Poets Corner Reading Series

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The Night Before Xmas — featuring our poet-host, Scott Ramsay!

Meet Poets Corner’s host, Scott Ramsay! Scott creates poems and multi-media street art, teaches high school creative writing, film studies and video production, and writes the intros to the Poets Corner newsletters. He’s been long-listed or a finalist for Prism’s Poem of the Year, ARC’s poem of the year, Quill’s poem of the year, and twice for the CBC’s Literary Award for Poetry. He was published most recently in Swamp Lantern Books leather handbound collection, Your Death Full of Flowers, released in Spain. He loves participating in spaces for people to inspire or be inspired.

See you in the New Year!! (#YouCan’tQuarantinePoetry)

stella(r) the rooster, dec. 2020. photo by kim trainor

We’ve had a crazy year but feel happy we managed to keep Poets Corner running for our poetry-mad community. Despite the global pandemic, an extended lockdown, and Spring shortages of eggs, dried pasta, and hand sanitizer, we had no shortage of poets! This year we brushed up our Zoom skills and hosted a brilliant line-up: Francis Doyle, Francine Cunningham, Joanne Lilley, Kevin Spenst, Joseph Dandurand, Sonnet L’Abbé, Yvonne Blomer, Jenna Butler, Tanis MacDonald, Sarah de Leeuw, M.C. Warrior, Tom Wayman, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Maureen Hynes, Allan Briesmaster, Kate Flaherty, Michael Prior, and BC Poets reading their work for a special COVID-19 anthology fundraiser launch, We Are One.

We also pioneered our One Minute Poem feature, and posted a grand total of 34 poets, one every Friday, on all of our social media channels and our newly minted YouTube channel. These are all poems read by the poets themselves, from recently published collections and chapbooks, and are the beginnings of an important archive of Canadian poetry.

So we’re taking a much-needed break over December. Gonna hang out with the chickens.

See you in the New Year!    (#YouCan’tQuarantinePoetry)