The Festival's Grain Part 1
We get it. Your Caramel Macchiato habit is getting out of control. Every little price bump ($5.10 at last reckoning) inspires a silent vow to stop the madness and switch to Earl Grey. But who does that in March? With Roll Up The Rim season still going strong, perhaps a dose of apostasy is in order. You’re not that fickle. You like your coffee as you like your ghazals and sonnets: Tight.
In case you missed it, we announced our schedule and author lineup last week. The whole gig starts on Sunday April 19. We did something a bit different to kick off the festival this year. We offered five “BYOV” spots to our community and took event proposals. We ended up with a great opening day with a string of events from 10am to 9pm. Here’s a quick peek at what you can do on Sunday April 19:
- Haiku in the Japanese Garden. This one’s a paid workshop featuring haiku master Patrick Pilarski. Polish up your 5-7-5 at this event, presented in collaboration with our friends at the Devonian Botanic Garden.
- High Noon begins at noon and presents seven local artists at the amazing McMullen Gallery at the U of A Hospital.
- A Most Beautiful Deception presents the poetry of Melissa Morelli Lacroix set to the music of Debussy, Chopin and Schumann performed by the Deceptive Cadence Players.
- Edmonton / BC poet Kelly Shepherd presents the intriguing The First Metaphor, a collection of poems by Kelly and woodcuts by BC artist Alison Kubbos.
- To round out the day, Gettin Gritty Inner City presents poems of the inner city…and there is still time to submit your poem for inclusion in the event!
Not a bad way to spend a Sunday, amirite? We dearly hope you enjoy this year’s festival and encourage you to take in a Sunday event – support our local wordsmiths and the work they do to keep the art of poetry alive in Edmonton.
One more thing: there’s a small press in BC called The Lake Journal and they’re taking submissions for their latest chapbook contest. The deadline is this Friday, March 13. If you’ve got a bank of poems ready to go, consider submitting. You’ll get a fine-press chapbook out of the deal (provided you win, of course). Check out Lake Journal here.