Inclement Weather is a two-part event, including a workshop and reading, that highlights how poetry can spark conversation about climate change and our energy future that is sustainable and socially equitable. This event is Part Two of Inclement Weather - the Readings. Join Edmonton poets Alexis Kienlen, Kelly Shepherd, Marco Melfi, Jennifer Bowering Delisle and Anna Marie Sewell read poetry that addresses the climate crisis, offering words of reflection, warning and hope. There will also be an open-mic portion, open to Inclement Weather - Workshop participants to share what they’ve worked on earlier. Hosted by: Kim Mannix.
Inclement Weather is a two-part event, including a workshop and reading, that highlights how poetry can spark conversation about climate change and our energy future that is sustainable and socially equitable. This event is Part One of Inclement Weather - the Workshop. Join visual artist Hannah Gelderman and poets Alice Major and Kim Mannix for a two-hour workshop that explores our fears around the climate crisis, and what art can do to offer hope for the future. Attendees will have a chance to get creative with zine making, collage, drawing, writing and found/blackout poetry. Materials provided. Capacity is limited. Advanced registration required. Hosted by Hannah Gelderman.
Join Edmonton's Poet Laureate Titilope for an intensive masterclass. Bring me your life rafts, a song in the storm, a word like an oasis in the desert. What keeps your heart soft and sends the blood rushing to your cheeks? Let’s build a cathedral of tenderness here, a place to name what was lost and honour what refuses to die. In this masterclass we are digging through the rubble and pulling into the light poems that keep our hearts soft. In a series of writing, reading and listening exercises, we will explore how art can offer refuge and peace in tumultuous times. Hosted by Grayson Thate.
Though LGBTQ people have won many rights in recent years, there is always more work to do, and they must be constantly vigilant about any adversity. Only last year, the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in US history occurred at the Pulse night club in Orlando, where 49 people were killed and 53 wounded. With clouds on the horizon in our current political climate, how can queer people use poetry to respond to current events while continuing to celebrate the beauty, diversity, and resilience of the LGBTQ community? Ben Ladouceur, whose debut collection Otter won the Gerald Lampert Award, and Gregory Scofield, author of Witness, I Am and winner of the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, headline this collaboration of strong and resistant queer voices, including Marina Reid Hale and David Oberholtzer. This event is open to members of The Edmonton Poetry Festival, The Writers Guild of Alberta and their guests. Memberships […]
Join us for Eskonahkwahk (“horizon” in Cree) – a celebration of the work of First Nations writers. As we look to the future, four of Canada’s leading indigenous poets gather to share their voices and stories. Amiskwaciwâskahika (Edmonton) sits on Treaty 6 land. Treaty 6 was signed on August 23, 1876 and stretches from western Alberta, through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba; and includes 50 First Nations. Treaty 6 is a traditional gathering place for the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others. Their histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our art and culture communities. Liz Howard – The youngest winner in the history of the Griffin Awards, she took home the 2016 Griffin for poetry and is currently working in neurocognitive research. Rebecca Thomas – Halifax’s M’ikmaq poet laureate delivers melodic, witty and damning truths. Gregory Scofield – Métis poet Gregory’s work has […]