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Join us Wednesday 16 November at Poets Corner!

Please join us next Wednesday 16 November at 730pm for our monthly Poets Corner Reading Series! This month we are featuring Stephen Collis and Garth Martens. Stephen will be live in person, and Garth will join us virtually. This is a HYBRID event. We'd love to see you in person at Fairleigh Dickinson University auditorium (842 Cambie St); if you can't join us in person, please REGISTER for the Zoom version here: and please consider participating in our open mic!!! You can sign up at the door (or when you enter the Zoom room).

Stephen Collis is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Commons(2008), the BC Book Prize winning On the Material (2010), Once in Blockadia (2016), and Almost Islands: Phyllis Webb and the Pursuit of the Unwritten (2018)—all published by Talonbooks. A History of the Theories of Rain (2021) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for poetry, and in 2019, Collis was the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Latner Poetry Prize. He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University. 

Garth Martens is the author of Prologue for the Age of Consequence (Anansi) and the chapbook Remediation (JackPine). For his poetry, he was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. In 2017, he co-founded Palabra Flamenco as its producer and principal poet. He also produces Dark Sounds, a flamenco series on death, grief, and the climate crisis, featuring poet Jan Zwicky, dancer Denise Yeo, and guitarist Gareth Owen. For Alma de España Flamenco Dance Company, he performed his poetry in Pasajes, an international production. His work appears in Poetry Ireland, Hazlitt, This Magazine, Vallum, Fiddlehead, Grain, Prism, and Best Canadian Poetry. He is a contributing editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and a former member of The Malahat Review‘s editorial board. He lives in Victoria, BC.

Our October 

Well the October reading at Fairleigh Dickinson University was another smash success.  We dimmed the lights for a bit more ambience and were treated to smorgasbord of verse.  Our few but skilled open-mic poets read about breaking up in the rainforest, Roe v Wade, dandruff and the anticipation of rain.  Samir, who has been here only 17 days, read a poem inspired by his homeland, beautiful Nepal, his first ever Canadian reading. We feel privileged to have hosted.

Jennifer Zilm was our first feature reader and we knew we were in for a wild ride when she posed the question “How do I know when my e-book has ended?”. We heard lines about sticky fingers, ancient books and godly women who know not to trust Satan.  Jennifer’s poetry meanders from one image to another and reveals a mind that notices and questions everything.  There were jokes, like “How many Torontonians does it take to screw in a light bulb?” and observations of Satan eating his quinoa.  Jennifer is seriously funny.

Tawahum Bige was up next and, as usual, they performed.  Tawahum’s poetry is both beautiful and serious, exploring themes of land defense, indigenous resilience, poverty and jail.  Broken treaties and Trans Mountain impose violence on the land, but blood memory remains and Tawahum assures that ‘the land hears every song and never forgets.’  The reading ended with a strong message for our “leaders”: ‘The opioid epidemic feasts on homelessness but still we get a pipeline’.  Tawahum just gets better and better with every reading.

Thanks everyone for a great night in our new “hybrid” format.


Welcome Emily!

We have hired a new social media co-ordinator! Emily Chou (rhymes with “wow”) does a little bit of everything in all sorts of places. Here at the Poet’s Corner Reading Series Society she is the Social Media Assistant. She has lived in the UK, Japan, and Italy, but currently finds herself back home on the unceded and ancestral territory of the the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. You can find her work in Room, Chinatown Today, Vallum, Sad Mag, In/Words, and Geist. When she’s not working on her MFA at UBC she can be found fostering dogs, collecting vintage anime memorabilia, or dreaming of her next big adventure.

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More Thanks
Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers' Union of Canada for their funding.  We at Poets Corner, and especially our feature readers and one-minute poets, appreciate the support.


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