Category Archives: International Events

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) 5th Anniversary

Title: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) 5th Anniversary

Date: November 28, 2017

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, the featured poets are Jacob McArthur Mooney and Ifrah Hussain and the featured musicians are Daniel Robinson and Yvonne Choi.

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Pivot Readings with Del Bucchia, Gordon and Nolan

Title: Pivot Readings with Del Bucchia, Gordon and Nolan

Date: November 1, 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 Dina Del Bucchia, E Martin Nolan and Spencer Gordon.

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Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize reading with Gjertrud Schnackenberg and Mike White

Title: Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize reading with Gjertrud Schnackenberg and Mike White

Date: November 6, 2017

Location: Washington, DC, US
Description: The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is awarded annually by The Waywiser Press for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse. The award includes publication with a $3,000 prize. Prize judge Gjertrud Schnackenberg and prize winner Mike White will read.

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When I Sat Down to Play the Piano: Compositions Inspired by the Poetry of Al Purdy

Title: When I Sat Down to Play the Piano: Compositions Inspired by the Poetry of Al Purdy

Date: November 5, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Gerry Shatford Trio will perform and poet Paul Vermeersch will narrate in an event for which all proceeds will be donated to the Al Purdy A Frame Trust.

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Walt Whitman Award submission deadline

Title: Walt Whitman Award submission deadline

Date: November 1, 2017

Location: US
Description: The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and distribution of the winning book to thousands of Academy of American Poets members.

This year’s judge for the Walt Whitman Award is Joy Harjo.

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Call For Poets: the TheoArtistry Poets’ Scheme

Title: Call For Poets: the TheoArtistry Poets’ Scheme

Date: October 31, 2017

Description: This project offers poets the opportunity to work with Michael Symmons Roberts, Sir James MacMillan and researchers from ITIA (the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts) on a new poem during StAnza 2018. Poets are invited to apply for the TheoArtistry Poets’ Scheme, a collaboration between StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and ITIA, both based in St Andrews, Fife.

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A Celebration of 10 Years of The Best Canadian Poetry

Title: A Celebration of 10 Years of The Best Canadian Poetry

Date: October 29, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Chosen from the first nine volumes of this innovative series, the anniversary volume takes the pulse of the last decade of Canadian poetry with ninety superb poems that have excelled—twice—at the test of Best. Join series editors Molly Peacock and Anita Lahey, previous guest editors, and a constellation of Canada’s twice-tested poet-contributors for a special tribute to ten stellar years of this landmark series.

Participants include Peter Chiykowski, George Elliott Clarke, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Cara-Lyn Morgan, A.F. Moritz, Elizabeth Ross, David Seymour, Bardia Sinaee, Karen Solie, Carmine Starnino and Priscila Uppal.

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