Join NeWest Press as they launch Crow Said Poetry! To celebrate, they will be showcasing the poetry publication history of NeWest Press, with local poets reading selections from their back catalogue, as well as launching the new series and its first two books, with readings by Kayla Geitzler and David Martin. To honour NeWest Press’ 40th anniversary, they’ve inaugurated a new poetry series to go alongside our Nunatak First Fiction, Prairie Play, and Writer as Critic series: Crow Said Poetry. Crow Said is named in honour of Robert Kroetsch’s foundational 1977 novel What The Crow Said. The series aims to shed light on places and people outside of the literary mainstream. It is their intention that the poets featured in this series will continue Robert Kroetsch’s literary tradition of innovation, interrogation, and generosity of spirit. The first two books in the series will arrive this April. Kayla Geitzler’s That Light […]
Our popular event, Wine and Wild Women Wordsmiths is back! And this year the muse is strong! Like poetry, there is a sea of wine styles and types to choose from. Just like Women, the anthocyanins in wine have great heart-health benefits. It’s Friday night and we invite you to enjoy distilled words, quality grapes, and the company of women who make a habit of pushing boundaries! Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, plus a sample of four wines to match our distinct female poets. Thank you to our friends at UnWined for sponsoring our wine samples tonight. Hosted by Gurvinder Bhatia and Rayanne Doucet (Festival Director). Nasra Adem – #YEG Youth Poet Laureate, Kick Ass Activist, Black Arts Matters curator. Liz Howard – 2016 Griffin Award winner, neurocognitive aging researcher. Pierrette Requier – Poet Laureate of Edmonton, bilingual poet, playwright, performer, producer, mentor and arts activist. Lillian Allen – Internationally renowned […]
We aren’t all early risers. Some of us like our literature sprinkled with a dash of the aurora borealis. Men and Women of letters – Night Owls – join us for a late-night showcase of poets who howl at the Moon. Poets Mary Pinkoski, Ben Ladouceur, Rebecca Thomas, and Lillian Allen are sure to keep your literary groove going deep into the night (for a school night anyway).
Event horizon – it’s the far edge of spacetime, where gravity goes weird and particles sizzle. We’re going to the far edges of poetry with four sizzling, out-there poets: Shane Book – his Congotronic, shortlisted for the Griffin Prize, pops with “Afrofuturism coagulated with an R&B grin.” His word-play fights gravity and runs the gamut from outraged to absurd. Douglas Barbour – legend of Canada’s sound poetry scene, bringing a brand-new book, Listen. If, to the junction of words and visual art, love and landscape, politics and jazz. Claire Kelly – launches her debut collection, Maunder. It steps from image to image, place to place, home to away. Joel Katelnikoff – a hacker of literature, out to disrupt the codes and copyrights, uses techniques of cut-up, re-mix, montage in his series Inhabitations: A Recombinant Theory Project. Expect to have your horizons of “what poetry is” blown apart.