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Antler River Poetry (formerly Poetry London)

As we continue to amplify the voices of diverse and vibrant poets from across the breadth of Nations, territories, habitats, waterways, and provinces commonly known as Canada, we recognize that “Poetry London” uses colonial language that does not reflect our organization’s ethos. We are in the process of changing the name of the Poetry London reading series to Antler River Poetry, which borrows from the transliterated Anishinabemowin Deshkan Ziibi, one of the original and continuous names for the river. Unceded to treaty, the Antler River flows through the Oneida Nation of the Thames, the Munsee Delaware Nation, the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, and the city known as London, Ontario. The name Antler River Poetry symbolically moves our reading series away from the city and toward the river: a source of life, a place of intersection, and a host to diverse communities.

Antler River Poetry Open Mic

TAP Centre for Creativity, Wednesday June 29 2022 at 6:00pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2022 AT 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT Antler River Poetry Open Mic TAP Centre for CreativityIn partnership with the Words Festival, Antler River Poetry presents our Spring Event, Open Mic poetry, featuring our 2022 ARP Poetry Prize-winners Brian Baker, Sana Mufti, and Tom Prime. Our evening will also feature a reading by UWO’s new Student Writer-in-Residence, Matthew Dawkins, and a community open mic for all genres of writing. Share the invitation widely: bring a poem, bring a friend!

  • 29 June, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
  • TAP: Centre for Creativity
  • Masks are required for this event
  • Facebook: https://fb.me/e/3k3Qr56Lw
  • Sign-up onsite that evening

A community book table will also be available for cash and debit purchases of titles from 845 Press, Baseline Press, Edna Press, and many of London’s writers.

To ensure the well-being of all of our community members, our event will be a mask-mandatory event.
This event is made possible by the support of the London Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the London Public Library, and TAP: Centre for Creativity.


Antler River Poetry 2022 Poetry Contest Winning Poems Are Here

We are delighted to publish the winning poems of our 2022 poetry contest judged by Klara du Plessis. Along with the winning poems, we are including the poets’ photos and bios and the judge’s notes.

1st Prize “Mechlorethamine and his temporary absence” – Brian Baker

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Brian Baker

Brian Baker is a London, Ontario poet who began his writing journey back in the late eighties and is now on his first re-imagining. His work has appeared both in print and online in the States and Canada and he was also the 2020 winner of what is now the Antler River Poetry Contest.

Judge’s Notes

“Mechlorethamine and his temporary absence”: Formally precise and cross-disciplinary in scope, this poem offers a terse exploration of loneliness in a clinical medical institution and cancer ward. Isolation itself becomes a relational form of connection, however, as body, objects, and open space fuse into a site of peace and healing.

2nd Prize “Student Housing” – Tom Prime

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Tom Prime

Tom Prime is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Western University. His debut solo collection of poetry Mouthfuls of Space was released by Anvil Press last year and was shortlisted for the 2022 Gerald Lampert Memorial award. His latest collaborative collection, Bird Arsonist, written with Gary Barwin, was released by New Star books earlier this year.

Judge’s Notes

“Student Housing”: A misleadingly simple text that moves along a poetic axis of sound and assonance. Studenthood functions as an enclosure that delimits the speaker’s lived experience, while curiosity perforates constraints, daringly intertextual.

3rd Prize: “They have my voice” – Sana Mufti

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Suna Mufti

Sana Mufti is a creative writer with a double degree in English and Psychology from the University of Toronto and is currently completing her Master’s in English at the University of Western Ontario. Sana strives to explore themes of identity and the philosophy of time and motion. She comments on the personal struggle of defining the self and finding stability in a constantly changing world.

Judge’s Notes

“They have my voice”: A moving, meta-narrative reflection on the act of self-expression through poetry, this poem dramatizes affect (so often the driving force of lyric poetry) to eventually question the ability to create at all.


Antler River Poetry Presents Khashayar Mohammadi, Klara du Plessis & Local Opener Miriam Cummings

Wednesday April 20th

Antler River Poetry Presents Klara du Plessis and Khashayar Mohammadi, Wednesday April 20, 2022 at 7pm EST

Antler River Poetry is pleased to present an evening of poetry featuring Khashayar Mohammadi and Klara du Plessis with local opener Miriam Cummings.

