad Course with poetry by Stuart McKay and Cecelia Frey 8:00…

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NPM18: KFB FRIDAY READING

April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
knife | fork | book, 281 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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6 APRIL  JULIE MORRISSY | SAM CHEUK | LIZ WORTH

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NPM18: PAUL KANE HIGH SCHOOL POETRY OPEN MIC

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Good Earth Coffeehouse, 130 Bellerose Drive
Saint Albert, Alberta T8N 7A4 Canada
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Last Open Mic before the Teen Poetry Slam Event at the St Albert Public Library on April 20! Join us! Come early for the best seat! Support the teen spoken word artists in St Albert! 🎤

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NPM18: VICTORIA POETS LAUREATE NIGHT

April 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square
Victoria, British Columbia Canada
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Poets Laureate Night Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Victoria City Hall Join us for Poets Laureate Night, an evening of poetry readings by Vancouver Island Poets Laureate. Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer will be accompanied by former Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, the City’s new Youth Poet…

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NPM18: POETRY LOST AND FOUND

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
La Fromagerie, 80 Elgin Street
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 1A1 Canada
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Poetry Lost and Found : Come join Alan Asher, Poet Laureate, Chloé LaDuchesse and Heather Campbell from Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival to celebrate Poetry Month. Come for lunch and listen to poetry, or come and create your own poetry.  

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NPM18: WORDS AND MUSIC SALON

April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tranzac/ Tiki Room, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2M7 Canada
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NPM18: CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK’S POETRY MONTH EXTRAVAGANZA: CLAIRE CALDWELL

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Children’s Book Bank, 350 Berkeley Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2X5 Canada
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Part of The Children's Book Bank's Poetry Month Extravaganza! Writers aged 6-12 can kick off National Poetry Month (April) by creating their own lyrics with poet Claire Caldwell at Rhyme Stew Crew, Small Print Toronto's rap-poetry workshop. Claire will help kids set classic verses to vintage hip hop beats and…

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NPM18: FRIENDS OF THE WHITE ROCK LIBRARY PRESENT READ LOCAL AUTHORS’ OPEN HOUSE

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista Avenue
White Rock, British Columbia V4B 1Y6 Canada
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Featuring Local Authors: Gurjinder Basran, K. Jane Watt, Andrea MacPherson, Heidi Greco, Derek Hayes and Mary-Jo Ohl. Please join us for an afternoon of literature and learning as local authors showcase their latest works. This event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with local authors and hear their unique perspectives.…

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NPM18: FERNIE POETRY CITY

April 9
Fernie City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue
Fernie, British Columbia Canada
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6 students from Fernie schools will read original poems at the March 26, 2018 Regular Council Meeting.

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NPM18: Windsor Poetry City

April 9
The City of Windsor City Hall, 350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario Canada
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The City of Windsor's Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais, will appear before Windsor City Council to read from the Windsor Anthology "Because We Have All Lived Here", as well as his upcoming publication of poems written during his two terms as poet laureate.

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NPM18: CITY OF MOOSE JAW POETRY CITY CHALLENGE

April 9
Moose Jaw City Hall, 228 Main Street North
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 3J8 Canada
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Each year, the Mayor's Office receives a letter from the League of Canadian Poets inviting our city to participate in celebrating National Poetry Month in April. Each city is encouraged to spotlight local poets in order to recognize the valuable contribution poets and writers make to the cultural life of…

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NPM18: WATERLOO POETRY CITY

April 9
Waterloo City Centre, 100 Regina Street South
Waterloo, Ontario Canada
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Lama Abdallah will read at a city council meeting. Lama Abdallah is a grade 12 student at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School in Waterloo who aspires to be a recognized writer and neurologist. Lama’s poem, Fluent in Excuses, winner of the University of Waterloo’s HeForShe writing contest, shares experiences…

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NPM18: ST.JOHN’S POETRY CITY

April 9
City of St. John’s, 10 New Gower Street
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 5M2 Canada
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Matthew Hollett will open the meeting of City Council with a reading.

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NPM18: OPEN HEART FORGERY CITY HALL READING

April 9
Halifax City Hall, 1841 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3A5 Canada
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Open Heart Forgery Poetry Journal publishes monthly and holds monthly readings. For the past five years, we have held our April reading in Halifax City Hall, thanks to our Mayor's interest in the arts. We are a grassroots journal, promoting poetry writing and reading in the HRM.

