Events Schedule

Multilingual Voices – Expanding the Can Lit Canon

The Nook Cafe 10153 97 Street NW, Edmonton

The Polyglot will host a poetry reading and roundtable on the topic of including multilingual poetic voices in the CanLit canon. Their event will feature readings by ten local polyglot poets, whose work is featured in our third ekphrastic issue, CanLit: Curating our Canons (Spring 2018), guest-edited by Luciana Erregue-Sacchi. After the readings, the poets will discuss questions such as: How can we better honour and support “non-official” multilingual voices in our community? How can we open up the literary canon to create an inclusive in-between space of dialogue in Canada? How can we “level the playing field” by creatively curating our own multilingual canons? Performers Adriana Onita is the program coordinator for the Edmonton Poetry Festival and the founder of The Polyglot, a multilingual magazine of poetry and art. She writes poetry in English, Spanish, Romanian, French, and Italian. Her passion for languages has led her to pursue a […]

YEP Showcase

The Nook Cafe 10153 97 Street NW, Edmonton

YEP – that’s Young Edmonton Poets. And yep, you want to be here for this showcase of young voices followed by an open mic for youth aged 13-23. Members of YEP! highlight what poetry has become and what poetry will become. Hosted by the inaugural youth poet laureate of Edmonton, Charlotte Cranston.

Teen Slam

The Nook Cafe 10153 97 Street NW, Edmonton

Hey teen poets! Looking to try your hand at slamming? This individual poetry competition is an opportunity exclusively for young spoken word artists. All competitors and judges will be 21 or under. Just remember it’s all about the poetry, not the points. Get ready to see Edmonton’s youth light up the mic. Lilian Allen, “a godmother of rap, hip-hop, dub and spoken word”, will perform a set at this event. Presented by the Breath in Poetry Collective.