Events Schedule

Leaving Home, A Lecture from Jane Munro

St John's Institute 11024 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton

Every year the Poetry Festival and the CAA join forces to bring you one of the country’s leading poets. This year we are overjoyed to welcome Jane Munro – 2015 Griffin Award winner – to Edmonton for a special lecture that looks toward our poetic futures! Where we thought we were living is changing. Our eyes go to the horizon: how will we be ourselves in the future? Don’t miss this chance to hear from the 2015 Griffin Award Winner and author of six poetry collections. Presented in partnership with the Canadian Authors Association. Note: This event is FREE for members of the Edmonton Poetry Festival or the Canadian Authors Association. Non-members admission is $10 at the door.  

Our Planet, Our Poems: Your Work Now

McLuhan House 11342 64 Street NW, Edmonton

A workshop from Jane Munro. As a witness in an era of crisis, what do you feel yourself called to do? How do you write a political poem without being didactic? What learning and teaching is it possible to do with a poem? How can poetry act as a change agent? What could you use as a meaningful structure for a poem on climate change (or any other huge topic)? What if you just don’t know enough? How on earth can you write poetry now? Bring your own questions. This will be a workshop in which you can explore your relationship with your writing and your relationship with Earth. Come prepared to draft new poems. Space is limited to 16 participants. Presented in partnership with The Canadian Authors Association.  

Gone Fishing: A Workshop with Alice Major

McLuhan House 11342 64 Street NW, Edmonton

Update April 27, 2018: Lorna Crozier is unable to atten the festival due to a family health emergency. Alice Major will lead this workshop in her stead. Presented in partnership with the Canadian Authors Association. Registration cost is $30 for members of the Canadian Authors Association or the Poetry Festival, $50 for non-members. This event is sold out! Does the length of the free-verse line matter? What about the hook you tie on the end? Will any free-verse line catch the fish? We’ll explore the characteristics-the tautness, the slackness, the measure, the knots-of this malleable, adaptable poetic line, and write a poem or two that focuses on ways it can be used to emphasize meaning and rhythm. Please bring writing materials of either a laptop or paper and pen. Please register at the CAA website link (www.canauthorsalberta.ca) as the workshop is limited to 16 participants.  

The Story of Home with Arleen Paré

The Matrix Hotel 10640 100 Avenue NW, Edmonton

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 exhortations for listeners to write about home. Listeners will be invited to ruminate on their own understanding of the home as a more than just a physical place as Arleen explores the vast surroundings that couch the idea of what a home is, what it means, and how it comes to show in our writing.

Music in Poetry with Arleen Paré

The Matrix Hotel 10640 100 Avenue NW, Edmonton

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 guide participants through an understanding of musicality and how it affects the word, shaping the form and cadence of our writing and how it meets the open air when spoken out loud.