Events Schedule

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CBC Centre Stage @ Edmonton City Centre

Local Books 1 at CBC Centre Stage

Haven’t been keeping up with CanLit? We have! Edmonton Poetry Festival is happy to showcase four Edmonton writers, highlighting Edmonton’s best new books to hit the shelves. Join us as we explore the local, ...

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Edmonton City Hall

Poetry Central 1

Poetry Central is your chance for a lunch-time poetry meet-up in the downtown! Watch some of Edmonton’s emerging and established, page and stage poets, have a short-order poem written for you on the spot, ...

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The Sewing Machine Factory

Drone & Words

Drone & Words is a collaborative showcase featuring spoken word poets paired with the soundscapes of experimental musicians. It sets an intention of creating a space for experimental poetry, connecting artists of different disciplines ...

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The Aviary

Winking, Blinking and Naughty

Presented in Partnership with the Stroll of Poets This ain’t no snappy musical or Gypsy Lee burlesque. It’s the Blinks! Back, just like that. The biggest stage for the smallest set of half-minute poetry. ...

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The Aviary

Indigenous Poets Society

The Indigenous Poets Society hosts a reading that casts a critical eye on Indigenous-Settler relations, celebrates our connection to land, explores Indigenous identity, uproots the source of community struggle, and finds hope within. This ...

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Audreys Books

Fighting Normal

This event is sponsored by the Pratch Family Foundation. The Fighting Normal event is spun off a multi-discipline art installation created by poet Amy Willans and painter Laurie MacFayden, which examines the stigma and ...

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Millwoods Community Church

Poetry & Stillness

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 ...

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Multiple Venues (See Description for Details)

The Café Readings

Wind down your festival week with our traditional chorus of local voices. Dozens of poets will share brief readings of their work in cafés around the downtown area. These events are for young and ...

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The Matrix Hotel

Alchemy: Our Annual Poetry Party

Alchemy is the name of the expansive, diverse and dynamic poetry party being curated by local spoken word artist Brandon Wint as part of this year’s festival. The event will welcome the remarkable talents ...

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The Matrix Hotel

Queer Expressions

For those who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum, the words and terms we use to label ourselves are central to how we shape our identities. As times change, so do the queer expressions we ...

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Audreys Books

Family Ties

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 ...

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McLuhan House

Gone Fishing: A Workshop with Alice Major

Update April 27, 2018: Lorna Crozier is unable to atten the festival due to a family health emergency. Alice Major will lead this workshop in her stead. Presented in partnership with the Canadian Authors ...

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The Matrix Hotel

Wine and Wild Women Wordsmiths

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 ...

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The Matrix Hotel

Lunch with the GGs

Get up close and personal with two nominees for this year’s Governor General’s Award for Poetry, Lorna Crozier (see update below) and Benjamin Hertwig, at this VIP lunch catered by the Matrix Hotel. Both ...

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Metro Cinema

All Star Slam

Prepare yourself for a night filled with high energy and poetic wizardry from 8 of Edmonton’s all-star performance poets! Funds raised at this event will support the Breath in Poetry Slam team as they ...

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Metro Cinema

Howl

In partnership with Metro Cinema, the Edmonton Poetry Festival is pleased to present this experimental film about iconic poet Allen Ginsberg. Starring James Franco, this 2010 movie explores the forming of the Beat Generation, ...

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University of Alberta Faculty Club

Literary Cocktails

Please join the staff of the University of Alberta Press for readings and refreshments as they launch their newest literary titles: Songs for Dead Children, E.D. Blodgett Welcome to the Anthropocene, Alice Major Annie ...

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CBC Centre Stage @ Edmonton City Centre

Local Books 3 at Centre Stage

In the third installment of Local Books, two Edmonton-based writers and the visiting U of A Writer in Residence discuss and share poems from their recent books, which border on experimental. Sharing the spotlight ...

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Backstage Theatre

Pretty Goblins

In partnership with Workshop West, we’re pleased to present this evening of Edmontonian & Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist Beth Graham’s new play. Laura can’t help but revisit a turbulent past when she discovers ...

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Allard Hall @ MacEwan University

In One’s Own Voice

How does one speak their own truth? Join this eclectic group of poets, who each have cultivated a unique voice and an honest perspective in their work. Expect a moving evening of diverse poetry ...

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Café Bicyclette

French Twist

The 7th edition of French Twist, Edmonton Poetry Festival’s francophone event is designed and hosted by Pierrette Requier with the view to inviting audience members into a unique bilingual experience of poetry at the ...

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Audreys Books

Finding Your Voice

Presented in partnership with Glass Buffalo Magazine. Hear from emerging and talented poets as they share their work and discuss how they found and developed their poetic voices. Featured contributors to Glass Buffalo magazine ...

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Rutherford Library South

Brown Bag Lunch with Marilyn Dumont

This lunch-hour event features acclaimed poet and U of A faculty member Marilyn Dumont who will read and discuss some of her work. Refreshments will be available.  

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Edmonton City Hall

Poetry Central 3

Poetry Central is your chance for a lunch-time poetry meet-up in the downtown! Watch some of Edmonton’s emerging and established, page and stage poets, have a short-order poem written for you on the spot, ...