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NPM18: Sackville Mayor’s Poetry Month Proclamation

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sackville Town Hall, 31G Main Street
Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 1G6 Canada
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Theme: Tantramar Area of New Brunswick Reader: Shoshanna Wingate is a poet, novelist, memoirist and a founding editor of the arts & culture journal, Riddle Fence. Her poetry and fiction have been published in The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, Arc Poetry Magazine, Hunger Mountain Review online, and Room Magazine. She…

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NPM18: CHARLOTTETOWN POETRY CITY

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Charlottetown City Hall, 199 Queen Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Canada
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Diedre Kessler - Charlottetown's Poet Laureate - will read a poem before the monthly council meeting.

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#NPM18: THE POWER OF HAIKU W/ CLAUDIA RADMORE

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Carleton Place Library, 101 Beckwith Street
Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 2T3 Canada
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  The Power of Haiku, and Other Small Poems: A Writing Workshop When: Tue, 10 April, 6pm – 8pm Where: Carleton Place Public Library, 101 Beckwith St, Carleton Place, ON K7C 2T3, Canada (map) Description: Discover the real power of the smallest poems in the world. See how just a few words can…

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NPM18: CREIGHTON POETRY CITY

April 11
Creighton Town Hall, 300 1st Street East
Creighton, Sasketchewan S0P 0A0 Canada
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Jade Ballard, a student at Creighton School Junior High, will read a poem at the Creighton council meeting.

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NPM18: VICTORIA ANNUAL MAYORS’ POETRY CHALLENGE

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square
Victoria, British Columbia Canada
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Annual Mayors’ Poetry Challenge Thursdays, April 12 and 26 at 6:30 p.m., Victoria City Hall The City of Victoria will once again participate in the Annual Mayors’ Poetry Challenge, which invites municipalities across Canada to bring poetry into politics. City Council meetings in April will feature original poems read by Victoria…

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NPM18: ANASI POETRY BASH!

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Henderson Brewing Co, 128A Sterling Road
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2B7 Canada
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  Join us in launching House of Anansi Press' Spring 2018 poetry books by A. F. Moritz (The Sparrow), Emma Healey (Stereoblind), and Mikko Harvey (Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit)! Hosted by Kevin Connolly. Moritz, Healey, and Harvey will be in attendance and will be doing readings. All three books will be available…

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NPM18: THE NEW WEST FESTIVAL OF WORDS

April 13 @ 3:30 pm - April 15 @ 6:00 pm
Inn at the Quay, 900 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 6G1 Canada
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  New West Festival of Words is a collaboration of the Federation of BC Writers' Spring Writes Festival and LitFest New West. This 3-day festival takes place at the Inn at The Quay and River Market and other New Westminster locations. Join us as we celebrate the written word!  …

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NPM18: KFB DAPHNE MARLATT TORONTO LAUNCH CELEBRATION

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
knife | fork | book, 281 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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13 APRIL  DAPHNE MARLATT INTERTIDAL (Talonbooks) TORONTO LAUNCH CELEBRATION w/ MERCEDES ENG | CATRIONA STRANG | CECILY NICHOLSON +++

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NPM18: FLIN FLON’S 17TH ANNUAL POETRY READING

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Flin Flon Public Library, 58 Main Street
Flin Flon, Manitoba R8A 1J8 Canada
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NPM18: PLANET EARTH POETRY

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillside Coffee and Tea, 103-1633 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia Canada
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"Planet Earth Poetry" / Russell Thornton and Heidi Greco / Hillside Coffee and Tea, #103 - 1633 Hillside, Victoria, BC, April 13, 7:30 pm.

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NPM18: VISIONS: POETIC INSPIRATIONS PANEL

April 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Metro Studio Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2L2 Canada
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Visions: Poetic Inspirations Panel, Starfields Festival Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street During the Starfields Festival’s three-day cultural extravaganza, participate in Visions: Poetic Inspirations, a free panel discussion featuring Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer who will read poems with the theme of “visions” with Barbara…

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NPM18: Slam Poetry Reading

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Old Crow Coffee Company, 655 Front Street
New Westminster, British Columbia Canada
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Slam Poetry Reading at Old Crow Coffee Company Saturday April 14, 2018 1:00pm – 4:00pm Join the New Westminster Secondary School Writing Club for a Slam Poetry reading in the back room of Old Crow Coffee Co.

