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ONLINE Poetry Roundtable

July 11, 2021

Join Poetry Roundtable for a facilitated discussion on publishing poetry: from micropress ephemera like chapbooks and broadsides, to print and online magazines, anthologies, and books.

We also look for opportunities to share poetry in performance, such as audio poems, video poems, readings, and open mics. We will share submissions calls with each other, go over guidelines, talk best practices, share our success stories, and suffer rejections together. We’ll also do some close readings of recently published poems by other poets to get a sense of what different editors may be looking for.

Get your work out there where others can connect with it, relate to it, learn from it, feel it, and enjoy it. Join us at Poetry Roundtable.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE Poetry Roundtable

June 27, 2021

Join Poetry Roundtable for a facilitated discussion on publishing poetry: from micropress ephemera like chapbooks and broadsides, to print and online magazines, anthologies, and books.

We also look for opportunities to share poetry in performance, such as audio poems, video poems, readings, and open mics. We will share submissions calls with each other, go over guidelines, talk best practices, share our success stories, and suffer rejections together. We’ll also do some close readings of recently published poems by other poets to get a sense of what different editors may be looking for.

Get your work out there where others can connect with it, relate to it, learn from it, feel it, and enjoy it. Join us at Poetry Roundtable.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE Poetry Roundtable

June 13, 2021

Join Poetry Roundtable for a facilitated discussion on publishing poetry: from micropress ephemera like chapbooks and broadsides, to print and online magazines, anthologies, and books.

We also look for opportunities to share poetry in performance, such as audio poems, video poems, readings, and open mics. We will share submissions calls with each other, go over guidelines, talk best practices, share our success stories, and suffer rejections together. We’ll also do some close readings of recently published poems by other poets to get a sense of what different editors may be looking for.

Get your work out there where others can connect with it, relate to it, learn from it, feel it, and enjoy it. Join us at Poetry Roundtable.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE Diverse Voices Roundtable – May 17

May 17, 2021

Welcome to Diverse Voices! This monthly roundtable includes a combination of focused discussion on published literature by writers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), as well as opportunities to create new writing in response to the works and topics covered in the sessions. Writing discussed in this session may include poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and there will be a strong focus on Canadian content. Register in advance to receive pre-reading, although preparation and pre-reading is not required to participate. The goals and interests of participants will shape the sessions, so we always appreciate your suggestions for improvement. Facilitated by Samantha Jones.

Samantha Jones (she/her) is a Calgary-based poet of mixed European and African Canadian heritage. She is a lit mag enthusiast with poetry published or forthcoming in Blanket Sea, blueskiespoetry.ca, CV2, the Eunoia Review, Grain Magazine, New Forum, and Room Magazine. Her words also appear in March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology published by the /tɛmz/ Review and 845 Press, and in Tap, Press, Read, an anthology of Calgary area writers curated and published by Loft on EIGHTH. Samantha holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and is currently a PhD Candidate in Geography at the same institution


ONLINE Poetry Roundtable – May 9

May 9, 2021

Join Poetry Roundtable for a facilitated discussion on publishing poetry: from micropress ephemera like chapbooks and broadsides, to print and online magazines, anthologies, and books.

We also look for opportunities to share poetry in performance, such as audio poems, video poems, readings, and open mics. We will share submissions calls with each other, go over guidelines, talk best practices, share our success stories, and suffer rejections together. We’ll also do some close readings of recently published poems by other poets to get a sense of what different editors may be looking for.

Get your work out there where others can connect with it, relate to it, learn from it, feel it, and enjoy it. Join us at Poetry Roundtable.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE Diverse Voices Roundtable – Apr. 19

April 19, 2021

Welcome to Diverse Voices! This monthly roundtable includes a combination of focused discussion on published literature by writers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), as well as opportunities to create new writing in response to the works and topics covered in the sessions. Writing discussed in this session may include poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and there will be a strong focus on Canadian content. Register in advance to receive pre-reading, although preparation and pre-reading is not required to participate. The goals and interests of participants will shape the sessions, so we always appreciate your suggestions for improvement. Facilitated by Samantha Jones.

