the border is open

September 16, 2020

Crossing into Canada will be no problem for those who attend this year’s Victoria Festival of Authors. The Festival will be held entirely online, Wednesday, September 30, through Sunday, October 4, 2020. Visit the VFA site for schedule and registration.

Tonight, Friday, August 28, 2020, 5:00pm Pacific, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, in partnership with the League of Canadian Poets, presents a free online poetry showcase: Hot Nights. Cool Poets. The program is just an hour long, so don’t be late. Registration is required for Zoom link.

Poet/presenters include Margaret Atwood, Cicely Belle Blain, Sadiqa de Meijer, Mathew Henderson, Julie Joosten, Canisia Lubrin, Randy Lundy, A. F. Moritz, Tyler Pennock, Rasiqra Revulva, Kevin Spenst, John Steffler, and Lily Wang.

70 days of poetry

August 18, 2020

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Medellín (Colombia) Poetry Festival. This year, instead of the enormous gathering that usually takes place, the Festival goes virtual. More than 180 poets and speakers from more than 100 countries will present their work and participate in conversations about poetry, culture, peace, and the environment.

To read selections, go to this page and click on any photo. To see videos, go to the Revista Prometeo YouTube page or the Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín Facebook page.

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Thanks to Roger Gilman for the heads up!

We can’t possibly begin to list all of the amazing and important events that are streaming our way, but wanted to share another that’s happening today at 4:00pm Pacific (alas, the same time as the Western C.A.R.E.S. event posted earlier). To mark today’s publication (by Knopf) of TOGETHER IN A SUDDEN STRANGENESS: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic, editor Alice Quinn will visit with Ron Charles and special guests to discuss the new anthology. The event is presented by Politics & Prose Bookstore.

Advance registration is required.

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Thanks, Sheila Sondik!

Western C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Activities, Resources, Education, Support) is a resource for community connection to maintain a sense of belonging and bring people together. A variety of interactive online programs are available.

Today, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 4:00pm Pacific, Dayna Patterson will interview Jami Macarty, author of The Minuses (Colorado State University) and three chapbooks of poetry, former Executive Director of Tucson Poetry Festival, instructor of poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University, and co-founder and editor of the online poetry journal The Maynard.

The program is free on Zoom, but advance registration is required. Just follow this link to register.

what’s on, virtually

June 2, 2020

The folks at Open Books, Seattle’s all-poetry bookstore (now open for curbside pickup), have just made it a little easier for you to find virtual poetry readings and events. If you have an event to add, you’ll find an email on that page.

Zooming Plath

May 26, 2020

If you’re interested in Sylvia Plath, you may want to attend a two-part Zoomposium presented by Plath author Peter K. Steinberg with co-author Gail Crowther and a series of speakers.

The first session will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 7:00am Pacific, and the second on Saturday, June 6, same time. Registration is required, but it appears that the sessions are free.

new for our time

April 16, 2020

The ever-busy Rob McLennan (above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, Dusie, Touch the Donkey, etc., etc.) has launched a new online journal: periodicities : a journal of poetry and poetics .

Since the site went live in early March, it already includes more than 70 videos of contemporary poets reading from their work (‘the virtual reading series’). If you have previously unpublished poetry-related reviews, essays, interviews, translations, etc., consider submitting to periodicities.

Go Rob!

now online

April 10, 2020

Every day there are announcements of recurring poetry readings, workshops, and classes going online during the shutdown. Visit the CALENDAR page and click on event links for more information. If websites are not updated, visit your favorite reading series on Facebook and look for Events or announcement posts.

gamer poetry

June 20, 2017

In the ongoing eclectic meandering that is The Poetry Department, we’ve stumbled across a new corner of the poetry world: gaming. If you’re a video gamer, you may already know about it. If not, meet Cartridge Lit, “an online literature mag dedicated to showcasing the best lit — fiction, nonfiction, poetry — inspired by video games.” Poems, online chapbooks, and more. Cartridge Lit online and on Facebook.

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