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.

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october 2017

FRIDAY, october 6, 2017

sheri-d wilson & tim bowling

Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums which combine music and poetry. She is known for her electric performance-style, making her a favorite of festivals around the world. She has read, performed and taught in festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.

Her latest collection is The Book of Sensations (2017).

In her poems, Wilson uses personal narrative to address themes of personal story, social justice, lost languages, bullying, violence against women and the earth.

Her tenth collection of poetry, Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award and CanLit. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005), won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She was editor of the celebrated, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.

 photo: Jacqueline Baker

photo: Jacqueline Baker

The Duende of Tetherball, Bowling’s twelfth collection of poems, employs his widely acclaimed sonic lushness and dark authority to fearlessly ransack the scrutinizing role of the pat on the present; the interactions of ourselves and other species; and the challenges and pleasure of getting older while forever striving to balance our most cherished and often incomprehensible relationships both with the world and with each other.

Tim Bowling is the author of thirteen poetry collections, five novels, and two works of non fiction. Twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Writers’ Trust of Canada Award, his work in all genres has received two Canadian Authors’ Association Awards, five Alberta Book Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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friDAY, october 13, 2017

adèle barclay & rob taylor

Adèle Barclay is a writer and critic. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit Pop Poetry Award, The Walrus’ 2016 Readers’ Choice Award, and her debut collection If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You (Nightwood) won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She teaches at UBC.

If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You travels through both time and place, dwelling in surreal pockets of the warped landscapes of modern cities and flooding the murky basin of the intimate. These are love letters to the uncomfortable, the unfathomable, and the altered geographies that define our own misshapen understandings of the world.

“This book is a synesthesiac’s erotic dream—the sharp point of love and loss draws an irresistibly radiant portrait of the artist anywhere and everywhere: in a Montreal wolf-den, in a tortilla factory, in a handmade Gothic mansion of the heart, where fierce and fervent love poetry grows teeth.” —Brenda Shaughnessy

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Rob Taylor is the author of the poetry collections "Oh Not So Great": Poems from the Depression Project (Leaf Press, 2017), The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) and The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011). The News was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and The Other Side of Ourselves won the 2010 Alfred G. Bailey Prize. In 2015 Rob received the City of Vancouver's Mayor's Arts Award for the Literary Arts, as an emerging artist. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and son, where he coordinates the Dead Poets Reading Series.

“The news” can mean many things, but first and foremost in this collection the news is—We’re having a baby! Starting in the fifth week of his wife’s pregnancy, Rob Taylor wrote a poem every week as they traveled toward their child’s birth. His poems anticipate the astonishing and yet commonplace beginning of a human life, but they also explore how a baby’s arrival streams into both the incessant chatter of the world’s daily news and into that other sort of news that literature carries—what Ezra Pound called “news that stays news.”

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FRIDAY, october 20, 2017

linda king & Frank wilson

Linda King is the author of the poetry collections Dream Street Details
(Shoe Music Press)  Reality Wayfarers (Shoe Music Press)  and No Dimes
for the Dancing Gypsies
(BlazeVOX Books). Her work has appeared in
numerous journals in Canada and internationally. She lives and writes
on the Sunshine Coast of BC.

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In examining her own creative process, Linda King leads us down “language’s exit ramp” into the country of trance. Having “below(ed) for angels” she acknowledges the need to merge in a shamanic way with the elements of language, her “drug of choice.” Fellow poets will recognize the power of that drug and will acknowledge the loneliness and ultimate triumph that it confers. —Anne-Adele Wight, author of The Age of Greenhouses

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Frank Wilson was a university professor in the UK until emigrating to Canada with his wife in 2008. With two daughters and four grand-children in Victoria he writes, golfs, gardens and sings with the Arbutus Singers. After leaving the academy he is able to write what he wants rather than what was expected. He had his first collection of poetry and two books of short stories published in the UK (peakpublish). Chasing Crows was published in Victoria in 2013 and reprinted in 2015. Apple Man was published in October 2016. Proceeds from sales of all Frank's output are donated to Multiple Sclerosis Societies in Canada and the UK. So far he has been able to contribute over $10,000.

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FRIDAY, october 27, 2017

david stymeist & philip resnick

D.S. Stymeist’s The Bone Weir (Frontenac House 2016) was shortlisted for the Canadian Author’s Association award for Poetry. He grew up as a non-indigenous member of a mixed family on O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, runs the micro-press, Textualis, teaches at Carleton University, and is the current vice-president of VERSe Ottawa, which runs VerseFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival.

Exploring the intersection of language, culture, and history, D.S. Stymeist’s The Bone Weir gives voice to the dead, the obscured, and the forgotten. In its consideration of human evolution, ice-age extinction, colonial history, and indigenous legend, this eclectic collection invites readers to reflect on our often troubled relationship with the natural environment and the past.

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Philip Resnick has combined two major interests in his life. As an academic, he had a long career in the Political Science department at UBC, publishing extensively on such topics as Canadian and Quebec politics, comparative nationalism, and democratic theory. As a poet, he began writing in his teenage years in Montreal, and has continued to do so ever since, both in Vancouver, and most extensively in Greece, where through his marriage, he spent many summers over the years. Footsteps of the Past was published in 2015, and he has a new collection entitled Passageways forthcoming in 2018.