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May 2018 – Special Event 🎉

Poetry London presents –
Ten Cities: The Past Is Present & The Regional Poets Showcase 

A Literary Performance by Wayne Johnston ft. Frank Beltrano, Stan Burfield, Debbie Okun Hill, and Ron Stewart.

Free Admission, All Welcome!

Artist Wayne Johnston presents writings and drawings that explore the relationship between memory and place. He is revisiting ten sites in ten cities that have had a formative impact on his life.
His writing, described as prose poetry, creative non-fiction and postcard stories, seeks to discover the conversations the past can have with the present.
Previous presentations have been staged in New York City, Toronto, Accra (Ghana), Geneva (Switzerland) and Zagreb (Croatia).

The Regional Poets Showcase will feature readings by Frank Beltrano, Stan Burfield, Debbie Okun Hill, and Ron Stewart.


Frank Beltrano: Writes 3 early morning pages each day as per “The Artist’s Way.” Occasionally a poem comes out of this practice. Those poems have been published locally, nationally and internationally. He has read to thunderous applause in coffee shops, libraries, hotels, and churches, at open mics in art galleries, restaurants, music clubs, and bars.

Stan Burfield: As an Alberta farm boy, Stan Burfield developed a love of poetry from his father who wrote on homestead winter nights in the family sod house. He was briefly a reporter and an adventurer, then for many years a Vancouver florist, and finally, in 2012, the founder of London Open Mic Poetry.

Debbie Okun Hill: A Canadian poet and blogger with one trade book, four chapbooks, and over 380 of her poems published in such journals as Descant, Existere, The Literary Review of Canada, Vallum, and the Windsor Review. She is a former co-host of Sarnia’s Spoken Word event and was part of Sarnia’s Bluewater Reading Series committee. Follow her literary journey on her blog “Kites Without Strings”.

Ron Stewart: Since graduating from Royal Military College in 1966, Ron Stewart has been an RCAF pilot, an aircraft accident investigator, a Regional Aviation Safety Officer (for Transport Canada), an airline pilot (for Jazz) and most recently a poet. He started writing shortly after an airline accident took the lives of 3 friends. In 2006 he won the Great Blue Heron poetry prize and in 2010 the poetry division of the Coffee Shop Authors contest. He has published two books of poetry, both of which have sold out completely. He started and ran (for five years) a poetry workshop in Landon Library (complementary to Poetry London’s workshop). Presently he is deeply involved with many volunteer activities including two different poetry workshops.

Want to read even more about this event? Head on over to Debbie Okun Hill’s blog to learn more about Wayne Johnston’s work and what’s to come right here!

Event Details:
When – 7 PM, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
WhereTAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G4

Questions? Email us at poetrylondon[dot]ca[at]gmail[dot]com