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2017 Fall Poetry Colloquium

Title: 2017 Fall Poetry Colloquium

Date: November 9, 2017

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: What poems thrill us as readers, and why? How do we find a poem’s form? What ideals are we striving for in our own writing? These are the sorts of practical and philosophical questions we’ll ask in this eight-week colloquium for writers wanting to explore topics in poetry as a means of developing their own work. The colloquium is open to those who have been writing poetry for at least two years and/or have had work published in at least two literary journals.

Readings, including essays, interviews and poems by well known and emerging writers in English and in translation will be distributed a week ahead as springboards into the following week’s discussion. Each week, time will also be devoted to a roundtable in which participants present poetry-related questions or ideas they’re grappling with. Each session will end with a writing prompt to be tackled during the week. Written feedback on five pages of poetry by each participant is included in the fee.

Learn more here.

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2017 Fall Poetry Colloquium

Title: 2017 Fall Poetry Colloquium

Date: November 16, 2017

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: What poems thrill us as readers, and why? How do we find a poem’s form? What ideals are we striving for in our own writing? These are the sorts of practical and philosophical questions we’ll ask in this eight-week colloquium for writers wanting to explore topics in poetry as a means of developing their own work. The colloquium is open to those who have been writing poetry for at least two years and/or have had work published in at least two literary journals.

Readings, including essays, interviews and poems by well known and emerging writers in English and in translation will be distributed a week ahead as springboards into the following week’s discussion. Each week, time will also be devoted to a roundtable in which participants present poetry-related questions or ideas they’re grappling with. Each session will end with a writing prompt to be tackled during the week. Written feedback on five pages of poetry by each participant is included in the fee.

Learn more here.

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National Poetry Day event with Don Paterson

Title: National Poetry Day event With Don Paterson

Date: September 28, 2017

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Description: Experience an exciting landmark event on National Poetry Day 2017 at Jupiter Artland, where we will be presenting the work of seminal Scottish poet Don Paterson. Situated in the mysterious and culturally significant grounds of Jupiter Artland, among key contemporary art works, Paterson will read from selected works for this unique event which is co-hosted by the Scottish Poetry Library.

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Contains Strong Language

Title: Contains Strong Language

Start Date: September 28, 2017
End Date: October 1, 2017

Location: Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom
Description: Contains Strong Language is a major new national spoken word and poetry festival in Hull. Starting on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September, with local, national and international poets, Contains Strong Language is a celebration of new and existing word craft inspired by our literary city.

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Wolff, Papucuru and Allan at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Wolff, Papucuru and Allan at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: November 7, 2017

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 Elana Wolff, Rebecca Papucuru and Norman Allan.

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Pivot Readings with Dunic, O’Connell, Hernandez and Smith

Title: Pivot Readings with Dunic, O’Connell, Hernandez and Smith

Date: October 4, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Pivot presents the writers breathing life into Canadian literary culture. Established and emerging, time-tested and fresh; they’re what’s happening in literature, right now. This evening’s readings at the Tranzac Club’s Tiki Room in Toronto are by Leanne Dunic, Grace O’Connell, Catherine Hernandez and Danez Smith.

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b)

he heard snatches of comment
going up from the river bank

all them injuns is people first
and besides for this buckskin

why we even shoot at them
and seems like a sign of warm

dead as a horse friendship
and time to pedal their eyes

to lean out and say the truth3
all you injuns is just white keys

from Rings

Problem is our armpits and crotches are feathered
with cobwebs. Problem is she leaks soft-boiled eggs
or I package seedless grapes. Problem is her parents
made us wait until that had crossed the width
of my nose. Problem is she has a migraine. Problem is
we did not want children. Problem is we did
not want each other until too late. Problem is I can’t be
late for work in the morning. Problem is this morning
she says she dreamt she was holding a sandwich bag
of crickets. Problem is I am already late and listening
to the weather. Problem is we don’t speak
to the problem. Problem is the school bus
that stops in front of our townhouse just as I’m reversing

the problem is we don’t know who

But we did not want children. But we did
not want a townhouse either. But we got
a townhouse in a field of children with round
dimpled faces. But we did not want girls.
But we saw them in ribbon and crinoline
at church. But we did not want boys. But
we saw them squeezing frogs near the ravine.
But we did not want children. But they knocked
on our door with UNICEF cartons and chocolate
almonds. But we did not buy. But we bought.
But they wore soccer uniforms and ballet leotards
under their winter coats. But they sat in their mother’s
car as she dropped off the Avon. But we were surrounded by

pregnant women who grew round around

Or we could get a Pekingese. Give me children, or else I die.
Or a Siamese cat. Give me children, or else I die. Or we could
redecorate with glass and steel and pointy corners
in the best modern way. Give me children, or else I die. Or else
move to a ch-ching penthouse. Give me children,
or else I die.
Or throw parties and serve canapés. Give me
children, or else I die.
Or travel by train from farther to further
every spring. Give me children, or else I die. Or we could spend
the evenings counting our gold. Give me children, or else
I die.
Or become the cool aunt and uncle. Give me children,
or else I die.
Or sponsor a child or buy a goat. Give me children,
or else I die.
Or buy a hybrid or recycle more or run
a shelter or feed the poor or bike for cancer or knit for preemies

or else give me children or else give me children

The PEN Pinter Prize 2017: Michael Longley

Title: The PEN Pinter Prize 2017: Michael Longley

Date: October 10, 2017

Location: London, England
Description: The 2017 PEN Pinter Prize – the annual prize in memory of Nobel-laureate playwright Harold Pinter – will be awarded to Michael Longley. He will be presented with the prize at this event and deliver an address. A limited edition booklet containing the presentation will be published by Faber & Faber and available to the audience at the event.

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Fog Lit Festival

Title: Fog Lit Festival

Start Date: September 27, 2017
End Date: October 1, 2017

Location: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Description: Fog Lit is a not for profit festival for readers and writers of all ages. They offer a modern all inclusive family festival, providing an exciting lineup of mainstream events, workshops, panel discussions and readings. Fog Lit Festival’s aim is to encourage reading and writing, while recognizing the achievements of many talented Atlantic Canadian writers.

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