Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XXXVII

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

Date: February 23, 2016

shabe-sherLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto, for more than two years 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. The featured poets this evening are Jimmy McInnes and Zeinab Aidid.

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Freedom to Read Week

Title: Freedom to Read Week

Start Date: February 21, 2016
End Date: February 27, 2016

freedom-to-read2Location: Canada
Description: Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

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Canadian Literature Centre Poetry Contest submission deadline

Title: Canadian Literature Centre Poetry Contest submission deadline

Date: February 12, 2016

canlit-centreLocation: Alberta, Canada
Description: Focused this year on the theme of conversation, the Canadian Literature Centre Poetry Contest is open to all students of the University of Alberta. The contest will reward the best original poem in French and in English. The winning poems will be announced at the annual CLC Research Seminar on February 29, 2016, and will be published on the CLC web site and in Glass Buffalo‘s summr issue.

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de Leeuw at Tree Reading Series

Title: de Leeuw at Tree Reading Series

Date: March 8, 2016

tree-reading-seriesLocation: 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 reading by Sarah de Leeuw, followed by an extended open mic.

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Bristol Poetry Prize 2015 submission deadline

Title: Bristol Poetry Prize 2015 submission deadline

Date: February 12, 2016

poetry-canDescription: The Bristol Poetry Prize is organised by Poetry Can. Founded in Bristol in 1995, Poetry Can is the poetry development agency for the South West and one of the key poetry organisations in the U.K. Bristol Poetry Festival supports the work of local, national and international poets and performers as well as providing a showcase for poetry/education projects developed by poets working with groups in the community in Bristol. By entering the Bristol Poetry Prize, writers will be directly supporting Bristol Poetry Festival.

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#twitterpoetryclub

Title: #twitterpoetryclub

Date: February 29, 2016

Description: #TwitterPoetryClub meets on Twitter, on alternating Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST. Their formula is pretty simple: members share beloved or interesting poems by posting the poet’s name, hashtagging “TwitterPoetryClub” and including an image of the poem and/or a link to the full text. Once a poem is posted, everyone is free to discuss the work, retweet, and share more poems. Members can also subscribe to meeting minutes, which include links to the books where shared poems can be found, at tinyletter.com/twitterpoetryclub.

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#twitterpoetryclub

Title: #twitterpoetryclub

Date: February 15, 2016

Description: #TwitterPoetryClub meets on Twitter, on alternating Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST. Their formula is pretty simple: members share beloved or interesting poems by posting the poet’s name, hashtagging “TwitterPoetryClub” and including an image of the poem and/or a link to the full text. Once a poem is posted, everyone is free to discuss the work, retweet, and share more poems. Members can also subscribe to meeting minutes, which include links to the books where shared poems can be found, at tinyletter.com/twitterpoetryclub.

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#twitterpoetryclub

Title: #twitterpoetryclub

Date: February 1, 2016

Description: #TwitterPoetryClub meets on Twitter, on alternating Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST. Their formula is pretty simple: members share beloved or interesting poems by posting the poet’s name, hashtagging “TwitterPoetryClub” and including an image of the poem and/or a link to the full text. Once a poem is posted, everyone is free to discuss the work, retweet, and share more poems. Members can also subscribe to meeting minutes, which include links to the books where shared poems can be found, at tinyletter.com/twitterpoetryclub.

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Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2016 Contest submission deadline

Title: Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2016 Contest submission deadline

Date: April 1, 2016

rclas-logoLocation: Canada
Description: Founded in 2012 in New Westminster, BC, Royal Literary Arts Society (RCLAS) is a vibrant community of writers in the Lower Mainland and beyond. RCLAS has once again flung open the doors for aspiring writers to submit their best efforts in any of three writing genres (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) for the Society’s annual Contest.

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marek-kazmierski

Half-Term

Sliding down our frozen hill
on sacks stuffed full of hay,
we swallow clumps of air, pieces
of sky, slaloming border posts.
I empty my moon-boots of icy shards,
my soaked gloves stiffening,
and again run up the mound as if entranced,
hoping all of half-term will be like this.

My Mont Blanc is melting with all this friction.
The sun fading faster than adrenaline
from our flaming cheeks.
Torches come peering through bushes.
Someone shouts: – Go home! – so we go.
Eyes freezing over like tiny planets.