Events Schedule

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Open Stage @ Audreys Books

Audreys Books 10702 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton

Join us at Audreys Books as the festival winds down with our annual open stage. It's time for local and emerging poets and spoken word artists to share their work! Sign up to read or perform your poetry or come and enjoy the final waves of verse. Poets will have 5 mins. All are welcome! Sign Up here by noon on April 27th. Accessibility: Audreys is wheelchair accessible. Host: Emma Elder


Poems in a Quiet Pool: Zen Reading

Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre 10124 96 Street NW, Edmonton

A chime sounds, and a voice enters the quiet circle of listeners. Poems in a quiet pool invites participants to bring poems (by you or someone else) to share. Seated in a circle, each participant reads, in turn, one poem – no introduction or commentary, just the poem. There is a moment of quiet attention while listeners absorb the words. Then the next reader speaks. Poems can range across any subject, form or focus. The guiding spirit is shared listening, as each individual voice speaks into the room’s quiet pool. In all the applause and celebration after a week of festival events, this will be a time to take a deep breath and remember one of poetry’s essentials: the quiet space where words are first brought together. We'll gather on the second floor of the Ociciwan contemporary art centre – a Plains Cree word meaning “the current comes from here.” […]


Closing Showcase: Challenging the Current

CO*LAB 9641 102A Ave NW, Edmonton

Challenging the Currents How can we resist today’s colonial currents – entrenched in our history, politics or day to day discourse – that rushes and rages on? Anna Marie Sewell hosts Challenging the Currents featuring Emily Riddle, Marilyn Dumont and Rita Bouvier who share their powerful poetry that scrutinizes our painful past and problematic present while pointing a way forward. Accessibility: CO*LAB is accessible.