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.
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!
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.
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!
Can we say that word yet? Can we write that word yet? The word we dare not loose for fear of reprisal from the weather gods? Maybe. In between all the things people ask of us we think of tank tops, flip flops, and patio beers. And when that certain word DOES finally write itself, what shall we do to mark the occasion?
April is National Poetry Month. That may mean something special in some circles, but what does it mean in daily life for the average person? It may mean noticing the way the sun falls between buildings at 7pm. It may mean listening to and appreciating the subtle beauty of the human voice in the air – not spoken poetry per se, but just words, how our familiars say things. Perhaps it means re-reading Dickinson or Eliot. It may dictate a trip to the poetry section of Audrey’s books. For some it means contemplating the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist and wondering why their favourite poet isn’t on it. For most, we suspect, this month dedicated to poetry is about noticing words with a little more intensity than usual. If you want to get heady about it, you may come to believe that “Poetry is a characteristic of reality, echoing in every human tongue.” (Bringhurst) Poetry is out there without us…we just grab it by the hind leg from time to time.
More prosaically: We’ve added a new event since we first announced and posted or schedule. It’s called Build a Book, and it’s presented in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library and Eilizabeth Withey, the EPL’s current Writer in Residence. The event takes place in the EPL’s Maker Space at the downtown Milner Library. The event features the Espresso Book Machine, and selected participants will have their work published in a slim chapbook. Check the event page for complete details and submission guidelines.
Enjoy spring’s fickle gifts, #yeg. We’ll see you out on the streets.