• Event Details:

  • Monday April 22, 2019
  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Millwoods Community Church
    2304 – 38 Street NW
    Edmonton[Map to venue]
  • Donations accepted: Donations gratefully accepted

Poetry & Stillness

  • Event Details:

  • Monday April 22, 2019
  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Millwoods Community Church
    2304 – 38 Street NW
    Edmonton[Map to venue]
  • Donations accepted: Donations gratefully accepted

Poetry and stillness are inseparable. Natalie Goldberg writes, “Behind writing, behind words is no words. We need to know about that place.” And Basho’s Haiku, Stillness— / soaking into the rocks, / the cicada’s cries, captures how stillness gives way to expression. Seated in a circle, participants intentionally partake in the resonant cycle of stillness—poetry—stillness. A gong announces a beginning. An invitation is offered. Each participant reads, in turn, one poem with no introduction or commentary, just the poem. The next reader allows a moment to absorb the words before speaking. Poems, written by the participant or someone else, can range through a variety subject, form or focus, while the spirit of contemplation and deep listening guides the invitation and the process.

This is a BYOV event. Admission to this event (if applicable) is not included in a festival pass.

Performers

  • Jannie Edwards

    Jannie Edwards is a poet, editor, teacher and mentor with deep roots in Edmonton’s writing and arts community. She has published three poetry collections and enjoyed collaborating with colleagues in a range of projects from video installations to sidewalk poetry to theatrical adaptations of her work. www.jannieedwards.ca

  • Julie Robinson

    Julie C. Robinson loves poetry, teaches English as a second language, and is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Her publications include Jail Fire (BuschekBooks, 2013) and Looking Back, Moving Forward, editor (Mawenzi House, 2018).

Artists Appearing

Various artists