The Planet Earth Poetry reading series is a launching pad for the energies of writers and poets established and not. It is a place where words are most important. A venue in which all manner of poets and writers are welcome; a place for excellence, innovation, collaboration, diverse projects and experiments. The evening begins at 7:30 with an open mic, followed by a featured reader(s). Planet Earth Poetry is located at Hillside Coffee and Tea, 1633 Hillside Ave (across from Bolen Books). Sign-up for the open mic begins at 7pm.

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Featured Readers december 2014 & january 2015

Dvora Levin

Dvora Levin

Friday, december 5, 2014

dvora levin & susan mccaslin

Join us for a celebration of Dvora Levin’s third collection of poems, Ragged Light. Dvora and friends will read selections, accompanied by the musical stylings of keyboard artist Phil Newton.

Susan McCaslin is an award-winning Canadian poet and Faculty Emerita of Douglas College in Westminster, BC, where she taught English and Creative Writing for twenty-three years. She is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including her most recent, The Disarmed Heart (May 2014). Her previous volume of poetry, Demeter Goes Skydiving (2012) was short-listed for the BC Book Prize (Dorothy Livesay Award) and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award) in 2012. Susan has published a volume of essays, Arousing the Spirit: Provocative Writings (2011) and edited two anthologies on poetry and spiritual practice. Freed to be a full-time writer since retiring from teaching, she lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia with her husband.

Susan is launching Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga, a spiritual memoir in poetic prose.

“You won't be the same after reading this book. Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga flows with a subtle, near-miraculous spiritual sweetness. This is a vibrant, light-filled portrait, a document of transformation, an eloquent guidebook. It's a treasure.”
—Russell Thornton, author of Birds, Metal, Stones & Rain (nominated for the Governor General’s Award, 2014)

Friday, january 16, 2015

youth poetry night

We kick off the New Year with the next generations of poets and poetry. Youth from St. Michaels University School, Claremont High School and the Claremont Review take over Planet Earth after the open mic.

Isa Milman  isamilman.com

Isa Milman  isamilman.com

Friday, january 23, 2014

isa milman & mary ann moore

Isa Milman is the author of three volumes of poetry, each of which has won the Canadian Jewish Book Award. A retired occupational therapist, she has a small private practice of writing poetry with clients living with chronic health conditions. She is currently writing a family memoir, Searching for Basia.

Isa will read from a selection of her new and previously published works.

What Should I Do With This Purple Petal?

You asked, after we stooped, picked it up
on our way to the library door.
Such colour, it looks like a flower
feels like a raindrop, before it pours.

Holding it tight, I'd never seen you so engrossed,
from one hand to the other, you twirled it, rubbed
and squeezed. A tiny piece of purple
became fascination

as you wondered how small
you could make it, wondered how much
a life can contract
to the size of a petal, and all that matters
is reduced to a fragment
that fell from a flowering tree.

Mary Ann Moore photo: Lance Sullivan

Mary Ann Moore photo: Lance Sullivan

Mary Ann Moore’s poems have appeared in several chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane and have been published in Carousel, Room, Freefall, Vallum and Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press, 2013). You are Here (Leaf Press, 2012), is Mary Ann’s most recent chapbook of poetry. Mary Ann leads women’s writing circles in Nanaimo, B.C. as well as monthly poetry circles called Poetry as a Doorway In . . . and a Welcome Home. She is working on her next poetry collection, Putting Things By. maryannmoore.ca

Mary Ann is launching her first full-length collection of poetry, Fishing for Mermaids (Leaf Press, 2014).

Ancient Turkey, the Ottawa Valley, the West Coast.  Frida Kahlo, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda. Odes to the ordinary, words of praise, sorrows revealed. Colours, textures, and sounds of the everyday. Honouring ancestors. Making peace, embellishing history.

Moore’s writing celebrates the joyously human and the mythological too. —Dennis Bolen, The Vancouver Sun

Linda Thompson  lindakthompson.com

Linda Thompson  lindakthompson.com

Friday, january 30, 2014

linda thompson

Linda Thompson lives and writes in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island.

Her writing is influenced by both the emerald landscape of Vancouver Island and that of her childhood home in the beautiful Pemberton Valley. Voices of family and ancestors make their way onto her pages. She is compelled to record, to save their whispered stories.

For her, as the great American poet, Robert Frost, said: ”A poem begins as a lump in the throat...a homesickness.”

(PEP note: she is also famous for her “Where’s the butter” poem.)

Phil Hall’s The Small Nouns Crying Faith

Phil Hall’s The Small Nouns Crying Faith

Phil Hall won the 2011 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in English, for his book of essay-poems Killdeer.

He also won the 2012 Trillium Book Award for Killdeer. This book will soon be published in a French translation from Éditions Pris de parole.

His most recent publications are: The Small Nouns Crying Faith (BookThug, 2013), Notes from Gethsemani (Nomados, 2014), and Essay on Legend (Beautiful Outlaw Press, 2014).

He is Poetry Editor for BookThug Press, and has recently been Writer-in-Residence at the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University and the University of Windsor, as well as teaching
in the Wired Writing Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

In 2012, he initiated & established a lecture series at Queen’s University, The Page Lectures, in honour of Joanne Page.

He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada. He lives near Perth, Ontario.

This event is a prequel to WordsThaw 2015, The Malahat Review’s third annual symposium at the University of Victoria.