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    People's Poetry Festival

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    Yay. Yes. It's happening again. Calgary's favorite new festival. The PPF, returning to the streets of Kensington (and beyond) for its second run. Here's what's going to go down, in their words:

    "Showcasing local poets and poetry organizations, as well as amateur and aspiring poets and spoken word artists, the PPF seeks to tear apart the notion that poetry is reserved for academic elites and enlightened beatniks.

    Our free, three-day festival uses public and private space in the Kensington area to create an interactive and collaborative event that shares a love of poetry with everyone, young or old, tall or small. In bringing poetry directly to the people in a public format, we hope to build connections both between poets, artists and fans, but also within Calgary’s multifaceted communities."


    The weekend will feature:Jen Kunlire





    ...and a whole lot more. Things will kick off Friday, August 17, 6:30pm, at Pages Books on Kensington with a performance from this year's Poet of Honour - JEN KUNLIRE.

    Slam Summer Edition

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    Thursday July 26

    8:00pm - 11:00pm

    Auburn Saloon (115 9 Ave SE)


    If your brain is starting to melt down through the lull of summer Calgary's Ink Spot Collective may have the solution you need to snap from those dog day syndromes: poetic visitors from the southern hemisphere, Ink Spot Collective(where it's winter!). The Soles of Australia Tour features two Melbourne-based poets, Joel McKerrow and Michelle Dabrowski, who are hitting the road to show the world the powerful force of their spoken word scene.

    Victoria BC's award-winning spoken word performer Missie Peters will also grace the Auburn stage this Thursday. She is a two-time Victoria Slam Champion, the former slam master, one half of the improvised spoken word duo SpeakEasy and the director of Not Your Grandma's Poetry.

    Also on stage - YOU. It's a slam. Show up at 7:30 to sign up.

    Need to brush up on your slam skills? - Place a hold on Sheri-D WIlson's 'Spoken Word Workbook'...

    Crime Writers of Canada, Prairie divison

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    Arthur Ellis Shortlist Awards Event 2012

    Thursday, Apr 19

    6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Central Library - Main Floor South

    This Thursday the Crime Writers of Canada will host 5 simultaneous events across the country to celebrate the best in Canadian mystery.

    A panel discussion featuring Garry Ryan, Susan Calder, and Sharon Wildwind will precede the announcement of this year's Author Ellis shortlisted nominees.

    Sharon Wildwind

    Garry Ryan

    Susan Calder

    Register in person, by calling 403-260-2620 or online.


    For more information on the Arthur Ellis Awards, click here.

    To read the Writer's Nook interview with Garry Ryan (February 2012), click here.

    Kris Demeanor—Poet Laureate of Calgary

    by Janice - 0 Comment(s)

    Congratulations to Calgary's first poet laureate!

    From fourteen nominations in January to six shortlisted poets performing at the Poet Laureate Showcase to one:

    Kris Demeanor is Poet Laureate of Calgary.

    So now that we have a poet laureate: what exactly does that mean?

    Calgary Arts Development defined the poet laureate's role in their backgrounder:

    • On July 26, 2011 City Council approved a motion to establish the position of Poet Laureate for Calgary, funded by Poet Laureate Ambassadors from the private sector. The Poet Laureate will be appointed to a two-year term.
    • Calgary’s Poet Laureate will compose and present poetry for official City of Calgary occasions, raise awareness of local issues through commissioned works and act as an ambassador for the arts in Calgary.
    • The Poet Laureate position was created to be an advocate for Calgary artists to the citizens of Calgary.
    • The Poet Laureate produces literary work that is reflective of Calgary’s citizen’s landscape and/or civic identity and can raise awareness of local issues through their work.
    • The Calgary Poet Laureate will receive an annual honorarium of $10,000 over a two-year term.

    Other Canadian cities have had poet laureates; Toronto since 2001, Vancouver since 2006 and Edmonton since 2005.

