Coming up next week is the launch of the 2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, a national festival which gathers together the top spoken words poets from sea to shining sea and has them compete is a week long series of literary bouts. If you’ve never been to a poetry slam, it’s kind of like a fusion between Eminem’s Eight Mile, a classical music concerto, and Willy Wonka storytelling to a kaleidoscopic degree. There is something for everyone, and I encourgae to check out some of the names on my links page to see what kind of performances are likely to show up. Last year, as a competitor in both the Candian and American Poetry Championships, I saw some of the most moving and profound poetry that North America has to offer. I encourage to make the trip down to Ottawa, if you can. Happily this years festival is hosted by the reigning championship city, so you are in for a treat from The Recipe on top for everything else.
This year I moved away from the competitive element to focus on promoting my new book, The Cartographer’s Skin, but I am still happy to be taking part in the festivities. On October 16th, I’ll be leading Poet’s Workshop with reknowned Ottawa poetess and artistic organizer Danielle Gregoire. The workshop is for professional poets, or anyone who is interested in working in schools We’ll be talking about ways to promote yourself, and what you need to know about school boards and classrooms in order to create meaningful experiences for students.
If you just want to come down for the show, then that is more than enough of a reason to get in the car (or train or bus). There are tons of open mic opportunities (a great place for new poets to get exposed), and the audiences will be packed with even more incredible poets who have just made the trip out to enjoy the show.
- Thank You Kingston! & Generations
- League of Canadian Poets