Poetry Institute for Educators at Boston University submission deadline

Title: Poetry Institute for Educators at Boston University submission deadline

Date: July 6, 2015

favorite-poem-projectLocation: Boston, Massachusetts, US
Description: The Favorite Poem Project, in cooperation with the Boston University School of Education, is accepting applications for the 14th annual Poetry Institute for Educators at Boston University, July 20-24, 2015. They invite teachers and teacher/administrator teams across grade levels—elementary, middle and high school—to apply. The Institute seeks a range of participants: new and experienced teachers, those who enjoy teaching poetry and those who’ve shied away from it.

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Dorothy Wordsworth’s Canada Day Poetry Party

Title: Dorothy Wordsworth’s Canada Day Poetry Party

Date: July 1, 2015

Location: Grasmere, UK
Description: A day of readings and discussions to celebrate contemporary poetry, and make links between literary communities in Britain and Canada. This is the last in a series of Knowledge Exchange events funded by a grant from Lancaster University’s Faculty of Art and Social Science Enterprise scheme, and kindly hosted by The Wordsworth Trust at a time when the future of contemporary poetry events in Grasmere is uncertain. This event brings together four poets associated (more or less) with Toronto, with four poets whose development has been supported in various ways by The Wordsworth Trust. They are:

  • Karen Solie
  • Damian Rogers
  • Wanda O’Connor
  • Megan Fernandes
  • Eileen Pun
  • Emily Hasler
  • Penny Boxall
  • Kim Moore

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Theme: Change // Stasis Arts Night

Title: Theme: Change // Stasis Arts Night

Date: July 9, 2015

Location: London, England
Description: Theme is a monthly cross-disciplinary arts night in Peckham in which poets, artists, musicians, and stand-up comedians come together to tackle a changing monthly theme. This month sees Jack Underwood, Mark Waldron, Rachel Long, Pierre Novellie, Ahir Shah and more TBA take on Change and Stasis.

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When Eyes Are on Me

I am a scrappy old lion
who’s wandered into a Christian square
quavering with centuries of forged bells.
The cobblestones make my feet ache.

I walk big-shouldered, my head raised
proudly. I smell the blood of a king.
The citizens can only see a minotaur in a maze.
I know more than a lion should know.

My roar goes back to the Serengeti,
to when a savannah was craggy ice,
but now it only frightens pigeons from a city stoop.
They believe they know my brain’s contours & grammar.

Don’t ask me how I know the signs engraved
on a sundial, the secret icons behind a gaze.
I wish their crimes hadn’t followed me here.
I can hear their applause in the dusty citadel.

I know what it took to master the serpent
& wheel, the crossbow & spinal tap.
Once, I was a leopard beside a stone gate.
I am a riddle to be unraveled. I am not

& I am. When their eyes are on me
I become whatever is judged badly.
I circle the park. Hunger shapes
my keen sense of smell, a lifetime ahead.

They will follow my paw prints
till they’re lost in snow at dusk.
If I walk in circles, I hide from my shadow.
They plot stars to know where to find me.

I am a prodigal bird perched on the peak
of a guardhouse. I have a message
for Fate. The sunlight has shown me
the guns, & their beautiful sons are deadly.

Rogers, Burgham and Flaherty at the art bar poetry series

Title: Rogers, Burgham and Flaherty at the art bar poetry series

Date: July 28, 2015

art-barLocation: 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 Kate Rogers, Ian Burgham and Kate Marshall Flaherty.

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Poetry and Music Night at the art bar poetry series

Title: Poetry and Music Night at the art bar poetry series

Date: July 21, 2015

art-barLocation: 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 event is mostly an open mic night, hosted by Cynthia Gould, with special musical guest Romeo Satin. Participants are asked to bring a love song, and read it as a poem, just the lyrics without music.

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Johnstone, Lanthier and derkson at the art bar poetry series

Title: Johnstone, Lanthier and derkson at the art bar poetry series

Date: July 14, 2015

art-barLocation: 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 Jim Johnstone, Kateri Lanthier and dalton derkson.

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Mockler, Cayley and Bouchard at the art bar poetry series

Title: Mockler, Cayley and Bouchard at the art bar poetry series

Date: July 7, 2015

art-barLocation: 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 Kathryn Mockler, Kate Cayley and JC Bouchard.

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Calgary Public Library author in residence application deadline

Title: Calgary Public Library author in residence application deadline

Date: June 30, 2015

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Description: The Calgary Public Library invites applications for the position of Author in Residence for the fall of 2016, subject to funding approval. The program is based at the Central Library.

The residency is designed to champion the joy of reading, foster an understanding of the craft of writing and connect readers and writers. Planned activities include individual consultations, delivery of writing programs and workshops, public readings and an opportunity to work on his/her own projects during the residency. The Author in Residence acts as a mentor to emerging and established writers in the community, reviewing manuscripts and providing information and advice about all aspects of writing and publishing.

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Lexical.ca Launch Party

Title: Lexical.ca Launch Party

Date: July 15, 2015

lexicalcaLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Lexical.ca, aiming to be Canada’s most comprehensive online resource for writers and publishers, goes live on Canada Day (July 1st)! The site’s creators are celebrating this occasion with a launch party on July 15th at the Dora Keogh Irish Pub in Toronto. It’s touted as THE summer networking event for writers in 2015, it’s free and there are complimentary appetizers. How can you resist?!

Learn more and RSVP here.

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