    We look forward to experiencing Kris's future work in his poet laureate role. In the meantime, you can check out some of his CDs from the library (click on the album cover) and learn more about him on his website: Kris Demeanor

    Kris Demeanor Announced as Calgary Poet Laureate Calgary Arts Development

    Kris Demeanor named Calgary’s first poet laureate Calgary Herald

    Calgary's first poet laureate chosen CBC

    Hot, Red Hot Lineup at Flywheel this Thursday

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    Flywheel Reading Series

    Did you know that once a month Pages Books and filling Station magazine join forces to bring you the Flywheel Reading Series, featuring local emerging talent as well as some of Canada's best poets?

    They do!

    What is a flywheel, you ask?

    According to Oxford it is a "wheel with a heavy rim, attached to a revolving shaft, in order either to regulate the motion of the machinery, or to accumulate power."

    This month they've put together a very exciting lineup of poets. Here are the motion regulators and power accumulators:

    Christian Drake, Kirk Ramdath, Sandy Pool, and Jason Christie

    Thursday, March 8
    Pages Books on Kensington
    1135 Kensington Road NW


    Jason Christie's

    Exploding Into Night

    Sandy Pool's
    Exploding Into Night

    Love in a Handful of Dust

    Kirk Ramdath's
    Love in a Handful of Dust

    Calgary's First Poet Laureate

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    Six names have been shortlisted for the honour of Calgary's first poet laureate. It's hard to say exactly what this means, as this city has never had its own poet laureate, but that's the exciting part. We get to find out!

    The six poets will be appearing on Thursday, March 1 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Hotel Arts (119 12th Ave. SW) for a showcase of presentations and conversations hosted by Russell Bowers of CBC Radio's Daybreak Alberta. Until then, place a hold on the titles by clicking the book covers below, and decide who you think deserves to wear the crown of all Calgary muses.

    Derek Beaulieu

    Derek's blog


    Diane Guichon

    Diane's Harbour
    Publishing Bio


    Daniel Bennett,
    a.k.a. Transit

    Transit's Mypace


    Tyler Perry

    Tyler's website


    Kris Demeanor

    Kris's website


    Sheri-D Wilson

    Sheri-D's website


    Click here for complete information on the showcase, as well as in-depth background on each of the poets on the laureate short list. RSVP to attend this free showcase here.

    Day of the Dead Poetry Reading

    by Philip - 0 Comment(s)


    Wednesday. November 2.

    Auburn Saloon.

    7pm - 10:30pm.









    A celebration of life.

    A renewal of death.

    The Auburn Saloon is at 163 Ninth Avenue SE.

    Check out the event's Facebook page.

    Check out Calgary Spoken Word Society.

    Check out the library's wonderful poetry collection, including Sheri-D Wilson's brand new Spoken Word Workbook: Inspiration from Poets Who Teach, described as a "play-space where the audience becomes the artist and artist becomes the audience [and] features interactive exercises from seventeen professional spoken word artists. This unique project is ground-breaking and timely as a poetry and spoken word learning tool." Library copies are still on-order but you can place a hold today.

    Or Kirk Ramdath's Love in A Handful of Dust.

    Radio for Writers on CJSW

    by Philip Evarist Rivard - 0 Comment(s)

    Here at the nook, there is no writer's block. The idea of an invisible force paralyzing the hands and/or mind of a writer is preposterous. Any type of block must be attributed to a lack of library-use or a lack of lunch. In our 'block-free' zone, there is one type of block that Calgary can celebrate, support, and utilize - the radio show on CJSW “Writer’s Block”.

    To connect with Calgary's literary scene, mark Tuesday nights, 8pm, for an enthusiastic insider look into the best of local (and far beyond) writerly news.

    To let the ‘Block speak for itself…

    "CJSW's weekly foray into literature. Hosted by Paul Kennett and Stephanie Weidman, Writer's Block is focused on local events, writers, poets, publishers, while keeping an eye on the bigger literary picture across the country and around the world! Writer's Block airs on the fm dial in Calgary, 8 - 9 PM Tuesday evenings."

    Check out the titles of recent featured Writer's Block guests in our catalogue:

    Miss Lamp, by Chris Ewart Tell-All, by Chuck Palahniuk Eunoia, by Christian Bok

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