Events Schedule

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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, ...

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Allard Hall @ MacEwan University

nêhiyawêtân!

Join us as we host an evening of celebration, honouring the work of Indigenous writers. Four of Canada’s leading Indigenous poets gather to share their voices and stories alongside students from the Poetry Moves ...

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SEESA Centre

Vintage: An Evening of Works from Well-Aged Poets

This twelfth annual evening of well-aged poets features local poets and special guest reader Giselle Lemire. The evening includes wine and cheese (cash bar available). To be a reader, please register in advance by ...

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CBC Centre Stage @ Edmonton City Centre

Local Books 2 at Centre Stage

In the second installment of Local Books, four more Edmonton writers talk about and share poems from their recent books. Sharing the spotlight are: Richard Davies: With his chapbook, OPUS (in Six Suites). Rayanne ...

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Edmonton City Hall

Poetry Central 2

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 Aviary

Made Ya Blink!

Presented in Partnership with The Stroll of Poets. It’s eye-to-eye and word-to-word-year 12 of Edmonton’s famous Blinks, organized by the Stroll of Poets. Think-rap challenge in 30 seconds. Think-make the audience blink. (Laugh, sob, ...

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CBC Centre Stage @ Edmonton City Centre

Local Books 1 at Centre Stage 2018

Four Edmonton writers bring their recent books to show off the local and international scope of writing in this city. Each will chat about their book and share some poems. Sharing the spotlight are: ...

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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 artists paired with the soundscapes of experimental musicians. This event marks the 4th edition of this format, created and curated by Durell Smith and ...

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La Cité Francophone

A Wedding of Women’s Words & Music

This is the night to take your wedding threads on the town! No decade too old. No gown too gaudy. No cumberbund unwelcome. Join us to eat cake and toast poetry as we celebrate ...

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The Nook Cafe

Multilingual Voices – Expanding the Can Lit Canon

The Polyglot will host a poetry reading and roundtable on the topic of including multilingual poetic voices in the CanLit canon. Their event will feature readings by ten local polyglot poets, whose work is ...

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Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

A Celebration of Poetry at Rutherford House

As founder of the University of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford evinced a great appreciation of literature, including poetry. In fact, Eric Broadus, the University of Alberta’s first English Professor (in 1908), dedicated his 1923 ...

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Multicultural Heritage Centre

Here, There, and Everywhere: Outlying Voices

This event is free, but requires registration: https://outlyingvoices.eventbrite.ca Three poets with strong rural sensibilities (Thomas Trofimuk, Angela Kublik, and Leanne Myggland-Carter) will explore how the big, open spaces outside of urban areas complement and ...

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Edmonton Poets House

Purse Verse & Pocket Poems

Terse verse comes in many styles. From limericks and clerihews to haiku and tanka, these little treasures can express words of encouragement or simple salutations. They’re fun to write and pack big-time punch! In ...

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Studio 96

Beyond Reconciliation

As most of Canada celebrates 150 years of colonialism, it is a time for our Indigenous nations’ writers to reflect on what truth and reconciliation means. Beyond the treaties. Beyond the laws. Beyond the ...

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Multiple Venues (See Description for Details)

The Café Readings

Wind down festival week with our traditional chorus of local voices. You’ve got all the choice in the world as our café readings mark the festival’s last day. Dozens of poets will share brief ...

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Studio 96

Birds on a Wire – Our Annual Poetry Party

Prepare yourself for a night of rousing music and poetry inspired by the songs of the late Leonard Cohen. Local singer-songwriters will perform covers of their personal favorites by the Bard of the Boudoir, ...

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Strathcona County Library

Strathcona County Library 11th Annual Evening of Poetry

Marilyn Dumont and Pierrette Requier, Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, join writer-in-residence Richard van Camp for an evening of poetry. Share some of your own work during the open mic session. Adults only. Wine will be ...