Edmonton Poetry Festival

Title: Edmonton Poetry Festival

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Description: The Edmonton Poetry Festival kicked off in 2006, with the help of Edmonton’s then-poet-laureate Alice Major and an organizing committee representing a wide range of poetry groups in the city. With annual increases in funding and participation, the festival welcomed visits from many poets laureate and added school programs and other events such as Concrete Poetry, Blinks, Stand-up Poetry on street corners and more.

Learn more here.

Start Date: April 22, 2012
End Date: April 29, 2012

Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Title: Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Location: Salem, Massachusetts, US
Description: Celebrating its fourth festival in 2012, Massachusetts Poetry Festival showcases a variety of extraordinary local and regional poets, and engages the public through poetry readings, interactive workshops, panel discussions, music, film and visual arts, and performances geared toward a diverse statewide audience.

Learn more about the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and other related initiatives here.

Start Date: April 20, 2012
End Date: April 22, 2012

Wenlock Poetry Festival

Title: Wenlock Poetry Festival

Location: Much Wenlock & Shropshire, UK
Description: Wenlock Poetry Festival is fast becoming one of the top poetry festivals in the UK. Though only in its third year, it is already attracting some of the very best poets and performers writing and working today. At the same time, the festival encourage performances by up-and-coming poets and showcases local poets too. The festival also offers a wide range of workshops for adults, children and young people encouraging creativity for all participants.

Learn more here.

Start Date: April 13, 2012
End Date: April 15, 2012

2012 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist announced

Title: 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist announced

Description: Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry and David Young, trustee, announced the International and Canadian shortlist for this year’s prize. Judges Heather McHugh (USA), David O’Meara (Canada) and Fiona Sampson (England) each read 481 books of poetry, from 37 countries, including 19 translations.

Read all the details here.

Date: April 10, 2012


Title: Versefest

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: VERSe Ottawa is a collective of Ottawa organizations who curate and produce reading and performance series. One of the principal strengths of VERSe is the inclusion of both traditional written- and spoken word poetry groups.

Learn more here.

Start Date: February 28, 2012
End Date: March 4, 2012

National Poetry Month (US and Canada)

Title: National Poetry Month (US and Canada)

Description: National Poetry Month is a month-long celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and observed since 1999 in Canada. As the Academy of American Poets states, National Poetry Month is meant to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to the nation’s complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. National Poetry Month events and initiatives increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.

Learn more about National Poetry Month via the Academy of American Poets and the League of Canadian Poets.

Start Date: April 1, 2012
End Date: April 30, 2012

Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka

Title: Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka

Location: Galle, Sri Lanka
Description: The Galle Literary Festival was inaugurated in 2006. Since then it has been held annually and hosted writers such as the late Arthur C. Clarke, Gore Vidal, Vikram Seth, Germaine Greer, Tom Stoppard, Sir Richard Dawkins, Joanna Trollope, Romesh Gunasekera and many more.

Learn more about the festival here.

Start Date: January 18, 2012
End Date: January 22, 2012