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.


friday, september 21, 1:30pm: Planet earth poetry in james bay

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

september 2018

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.


FRIDAY, september 21, 2018

!VENUE: Open Space
510 Fort Street

carl hare &
daniel g. scott

Carl Hare in his long career has been a professor, actor, director, playwright, and poet. Odysseus, Book One of his trilogy On the River of Time, was published in the spring of 2017. Other work includes performances of his play The Eagle and the Tiger and his adaptation of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman; the setting of six of his children’s poems to music by Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth; a commissioned poem for Forsyth’s A Ballad of Canada, performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra; and A Weathering of Years, a collection of poetry published in 2015.

He has a degree in English Honours and an MA from the University of Alberta and a Diploma with Honours from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England. Among his awards are the Rutherford Gold Medal in English, a Canada Council scholarship, and the Sterling Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton.


Daniel G. Scott is the current (5th) Artistic Director of the Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series. He has written in a variety of forms but poetry is his long-standing love. He has previously  published gnarled love and terrains (with Ekstasis Editions), and black onion and two chapbooks: street signs and Interrupted (with Goldfinch Press). He has individual poems in anthologies and chapbooks as well as numerous academic publications including journal articles and book chapters and, with Shannon McFerran, The Girls Diary Project (University of Victoria, 2013). He won a one-act playwriting competition in New Brunswick in 1984. He is an Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, School of Child and Youth Care, father and grandfather.

Clockwise: David James Brock, Katherine Vermette, Laisha Rosneau

Clockwise: David James Brock, Katherine Vermette, Laisha Rosneau

FRIDAY, september 28, 2018

pure poetry

Metro Theatre | 1411 Quadra St.
Tickets: $15 | Students 20% discount

David James Brock | Laisha Rosneau | Katherena Vermette

David James Brock returns to poetry with Ten-Headed Alien where he draws from sci-fi and poli-sci, prog rock and politics, climate fiction and ancient mythology to create poems that are at once global and personal. In Our Familiar Hunger, Laisha Rosnau tests and confirms the will, struggle and fortitude of generations of women, rallying memories of a reclaimed history with the fractured reality of trickled down inheritance. Governor General’s Award–winning Métis poet and acclaimed novelist Katherena Vermette’s second work of poetry, river woman, examines and celebrates love as postcolonial action. Join us for a golden hour, or two, of poetry and poetics.

Hosted by Victoria Poet Laureate 
Yvonne Blomer
Discussion moderated by 
Marita Dachsel