You’ll have bees in your bonnet and similes in your sonnet throughout April in Nanaimo with all of the National Poetry Month events happening around town. Here are a few of the ways and places that poetry is being celebrated locally. (If I have missed any poetic happenings, please leave the info in a comment below.)
April 1 (Tuesday) – Urban Poetry Café, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, on Radio CHLY. Tune in to the Changes Radio show as the hosts kick-off National Poetry Month with an Urban Poetry Café. Your hosts Shirley Goldberg, Leanne McIntosh, and Kim Goldberg will share poems from across the country and around world, and they will discuss what makes good poems work. Listen at 101.7 fm or online at chly.ca.
April 5 (Saturday) – Roaming Poets, 1:00-3:30 pm, The Vault Café, 499 Wallace Street. Join Roaming Poets Pat Smekal, Andrew Brown, Leanne McIntosh, and David Fraser for some sidewalk poetry in front of The Vault Café in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. There will be an open mic segment as well, so bring a poem of your own to share. If it’s raining, the event will move inside The Vault. Free.
April 6 (Sunday) – Poem Gallery Readings, 1:00-2:30 pm, Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street. More than 30 poets are represented in this year’s Poem Gallery at the library, and many will be on hand to share their poems that are displayed in the window. Emcee is Kim Goldberg, who created Nanaimo’s first Poem Gallery in 2008 and has been coordinating the annual Poem Gallery ever since. Light refreshments. Free.
April 12 (Saturday) – Fishing for Mermaids Book Launch, 1:00 pm, Bethlehem Retreat Centre, 2371 Arbot Road. Join Mary Ann Moore for the launch of her first full-length poetry collection, Fishing for Mermaids, published by Leaf Press. Coffee, tea, and sweet treats will be served. Everyone is welcome. Free.
April 29, (Tuesday) – Wordstorm, 7:00 pm, The Vault, 499 Wallace Street. Nanaimo’s premiere spoken-word event, Wordstorm, closes out National Poetry Month with featured readings from Lorne Daniel and Emilia Nielsen. Come early for coffee and a snack, or to sign up for the open mic. Program starts at 7:00 pm with the open mic. Admission: $5.