Indigo Books Presents: Why (?) Poetry a reading series. Hosted by Shaista Justin
Indigo Books celebrates poetry month in April 2010 by launching their first ever poetry reading series titled: “Why (?) Poetry.” In conjunction with Canada’s foremost book advocate Heather Reisman (CEO, Indigo Books), Shaista Justin (poet, playwright and independent scholar) has undertaken to showcase established and emerging voices in the Canadian poetry landscape to ask the question: is poetry relevant to a contemporary audience? This 2 part series, through unconventional multi-faceted readings, interviews and an audience open-mic session, will seek answers to this question from poets and the audience alike.
A POET’S PERSPECTIVE: Indigo Manulife: Sunday, April 18, 2:30 pm
Superlative poets experienced in editing and publishing, read their own work, provide insight into the publishing world and provide a panel for an audience open-mic event to participate in the discussion.
Barry Dempster, Love Outlandish & Ivan’s Birches (Two-time Governor General’s Award Nominee, Chalmers Poetry Award Winner)
Pricilla Uppal, Traumatology (Olympic Poet-in-Residence, previously Shortlisted for the Giller Prize & the Griffin Poetry Prize)
David McFadden, Be Calm, Honey (Shortlisted for Governor-General’s Literary Award) & Why Are You So Sad? (Shortlisted for Griffin Poetry Prize)
Jim Smith, Back Off, Assassin! (Endorsed by Gary Geddes & Kevin Connelly)
REBEL POETS without BORDERS: Indigo Manulife: Sunday, April 25, 2:30pm
Poets, who either by theme or form enthrall audiences outside the realm of mainstream Canadian poetry, and/or command the attention of a global audience.