Events Schedule

Winking, Blinking and Naughty

The Aviary 9314 111 Avenue NW, Edmonton

Presented in Partnership with the Stroll of Poets This ain’t no snappy musical or Gypsy Lee burlesque. It’s the Blinks! Back, just like that. The biggest stage for the smallest set of half-minute poetry. Free verse, spoken word, slant rhymes — all are cast. But time those lines, because the Blinks Philharmonic are an unforgiving lot. You’ve got 30 seconds or your act is cut! Calling all poets. The house lights are down, the curtains up, it’s your time to shine in Winking, Blinking and Naughty. The Blinks have been right at home in the Edmonton Poetry Festival from the very beginning. The rules are easy: Sign up here! Prepare your 30 second poem Show up on the night and … Blink!

Indigenous Poets Society

The Aviary 9314 111 Avenue NW, Edmonton

The Indigenous Poets Society hosts a reading that casts a critical eye on Indigenous-Settler relations, celebrates our connection to land, explores Indigenous identity, uproots the source of community struggle, and finds hope within. This is a BYOV event. Admission to this event (if applicable) is not included in a festival pass. Performers Sage Giroux is a local poet living in Amiskwacîwâskahikan. Her inspiration for her poetry comes from her everyday experiences. K’alii Stewart is a Nisga’a organizer, poet, and ecology student from the Nass Valley in BC. This past year, K’alii was on the team representing Edmonton at the national spoken word competition CFSW, and is now the founder of the Edmonton Indigenous Poets Society. Nitsitapi (ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ). Proudly from the Kainai Nation and residing in Amiskwacîwâskahikan, Beaver Hills House (Edmonton). English name is Candace and traditional given name is Áísínai'pi (It is pictured/written), Writing On Stone. An Educator, Artist, Advocate […]

Made Ya Blink!

The Aviary 9314 111 Avenue NW, Edmonton

Presented in Partnership with The Stroll of Poets. It’s eye-to-eye and word-to-word-year 12 of Edmonton’s famous Blinks, organized by the Stroll of Poets. Think-rap challenge in 30 seconds. Think-make the audience blink. (Laugh, sob, cheer, sigh, LISTEN) Think-come on down and drop the mic! This is the friendliest stare-down you’ll ever be part of – whether you deliver a poem or come for the vibe.