Events Schedule

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Free
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Divine Bodies & Disfigured: Narratives on Disability

A one-on-one conversation with author Amanda Leduc (Disfigured: On Fairy Stories, Disability, and Making Space) and poet Brandon Wint (Divine Animal).

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$12.00 + Fees
Online

Masterclass: To The Bone: The Poetic in the Personal with Titilope Sonuga

If “the poem does not start until you start to tell the truth” then a poet’s work is to be relentless in the search for that truth both on and off the page. This ...

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Free
Online

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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Free
Online

Nonfiction Sto-Po Slam

Co-curated by LitFest and Edmonton Poetry Festival, this year’s Nonfiction Slam will feature prose stories and poetry entries. 4 stories, 4 poems, one winner. All glory. Grab a beverage and join in to be ...

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Free
Online

In Conversation: Jordan Abel

Jordan Abel is a multimedia artist with roots in exploring colonization through textual and poetic interpretation. His work encompasses multifaceted research and presents an intense, calculated and human look at the conditions of living ...

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Free
Online

In Conversation: Billy-Ray Belcourt

The youngest ever winner of the Griffin Prize, Billy-Ray Belcourt mines his personal history to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be in his debut memoir, A History ...

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Free
Online

In Conversation: Ian Keteku

Join us in meeting Ian Keteku, spoken word poet, musician, and artist, with a look into his celebrated body of work, his new book and latest album, and an immersive Q and A about ...

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Free
Online

The Memoir Hour: Helen Knott, David A. Robertson & Christa Couture

Three panelists with memoirs on incredible resilience, and finding your identity amid challenges of all kinds. Panelists include Helen Knott, David A. Robertson and Christa Couture.

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Free
Online

Beyond the Food Court Launch

To kick off the festival in virtual space, the contributors to Beyond the Food Court —all writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds that call Edmonton home — gather to celebrate the launch of their anthology, ...

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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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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

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

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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CBC Centre Stage @ Edmonton City Centre

Travel-Log at CBC Centre Stage

Where are you going? Where have you been? If there was ever a more Edmonton question, these poets would love to hear it! Take a listen as these mostly-local writers define home in unusual ...

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University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Home and Away: Writing Our Lands

In this workshop, participants will explore how the lands we carry with us can be both places of belonging and epicentres of disconnection. Drawing from Robert Macfarlane’s lyrical book of essays, Landmarks, participants look ...

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Elder Jerry Wood Atrium (Allard Hall) @ MacEwan University

Landscape

Poets and visual artists come together in an evening of live-painting inspired by the poets’ work. This event pairs each prominent poet with an artist who will seek to capture the essences of the ...

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Café Bicyclette

French Twist

The 8th edition of French Twist, Edmonton Poetry Festival’s francophone event, is designed and hosted by Josée Thibeault with the view to inviting audience members into a unique bilingual experience of poetry at the ...

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Audreys Books

Make Oneself at Home

Presented in Partnership with Glass Buffalo Magazine. Glass Buffalo is back again with their annual showcase of up-and-coming voices, as well as beloved favourites, to the poetry scene. Hear from emerging poets who are ...

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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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CBC Centre Stage @ Edmonton City Centre

Local Books 2 at CBC Centre Stage

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

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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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The Matrix Hotel

Editing on Eggshells: Leadership, Vulnerability and the Editorial Process

An editing masterclass with Peter Midgley. After Peter won the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, he remarked in an interview that editing is like carving a delicate relief on an eggshell, that he ...

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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 ...