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It’s National Poetry Month Y’all! How will you celebrate?

NPM Poster – League of Canadian Poets. 2018

It’s National Poetry Month and this year, we’re celebrating 20 years of celebrating! 

There are loads of people, places and poetic happenings to celebrate this month (and always!) over at the League of Canadian Poets website. As always, the League is a solid lead for poets across the country.

Stay connected to the League of Canadian Poets website for events, poems and more.

Locally, Windsor continues to celebrate poetry through many exciting events.

Tonight, poets Mary Ann Mulhern and Denis Robillard celebrate their new book launches having worked for the past year with the students at the University of Windsor’s Editing & Publishing Practicum. Published by Black Moss Press, Mary Ann’s new book ‘All the Words Between’ and Denis’ book ‘Ask The River’ will launch tonight at the Fogolar beginning at 7pm. Here’s the Facebook event page with all the details. This is a wildly well-attended event so arrive early! Doors open at 6:30pm. Here’s an article in the Windsor Star about the event and the poets and the students!

Windsor Poetry Slam is having a Haiku Death Match at its next competition! Tuesday, April 24th at Phog Lounge – check out this epic Haiku battle! From the WPS: “That’s right, a head-to-head 5-7-5! Last year’s Haiku Deathmatch winner Brian Damage will be defending his title against newcomer Benny Alexander. These two will go head to head with their haikus, and the audience will choose their favourite poem of the round by applause. The first poet to win 10 rounds will win the title of Windsor Poetry Slam’s 2018 Haiku Grand Champion!

Will Brian Damage be able to clinch the title for a second year in a row? Or will Benny Alexander win the title? Come out and see! This is sure to be a very fun night!”

Biblioasis is not only home to a delightful bookstore and one of Canada’s top publishing houses, but it also boasts incredible events with writers from across the globe. Their annual 401 Tour hits Windsor on April 20th. Here are the details.

Featuring:

Paige Cooper (author of Zolitude)
Amanda Jernigan (author of Years, Months, and Days)
Rachel Lebowitz (author of The Year of No Summer)
Richard Sanger (author of Dark Woods)
Urban Farmhouse Press’ reading series ‘By The River’ features Marty Gervais, Karl Jirgens and Andre Narbonne this month on April 18th. Here’s the facebook event page.
Angel House Press continues to post incredible poetry and art EVERY DAY THIS MONTH! With its dedicated National Poetry Month website of goodies! Stay connected!
And open mic series Toast Open Mic features the theme of DREAMS at this month’s event at Phog. Facebook event page here!
I’m pretty sure there is always poetry on Saturdays at the Bloomfield House – led by poet and activist Teajai Travis…stay connected to Teajai and all the outstanding events he’s promoting and leading!
Be sure to share event info with each other through Facebook and Email. We are a community who loves its literary life!
To end….some reflexivity.
This is how many of my poems begin:
Chicken-scratched on a scrap piece of paper…the first breath of words often come in a flurry.
Keep writing. Keep loving.
Happy Poetry to all!
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