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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 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 BakerBrian 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 MuftiSana 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.


Poetry London Presents

Wednesday June 30rd 7pm – the long-awaited video collaboration of Mary di Michele and Susan Gillis, including work by Yoko’s Dogs!

  • Local Openers Michelle Arnett and Michele Nicole
  • YouTube Event 7:00pm ET
  • Zoom Workshop 6:00pm
  • Join us for great online poetry!

Poetry London Presents

Wednesday June 23rd 7pm – Spring Mini Reading Series – Episode Three:
Joseph Dandurand, Jen Sookfong Lee and Yusuf Saadi

Episode Two of our online Spring Mini Reading Series will feature great poetry by Joseph Dandurand, Jen Sookfong Lee and Yusuf Saadi! Videos will launch Wednesday June 16th at 7:00pm EDT on Facebook and YouTube. See poet bios below.


Poetry London Presents

Wednesday June 16th 7pm – Spring Mini Reading Series – Episode Two:
Larissa Lai, Lisa Pasold and Ayaz Pirani

Episode Two of our online Spring Mini Reading Series will feature splendid readings by Larissa Lai, Lisa Pasold and Ayaz Pirani! Videos will launch Wednesday June 16th at 7:00pm EDT on Facebook and YouTube. See poet bios below.


Poetry London Presents

Wednesday June 9th 7pm – Spring Mini Reading Series – Episode One:
Bertrand Bickersteth, John Elizabeth Stintzi and M. Travis Lane

Episode One of our online Spring Mini Reading Series will feature great poetry by Bertrand Bickersteth, John Elizabeth Stintzi and M. Travis Lane! Videos will launch Wednesday June 9th at 7:00pm EDT on Facebook and YouTube. See poet bios below.


Announcing Our 2021 Spring (into Summer) Digital Mini Reading Series!

Announcing our 2021 digital Mini Reading Series! Starting June 9th at 7:00pm, we’ll launch new poetry videos on YouTube featuring these great poets: Bertrand Bickersteth, Joseph A. Dandurand, Larissa Lai, M. Travis Lane, Jen Sookfong Lee, Ayaz Pirani, Yusuf Saadi and John Elizabeth Stintzi.

Poetry London is pleased to announce our 2021 digital Spring Mini Reading Series! Starting on June 9th, we will launch poetry videos on our YouTube channel each Wednesday at 7:00pm EDT (for three weeks). These videos will feature closed captioning. Read bios of our featured poets below.

  • Bertrand Bickersteth
  • Joseph A. Dandurand
  • Larissa Lai
  • M. Travis Lane
  • Jen Sookfong Lee
  • Lisa Pasold
  • Ayaz Pirani
  • Yusuf Saadi
  • John Elizabeth Stintzi

About the Poets

Bertrand Bickersteth

Bertrand Bickersteth

Bertrand Bickersteth is an educator who also writes poetry and plays. His collection of poetry, The Response of Weeds was named one of CBC’s best books of poetry for 2020 and won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for 2021. He lives in Calgary, teaches at Olds College, and writes about Black identity on the Prairies. Purchase Bertrand Bickersteth’s book here: https://newestpress.com/books/response-of-weeds-the

Joseph A. Dandurand

Joseph Dandurand

Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River about 20 minutes east of Vancouver. He resides there with his 3 children Danessa, Marlysse, and Jace. Joseph is the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. Joseph received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. He has published numerous books of poetry, including I Want (Leaf Press, 2015), Hear and Foretell (BookLand Press, 2015), The Rumour (BookLand Press, 2018), and SH:LAM (the doctor) (Mawenzi Press, 2019). His most recent books are The East Side of It All (Nightwood Editions, 2020), shortlisted for the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize, and I Will Be Corrupted (Guernica Editions, 2020). Purchase Joseph Dandurand’s latest books here:

Larissa Lai

Larissa Lai - photo by Monique de St. Croix

Larissa Lai is the author of Iron Goddess of Mercy (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2021), as well as two previous poetry books: Sybil Unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies (shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award), and a chapbook Eggs in the Basement (shortlisted for the bp Nichol Chapbook Award). Winner of the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and an Astraea Award, she has also authored three novels, most recently The Tiger Flu. She directs The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing.

