Events Schedule

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Free
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The Polyglot: Indigenous Languages Issues Launch

Are you fascinated by poetry, languages, and art? Are you curious to witness Indigenous language reclamation and revitalization through creative self-expression? Then please join us for The Polyglot’s launch of our double issue—nimitêyaniy and ...

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$12.00 + Fees
Online

Masterclass: Jottings from a Nonfiction Insomniac with Lorna Crozier

“This seminar will touch upon some of the questions that keep me awake: How do you write a memoir when your memory’s shot? How do you tell the truth when the truth hurts others? ...

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The Matrix Hotel

HomeFront, The Saturday Poetry Party

This event is sponsored by Robert Less-Miller. The Edmonton Poetry Festival is throwing it’s annual poetry party and volunteer appreciation night, with internationally acclaimed poets and local superstars to show what the power of ...

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The Matrix Hotel

The Alongside: Poetry & The Architecture of Home with Canisia Lubrin

The River City Lecture, Sponsored by Alice Major. Poetry translates experience into writing that often helps us navigate compromised categories of belonging and home. As poets, our perceptions of the world departs from and ...

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The Matrix Hotel

Alive! & Open

Alive! Is a heavy-hitting, multidisciplinary poetry experience curated and performed by nationally-celebrated poet Brandon Wint as well as an accompaniment of dancers and musicians who have created a one-of-a-kind showcase. Brandon will be accompanied ...

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The Matrix Hotel

Homebody

Homebody invites prominent queer poets from across Canada to showcase their work in an exploration of the way home, and their place in it, manifests in themselves. Bringing in Victoria poet Arleen Paré, queer ...

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The Matrix Hotel

Music in Poetry with Arleen Paré

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Authors Association. Arleen Paré will explore rhyme, rhythm and repetition in poetry through this extended workshop, presented in part with the Canadian Authors Association. This intensive workshop will ...

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The Matrix Hotel

Wine and Wild Women Wordsmiths

The ever-popular Wine and Wild Women Wordsmiths is back! And this year’s readers amplify the power of the female voice. Like poetry, there is a sea of wine styles and types to choose from. ...

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The Matrix Hotel

The Story of Home with Arleen Paré

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Authors Association. The Story of Home will be a shifting talk about the term and concept of home – the complexity of it and the confusions – with ...

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University of Alberta Faculty Club

Literary Cocktails

Please join Marita Dachsel, celebrated Victoria-based poet, for drinks as she reads from There Are Not Enough Sad Songs. She will be joined by Edmonton’s own Jenna Butler, poet, professor, essayist, and organic farmer ...

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Theatre Lab (Allard Hall) @ MacEwan University

pê-kîwêhtatân itwêwin

What does it mean to bring the word home? pê-kîwêhtatân itwêwin will posit this question to four talented indigenous poets, listening in on their musings as they showcase their work at the headlining event ...

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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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Art Gallery of Alberta

Edmonton Slam Finals 2019

Come and judge Edmonton’s spoken word poets in this year’s season finale! Only the top ten poets from this year’s Breath in Poetry slam will be taking the stage to see who makes it ...

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University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Poetic Offerings at the Japanese Garden

Join Jan Zwicky for a three-hour workshop focussing on the musical aspects of poetic language. The workshop aims to heighten awareness of rhythm and sound through close readings of sample poems by established authors ...

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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

Poetry & Philosophy with Jan Zwicky

One of Canada’s most celebrated and innovative poets, Jan Zwicky blends together poetry and philosophy in her work that focuses on ecological thinking. At her only performance for this year’s festival, Jan will share ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yellowhead Brewery

Crow Said Poetry Launch

Join NeWest Press as they launch Crow Said Poetry! To celebrate, they will be showcasing the poetry publication history of NeWest Press, with local poets reading selections from their back catalogue, as well as ...