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.


september 2017


FRIDAY, september 15, 2017

our 22nd season opens!

Yvonne Blomer will host our annual Médecins Sans Frontières – Doctors Without Bordersfundraiser to start season 22. You are the featured readers this evening – this event is your chance to read a poem by a poet you admire, or share one that you keep going to over and over again. (Save your own work for regular open mic, starting next week.) The sign-up for reading at this season opener closes at 7:15 pm.

Poetry books for sale, $5 each, so bring your cash.
Donations and book sale proceeds go to MSF.


friDAY, september 22, 2017

we want to hear your summer poems!

It is our second welcome back evening with an all open mic night. Bring your best summer poem and join the fun as we roll into our 10th year at Hillside Coffee and Tea.  Let’s hear as many voices as we can – same rules as always: 1 poem only and a 3-minute maximum time limit.  Open mic sign-up ends at 7:15. We start at 7:30.


FRIDAY, september 29, 2017

lorna crozier &
patrick lane

We share this evening with the Victoria Festival of Authors at a ticketed event at Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street (at Johnson).

A Life of Words: Honouring the Legacy of Lorna Crozier & Patrick Lane
Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane have guided and inspired witers for decades and this evening honours that journey. Special guests Zoe Whitall and Gregory Scofield were featured in the couple’s poetry anthologies Breathing Fire 1 & 2, and the evening’s moderator Esi Edugyan attended the University of Victoria while both Lorna and Patrick taught. Through poetry and conversation, join us for that magical moment where time pauses for reflection and charges ahead into the blinding future.

Patrick Lane

Patrick Lane