Samantha Jones (she/her) is a Calgary-based poet of mixed European and African Canadian heritage. She is a lit mag enthusiast with poetry published or forthcoming in Blanket Sea, blueskiespoetry.ca, CV2, the Eunoia Review, Grain Magazine, New Forum, and Room Magazine. Her words also appear in March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology published by the /tɛmz/ Review and 845 Press, and in Tap, Press, Read, an anthology of Calgary area writers curated and published by Loft on EIGHTH. Samantha holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and is currently a PhD Candidate in Geography at the same institution


ONLINE Poetry Roundtable – Mar. 28

March 28, 2021

Let’s take some time away from writing poetry… to talk about poetry! On second and fourth Sundays, join a facilitated discussion about all things poetry: from what you’re working on, to poetics, to the latest submissions calls and more.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE Poetry Roundtable – Mar. 14

March 14, 2021

Let’s take some time away from writing poetry… to talk about poetry! On second and fourth Sundays, join a facilitated discussion about all things poetry: from what you’re working on, to poetics, to the latest submissions calls and more.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE The Poetry Cafe

February 28, 2021

Imagine a place where poets gather regularly to write new work, share poems, and encourage one another. Poetry Cafe is your oasis and your community. No matter what life has in store, poetry can be part of your life every week. Anticipate occasional surprises and special guests too!
Poetry Cafe combines poetry prompts or exercises to generate poems with workshopping and discussion. It’s great for both emerging and established poets, and it’s open to poets of all ages. Join us to write with prompts from 12:30-1:45 and workshopping from 1:45-2:30. Great for both emerging and established poets and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together.

Registration Required.


ONLINE Poetry Roundtable – Feb. 28

Let’s take some time away from writing poetry… to talk about poetry! On second and fourth Sundays, join a facilitated discussion about all things poetry: from what you’re working on, to poetics, to the latest submissions calls and more.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE The Poetry Cafe

February 21, 2021

Imagine a place where poets gather regularly to write new work, share poems, and encourage one another. Poetry Cafe is your oasis and your community. No matter what life has in store, poetry can be part of your life every week. Anticipate occasional surprises and special guests too!
Poetry Cafe combines poetry prompts or exercises to generate poems with workshopping and discussion. It’s great for both emerging and established poets, and it’s open to poets of all ages. Join us to write with prompts from 12:30-1:45 and workshopping from 1:45-2:30. Great for both emerging and established poets and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together.

Registration Required.


ONLINE The Poetry Cafe

February 7, 2021

Imagine a place where poets gather regularly to write new work, share poems, and encourage one another. Poetry Cafe is your oasis and your community. No matter what life has in store, poetry can be part of your life every week. Anticipate occasional surprises and special guests too!
Poetry Cafe combines poetry prompts or exercises to generate poems with workshopping and discussion. It’s great for both emerging and established poets, and it’s open to poets of all ages. Join us to write with prompts from 12:30-1:45 and workshopping from 1:45-2:30. Great for both emerging and established poets and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together.

Registration Required.


ONLINE Poetry Roundtable – Jan. 24

January 24, 2021

Let’s take some time away from writing poetry… to talk about poetry! On second and fourth Sundays, join a facilitated discussion about all things poetry: from what you’re working on, to poetics, to the latest submissions calls and more.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE Poetry Roundtable – Jan. 10

January 10, 2021

Let’s take some time away from writing poetry… to talk about poetry! On second and fourth Sundays, join a facilitated discussion about all things poetry: from what you’re working on, to poetics, to the latest submissions calls and more.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


2021: The Year of Poetry

January 4, 2021

Perhaps fittingly, the poem that started me down the path of loving poetry was Pablo Neruda’s “Poetry”. Or maybe I have led myself to believe this; to retroact my life into something more aesthetic—like some curated social media personality. Still, I distinctly remember reading Neruda’s poem in high school and then rereading it aloud, sinking into the words

Here is the poem in full if you are interested.

I began to read more poetry, thinking (in my pretentious high school fashion) that I was walking in Neruda’s footsteps—that poetry had arrived in my life and I would discover the universe. I looked at the lines,

 

and I wrote the first, faint line,
faint, without substance, pure

nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing;
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open

And I thought “I want to do that.” And I wrote my own first faint line and discovered—nothing. Poetry would have to be something I appreciated from afar.

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