Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Drama Continues! It's Summer School!

Planet Earth Poetry will run on these dates during the summer:

June 3, 2011
: Open Mike and Retrospective with video clips of the past ten or more years!

July 6, 2011 (Wednesday)
: Three Calgary Poets read at Planet Earth Poetry!!

Micheline Maylor <> teaches at Mount Royal University and edits Freefall Literary Magazine. She is the author of Full Depth: The Raymond Knister Poems (Wolsak & Wynn, 2007) and as of March, a beautiful chapbook called Starfish.

Joan Shillington <> is the author of Revolutions (Leaf Press 2008), and has published widely in literary journals.

Chris Dodd is originally from the UK, and has studied, written and published very fine poetry on many continents. He is in the process of moving to Texas, but plans to travel to Victoria to study with Patrick Lane in early July.

Rosemary Griebel <> appears in the Best Canadian Poetry 2010, and has a new book, Yes., published by Frontenac Press in March 2011.

August 5, 2011:
Dvora Levin

DVORA LEVIN is a recovering management consultant with 2 books of poetry: To Bite The Blue Apple and Sharav (Ekstasis Editions). A regular reader at Planet Earth Poetry, she served as Poet-In-Residence with the Shawnigan Lake Summer Leadership Institute, leads weekly poetry writing workshops with sex workers and people of the street. Dvora won the recent Spirit of Canada Poetry Contest broadcast by Shaw Cable TV with poems translated and read in Inuktitut by Marlo Attagutsiak .

Gerard Rochford will join us to read form Failing Light, a limited edition handpress book cf for details, and Of Love and Water. An edition of poems illustrated by David Ladmore, a distinguished Victoria based artist.

Lorna Crozier has said of Failing Light - These ghazals leap across the space between poet and reader and root inside you. You won't forget their power and insights.

And Wendy Morton has said re: Of Love and Water - Gerard Rochford and David Ladmore have produced a book of memory and dream. David Ladmore's paintings walk hand in hand with these poems. The paintings open the doors to the mysteries of these lovely, sensual poems.

September 16, 2011: We'eerrree Back!

Planet Earth Poetry begins the 2011/2012 Season on September 16, 2011, with our annual Open Mike and Fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders.

Bring cash, we'll have a book sale again this year!

May 6, 2011: Yvonne Blomer, Pam Porter & Rhona McAdam launch Leaf Press Chapbooks!
Yvonne Blomer's first collection of poetry, a broken mirror, fallen leaf, was shortlisted for The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2007. Poems in the Leaf chapbook she’s launching, Landscapes and Home, have been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. Yvonne is currently working on a verse mystery titled Death of Persephone based on the myth and set in Montreal. Yvonne is the organizer and host of The Planet Earth Poetry reading series.

Pamela Porter is the author of three collections of poetry and three works for children. Her novel in narrative verse, The Crazy Man, won the 2005 Governor General’s Award, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and other accolades. Her poetry has been shortlisted four times for the CBC literary awards, including this collection of ghazals. M. Travis Lane has written, “Porter’s poems are pervaded with a sense of grace, of mercy, beauty and benediction.” Pamela lives in North Saanich with her family and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs, and cats, including a formerly wild mustang.She will be launching This Awakening to Light.

Rhona McAdam is a poet and food writer who has eaten well in many countries. She has a master's degree in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences (Slow Food's university in northern Italy), writes a food and poetry blog (the Iambic Cafe), and teaches an online course in urban agriculture and food security. Her fifth and most recent full-length poetry collection, Cartography, was published in 2006; and Sunday Dinners, an art/poetry collaboration with Colleen Philippi was published by JackPine in 2010. She will be launching a delectable Leaf chapbook of food poems: The Earth's Kitchen.