Purchase Larissa Lai’s latest book here: https://arsenalpulp.com/Books/I/Iron-Goddess-of-Mercy

M. Travis Lane

M. Travis Lane

One of Canada’s most distinguished writers, M. Travis Lane lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She received her B.A. (Junior PBK) from Vassar College, and her M.A. and PhD. from Cornell University. She and her husband Lauriat Lane came to New Brunswick in 1960. Travis taught briefly at Cornell and at the University of New Brunswick and is a Honorary Research Associate with the English department at U.N.B. She is a member of the Voice of Women for Peace and a Raging Granny, a member of the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick and a Lifetime member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has published nineteen books of poetry and two of prose. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in Literary Arts, and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Literary Arts. She was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2015. Her latest book of poetry, Keeping Count, was published by Gordon Hill Press in 2020. You can purchase it here: https://www.gordonhillpress.com/products/keeping-count

Jen Sookfong Lee

Jen Sookfong Lee

Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, Gentlemen of the Shade, and Chinese New Year. Jen teaches at The Writers’ Studio Online with Simon Fraser University, edits fiction for Wolsak & Wynn, and co-hosts the literary podcast, Can’t Lit. Her first book of poetry, The Shadow List, was published by Buckrider Books in 2021. You can purchase it here: https://bookstore.wolsakandwynn.ca/products/the-shadow-list

Lisa Pasold

Lisa Pasold, photo by Louis Maistros

Lisa Pasold is the author of 5 books of fiction and poetry. In 2012, her book, Any Bright Horse, was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General Award. Lisa’s poetry has appeared in The Atlanta Review, The Los Angeles Review, Fence and New American Writing. Lisa is also the creator of “Improbable Walks”, story-telling art walks focusing on history, folk tales, and place memory. She has spent the pandemic taking pictures of flowers. Purchase Lisa Pasold’s books here: https://www.lisapasold.com/books

Ayaz Pirani

Ayaz Pirani

Ayaz Pirani was born in Tanzania. He studied humanities in Toronto and Montreal with a degree from Vermont College. Ayaz’s books include Happy You Are Here, Kabir’s Jacket Has a Thousand Pockets, and Bachelor of Art. His work recently appeared in The Malahat Review, ARC Poetry Magazine and The Antigonish Review. A new book is forthcoming from Gordon Hill Press in 2022. Purchase Ayaz Pirani’s latest book here: https://www.mawenzihouse.com/product/kabirs-jacket-has-a-thousand-pockets/

Yusuf Saadi

Yusuf Saadi - Author Photo

Yusuf Saadi’s first collection, Pluviophile (Nightwood, 2020), is shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. He currently lives in Montreal. Purchase his book here: https://harbourpublishing.com/products/9780889713741

John Elizabeth Stintzi

John Elizabeth Stintzi

John Elizabeth Stintzi is a non-binary writer and artist who grew up on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. Their work has been awarded the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, TheMalahat Review’s 2019 Long Poem Prize, the Sator New Works Award, and has been shortlisted for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award and the Raymond Souster Award. Their work has appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, Best Canadian Poetry, and many others. JES is the author of the novels My Volcano (2022) and Vanishing Monuments, as well as the poetry collection Junebat. They live and work with their wife in Kansas City. Purchase John Elizabeth Stintzi’s latest book here: https://houseofanansi.com/products/junebat?_pos=1&_sid=db84dca96&_ss=r


Poetry Projections Are Back This Week

Phil Hall
Phil Hall
Kathleen Roffey
Kathleen Roffey

Hey London! Poetry projections are back this week, “Monday April 26 to Friday April 30, from dusk to dawn”. Walk behind Museum London to see big outdoor projections of poems by our April feature reader Phil Hall & our 2021 contest winner Kathleen Roffey.

All details: http://museumlondon.ca/programs-events…

And don’t miss viewing our April digital event on YouTube!


In Conversation

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re digging into our interview archives!

