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). Between 7 and 7:15, put your name in the hat to read at open mic. Planet Earth Poetry acknowledges with respect that we read and write on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.
FRIDAY, april 26, 1:30PM: PLANET EARTH POETRY IN JAMES BAY
Join us for featured reader Laura Apol as part of the afternoon reading series at New Horizons in James Bay.
Hosted by Sheila Martindale.
FRIDAY, april 5, 2019
KJmunro & DC reid
kjmunro left her umbrella behind when she moved from Vancouver to Whitehorse, Yukon in 1991. She cultivates poetry—founding and facilitating “solstice haiku,” a monthly haiku discussion group, and, since January 2018, curating a weekly blog feature for The Haiku Foundation’s Troutswirl blog, now managed with guest editors. She is editor of the popular Haiku Windows and Haiku Dialogue online collaborations, and a widely-recognized and oft-awarded poet.
contractions is her first full-length collection of haiku. The multiple readings of the title is fully intended, and suggests not only the range of topics to be found here, but also the challenge of how to read each one. A compelling debut you won’t want to miss.
DC Reid’s work has been published in 100 magazines around the world, with translations into Spanish, Chinese, French, Greek, Hindi and Bengali. His most recent award is gold in the War and Love Anthology. Reid has widely-divergent deep interests: poetry; novels; cutting-edge brain science and neuroplasticity; the science of artistic creativity; sport fishing—non-fiction and creative non-fiction; and the environmental degradation caused by fish farms.
DC Reid’s eighth book of poems, These Elegies, chronicles the external violence mankind does to itself in wars. Narratives of Sex and Death asks whether we are simply reiterations of mythologies? Erebus is a political section where souls first go after death. The War Within charts the internal violence of pain, cancer and the tiring dimension of radiation in open-form love songs for the dead. Then man is placed in the natural world and redeemed by a deer and wildness.
FRIDAY, april 12, 2019
ali blythe & elee kraljii gardiner
Ali Blythe is the award-winning author of Twoism, a first book of poems released to critical acclaim in 2015, and the newly released follow-up collection Hymnswitch. His poems are published in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, England, Germany and Slovenia.
Four years ago, Ali Blythe arrived with Twoism, a remarkable debut collection, every line shimmering with life and shivering with erotically charged glimpses of completeness. Now in Hymnswitch, Blythe takes up the themes of identity and the body once again, this time visiting places of recovery and wrestling with the transition into one's own skin. Readers will find themselves holding their breath at the risk and beauty and difficulty of the balance Blythe strikes in the midst of ineffable complexity.
Elee Kraljii Gardiner is an author, editor, and creative mentor whose poetry books include Trauma Head (2018), a chapbook of the same name (Otter Press, 2017), serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), and the anthologies Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press, spring 2019) and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). She founded Thursdays Writing Collective, a beloved non-profit organization for Downtown Eastside writers, and through its ten years she edited and published nine of its anthologies.
In 2012, Elee Kraljii Gardiner precipitously lost feeling in, and use of, her left side. The mini-stroke passed quickly but was symptomatic of something larger: a tear in the lining of an artery known as the tunica intima. This long-poem memoir tracks the author’s experiences with un/wellness and un/re-familiarity with herself. Trauma Head disturbs and disorders language and syntax to reconcile appearance with experience.
FRIDAY, april 19, 2019
no poetry (except in your heart)
FRIDAY, april 26, 2019
Laura Apol is a faculty member at Michigan State University. She is the author of several award-winning collections of poetry, including Falling into Grace; Crossing the Ladder of Sun; Requiem, Rwanda; and, most recently, Nothing but the Blood. She is currently completing a collection with the working title, Lullaby.
Nothing but the Blood is a collection of poems that explore the evolution of the personal, the familial, the religious, and the spiritual. Coming as they do at mid-life, the poems understand, appreciate, and often push back against both history and expectation.