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ONLINE Poetry Publishing Club – December 2021

December 12, 2021

Join Poetry Publishing Club 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 Publishing Club.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE Poetry Publishing Club – November 2021

November 14, 2021

Join Poetry Publishing Club 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 Publishing Club.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

This session will be run via Zoom.

Please register in advance.


ONLINE Poetry Publishing Club – October 2021

October 24, 2021

Join Poetry Publishing Club, a facilitated roundtable 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.


In Conversation with Espresso Poetry Collective

September 22, 2021

 

Join Dymphny Dronyk — bestselling author of the poetry collection Contrary Infatuations, mediator, editor, translator, story doula, and publisher of House of Blue Skies Press — for an in-depth conversation with a dynamic new collective of passionate poets.

In 2020, six women met in a poetry class at AWCS just before the first pandemic lockdown. They continued to meet on Zoom for workshopping, self-publishing a first anthology together with guidance from established local book designers. Their anthology, Uncommon Grounds: poems by the Espresso Poetry Collective, was launched in summer 2021 online with Owls’ Nest Books with hosts Anne Sorbie and Sarah Johnson.

 

What Vivian Hansen, author of A Tincture of Sunlight and AWCS instructor, wrote about Uncommon Grounds and the poets taking part in this event:

“This collection is a lovely excursion into Woman as Creator and Poet, where a simple cup of coffee invites various Muses to the kitchen table. Linda Hatfield’s levels of connection perform like a well-executed tightrope act. Kimberlee Jones invites repetitions into song, into ‘found’ word treasures and scenes that women take for granted, but then honour in poetry. Sharon Christie’s meditations offer the intricate revelations of secrets. Yulit Price explores naked and primal sounds between mother and child. Laurie Fuhr revels in the fluid mix of words and turns meaning into motion. As each poet trusts their artistic crucible, they offer first looks at their artistic muse, unafraid of power, using its potential to write fearless poetry.”

This is a FREE event. Everyone is welcome. Registration is required.

 


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.