The Edmonton Poetry Festival is pleased to present InArms, a project designed to bring together Edmonton’s poetry community and the soldiers and families stationed at CFB Namao in Edmonton.

The project aims to publish poetry by Canadian Forces personnel and their families in an effort to record the war experience in Canada. The website features poetry by soldiers, wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, brothers, and comrades. One poem per week is published and a live performance is scheduled for Remembrance Day 2010. A chapbook will be published at that time as well.

The InArms project team consists of Canada’s War Poet Suzanne Steele [website]; Edmonton’s former Poet Laureate Alice Major [website]; and Raving Poets Founding Father Michael Gravel [website]. The team are set to work with participants in various ways – online mentoring, in-person workshops, and friendly editing sessions. One doesn’t have to be a master poet to participate in the InArms project. All that is required is a desire to share words.