Also, hear the winners of our 2022 Open Theme Poetry Contest read their pieces! 1st Prize: “Mechlorethamine and his temporary absence” by Brian Baker; 2nd Prize: “Student Housing” by Tom Prime; 3rd Prize: “They have my voice” by Sana Mufti.

  • LIVE on ZOOM 7:00pm EDT, FREE w/ registration: Zoom Link
  • Pre-reading Workshop at 5:30pm *

* To join our pre-reading workshop at 5:30pm, free and open to the public, communicate your interest to poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors: London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, The London Public Library, Gordon Hill Press, Palimpsest Press, and digibee.net.


Announcing Our 2022 Contest Winners Selected by Klara du Plessis!

Antler River Poetry is very pleased to announce the winners of our 2022 Open Theme Poetry Contest judged by Klara du Plessis. A big thank you to Klara for judging and to all poets for submitting their work.

1st Prize: “Mechlorethamine and his temporary absence” – Brian Baker

2nd Prize: “Student Housing” – Tom Prime

3rd Prize: “They have my voice” – Sana Mufti

Congrats Brian, Tom, & Sana!


REVIEW: Waking Ground by shalan joudry (Gaspereau Press, 2020)

by Erin Turnbull

Shalan joudry’s second book of poetry, Waking Ground, expertly weaves together Mi’kmaq with English, ecosystems with community, and the injustices of the past with the hope of the future. Using Two-Eyed Seeing to combine Indigenous and western epistemologies, this collection flows freely between the two perspectives, embarking on a continuous journey through them towards resurgence and reconciliation. Joudry is a poet, storyteller, singer, and artist who shares Mi’kmaw culture and oral tradition through her work as a creator and ecologist. Her choice to use lowercase orthography for her name in all circumstances except for the beginning of a sentence to “not over-emphasize the self in relation to the collective” is brilliantly displayed in Waking Ground—place names and personal pronouns remain in lowercase, equalizing the individual with the natural world.

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Antler River Poetry Presents Charlie Petch, shalan joudry, & Jennifer Mustapha

Wednesday March 23rd

Poster: Antler River Poetry Presents - March 23rd, 2022

March event will feature Charlie Petch and shalan joudry with local opener Jennifer Mustapha.

  • Join us on Zoom at 7pm EST
  • Pre-reading Workshop 5:30pm

To join our pre-reading workshop at 5:30pm, free and open to the public, communicate your interest to poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors: London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, The London Public Library, Gaspereau Press, Brick Books, and digibee.net.


Antler River Poetry 2022 Open Theme Contest

DEADLINE March 15th, 2022 Extended to March 20th, 2022

Antler River Poetry Contest 2022 - Open Theme - Deadline March 15h 2022 Antler River Poetry Contest 2022

Submit your best work to Antler River Poetry’s 2022 Open Theme Poetry Contest, judged by acclaimed poet Klara du Plessis! Contest entries must be one poem of no more than 40 lines, on any topic, in any style; only submit original work that has not been previously published in print or online.

Send poems in PDF format by email only to AntlerRiverPoetryContest@gmail.com. Please include your name, your complete contact information (including mailing address) and the title of your poem in the body of the email. Poems will be presented anonymously to our judge. Do not include your name in the PDF file of your poem. You must be a resident of (or attending school in) London, ON and surrounding area to enter. Winners will be announced in mid-April 2022 (only winners will be contacted).

  • First Prize is $100
  • Second Prize is $75
  • Third Prize is $50

The winning poets will have their work published on Antler River Poetry’s website and will be invited to read their winning pieces at an upcoming live Zoom event.


Antler River Poetry Presents Sile Englert , Jason Heroux, & Kit Roffey!

Wednesday February 16th

On Wednesday February 16th at 7pm, we are launching our video event featuring readings by Sile Englert, Jason Heroux and local opener Kit Roffey. Jason Heroux will read poetry from his collections, including Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines, as well as new work, published by Mansfield Press. Sile Englert will read from her book The Lost Time Accidents, published by Goose Lane.

  • Digital Event: Poetry Readings at 7pm EST on our YouTube Channel
  • Workshop: Zoom 5:30pm. To register, communicate your interest to poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com.
  • Join us for great online poetry!

Thank you to our generous event sponsors: London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, The London Public Library, Mansfield Press, Goose Lane Press, and digibee.net.


Our first event of the new year will feature Elana Wolff and Sadiqa de Meijer with local opener Shannon Arntfield!