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NPM18: Blue Pencil Cafe at The Network Hub

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
River Market Food Hall, 810 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, British Columbia Canada
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Blue Pencil Cafe at The Network Hub at River Market Saturday April 14, 2018 1:00pm – 4:00pm New West Writers will be supporting and encouraging local writers by offering face to face feedback at a Blue Pencil Café. Each emerging writer is invited to bring along two poems. Writers will…

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NPM18: CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK’S POETRY MONTH EXTRAVAGANZA: FRIEDA WISHINSKY

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Children’s Book Bank, 350 Berkeley Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2X5 Canada
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Part of The Children's Book Bank's Poetry Month Extravaganza! Join us at the Book Bank on Saturday, April 14th @ 1pm for an afternoon with celebrated children's poet, Frieda Wishinsky! Enjoy a reading of some of Ms. Wishinsky's most well-known poetry books, and get started on some poems of your…

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NPM18: KFB ALICE BURDICK

April 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
knife | fork | book, 281 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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14 APRIL (SAT 3PM) ALICE BURDICK

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NPM18: CHRIS MACALINO @ STRONG BADGER

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Strong Badger Coffeehouse, 679 SargentAvenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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Chris Macalino National Poetry Month Reading WhenSat, April 14, 6:30pm – 8:00pm WhereThe Strong Badger Coffeehouse, 679 Sargent Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0A7, Canada (map) DescriptionJoin Badger regular Chris Macalino, author of All Psyched Up, as he helps us celebrate National Poetry Month. Chris will read from, discuss, and sign…

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NPM18: Read Aloud: An Evening of Writers at River Market Food Hall

April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
River Market Food Hall, 810 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, British Columbia Canada
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at River Market Food Hall Saturday April 14, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Come and be enriched with the works of four acclaimed poets, Aidan Chafe, Curtis LeBlanc, Mallory Tater, and Shazia Hafiz Ramji, share from their compelling collections of work. Hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del Buchia…

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NPM18: Poetry New West

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia Street
New Westminster, British Columbia Canada
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Poetry New West Presented by Royal City Literary Arts Society at the Heritage Grill Sunday April 15 2018 12pm - onward Join Royal City Literary Arts Society for a poetry reading and open mic featuring New Westminster Poet Laureate, Alan Hill.  

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NPM18: SLOW ART DAY

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jasper Community Habitat for the Arts, 500 Robson Street
Jasper, Alberta T0E 1E0 Canada
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A challenge!! April is Poetry Month - we will be open to writers and their thoughts on SLOW ART! STOP walking through the arts at JAG and spend 15 minutes really looking at a piece of art. AND because its poetry month we hope you will take up a pen…

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NPM18: TORONTO POETRY SLAM FEAT. DERRICK BROWN

April 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 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're back and oh so thrilled to have an American spoken word legend on our stage! Are you ready for Derrick…

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NPM18: MEDICINE HAT CITY COUNCIL READING

April 16
Medicine Hat City Hall, 580 First Street SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8E6 Canada
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Isra Ahmed, a 19 year old poet and psychology student at Medicine Hat College, will read her poems "If I Sleep with My Eyes Open" and "Obsession" at the April 16 Medicine Hat City Council meeting.  She enjoys reading and writing poetry as a form of relaxation and as a…

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NPM18: Nelson Poetry City

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Nelson City Hall, Suite 101 - 310 Ward Street
Nelson, British Columbia Canada
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Rayya Liebich will be reading at a Nelson City Council Meeting at 1:00pm. Rayya Liebich is a bilingual poet and writer, graduate of McGill University with a B.A in English Literature, and holds a Bachelor in Education from the University of Victoria. After twelve years of teaching French at the…

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#NPM18: NEW GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL READING

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Glasgow Town Hall, 11 Provost St.
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia B2H 5E1 Canada
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The public council meeting agenda for Monday, April 16 2018 starting at 6pm will have a poetry reading by members of the New Glasgow Cultural Academic Enrichment Program Chalaya Lambeth, Juaquien Lambeth, Jor-l Bowden, Ezema Ezema, and King Ezema.

