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 that we have the honour to host this reading series on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples.

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 Yusuf Saadi

Yusuf Saadi

FRIDAY, august 17, 2018

yusuf saadi

Yusuf Saadi's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Malahat Review, Vallum, Brick, Best Canadian Poetry, GrainCV2, and other journals. His debut chapbook won the Vallum Chapbook Award, and he also won The Malahat Review's 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award. He holds an MA in English from the University of Victoria.

 Aidan Chafe  Photo: Janet Kvammen

Aidan Chafe  Photo: Janet Kvammen

FRIDAY, august 17, 2018

aidan chafe

Aidan Chafe is a poet, teacher and husband. During the summer he tires out his jack russell terrier at the dog park and rereads Nietzche. His poetry has appeared in CV2The Capilano ReviewEventThe Maynard and PRISM international. His debut collection of poems Short Histories of Lightcame out with McGill-Queen's University Press earlier this year. 

 It doesn't matter if you're old school or new — start writing your poems to read at PEP’s next season of the best* open mic in Canada. (*anecdotal evidence!)

It doesn't matter if you're old school or new — start writing your poems to read at PEP’s next season of the best* open mic in Canada. (*anecdotal evidence!)

Friday, september 14, 2018

planet earth poetry launches a new season

We start our 23rd Season on September 14th with our annual MSF fundraiser. Bring a poem by a favourite poet (not yourself!) Bring some money as we will have poetry books for sale. Don't forget your $5 for the PEP basket. 

September 21st we have a different evening. We will be at OPEN SPACE, 510 Fort St upstairs to hear Carl Hare (former UVic theatre prof) and Calgary poet and PEP Artistic Director to kick off the season.

September 28th we join the Victoria Festival of Authors for a shared (and ticketed) event. Click here to get your tickets through their website.

On October 5th we are back at Hillside Coffee and Tea for an all open mic night. Bring your best poem about anything that you wrote about over the summer. There will be some giveaways and good fun.

In the weeks ahead, you can look forward to Eve Joseph, Patrick Freisen, Yvonne Blomer, Lorna Crozier, Dvora Levin, Emily Nilson, Wendy Morton, Jónína Kirton, Hilary Peach, Stevie Howell, Onjana Yawnghwe, Joanna Lilley and more.