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Battle of the Bards – REDUX!! Mama’s Battlin’ Again!


On Wednesday, March 30, I’ll be heading back to the stage at the Harbourfront Centre to compete in the Battle of the Bards. Hot dog! Last year I was a nervous wreck, and left the place feeling completely spent, discouraged and a little embarrassed. When I found out I didn’t get invited to participate in the International Festival of Authors (which is the grand prize if you win the Battle), I sat on my sofa and cried. #wealldoit. I vowed that I wouldn’t participate again. But that was then – this is NOW. I’m feeling ready and willing. I’m feeling confident and goofy. Having had the experience last year, and realizing that there is no need to get all competitive about it (I never do well in competitions…if I think about that part of it, I fall apart!), but just get up there, be ‘me’ and have fun.

I met some amazing poets last year who have turned into friends. That was a great gift of the competition. This year, I get to compete with my publisher, and Windsor’s Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais. What a riot that will be! He’s a man I’ve shared the stage with a 1,000 times before. We’re gonna have a blast. Plus, I’ve got all this new poetry that I’ve written that I can’t wait to share! And…with all my Mouth Piece Storytelling experience, I should have nothing to fear at all about being on stage!

Of course I’ll be nervous that night. But it’ll be positive-energy-let’s-have-fun nervousness. And I can totally handle that. Shikes – what will I wear?! 

Here are the details if you’re up for a drive to Toronto for some stellar poetry:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Special Event: IFOA Weekly
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $10/FREE supporters, students & youth 25 and under

1 stage. 20 poets. 1 winner.

Here’s a link to the IFOA (International Festival of Authors) page for other info, if you’re so inclined.

Squee!!! I got this, right?!!


3 thoughts on “Battle of the Bards – REDUX!! Mama’s Battlin’ Again!

  1. Dude! I’m coming home to help my mom move! I want to see you. I can’t commit to dates quite yet because it’s gonna be a total shit show pretty much the entire time I’m home, but I know that I’ll be home from March 25th to April 3rd. Perhaps there’s something cool happening in the literary world I could meet up with you at (terrible sentence, I know..).

    Let me know!

    Anne-Marie Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 16:20:21 +0000 To:

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