Poets Corner Reading Series


I do not think poetry is more, or less, necessary than food, shelter,
health, education, decent working conditions. It is as necessary.
~ Adrienne Rich, What is Found There


Poets Corner stands in solidarity with Black communities in Canada, in the United States, and worldwide
in the struggle against systemic racism and injustice.


That time and that time and that time the outside blistered the inside of you, words outmaneuvered the years, had you in a chokehold, every part roughed up, the eyes dripping.


That’s the bruise the ice in the heart was meant to ice.


To arrive like this every day for it to be like this to have so many memories and no other memory than these for as long as they can be remembered to remember this.


Through a share of all remembering, a measure of all memory, is breath and to breathe you have to create a truce–

a truce with the patience of a stethoscope.

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric

Please join us for our 3rd Virtual Live Reading at Poets Corner, 15 July 2020! 

Featuring: Francine Cunningham, Joanna Lilley, and Kevin Spenst! (Read more about our featured poets here).

If you want to hear these three great poets, you need to register ahead of time. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO JOIN UNLESS YOU REGISTER.

The reading will be delivered via the Zoom video conferencing platform, but in order to minimize interruptions from disruptive individuals, we have opted to make the live reading a registration-only event.

To attend this month’s virtual live reading, here’s what you need to know…

Venue:                 Zoom platform online (click the link below to register)
Date:                    Wednesday, 15 July 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30pm, PDT




After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

There will be a somewhat shorter open mic this time due to our 3 readers this month.

To sign up for the open mic for July (limit of 5 readers; 3 minutes per reader!) please REGISTER first and then contact us at socialmedia@poetscorner.caPlease note: we will not be video-recording the open mic readers this month due to technical challenges!!

If you have any questions contact us in advance at: socialmedia@poetscorner.ca

Looking forward to seeing you online at our next reading on Wednesday July 15 at 7:30pm.


Poets Corner is a Vancouver-based monthly poetry reading series that takes place on the third Wednesday

of each month, a friendly and welcoming space where both emerging and established poets can showcase their work. It is also the perfect forum for fans who unabashedly love poetry. Speaking into a microphone in front of a live audience can be unnerving for some — even for seasoned writers. But our forum is a safe and supportive place where only a handful of poets have been pelted with tomatoes. 🙂  Seriously, all we want to do is foster an appreciation for talented poets while helping to raise the profile of poetry. Our gatherings are convivial, and our support for anyone who braves the microphone is unconditional.

If you’re new to Poets Corner, you’ll be given an absurdly warm welcome. We’d love for you to join us.

Events are two hours long, starting at 7:30 p.m.  We usually have two featured poets and an open mic.

Occasionally we have a themed night,such as Emerging Indigenous Poets or Work Poetry. We may also host, from time to time, a special reading or book launch that will take place outside this schedule. We have a newly minted YouTube channel and a monthly newsletter (please subscribe!)

You can find additional poetry-related news here as well as notices of our upcoming events.

For the past two years we’ve been kindly hosted by Patricia Massy at Massy Books. When we resume live readings after the COVID-19 crisis, we will be locating to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Yaletown, just a bit west of our old location at Massy Books!  You can also join our Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Our most current NEWSLETTER for JUNE 2020 can be found here.

Our most current NEWSLETTER for MAY 2020 can be found here.