2020 – Archived Content from Current Events Page

Poetry London Online Presents Madeline Bassnett & El Jones

Wednesday November 18th


On Weds Nov 18, we launch our next video event featuring Madeline Bassnett & El Jones, along with local opener Melissa Schnarr

On Wednesday November 18th, we launch our next video event featuring Madeline Bassnett, El Jones, along with local opener Melissa Schnarr!

  • Online Readings 7:00pm EDT on our YouTube channel
  • Zoom Workshop 6:00pm (open to all, email registration)
  • Email us at poetrylondon[dot]ca[at]gmail[dot]com

Join us for fantastic online poetry!


All Wings and Fire: A Review of Madeline Bassnett’s Under the Gamma Camera

by Taylor Rousselle

Madeline Bassnett’s first full-length collection of poetry, Under the Gamma Camera (2019), comes at the perfect time to a world plagued by natural and physical illness. Described as “a frank portrait of our relationship with disease,” Bassnett’s poetry gives voice to the intensely personal, as it works to reconcile her contradictory experience with breast cancer which was at once deeply emotional and strangely clinical, but also to the broader human condition which, at its core, is inextricably connected with the fraught condition of the Earth.

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Poetry London Online Presents

Randy Lundy & Ali Blythe with local opener Sydney Warner Brooman


Poetry London (Online) Presents Randy Lundy and Ali Blythe Wed Oct 21 2020

Wednesday October 21st 2020

On Weds Oct 21, we launch our next video event featuring Randy Lundy and Ali Blythe with local opener Sydney Warner Brooman.

  • YouTube Readings 7:00pm EDT on YouTube
  • Zoom Workshop 6:00pm (Londoners only, email registration)

Join us for fantastic online poetry!


Reminder: our fall events this year are video readings launched on our YouTube channel; we hope that public health conditions will allow us to return to live events in 2021.

Poetry London Online Presents

Roxanna Bennett & Greg Santos with local opener Courtney Ward-Zbeetnoff


Poetry London Presents Roxanna Bennett and Greg Santos. Wednesday September 23 7pm

Wednesday September 23rd 2020

Roxanna Bennett will read poetry from her Trillium Award-winning collection Unmeaningable from Gordon Hill Press. Greg Santos will read from his DC Books collections Rabbit Punch! and Ghost Face. Local writer poet Courtney Ward-Zbeetnoff will open. Courtney is Western’s Student Writer-in-Residence & has a special interest in writing about mental health.

The event launches at 7:00pm on YouTube. Don’t miss it!

NEW: Poetry London’s 2020-2021 Season


Poetry London is delighted to announce the readers for its upcoming 17th season!

Our three fall events will be video readings launched on our YouTube page; we hope that public health conditions will allow us to return to live events in 2021.

Regardless, we can’t wait to host these outstanding poets:

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


Poetry London is Talking with the Presses – Episode 13



Poetry London is Talking with the Presses – Episodes 9 – 12



Poetry London is Talking with the Presses – Episodes 5 – 8



Wednesday July 22nd Digital Event

Poetry London Presents D.A. Lockhart & Lucas Crawford along with local opener Dave Monture


YouTube Readings 7:00pm EDT
Zoom Workshop 6:00pm (London residents only, email registration)

Join us for fantastic online poetry!


Poetry London is Talking with the Presses – Episodes 1 – 4



Poetry London Online: Spring Mini Reading Series


Poetry London Online - Spring Mini Reading Series 2020 - Special Event
Click to view poster.

During social distancing, please join us for some great poetry! Announcing our spring project: a multi-week online mini reading series featuring poets from across Canada! Video posts will happen on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. First episode took place on May 20th. If you miss the initial posting time, don’t worry: all videos will remain on our Poetry London YouTube page.

Check our Facebook and YouTube for updates.

