Category Archives: International Events

National Poetry Month.ca

Title: National Poetry Month.ca

Start Date: April 1, 2018
End Date: April 30, 2018

Description: Amanda Earl of AngelHousePress started NationalPoetryMonth.ca in 2009 as an alternative to institutionalized celebrations of poetry with the goal of expanding preconceived notions of what poetry is or means. NationalPoetryMonth.ca is a celebration of the nation of poetry. Poetry is a land of risk, play, meditation, provocation and delight. It cannot be contained within borders and should not be restricted by boundaries of any kind. Through the month of April, you will find poems that explore boundaries and break through barriers. The creators of these poems come from all over the world. Ideally the poems will inspire more poetry, will serve to continue the conversation that poetry creates, a conversation that is not limited by time, place, form, age, gender, sexual orientation, political orientation, religion or financial constraints. The site is free and all of the poets have graciously given their poems without payment in any type of currency except your reading pleasure.

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Catriona Wright and Spencer Gordon at Tree Reading Series

Title: Catriona Wright and Spencer Gordon at Tree Reading Series

Date: May 8, 2018

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features a workshop on a topic to be announced with Jeff Blackman, readings by Catriona Wright and Spencer Gordon, and then an open mic.

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Ronna Bloom at Tree Reading Series

Title: Ronna Bloom at Tree Reading Series

Date: April 10, 2018

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features a workshop on a topic to be announced with Cyril Dabydeen, a reading by Ronna Bloom, and then an open mic.

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Tree Press Chapbook Contest submission deadline

Title: Tree Press Chapbook Contest submission deadline

Date: January 15, 2018

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: This contest is for those who come to keep the seats warm at The Tree Reading Series, those who come to the Seed workshops, or are regulars at the Tree open mic readings. The prize is now $250 and ten copies of your chapbook!

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Barrington Bards – Poetry Writing Class

Title: Barrington Bards – Poetry Writing Class

Date: January 17, 2018

Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Description: For those interested in developing their own poetry, Donny O’Rourke is offering a new class open to poets at every level of ability, experience and ambition. This exciting new class begins on Wednesday, 17th January, 2018, but enrolment is ongoing.

Donny’s many ‘graduates’ have gone on to gain praise, prizes and publication, with several students proceeding to Masters courses and Doctorates. Other writers simply enjoyed the camaraderie, stimulus and constructive candour of the task based, informal but never casual weekly meetings.

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NaHaiWriMo – National Haiku Writing Month

Title: NaHaiWriMo – National Haiku Writing Month

Start Date: February 1, 2018
End Date: February 28, 2018

Description: Write one haiku a day for the month of February! Why February? Because it’s the shortest month – for the world’s shortest genre of poetry. Join poets around the world who pledge to write at least one haiku a day for National Haiku Writing Month during the year’s shortest month. Or write haiku every day of every month, all year round, on the NaHaiWriMo site on Facebook, with daily writing prompts to inspire you.

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National Haiku Contest submission deadline

Title: National Haiku Contest submission deadline

Date: January 15, 2018

Location: Canada
Description: This award is a program created by the League of Canadian Poets’ National Council to promote the art of Haiku, and to celebrate Haiku Month in February! The winner of the Haiku contest will receive 10 t-shirts printed with the winning poem, and will have their work featured on the League’s website and social media. The winning poem will also be included in the 2018 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet, published internationally each April.

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the shadows are only beginning to reveal themselves – photography and text by Leslie Greentree

Title: the shadows are only beginning to reveal themselves – photography and text by Leslie Greentree

Start Date: January 5, 2018
End Date: February 10, 2018

Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Description: Writer Leslie Greentree debuts her first art show, triptychs of photos and text poking around themes of death and loss from oblique angles.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LVIX

Title: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LVIX

Date: January 30, 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 Canisia Lubrin and David C. Brydges.

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Gould, Barwell and Bozabalian at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Gould, Barwell and Bozabalian at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: January 23, 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 Cynthia Gould, Tom Barwell and Lara Bozabalian.

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