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NPM18: SOUNDS OF MY HOME TOWN

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, 824 1st Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 4K4 Canada
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  Monday, April 16, 7:00pm Come out to hear some of Owen Sound’s finest poets and musicians in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada. This program will feature poems and music that tell stories of the history and people of Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound. Poets Liz Zetlin,…

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NPM18: WOLFVILLE POETRY CITY

April 17
Wolfville Town Hall, 359 Main Street
Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 1A1 Canada
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Jeremy Lutes will read at  a city council meeting.

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#NPM18: TEA AND POETRY W/ CATHERINE OWEN

April 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saint John Free Public Library Central Branch, 1 Market Square
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 4Z6 Canada
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Tuesday, April 17 @ 2:30 pm. Guest Poetry Workshop with Catherine Owen (Sponsored By Fog Lit) We're hosting poet and musician Catherine Owen for a workshop at Tea & Poetry this Tuesday at 2:30pm. Unlike most of our Tea & Poetry sessions, this two-hour workshop requires registration at adult.sjfpl@gnb.ca. We…

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#NPM18: ODE TO POETRY OPEN MIC @ CENTRAL

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Burlington Public Library Central Branch, 2331 New Street
Burlington, Ontario L7R 1J4 Canada
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Ode to Poetry Open Mic Limerick, ballad, haiku, free verse, sonnet, narrative—we celebrate poetry in all its forms during Poetry Month. Hosted by local poet, Laurence Hutchman. Time limit: 5 minutes to share your original poems. Sign up when you arrive.

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NPM18: ST.JOHN’S POETRY CITY

April 18
City of St. John’s, 10 New Gower Street
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 5M2 Canada
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Leslie Amminson will open the meeting of City Council with a reading.

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NPM18: POETRY CABARET

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5
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  Featuring Rayanne Haines, Emma Healey, David Martin & Arleen Paré. Wordfest and the League of Canadian Poets present evocative poetry by four kick-ass visionaries whose words will compel you to rethink art, truth, hydrocarbons, and history. This event features poetic performances, followed by a book signing. Rayanne Haines is the…

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NPM18: ALISON DYER

April 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
A.C. Hunter Public Library, 125 Allandale Road
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3A3 Canada
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Join us for an evening of poetry with St. John's writer Alison Dyer! She'll be reading from her J.M. Abraham Poetry Award-nominated collection "I'd Write the Sea Like a Parlour Game" (Breakwater) on Wednesday, April 18th from 7:30-8:30. Call us at 737-3950 to register with your Library card!

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NPM18: CARMELO MILITANO @ STRONG BADGER

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Strong Badger Coffeehouse, 679 SargentAvenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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Carmelo Militano National Poetry Month Reading WhenThu, April 19, 6:30pm – 8:00pm WhereThe Strong Badger Coffeehouse, 679 Sargent Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0A7, Canada (map) DescriptionJoin Winnipeg poet, writer, and editor Carmelo Militano as we celebrate National Poetry Month at The Strong Badger Coffeehouse!

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NPM18: LOCAL HEROES BY PENN KEMP LAUNCH

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N.
London, Ontario Canada
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Launch of Local Heroes (Insomniac Press) by Penn Kemp April 19,, 2018, Lecture Theatre Museum London, 421 Ridout St N. 6:30-7:15. Curator Tour: Women’s Lives in Canada: A History, 1875-2000 7:30-8:30. Penn's reading 8:30-9 pm. Book signing Join London poet and playwright Penn Kemp for the launch of her book…

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NPM 18: Poetry in Voice 2018 Awards Show

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7 Canada
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Atwood, Dickinson, and Verlaine — by heart Come and see as Canada’s best student reciters compete for $25,000 in prizes. Miron, Atwood et Verlaine—par cœur Les meilleurs élèves en récitation du Canada interprètent leurs poèmes préférés et gagnent 25 000 $ en prix. Venez les applaudir ! If you have any…

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NPM18: AL PURDY POETRY NIGHT

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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  YOU'RE INVITED TO A CELEBRATION OF THE CENTENARY OF AL PURDY'S BIRTH. PLEASE JOIN OUR READERS GEORGE BOWERING, RHEA TREGEBOV, ROB TAYLOR, JANE MUNRO, RAOUL FERNANDES, KAYLA CZAGA, DANNY PEART, JOANNE ARNOTT AND KATE BRAID AS THEY SHARE AL PURDY'S POETRY AS WELL AS THEIR OWN. HOSTED BY JEAN…

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NPM18: KRISTIAN ENRIGHT @ STRONG BADGER

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Strong Badger Coffeehouse, 679 SargentAvenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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Kristian Enright National Poetry Month Reading WhenFri, April 20, 6:30pm – 8:00pm WhereThe Strong Badger Coffeehouse, 679 Sargent Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0A7, Canada (map) DescriptionJoin Winnipeg's Kristian Enright, author of "Sonar," as he helps us celebrate National Poetry Month at The Strong Badger Coffeehouse!

