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FINISHED! Next Poetry Reading is Virtual! On Wednesday May 20

Yes, it’s been a while. Yes, we’re still alive. COVID-19 cannot destroy us, nor can the lack of talented help. We asked for help when things looked bleak, and the universe responded. Our new team at Poets Corner is now up and running and ready to go. In fact, we were all set to launch for our March reading when the corona virus pandemic struck and we had to cancel. But as it has been for many others, necessity is the mother of invention, and like others, we too have turned to virtual readings until life can settle down to the new normal.

Next Poetry Reading

Starting with May’s reading, Poets Corner is experimenting with LIVE virtual readings. It’s a first for us, but we’re nervously excited about the prospect. As you know, our usual format is to have two featured poets preceded by an open mic segment. Because we’re on a steep learning curve, we decided to go with just one featured poet, yet still have our open mic with several participants carried out via a live reading.  Maybe this is a first?… More on this below.

We are excited to have as our very first virtual featured poet Frances Boyle. She will be reading from the comfort of her home in Ottawa, and we’ll be underway on Wednesday May 20 at 7:30pm, West Coast time. Here’s a little bit more about Frances…

photo of poet frances boyle

Photo Credit: John W. Macdonald

Frances Boyle is the author of two poetry books, most recently This White Nest (Quattro Books, 2019). She has also written Tower, a novella (Fish Gotta Swim Editions 2018) and Seeking Shade, a short story collection (forthcoming from The Porcupine’s Quill in 2020). Her poems and stories have appeared throughout North America and in the U.K. Recent and forthcoming publications include work in Best Canadian Poetry 2020, Blackbird, Prairie Fire, Vallum, Parentheses Journal, and The /temz/ Review. She lives in Ottawa, where she helps edit Arc Poetry Magazine, and writes reviews for Canthius: feminism and literary arts. www.francesboyle.com

In order for you to join in and enjoy this live reading, you will have to register for the event. The reading will be delivered via the Zoom platform, but in order to try and minimize interruptions from nefarious types, we have opted to make the live reading a registration-only event.

In keeping with our tradition of having an Open Mic segment to complement our featured poet readings, we are extending an invitation for you to read one of your poems. It’s first come, first served, and you’ll be restricted to just one poem, or three minutes, whichever is the lesser of the two.

Please join us for our First Virtual Live Reading at Poets Corner (Vancouver)!

Poet Frances Boyle will read from her new collection, This White Nest (Quattro, 2019), including a short Q & A with the author. Following her reading we are hosting our first virtual live Open Mic segment. If you have any questions or if you would like to sign up for the live open mic, contact us in advance at:

You will need a smartphone or computer with audio and video capabilities to participate in the open mic segment. Remember, it’s first come, first served.

Venue:                 Zoom platform online (click the link below to register)
Date:                    Wednesday, 20 May 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30pm, PDT

Register in advance for this live reading. Simply click on this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.


Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you on May 20!