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Valentines Night at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Valentines Night at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: February 13, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

This week’s offering features an all open mic competition for Valentines Night.

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The Wikipedia Slam

Title: The Wikipedia Slam

Date: February 16, 2018

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Description: Wikipedia states that a Poetry Slam is “a competition in which poets read or recite original work” and that Originality is “the aspect of created or invented works [that is] new or novel.” Well, join Poetry as F*ck for a new, novel, and original way of doing a Poetry Slam[citation needed]. It’s… The Wikipedia Slam. Poets will compete in two rounds.

Round 1: The Definite Article. Our poets will read or recite their favourite Wikipedia entry. They will wow you, and the judges, with their grace and skill and knowledge.

Round 2: [citation needed]. Wikipedia is renowned as an unimpeachable source of accurate information. In this round we ask the question: Have our poets got their facts straight? Well? Have they? We’ll be the judge of that.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LX

Title: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LX

Date: February 27, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto, Shab-e She’r has been bridging the gap between diverse poetry communities, bringing together people from different ethnicities, nationalities, ages, disabilities, religions (or lack thereof), poetic styles, voices and visions. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it. Please spread the word through social media and other means. Let our event become as diverse as we are.

Host of the evening is Bänoo Zan and the featured poets are Susie Berg and Joshua P’ng.

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Poetry NOW: 10th Annual Battle of the Bards

Title: Poetry NOW: 10th Annual Battle of the Bards

Date: March 28, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: This popular poetry competition returns featuring readings by 20 of Canada’s upcoming and established poets. 20 eligible poets will be selected at random to read on the PoetryNOW stage and one reader will be selected as the winner.

Hosted by NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole. The poets will be judged by Geoffrey E. Taylor (IFOA Director), Zviko Mhakayakora (IFOA Executive Assistant Programming) and 2017 Poetry NOW winner Stuart Ross.

Learn more here.

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Poetry NOW: 10th Annual Battle of the Bards entry deadline

Title: Poetry NOW: 10th Annual Battle of the Bards entry deadline

Date: February 28, 2018

Description: This popular poetry competition returns featuring readings by 20 of Canada’s upcoming and established poets. 20 eligible poets will be selected at random to read on the PoetryNOW stage and one reader will be selected as the winner.

Hosted by NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole. The poets will be judged by Geoffrey E. Taylor (IFOA Director), Zviko Mhakayakora (IFOA Executive Assistant Programming) and 2017 Poetry NOW winner Stuart Ross.

Learn more here.

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Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: January 21, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

Learn more here.

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Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: January 28, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

Learn more here.

Return to the International Poetry Calendar.

Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: February 4, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

Learn more here.

Return to the International Poetry Calendar.

Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: February 11, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

Learn more here.

Return to the International Poetry Calendar.

Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: March 4, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

Learn more here.

Return to the International Poetry Calendar.