Listen to Canisia Lubrin discuss her collection Voodoo Hypothesis (2017) with Kevin Heslop. Originally recorded & broadcast at CHRW Radio Western in 2019. Hear Governor General’s Award-winning poet Arleen Paré discuss Frances Loring and Florence Wyle in the context of her poetry collection The Girls with Stone Faces (Brick Books, 2017). Check out In Conversation.


Announcing Poetry London 2021 Poetry Contest Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2021 Poetry Contest judged by Phil Hall. Big thanks goes to Phil for being the judge and to all contestants for submitting their poetry. Congratulations to the winners!

1st Prize “Third in Line” – Kathleen Roffey

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2nd Prize “Called, Culled, Chosen, Caught” – Penn Kemp

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3rd Prize “Sensory Overload, Echolocation in for Repair” – Lynn Tait

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Honourable Mention “Eighty Land Birds to Know” – Deborah Windell

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Poetry London Online Presents Phil Hall

Wednesday April 21st

Poetry London Presents Phil Hall 2021 April 21 7pm Join Us Online

On Wednesday April 21, we are launching our final video event of the season featuring a full-length reading from Phil Hall with local opener Aidan Clark!

  • 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 great online poetry!


Special Art-Poetry Webinar Event!

On March 30th at 7:00pm, join us for a live Zoom artist’s talk with @mingot, who will discuss her poet portraits series with @rozsharp & give a tour of her visual arts studio space!

Full info & free registration here: https://t.co/2aZi1GUJ8Z


Poetry London Online Presents Melanie Janisse-Barlow & Cassidy McFadzean

Thursday March 25th

Poetry London Presents Cassidy McFadzean and Melanie Janisse-Barlow Thursday March 25 7pm EDT Zoom Workshop 6pm EDT To register for the workshop, email poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com (enrollment limited)

On Thursday March 25th, our next video event launches featuring Melanie Janisse-Barlow & Cassidy McFadzean along with local opener Akshi Chadha! Tune in at 7pm to our YouTube channel and join us for great online poetry!

  • Online Readings 7:00pm EDT on our YouTube channel
  • Zoom Workshop 6:00pm (limited enrollment, register by email at poetrylondon[dot]ca[at]gmail[dot]com)

Museum London Poetry Projections

Featuring the words of Melanie Janisse-Barlow and Cassidy McFadzea

  • Visible behind the Museum from the Wolf Sculpture Garden
  • Tuesday, March 23 to Saturday, March 27, from dusk to dawn

Museum London’s Poetry at the Forks projections are returning this week for all-night viewings. See arts-inspired excerpts from Windsor poet Melanie Janisse-Barlow’s latest collection Thicket, and Toronto-based Cassidy McFadzean’s book Drolleries projected onto our river-facing screens (the big window behind the Museum). Experience writing like you’ve never felt it in this night-lighting, larger than life format. All details here!


Poetry London 2021 Open Theme Contest

***DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 19th, 2021

Poetry London 2021 Open Theme Contest

Submit your best work to Poetry London’s 2021 Open Theme poetry contest, judged by legendary Canadian poet Phil Hall! 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 of your poem. You must be a resident of (or attending school in) London and surrounding area to enter. Winners will be announced in mid April 2021 (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 winning pieces at an upcoming digital video event.


Poetry London Online Presents Sachiko Murakami & Catherine Graham

Wednesday February 24th

Poetry London 2021 Presents Sachiko Murakami and Catherine Graham Wednesday February 24th 7pm Join Us Online

On Wednesday February 24th, our next video event launches featuring Sachiko Murakami & Catherine Graham along with local opener Jonathan Hermina! Mark the day in your calendars. Tune in at 7pm to our YouTube channel and join us for great online poetry!

  • 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

Poetry London Online Presents Irfan Ali & Shane Rhodes

Wednesday January 20th

Poetry London Presents Irfan Ali and Shane RhoRdes 2020 01 20

Don’t miss this event! Browse to our YouTube channel on Jan 20th at 7pm and enjoy.

  • 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

Happy 2021 everyone!

While COVID-19 prevents us from returning to live events, we still have outstanding digital #poetry coming your way, starting with our Jan 20, 2021 event featuring Irfan Ali & Shane Rhodes.


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