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NPM18: CARLETON PLACE LOCAL POETRY NIGHT

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Carleton Place Library, 101 Beckwith Street
Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 2T3 Canada
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  Celebrate local poetry!  The Ottawa Valley is alive with talented local artists. The Local Poetry night will feature the work of five accomplished local poets.  The evening will allow for a meet and greet before the performance, with readings beginning at 7pm and an intermission at 8pm.   Featuring…

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#NPM18: POETRY ON THE DANFORTH

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Areej Gallery, 2640 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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NPM18: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF NATIONAL POETRY

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library, 175 Mostar Street
Stouffville, Ontario L4A 0Y2 Canada
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Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library are hosting an open house as part of their re-opening activities. Celebrate 20 Years of National Poetry by checking out the different formats of poetry highlighted by WSPL! Draw a slip and write a poem on the provided theme.  

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NPM18: CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK’S POETRY MONTH EXTRAVAGANZA: NAZIHA ULLAH

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Children’s Book Bank, 350 Berkeley Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2X5 Canada
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Part of The Children's Book Bank's Poetry Month Extravaganza! Join us at the Book Bank on Saturday, April 21st @ 1pm for a multi-lingual poetry workshop. Join our resident poet, volunteer, and polyglot, Naziha Ullah, as she demonstrates how to incorporate more than one language into a poem. Children can…

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NPM18: KFB David Alexander Book Launch

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
knife | fork | book, 281 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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21 APRIL (SAT 3PM) DAVID ALEXANDER AFTER THE HATCHING OVEN LAUNCH

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NPM18: KFB Presents Zed Press 2018 Spring Toronto Launch

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
knife | fork | book, 281 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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21 APRIL (SAT 7PM) ZED PRESS 2018 SPRING TORONTO LAUNCH KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI MOE’S SKIN | HANAN HAZIME AORTA 

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NPM18: POEMS FOR THE PLANET

April 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Centennial Square, 1 Centennial Square
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1P6 Canada
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Poems for the Planet  Sunday, April 22, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Centennial Square Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with free poetry readings from Yvonne Blomer and guest poets who will express their climate change concerns and passion through poetry for Southern Vancouver Island and the Pacific Ocean. Featured…

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NPM18: Événement à l’occasion du Jour de la Terre

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Centre d’interpretation de l’eau, 12 Rue Hotte
Laval, Quebec H7L 2R3 Canada
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Présentation de l’ensemble de la médiation culturelle panquébécoise réalisée par l’auteure lavalloise Nancy R. Lange autour des rivières du Québec en 2017. Lecture des textes des élèves de l’école secondaire Mont-de-La Salle finalistes du concours et remise de prix à l’élève lauréat.e. Lectures de Maxianne Berger, Yannick Lepage et Nancy…

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NPM18: FBCW POETRY MONTH READING

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vancouver Island Regional Library Gabriola Island, BC Canada + Google Map
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NPM18: Here, There, and Everywhere: Outlying Voices

April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Multicultural Heritage Centre, 5411 51 Street
Stony Plain, Alberta T7Z 1B7 Canada
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Here, There and Everywhere: Outlying Voices Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion: Three poets with strong rural sensibilities (Thomas Trofimuk, Angela Kublik and Leanne Myggland-Carter) will be exploring how the big, open spaces outside of urban areas complement and clash with more metropolitan influences and aesthetics. Our beautiful province is experiencing…

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NPM18: POETRY AT LARGE

April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Oxford Lions Centre, 4627 Main Street
Oxford, Nova Scotia B0M 1P0 Canada
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NPM18: CONFLUENCE: POETRY & ART

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada
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#NPM18: CITY OF CRANBROOK COUNCIL READING

April 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cranbrook City Hall, 40-10th Avenue South
Cranbrook, British Columbia Canada
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Howie Mason will recite a poem "The Trucker Logger" at the regular council meeting on April 23, 2018.