Wednesday January 19th

Antler River Poetry London January 19th 2022 Online Event Zoom 7pm

Join us for our pre-reading workshop at 5:30pm, free and open to the public, by communicating your interest through poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com.

Sadiqa de Meijer‘s most recent books are The Outer Wards (Vehicule Press) and alfabet / alphabet (Palimpsest Press). Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in journals internationally, and been awarded the CBC Poetry Prize, Arc‘s Poem of the Year award, and other honours. Her first book of poetry was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Literature.

Elana Wolff is the author of seven collections of poetry and a collection of essays on poems. She has also co-authored, with the late Malca Litovitz, a collection of rengas; co-authored, with Susie Petersiel Berg, a limited-edition chapbook of poems; and co-translated, with Menachem Wolff, poems from the Hebrew by Georg Mordechai Langer; part of a joint Franz Kafka-Georg Mordechai Langer flipside book. Elana’s poems and creative nonfiction pieces are widely published in Canada and internationally, and have garnered awards. She has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently lives and works in Thornhill, Ontario. Elana’s sixth collection, Swoon (Guernica Editions, 2020), received the 2020 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry. Shape Taking, her seventh book of poems, is newly-released with Ekstasis Editions, and Faithfully Seeking Franz, a hybrid prose-and-poetry collection, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in 2023.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors: London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, The London Public Library, Guernica Editions, Vehicule Press, Palimpsest Press, and digibee.net.


Antler River Poetry Presents Marilyn Dumont

Wednesday November 24th

 Antler River Poetry Presents Marilyn Dumont Wednesday November 24th On Wednesday November 24th, we host a digital event featuring Marilyn Dumont. Digital Reading 7:00pm ET This will be a live Zoom reading. ***For Zoom links, email poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com Zoom Workshop 5:30pm ET Limited enrolment, restricted to London residents. To register, email poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com Join us for fantastic online poetry!
Marilyn Dumant

On Wednesday November 24th, please join us for digital readings by Marilyn Dumont! As usual, will also be hosting a pre-reading Workshop.

  • Digital Reading 7:00pm ET
  • This will be a live Zoom reading.
  • ***For Zoom links, email poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com
  • FREE w/ registration at Eventbrite.
  • Zoom Workshop 5:30pm ET
  • Limited enrolment, restricted to London residents.
  • To register, email poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com

Join us for a poetry-packed evening!


Antler River Poetry Presents Rebecca Salazar, James Lindsay & Ashley Li

Wednesday October 20th

Antler River Poetry Presents Rebecca Salazar & James Lindsay on Wednesday October 20th. Digital Zoom reading start at 7pm EDT. To receive link for this event please email poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com Zoom Workshop 5:30pm EDT (limited enrollment, restricted to London residents only; to register email poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com
Antler River Poetry Presents

On Wednesday October 20th, we host a LIVE digital event featuring James Lindsay and Rebecca Salazar with local opener Ashley Li.

  • LIVE Zoom Reading 7:00pm ET
  • Zoom Workshop 5:30 EDT (enrollment limited, London residents only)
  • ***For Zoom links, email poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com

Join us for fantastic online poetry!


Antler River Poetry Presents Dominik Parisien, Sonnet L’Abbé & Amelia Does

Wednesday September 22nd

Wednesday September 22nd - Antler River Poetry Presents Dominik Parisien and Sonnet L’Abbé - LIVE Zoom Reading 7:00pm EDT Zoom Workshop 5:30 EDT ***For Zoom links, email poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com
Wednesday September 22nd – Antler River Poetry Presents

On Wednesday September 22nd, 2021, we start our new season with a LIVE digital event featuring: Dominik Parisien and Sonnet L’Abbé! Sonnet will read poetry from Sonnet’s Shakespeare, published by Penguin Random House Canada. Dominik will read from Side Effects May Include Strangers published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Local opener Amelia Does will join Dominik and Sonnet. Amelia Does is an artist and writer. She has published six books, academic writing and poetry. For more about Amelia visit ameliadoes.com.

Join us for fantastic online poetry!


Antler River Poetry (formerly Poetry London) 2021-2022 Season

We are delighted to announce the readers for our upcoming 18th season!

Antler River Poetry (formerly Poetry London) is eager to provide our online audience with a line-up of excellent poets during live Zoom workshops and events taking place through the remainder of 2021, with the possibility of in-person events in 2022 remaining subject to restrictions and guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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