Join us Wed, October 19 at 7:30 for a hybrid event -- online
AND in person at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Tawahum Bige and Jennifer Zilm!
Tawahum Bige is a Łutselkʼe Dene, Plains Cree poet and spoken word artist from unceded Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territory (Vancouver). With a Scorpio-moon guiding their poetry and music, they tell their soul-rending truth with immensity and grace. With a BA in Creative Writing from KPU, Tawahum has performed at countless festivals with poems featured in numerous publications. Their song, Connect2Spirit, charted #1 on Indigenous Music Countdown in June 2022. Check Tawahum’s debut collection of poetry, Cut to Fortress published by Nightwood Editions with more to come. Find him online @Tawahum on streaming platforms, Instagram, Twitter and more.
Jennifer Zilm has three books of poetry Waiting Room, The Missing Field and First Time Listener. She is currently investigating the intersection of 108th Avenue and King George Highway.
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Our September Reading
Well, we finally did it. We had a live reading. Well, a hybrid reading. After figuring out all of the technical logistics, we had a wonderful evening of poetry. The night began with the open mic featuring of “poetry without a license”. We went down the rabbit-hole of dogs learning to read poetry, buds in the sky, and anthropomarginalization. We fretted over our place in the sun, slid down the Fairview slippery slope, and heard a poem about everyone’s favourite topic – a skin condition.
Our feature poet was Gillian Jerome, reading walking poems from her new book Never the Less; she dedicated her reading to the women of Iran walking in protest against the “morality police.” Jerome’s carefully crafted images tickled the senses. The image of blueberries held in shirts contrasted with first blood on underwear. There were coyotes, crowns of peonies and a viaduct through the historical Hogan’s Alley. We heard the sound of things dying and splitting open. We experienced the loneliness of the skunk cabbage and we saw Rita Wong, singing through her arrest for protesting the Trans Mountain Pipeline. There was even a penis shaped like an ampersand – now there’s an image that might keep you up at night.
To cap off the night, we had a poem that was written during the reading and a poem about a father with a “smile as brilliant as the Sicilian sky”. For all the people who attended, thank you for making the evening a success. For the rest of you, see you the third Wednesday in October!
One Minute Poem Series is Back!
New one-minute poems from Zoe Dickinson, Clare Davis, Rhona McAdam and Jessie McEchearn on our YouTube channel. Check them out here!
Along with our Twitter feed, we’ll be posting here up-to-the-minute reminders of upcoming readings, and features of our guest poets.
Follow us on Instagram: @poets_corner_reading_series
On our website, you'll find information about what we do, who we are and where to find us. We've created pages for our upcoming readings (Events and 1 Minute Poems), an archive of posts, posters, and newsletters, and information about the team members.
Keep on Donating!
Thank you to our generous donors! Your donations are what allow us to pay our poets and bring you top shelf poetry readings every week. You can donate on our website at https://poetscorner.ca/. If you have donated regularly, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you haven't donated yet, but you have a little cash burning a hole in your bank account because you haven't been able to go out anywhere to spend it, we will put it to good use!
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.