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NPM18: ST.JOHN’S POETRY CITY

April 24
City of St. John’s, 10 New Gower Street
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 5M2 Canada
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Anderae Callanan will open the meeting of City Council with a reading.

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#NPM18: WOOD BUFFALO COUNCIL READING

April 24
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, 9909 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada
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Stephanie McFarland will be reciting her poem "Autumn Aurora" at the meeting of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council meeting of April 24, 2018.

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NPM18: Tea, Cookies & Poetry

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Donway Covenant United Church, 230 The Donway West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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#NPM18: SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: POETIC LISTENING WITH KELSEY KNIGHT

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library Westdale Branch, 955 King Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 1K9 Canada
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In a group of ten, we will apply our skills to observe and listen, extract poetry from conversation to echo the beauty of simple moments; minds engaged remembering, recalling, while connecting with your soul and others. Led by, poet Kelsey Knight, "Poem of the Moment." *Registration Required, Please Call: 905-546-3456

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NPM18: THE POETESS FILM SCREENING

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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15th Annual Human Rights Watch Toronto Film Festival screening of The Poetess. The Poetess is the inspiring story of a woman risking her personal safety and seizing an opportunity, live on TV in front of 75 million viewers, to use her wit and lyricism to critique patriarchal society and religious…

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NPM18: SHAB-E SHE’R POETRY MONTH CELEBRATION

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College St.
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N8 Canada
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$5

      St-Stephen-in-the Fields accessibility information: The venue has a wheelchair ramp entrance and is all on one level; however, the wheelchair ramp door does not yet have a pushbutton, so someone needs to hold the door open. There is one fully barrier-free washroom. All washrooms are gender-neutral.  …

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#NPM18: KINGSTON FRONTENAC PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES POETRY MONTH 2018

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Isabel Turner Branch Library, 935 Gardiners Road
Kingston, Ontario K7M 9A9 Canada
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  Poetry Month Reading 2018: Kingston Frontenac Public Library and Kingston Poet Laureate Helen Humphreys host a free reading in honour of National Poetry Month 2018, with local poets Sandra Davies, Brenda Leifso and Nathalie Sorensen. Free admission on a first come, first served basis. This event will take place…

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NPM18: WILD WEST SPRING FEST

April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jasper Community Habitat for the Arts, 500 Robson Street
Jasper, Alberta T0E 1E0 Canada
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Join bards from near and far as they take to the stage for the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month and Wild West Spring Fest! Special guests Kathy Fisher and Roylin Picou share the microphone with Jasper bards!

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NPM18: TORONTO CITY COUNCIL READING

April 25
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2 Canada
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Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels will read a poem and acknowledge National Poetry Month at the April 25th council meeting. Anne Michaels also a new book with a free public reading on April 21st at St. George the Martyr on 197 John Street.

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#NPM18: BLACKOUT POETRY @ BRANTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

April 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brantford Public Library St. Paul Branch, 441 St. Paul Avenue
Brantford, Ontario N3R 4N8 Canada
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Blackout Poetry St. Paul Branch Create a black-out poem using recycled newspapers in honour of National Poetry Month! Wednesday, April 25th 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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#NPM18: POETRY READINGS FEAT. JAMES DEAHL

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Toronto Public Library Main St. Branch, 137 Main St
Toronto, Ontario M4E 2V9 Canada
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Poetry Readings featuring James Deahl Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 90 mins Location Main Street Canadian poet James Deahl visits the Main Street Branch to read from some of his latest and most popular works. Also featuring: Rosemary Aubert, Pat Connors, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Eryn Hiscock,…

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#NPM18: STANLEY FEFFERMAN: A CELEBRATION OF NEW BOOK POEMS

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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  You are invited to share the celebration on my new book of poems: The Heart of All Music: Poems about Music and Musicians. Here is what they are saying about it:   "Stanley Fefferman’s deep love of music has inspired  poetry that is entirely musical. What he experiences and…

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#NPM18: ToF ft. PENN KEMP

April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Fantastico Specialty Coffees, 965 Kings Road
Victoria, British Columbia V6T 1W7 Canada
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$6 - $10

Season 13, Episode 14 Tongues of Fire is our twice monthly spoken word open mic. You'll hear 5-minute sets from 12 local performers, plus a feature set. Sign-up opens at 7:30 pm (first come first served); show starts at 8 pm. $6-10 sliding scale (cash only). FEATURING: Penn Kemp Poet, performer…

