National Poetry Month celebration with Olds, Rohrer, Smith and more

Title: National Poetry Month celebration with Olds, Rohrer, Smith and more

Date: April 28, 2015

poetry-society-americaLocation: New York, New York, US
Description: The Poetry Society of America joins Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in hosting a poetry bash for National Poetry Month, with support from media sponsors Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Poets, and Wave Books. Readings by Rickey Laurentiis, Cate Marvin, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer, Danez Smith, and Wendy Xu.

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Friesen, Rogal and Moritz at the art bar poetry series

Title: Friesen, Rogal and Moritz at the art bar poetry series

Date: April 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 Patrick Friesen, Stan Rogal and A.F. Moritz.

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Colman, French and Harmon at the art bar poetry series

Title: Colman, French and Harmon at the art bar poetry series

Date: April 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 offering features Robert Colman, Ian French and Tracy Hamon.

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marek-kazmierski

Spring, 1986

The night was heavy, but the air was alive.
Mike Oldfield

At night, the Chernobyl cloud fell
across pastures. Thyroids swelled.
The pond glowed with murmuring iodine,
swallows kissing crooked mirrors.

The radio kept playing “Moonlight Shadow”.
In the barn, a girl guide from the city started
a club for virgins. Smoking menthols,
we took lessons in preparing for conjugal
life from copies of Playboy instead.

There would be no other end to the world,
and yet it kept coming, like cramps
and acne, until I discovered
spots of dark blood in my underwear.

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

Title: Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

Start Date: May 21, 2015
End Date: May 23, 2015

spring-pulse-poetry-festivalLocation: Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Spring Pulse Poetry Festival (northern Ontario’s largest annual poetry/arts event) returns in 2015 for its eighth year. The festival has a mandate to share poetry in public places. Last year, poets read in Extendicare facilities, in a Grade 8 classroom and other local schools, in hospital settings and more.

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Slovakian Poetry Translation Workshop with the Scottish Poetry Library

Title: Slovakian Poetry Translation Workshop with the Scottish Poetry Library

Date: May 18, 2015

scottish-poetry-libraryLocation: Glasgow, Scotland
Description: The Scottish Poetry Library and the Edwin Morgan Trust have come together to host three Slovakian/Slovakia-based poets and three Scottish poets for a weekend of translating and exchanging poetry, experiences and exciting new ideas. Come to hear them talk about the process and to enjoy the fruits of their labours.

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Lit POP 2015 submission deadline

Title: Lit POP 2015 submission deadline

Date: July 1, 2015

lit-popLocation: Canada, US
Description: The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have once again joined forces to offer North America’s most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for great stories and poems that really pop. Winners will get their work published in Matrix, and get free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honor.

This year’s judges are George Saunders (Fiction) and Damian Rogers (Poetry).

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Birthdate of poet WB Yeats – 150th anniversary

Title: Birthdate of poet WB Yeats – 150th anniversary

Date: June 13, 2015

yeats-2015Description: William Butler Yeats was one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20th century and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. Yeats 2015 is a year long event taking place, not only across the poet’s home country of Ireland, but around the world.

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Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín

Title: Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín

Start Date: July 11, 2015
End Date: July 18, 2015

Location: Medellin, Colombia
Description: The Medellín International Poetry Festival aims to strengthen the climate of peace and reconciliation of the Colombian people and to expand the dialogue and visionary spirit of poetry,in a city sorely affected and segmented by complex social problems. This year’s events will celebrate the festival’s first 25 years.

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Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate nomination deadline

Title: Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate nomination deadline

Date: July 3, 2015

parliament-canadaLocation: Canada
Description: As explained in the Parliament of Canada Act, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate may:

  • write poetry, especially for use in Parliament on important occasions
  • sponsor poetry readings
  • advise the Parliamentary Librarian regarding the Library’s collection and acquisitions to enrich its cultural materials, and,
  • perform other related duties at the request of the Speaker of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Commons, or the Parliamentary Librarian.

The Poet is free to determine his or her specific activities within these parameters.

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