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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The Poetry Route Top 26

January 31, 2016

Poetry Route Winners announced!

Back in the fall of 2015, we opened submissions for The Poetry Route to school-aged youth in grades 6 to 12. We received some knockout entries, and the top four poems are now circulating on ETS vehicles as we speak. Thing is, we received SO MANY awesome submissions that we felt it would be a shame if they never reached a wider audience.

We’re pleased to publish the Top 26 submissions here on our website. You can read the poems here, and marvel at the talent and passion of E-Town’s youth.

Stay tuned for more details on the Edmonton Poetry Festival’s 2016 shindig – April 17 – 24, 2016.

Bus Poem Winners Announced

December 23, 2015

Poetry Route Winners announced!

The winners of the latest round of bus poems for The Poetry Route have been announced! This round was especially cool because the submission call was aimed at students in grades 6 to 12, and boy did we receive some knockout entries! It was tough to choose just four winners, but our judges were up for the task. We’re please to announce our four winners today, and here they are!

Twelve Little Kings
by Tiana Ranta – Grade 10

Misconceptions and Explorations
by Madura Shruti Katta – Grade 12

by Michelle Yang – Grade 10

pAUsE . PLaY . rEpEAT
by Joanna Chan – Grade 12

You can read the poems and the announcement here.. We’re pleased with the response this call received. It generated some great work, and we at the Edmonton Poetry Festival and The Poetry Route are proud to feature these wonderful poems by some of our up-and-coming young poets. Thank you to all the students who sent us their work! We received roughly two hundred submissions! We’d like to send a big round of thanks to our judging committee for all their time and thoughtful consideration in narrowing the two hundred entries down to four. Because of the number of poems submitted, we plan to showcase the top thirty on our website in the new year. We’ll keep you posted on when those poems will be available.

The Poetry Route places short poems into public transit vehicles. Three times a year we circulate a new flight of four poems in 800 ETS buses and LRT cars. Poems selected for the project, funded primarily by the Edmonton Arts Council, have the potential to be viewed millions of times by transit patrons.

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.

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