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#NPM18: TEEN POETRY SLAM @ CITY CENTRE BRANCH

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Coquitlam Public Library City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, British Columbia V3B 0Y1 Canada
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City Centre Branch, Rooms 136 and 137 1169 Pinetree Way Thursday, April 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Teen poets in grades 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 are encouraged to perform an original poem in three minutes or less. Prizes for best performance will be valued at $50, $30 and…

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#NPM18: HYWire YOUTH WRITING WORKSHOP @ ALTON BRANCH

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Burlington Public Library Alton Branch, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive
Burlington, Ontario L7M 0M3 Canada
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HYWire Youth Writing Workshop @Alton (Burlington Public Library) Create original writing with guidance from experienced writers and performers in a calm and supportive space. Bring your own writing to share or just come ready to write. Run by Halton Youth Writers (HYWire) with a focus on spoken word and performance…

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#NPM18: POETRY SERIES: SPRING @ PGPL

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Prince George Public Library Bob Harkins Branch, 888 Canada Games Way
Prince George, BC Canada
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Poetry Series: Spring Thursday, April 26 7:00-8:30pm | Adults | Free Drop In During National Poetry Month, join local poets for a celebration of all things poetry. Hear readings, bring chapbooks and broadsheets to trade with others, and enjoy connecting with other poetry lovers. Co-sponsored by the UNBC English Department…

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NPM18: KFB Vallum Magazine Spring 2018 Toronto Launch

April 27
knife | fork | book, 281 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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27 APRIL VALLUM MAGAZINE SPRING 2018 TORONTO LAUNCH

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#NPM18: EPF-WINE AND WILD WOMEN WORDSMITHS

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Matrix Hotel, 10640-100 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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$20 - $30

Our popular event Wine and Wild Women Wordsmiths is back! Just like poetry, there is a sea of wine styles and varietals to choose from, and just like women, the anthocyanins in wine have great heart-health benefits. It’s Friday night and we invite you to enjoy distilled words, quality grapes,…

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NPM18: KFB Prism Poetry Launch

April 28
knife | fork | book, 281 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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28 APRIL PRISM POETRY LAUNCH EVENT DOYALI ISLAM | ERIN SOROS | JESSICA JOHNS | SELINA BOAN | JEN CURRAN | SHAZIA HAFIZ RAMJI

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NPM18: FAMILY TIES

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Audrey’s Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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Edmonton Poetry Festival Presents... Just as a family is made up of many branches and connections, poetry has a variety of roots through different forms, from performance to the page. At this eclectic event, new and old generations of poets come together to explore poetic styles and their own family…

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NPM18: CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK’S SPRING POETRY FLING

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Children’s Book Bank, 350 Berkeley Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2X5 Canada
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Let's wrap up Poetry Month 2018 in style! Join us on Saturday, April 28th from 1-3pm for a Poetry Month celebration featuring cake, poetry-based activities, and readings by the winners of our Poetry Contest! Winners will be published in our first-ever Poetry Anthology. Special guest TBD. All events are FREE.…

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NPM18: POETRY READING & COFFEEHOUSE

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Welland Public Library, 50 The Boradwalk
Welland, Ontario L3B 6J9 Canada
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  Do you have a passion for poetry? Then our 3rd Annual National Poetry Month Reading and Coffeehouse Event is for you! Poets Eva Tihanyi, Keith Inman, Taylor Peebles and Mori McCrae will share their diverse and impassioned works followed by an open mic opportunity and refreshments. Please register in…

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NPM18: POETRY READING AT JOHN’S RESTAURANT

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
John’s Restaurant, 1643 London Line
Sarnia, Ontario N7W 1A9 Canada
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    Out of town readers: Marty Gervais, Kateri Lanthier, Stuart Ross Local Authors: Ryan Gibbs, Lois Nantais, Grace Vermeer Held in the private room at John's Restaurant. All are invited to join us for a pre-reading dinner at 5:30 PM, followed by the reading at 6:30 PM.

