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The People’s Poetry Festival

Word art pops up on the street, in cafes, and in creative centres

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Word lovers rejoice, Calgary’s own ode to the art of poetry returns with this one-day long festival of walks, workshops, performances, art shows, and readings.

Hosted by Loft 112 and LimeLighter, here’s your opportunity to take in page poetry, spoken word, music and artwork, DIY poetry stations, open mics, and poetry education.

Not sure where to start? Here are our not-to-be-missed picks:

Poetry as Party Trick: Watching the Morph

September 9, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30am
Phil & Sebastian, Simmons Building (2nd floor, 618 Confluence Way SE)

A workshop with Vivian Hansen, The Poem as Party Trick offers to writers a flexible moment of comprehension, and apprehension. Join this group of like-minded friends and party with poetry.

Finding our Words: Poetry Writing for Children

September 9, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Suitable for ages seven to 12, this family workshop brings together children and adults to play with words and language. Use your hearts, minds, and senses to create and bring new poems into the world. Bring a journal or some paper, and something to write with, all children require an adult to attend with them.

Hear the Poetry at Hear’s My Soul

September 9, 2017, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Hear’s My Soul Cafe (107, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Join host Brina Slager for an afternoon featuring poetry by Pam Clark, Adrienne Adams, Jackie Seidel, Laurie Roadhouse, David Martin, Katherine Holm ,and Brina Slager as well as music by  Midnight Yoga for Alcoholics, Flint & Feather, Chris Geran and Drew Jones. There’s even a open mic for you to share your own.

Poetry Battles in the Square

September 9, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00pm
5th Street Square (7th Ave. & 5th St. SE)

Drop by anytime and participate in poetry battles that challenge your rhymes, beats, figurative language, spelling, and who-said-it-know how. Come as a team or come alone and join up with other hungry poets for this fun afternoon.

Woolf HOWling with Adrienne

September 9, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Rosso Coffee Roasters, Studio Bell (850 4th St. SE)

Explore writing from your guts in the ever present now, what being present means seeing what words, sounds, and observations come into awareness and write and/or share.

Found Poetry with Pam Clark

September 9, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00pm
Meet in front of Mari’s Bakehouse (529 Riverfront Ave. SE)

How do we find poetry? Where do we find poetry? Explore the neighbourhood and create a poetic soundscape with Pam Clark.

Poetry Dive

September 9, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Dive into diverse poets and poetry as The People’s Poetry Festival’s evening event brings together a stunning lineup of poets including readings from Eden Middleton, Micheline Maylor, Erin Vance, Mel Vee, Erin Dingle, and Wakefield Brewster.

The People’s Poetry Festival runs from 10:00am to 10:00pm on September 9, 2017 at various locations throughout the East Village.