Calgary Spoken Word Festival: Words & Music

April 22-25, 2017

Event 1: Workshop—Making & Unmaking Metaphor

—with Lorna Crozier
Metaphor reveals to the writer and the reader things they thought they didn’t know. It sends a tap root into the ancient, the primitive, the archetypal. You could say metaphor, no matter what the writer’s language, is poetry’s mother tongue. But where does metaphor come from, how do we coax it into being and onto the page, how do we know if it belongs there? Why do some metaphors raise goose bumps and others leave us feeling bland? What do metaphors and images have in common? This session will ponder these questions, shine a light on some beautiful comparisons, and get you writing a couple of poems. Please bring paper and pen and an enquiring and open mind. Also, bring a metaphor (written by another poet, ancient or contemporary) that knocks your socks off.

Saturday, April 22
10:00am-2:00pm - By Donation

Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave SW

Presented with: Writers’ Guild of Alberta

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Event 2: Wild Women & Friends

Instigators and initiators! Cobra Collins is a Slam Champion, who will bring it! Her poetry rocks.

Julie Trimingham returns to Calgary with new books and hot ideas. Lorna Crozier is a GG winning Canadian icon! and the much loved and respected Aritha van Herk create a new way to create the rue!

Adrienne Adams, acting pack leader at Woolf's Voices will gather us all up as the evenings Mistress to howl together in a space of our own! Woolf's Voices: Mission: To Honour the Feminine within us all and create more cultural space for us to do so in.

Sunday, April 23
7:00 PM - By Donation

Festival Hall, 1215 10th Ave SE

Presented with: Woolf’s Voices (Adrienne Adams)

MC: Aritha van Herk


Event 3: Off the Charts

Shaf is a local Slam Champion who’s garnered a lot of attention lately—up & coming one-to-watch. Andre Prefontaine returns to Calgary from Toronto where he’s become the toast of the town.

Mary Pinkoski hailing from Edmonton will blaze with star-power. Followed by Mighty Mike McGee who is the force—really he is the force! And then to top it all off we have The Sadlier-Brown Band to make us all giddy and thrilled to the bone. Calgary’s Poet Laureate Micheline Maylor will use her amazing powers to help the night sing!

Monday, April 24
7:00 PM - By Donation

Festival Hall, 1215 10th Ave SE

MC: Micheline Maylor


Event 4: Ink Spot Slam & Open Mic

The Ink Spot is Calgary's Official SPOCAN Poetry Slam & Open Mic. Join us at The Unicorn Downtown (Downstairs)—and share your poetry! Sign up for Slam and Open Mic 7:30 sharp, show starts at 8pm.

Sunday, April 23
7:00 PM - By Donation

Festival Hall, 1215 10th Ave SE

Presented with: Woolf’s Voices (Adrienne Adams)

MC: Aritha van Herk