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#NPM18: SARAU BRAZIL BOOK EXCHANGE AND POETRY READING

April 29 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Luanda House, 947 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1L6 Canada
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$10

Sarau Brazil is a monthly Toronto event that promotes cultural exchange with other nationalities through live music, screenings, poetry, fine arts, and dance. Starting this April 29th, Sarau will offer a Book Exchange space along with Poetry Readings from Brazil, Canada, and abroad.   The current theme, “Day of Saint…

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NPM18: NATIONAL POETRY MONTH @ THE STAIRCASE

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North
Hamilton, Ontario Canada
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"A poem should not mean but be" Archibald MacLeish Join us for NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. 8 poets share their work: James Deahl, Linda Frank, Dave Haskins, Ellen S. Jaffe, Chris Pannell, Marilyn Gear Pilling, Bernadette Rule, and John Terpstra.   Sunday, April 29, 2018 7-9PM. Staircase Cafe Theatre. 27 Dundurn…

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NPM18: PRINCE GEORGE POETRY CITY

April 30
Prince George City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard
Prince George, British Columbia V2L 3V9 Canada
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Ken Belford will be reading at an open Council meeting on April 30, 2018. Ken Belford grew up in East Vancouver, where he was immersed in the poetry of that era. In the late 1960s, he moved to northwest B.C. where he homesteaded with his wife and daughter. Together they…

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May 2018

Book Launch: Merle Nudelman

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada
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Merle Nudelman launches her fifth book of poems, The Seeker Ascends (Inanna Publications). Date: Thursday May 3, 2018 Time: 6pm - 8:30pm Location: Dignam Gallery at the Women's Art Association of Canada  

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ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS CELEBRATION

May 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Broken Books, 245 Duckworth Street
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1G3 Canada
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Thursday May 3, 2018  Author Readings Broken Books, 245 Duckworth St, St. John's, NL 7:30 pm Celebrate the Atlantic Book Awards with an evening of readings by nominated authors Alison Dyer (I’d Write the Sea Like a Parlour Game), Bridget Canning (The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes), Eva Crocker (Barrelling…

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ORANGEVILLE’S DAY OF THE POETS

May 5 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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How-To Poetry Reading 2018

May 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Budimir Library Windsor, Ontario Canada + Google Map

Are you ready to share you poetry to a live audience but not sure 'how to' do it? Join poet Vanessa Shields and members of the Windsor Poetry Slam team in this 2-hour FREE workshop that will show you the poetry reading ropes. From choosing your poetry to using the…

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MAY ROWERS READING SERIES

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6 Canada
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Tuesday, May 8: Rowers Reading Series Time: Start time is 7 pm, evening ends at 9 pm. Location: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto. Readers: Gwen Benaway, George Elliott Clarke, Liz Howard and 
Jennifer LoveGrove. Description: Join the Rowers Reading Series for a magnificent May evening of poetry and prose.…

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May 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bolen Books, #111-1644 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia V8T 2C5 Canada
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Joanna Streetly and Kate Braid May 17th | 7:00 PM Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase. At the age of 19, Joanna Streetly arrived on the west coast of Vancouver Island and immersed herself in the vast boating culture found there. Since then she has experienced countless unforgettable and…

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“AN OTHER BEING:” A BOOK SIGNING AND POETRY READING

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium, 1238 Davie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1N3 Canada
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Join us for an evening of poetry with David McConkey & Tony Brathwaite! "an other being" is an engaging collaborative journey. Spirited moving drawings by artist David McConkey inspire poet Tony Brathwaite's words, and Tony's powerfully tense words inspire David's drawings. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Tony…

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LITTLE LETTERPRESS LAUNCH

May 13 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Davenport Salon, 1315a Davenport Road
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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I am delighted to invite you to the launch of the first Little Letterpress, a limited edition, fine print publishing project featuring literature and art, which Deborah Barnett and I have started. The first of the series is Jay MillAr's  Another Poem About Time Written At the Onset of Middle…

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JOANNA STREETLY & KATE BRAID BOOK LAUNCH

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Galiano Island Community Library, #2 - 1290 Sturdies Bay Road
Galiano Island, British Columbia Canada
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On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, starting at 7 PM, Joanna Streetly and Victoria poet, Kate Braid (Elemental) launch their books at the Galiano Public Library with the Galiano Island Books team on site to sell copies. Admission is free. All welcome.

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ALISON DYER @ KINDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Kindale Public Library, 45 Carolina Avenue
Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador A2N 3P8 Canada
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Thursday, June 21, 2018 Author Reading by Alison Dyer Kindale Public Library, 45 Carolina Avenue, Stephenville, NL 7:00 pm Canada Poetry Tour

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