Posts published by Michael Gravel

May 2, 2014

Guest Post – A Farewell Handshake

Oh, that tremble of the fingers! I know it well. You can control your voice, almost, but the tremor of the page of poetry as you lift it to read aloud is a dead ... Read More 

April 27, 2014

What We Came Away With

As the 2014 Edmonton poetry Festival draws to a close, we thought we’d offer some round-up thoughts from some of our organizers and poets. • • • “This festival was about reconnecting with visiting ... Read More 

April 26, 2014

Time Change Notice: The Poetry Party

Hello fellow horrible timekeepers! This note is to let you know that the start time for tonight’s Poetry Party at the Artery was incorrect! Previous start time: 7:00pm New Start Time: 8:00pm We apologize! ... Read More 

April 26, 2014

Cafe Readings Schedule Posted

At long last! The schedule for the 2014 Cafe Readings Event, happening on Sunday April 27, 2014, has been posted! You should check it out and see where you’re reading and where your friends ... Read More 

April 25, 2014

Guest Post – Being a New Author

“Congratulations, Deborah!” In 2013 I heard this a lot. First, in the spring I became a grandmother for the first time. I fell in love in a whole new way upon meeting my glorious ... Read More 

April 21, 2014

Review – Joy Harjo

Amidst a day of celebrations – Easter Sunday and 4/20 – and losses – Alistair MacLeod and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter – Mvskoke poet Joy Harjo landed in Edmonton and blessed the day with poetic ... Read More 

April 20, 2014

Guest Post – Welcome Joy Harjo

This is my Heart; it is a Good Heart This is my heart. It is a good heart. 
Bones and a membrane of mist and fire 
are the woven cover.
 When we make love ... Read More 

April 19, 2014

Welcome Back My Friends

It begins with a lunge at permanence. It climbs heights of reverence, often at great cost, then proceeds to jump off. It is characterized by a flutter in the gut, a coldness in the ... Read More 

April 17, 2014

Book Launch: Shawna Lemay's Asking

Tonight, Thursday April 17, 2014, Longtime friend of the Edmonton Poetry Festival Shawna Lemay launches her latest collection of poems and poem-essays, the exquisitely titled Asking. (Audrey’s Books, 10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton. 7:00pm) For ... Read More 

April 14, 2014

One Week to Go

Actually, one week less a day. The Edmonton Poetry Festival begins on Sunday April 20, 2014 with a killer event featuring New Mexican poet and musician, Joy Harjo. There are still a few tickets ... Read More 

April 8, 2014


You’ve been more tired than usual lately. You go to bed earlier and wake up with heavier eyes. This, mere days after your birthday. Today you forgo the usual ground beans and reach for ... Read More 

March 21, 2014

Call for Volunteers 2014

It’s been too long since you’ve been vulnerable. Rushing, fretting, working, taxiing. In all this business, It’s easy to forget the feelings you need. In every task or to-do, you wonder what your real ... Read More