The Edmonton Poetry Festival

The Poetry Route Glides Into Winter

New winter-themed poetry can be found on Edmonton Transit buses! The latest round of bus poems features work from Edmonton-area students and will be displayed in ETS buses and LRT cars through mid-March. Details here →

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You're Invited to Bohemian Date Night - Aug 13, 2015

July 30, 2015

The Edmonton Poetry Festival and the Devonian Botanic Garden invite you to…

Oh So Bohemian Date Night.
Thursday August 13, 2015
Devonian Botanic Garden Directions
Adult admission – $13.50
Senior admission (65+) – $9.75

Please join us for a special summer gathering in the natural splendor of the Devonian Botanic Garden for a poetry picnic! The poetry stage is on at 6:30pm with performances by Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, Pierrette Requier and laureate emerita Alice Major. Alice will be reading from her new collection Standard Candles (UofA Press). An open mic will follow, so bring your best two minute poem to share.

Bohemian Date Night features performances by world-travelling violinist Cam Neufeld, percussionist extraordinaire Ahmed Al Auquaily, and tantalizing belly dancer Elvira take place at 7:30pm following the PoFest poetry stage.

This special summer gathering is included as part of Date Night at the Garden, which takes place every Thursday June to August, 6pm till dusk with a different pleasure each week. On August 13, the Garden celebrates the bohemian spirit with Oh So Boho Bohemian Date Night. In honour of poetry writers and lovers, the Garden welcomes members of the Edmonton Poetry Festival Society with 1/2 price admission for this evening. Members must show their membership card to receive the 1/2 price admittance. The discount does not apply to non-members.

Bring your picnic basket or purchase soulful food from the Patio Café. The Garden Bar will also be open at the performance site.

Please join us for an evening bursting at the seams with the spirit of poetry. Performances happen rain or shine, beginning at 6:30pm. Allow for a 10 minute walk to the picnic and performance area. Dress for your outdoor comfort.

The Devonian Botanic Garden is located 5 km north of Devon on Hwy 60, approx. 15 minutes SW of Edmonton. Here’s a link for directions:

Bus Poem Submission Call - The City's Changing Face

July 02, 2015

With Canada Day under our belts, it’s time to take stock of Edmonton’s place in this great nation of ours. The True North Strong and Free, The Republic of Alberta, Where The Prairie Meets the Mountains, Treaty 6 Land, Dirt City, Deadmonton, City of Champions, or The Boreal Forest. No matter how we are defined, that definition is shaped by our stories and our poetry.

Submissions for the upcoming flight of the Poetry Route, a project that places poetry on Edmonton Transit busses and trains, are now open. The theme is “The City’s Changing Face”, and we want to read your poetic stories of how much this city is changing / has changed.

Here is the official submission call. Check out the parameters and guidelines and get some poems together. The deadline for submissions is July 24, 2015.

Cafe Readings Schedule Posted

April 22, 2015

Edmonton Poetry Festival 2015

Hello all! We hope you’re enjoying the festival so far. So many great events, so many great poets. It makes one dizzy (or, maybe it’s the Whiskey).

Just a quick heads up: The schedule for the 2015 Cafe readings event, happening on Sunday April 26, has just been posted. Check it out, and download it HERE. Our downtown will be filled with poets and words during this event, the festival’s traditional closing movement. See you there!

Welcome to the 2015 Festival!

April 19, 2015

Edmonton Poetry Festival 2015 Spring brings bounty; new life. It brings yard-bound surprises and playful turns of phrase. Spring arrives with a rake in one hand and a Mary Oliver poem in the other. It brings light and soft weight. Buds, bulbs, blooms, buzzes. Senseless alliteration, and bold rhyme. It tells you to get moving. It says begin now.

Welcome to #pofest15, #yeg’s first big festival of the year, The Edmonton Poetry Festival! Our lovely early spring has made the arrival the Festival sweeter than usual. The community is jazzed and energized – maybe even a bit drunk on sunshine and warmth. Everyone is pumped to brush away winter’s sad leavings and bring on the beauty of the season. So let’s do this thing.

There are many great events at this year’s fest, and you should certainly check the schedule for the rundown. A few highlights:

Today, Sunday April 19: The day starts early with a Haiku Workshop at the Devonian Garden, then moves on to High Noon, a spotlight on some hot local talent. At 2pm, allow yourself the luxury of a Most Beautiful Deception down at La Cité Francophone. At 5 o’clock, you can catch some visual art and poetry at The First Metaphor, featuring poetry by Kelly Shepherd and woodcuts by BC artist Alison Kubbos. At at 7pm, take a trip to the inner city with Gary Garrison and friends at Gettin’ Gritty Inner City.

Monday April 20 holds two interesting events. Join Liz Withey, the Edmonton Public Library’s Writer in Residence, in an event called Build a Book as she and local poets publish their work using the EPL’s Espresso Book Machine. And Monday night brings our wildly popular Gone With The Blinks event, wherein 60 poets each crush out a 30-second poem. It’s an energetic way to spend a Monday evening!

We’ll have more as the week progresses – reviews, pics, previews, the lot. Keep ‘er locked here for your festival news!

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