Reading Episodes

Episode 5 – June 24th 2020 – Kaie Kellough, Adam Pottle, Tom Prime & Gary Barwin



Episode 4 – June 17th 2020 – Lindsay Bird, Raoul Fernandes, and Rebecca Păpucaru



Episode 3 – June 3rd 2020 – Dominique Bernier-Cormier, Ayesha Chatterjee & Smokii Sumac



Episode 2 – May 27th 2020 – Kayla Czaga, Annick MacAskill & Tyler Pennock



Episode 1 – May 20th 2020 – Joanna Lilley, Robin Richardson, and Gillian Sze.



An Evening with Shelly Harder, Paola Ferrante, & Shannon Bramer

Poetry London Blog (Feb. 26th, 2020) by Amelia Eqbal


Originally, Poetry London was prepared to welcome Gillian Sze and Paola Ferrante as our feature poets for February’s reading. When weather conditions prevented Sze’s flight from leaving Montreal the morning of the reading, however, the day was saved by Toronto poet Shannon Bramer, who was available to carpool into the city with Ferrante and gracious enough to fill in for Sze on short notice.

It was lovely to see the outpouring of support between these poets both online and in person. Sze, Ferrante, and Bramer cheered each other on via Twitter all afternoon, and regarded each other highly in their opening remarks that evening.

https://twitter.com/gilliansze/status/1232734716291420160

While the circumstances leading up to the evening’s events weren’t ideal, once the night’s activities began, they unfolded without a further hitch.

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Announcing Poetry London’s 2020 Poetry Contest Winners


We’re pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 Open Theme Poetry Contest judged by Lucas Crawford. Thanks to Lucas for being the judge and to all contestants for submitting a poem. Congratulations to the winners!

• 1st Prize: “The oldest photograph of” by Brian Baker

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• 2nd Prize: “Susan Gilbert” by Gabrielle Drolet

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• 3rd Prize: “O” by Megan Silva

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UPDATE: March 25th Poetry London Event POSTPONED Indefinitely


Our March event featuring Mary di Michele and Susan Gillis has been postponed indefinitely due to ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus. Safety of readers and audience is the priority.


Poetry London 2020 Open Theme Contest

***DEADLINE EXTENDED!*** March 15th, 2020


Poetry London Poetry Contest 2020
Poetry Contest 2020

Submit your best work to Poetry London’s 2020 Open Theme poetry contest, judged by acclaimed Canadian poet Lucas Crawford! 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 poetrylondon.contest@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. Judging will be anonymous. Do not include your name in the PDF file with your poem. You must be a resident of (or attending school in) London and surrounding area to enter. Winners will be announced in early April 2020 (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 Poetry London’s website and will be invited to read their poems at our April 22nd event, ahead of the feature readers.

UPDATE:
Poetry London Presents Paula Ferrante, Shannon Bramer, & Shelly Harder

Wednesday February 26th


Shannon Bramer

Paola Ferrante
Paola Ferrante

The show will go on! We’re excited to have Paola Ferrante and Shannon Bramer read with us this week, along with local opener Shelly Harder.

  • At Fred Landon Branch Library (167 Wortley Road)
  • Readings: 7:00pm
  • Workshop: 6:00pm

Come warm up with some fantastic poetry!


Poetry London Presents
Paula Ferrante, Gillian Sze & Shelly Harder

Wednesday February 26th


Poetry London Presents Paula Ferrante, Gillian Sze & Shelly Harder, Wednesday February 26th
Paula Ferrante, Gillian Sze & Shelly Harder

We’re excited to have Paola Ferrante and Gillian Sze read with us this week, along with local opener Shelly Harder

  • At Fred Landon Branch Library
  • Readings: 7:00pm
  • Workshop: 6:00pm

Come warm up with some fantastic poetry!


Wednesday January 22: Dale Smith & Kirby!


Poetry London Wed Jan 22nd 2020 7pm to 830pm Kirby and Dale Smith. Workshop 6pm.
Dale Smith & Kirby Jan 22

On Weds Jan 22, we kick off 2020 with wonderful feature readers Dale Smith and Kirby.

More info: twitter.com/poetrylondon_catwitter.com/londonlibrarytwitter.com/dalemartinsmithtwitter.com/itsakirby