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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 17, 2021

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Tongo Eisen-Martin

Not only are the poems of Tongo Eisen-Martin's 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Heaven Is All Goodbyes gripping on the page, but they are astounding and compelling to hear presented by the poet. We were so fortunate to do just that during the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize readings ...

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 10, 2021

Night-black silver, January’s luminous

Per Brask and Patrick Friesen, translating from the Danish written by Ulrikka S. Gernes

We have found the perfect poem with which to start a new year in which we're all investing with particular hope. The poem opening with the charmingly enigmatic line "Night-black silver, January's luminous" comes from Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments, composed in Danish by Ulrikka S. Gernes, translated into English by Canadian poet/translators Per Brask and Patrick Friesen.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
January 3, 2021

Her Birthday as Ashes in Seawater

Sharon Olds

The title "Her Birthday as Ashes in Seawater" makes pretty clear what this selection from Sharon Olds' 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Arias is about. What will reassure you that you should venture into the poem, even knowing it is about an observation in conjunction with someone's death, is that Olds will find a way to affirm life even as she looks unflinchingly at the ritual.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
December 27, 2020

Glass Box

Michael Longley

Let's visit again the poem "Glass Box" from The Stairwell by Michael Longley, winner of the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. This poem both hearkens back and looks from a present day perspective at historical events that have informed a significant part of Longley's work - the First World War.

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Poem of the Week ( View Archives )
December 20, 2020

poem for your pocket

Doyali Islam

In a brief CBC interview, poet Doyali Islam packed in a plethora of rich insights into her 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection heft and her creative process, as well as potent advice for aspiring poets.

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The books and poets of the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

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Tree Reading Series featuring Xandria Phillips & Cassandra Myers

Universal Poem

The Sunshine Review submission deadline

2021 Griffin Poetry Prize deadline (2 of 2) for entries

The Moth Poetry Prize submission deadline

The Caribbean Writer Volume 35 – A Tribute to Kamau Brathwaite submission deadline

2021 Frog Hollow Chapbook Contest submission deadline

Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest early bird submission deadline

StoryTown 2020 Poetry Competition submission deadline

Arc’s December Award of Awesomeness submission deadline

“Nicely Folded Paper – Cinq” Pamphlet Competition submission deadline

The Bergman Prize submissions open

Poetry Lit – Online Reading Series

A Peek at Poetry! 2

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The Giller Prize Book Club reads How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Macdonald and Posner at the (online) Art Bar Poetry Series

The Poetry Kit International Poetry Competition 2021 submission deadline

#todayspoem

FERAL: A Journal of Poetry & Art (Love issue) submission deadline

Panic – Free Poetry

An Evening With Giller Winner Souvankham Thammavongsa

Words out Loud Spoken Word/Poetry Series

Planet Earth Poetry: Evelyn Lau

Planet Earth Poetry: Evelyn Lau

In/Verse Monthly Poetry Reading

How to End Poems

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Camille Dungy, Dorianne Laux & Joe Millar

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Centre Culturel Irlandais Artist Residency application deadline

The Long Poem: Canisia Lubrin and Klara du Plessis

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Creative Writing for Wellbeing: Long Covid

Pandemic Response Reading Series presents Ian Williams and Lauren Carter

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2021 submission deadline

filling Station Issue 76 submission deadline

Aftermath Reading #1: Nabila Lovelace, Nathan Osorio, Natalie Shapero

Lipservice by The Estuary Collective

Poetry and Trauma – poetry writing class

Young Poets Network – Let’s Work Together: A Collaborative Challenge submission deadline

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Marilyn Manolakas & Robin Black

2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival (virtual)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote by Tongo Eisen-Martin

Speakeasy Reading Series – Nguyen, Richardson, Sloane, Ho, Lee-Popham, Cook

2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival (virtual)

2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival (virtual)

Poetry London Readings – Irfan Ali / Shane Rhodes

2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival (virtual)

2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival (virtual)

2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival (virtual)

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Matthew Zapruder, Jill Osier & Dilruba Ahmed

Hart House Literary Contest submission deadline

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10th Annual Robin Blaser Poetry Contest submission deadline

ReLit Awards submission deadline

Spontaneous Poetry Writing Webinar

Virtual Summer Teachers Institute 2021 — Poetry in an Antiracist Classroom proposal submission deadline

Ontario Culture Days Creatives in Residence proposal submission deadline

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition, 2021 submission deadline

Alaska Quarterly Review Benefit Reading Series: Melinda Moustakis, Hananah Zaheer & Arna Bontemps Hemenway

Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest submission deadline

2021 FOLD Festival Program submission deadline

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African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song Poetry Reading

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