Join us for featured reader Alice Major as part of the afternoon reading series at New Horizons in James Bay.
Hosted by Sheila Martindale.

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.


february 2019

Claire Kelly’s  Maunder

Claire Kelly’s Maunder

FRIDAY, february 1, 2019

FEATURED: claire kelly

A Pair of PEPpers:
Anne Hopkinson & Rhona McAdam

Claire Kelly's first full-length collection, Maunder, is available from Palimpsest Press. Her poem “Mother, What Should We Do?” was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2017. She lives and writes in Edmonton. Her second book of poetry, One Thing – Then Another, will be released in spring 2019 with ECW. @ClaireElKelly

A Pair of PEPpers: regular readers at our open mic given a 10 minute set so we can hear several of their poems in a row.

Jenna Butler’s latest collection.

Jenna Butler’s latest collection.

FRIDAY, february 8, 2019

Jenna Butler &
Lenea Grace

Jenna Butler is the author of three books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road, Wells, and Aphelion; an award-winning collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge the of Grizzly Trail; and a poetic travelogue, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard. She’s currently at work on Revery: A Year of Bees, slated for release with Wolsak and Wynn in 2020, and a novel about the rise of first-wave feminism in London.

Butler’s research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and from volcanic Tenerife to the Arctic Circle onboard an ice-class masted sailing vessel, exploring the ways in which we impact the landscapes we call home. A professor of creative writing and ecocriticism at Red Deer College, Butler lives with seven resident moose and a den of coyotes on an off-grid organic farm in Alberta’s North Country.

Lenea Grace

Lenea Grace

Lenea Grace is the author of A Generous Latitude (ECW Press, 2018) and her work has appeared in The Walrus, Best New Poets, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, and elsewhere. Lenea is the 2017 winner of The Walrus Poetry Prize Readers' Choice Award for her poem "Echo."

She lives in Gibsons, BC.

Alice Major

Alice Major

FRIDAY, february 15, 2019

alice major &
Paul nelson

Alice Major’s award-winning writing includes 11 books of poetry (most recently, Welcome to the Anthropocene) and the essay collection, Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science. She served as Edmonton’s first poet laureate and is founder of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Her website is

Welcome to the Anthropocene has been described as “a lament, a dirge and a celebration of being on earth in this human-dominated moment.” (Alberta Views)

Drawing on biology, evolutionary science, current events and cosmology, Alice asks the down-to-earth question: where do humans belong? and offers a witty, varied, response at one of humanity’s most complicated turning points

Paul Nelson’s  A Time Before Slaughter

Paul Nelson’s A Time Before Slaughter

Paul Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB), the Cascadia Poetry Festival, produced hundreds of poetry events and 600+ interviews. Books include American Prophets (interviews) American Sentences and A Time Before Slaughter. Co-Editor of two anthologieshe’s engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia.

About A Time Before Slaughter
Here's one more big hunk of the American shoulder, as Olson carved his from the North East, Nelson takes his from the Pacific North West. It's beautiful time-space in new words. 
—Michael McClure

A wonderful piece of work. That form is nothing so simple-minded as “extension” of content – but they’re one thing inseparable. The “form” dances and changes continuously (like the river). It’s a fierce poem – beautiful & heart-breaking & dark & uplifting – “Slaughter” is a wonderful journey. 
—Diane diPrima

Randall Magg’s collection  Night Work.

Randall Magg’s collection Night Work.

FRIDAY, february 22, 2019

randall maggs & susan gillis

Randall Maggs is a Canadian poet and former professor of English Literature at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Memorial University, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. He is one of the organizers and now artistic director of the March Hare, the largest literary festival in Atlantic Canada.

A collection of poems, entitled Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems, was launched in early 2008 at Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame and included in the Globe and Mail’s “Top 100 Books” for that year. In 2009, Night Work won the Winterset Award and E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize, and in 2010, the Kobzar Literary Award.

Susan Gills

Susan Gills

Susan Gillis is a Montreal-based poet, teacher, and editor who has also lived on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Canada. A member of the collective Yoko’s Dogs, she is the author of Swimming Among the Ruins (Signature Editions, 2000), Volta (Signature Editions, 2002), which won the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry, The Rapids (Brick Books, 2012), Whisk (with Yoko’s Dogs, Pedlar Press, 2013), and several chapbooks with Gaspereau Press. Susan spends a lot of time in rural Ontario, near Perth, where she does most of her writing. Yellow Crane is her fourth poetry collection.

The poems of Yellow Crane study, with a lover’s tender yet critical eye, the world we occupy and the way we occupy it: art, industry, environments both built and natural; the simultaneous flux and agelessness of our daily habits; the long human story of appropriation of wilderness; the fragility, resilience, and questionable worth of what we make, especially under political, economic, and social pressures; concern about our changing times; grief over what we leave behind.

This is a book that argues with itself, then rests. At once precise and loose, wise and nimble, it will make you both feel and think—and care about the world along with it.