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5 Must-Catch Events at Edmonton Poetry Festival


Photo by Randall Edwards.

More than just rhymes and structure, poetry is an exciting force that connects communities and offers new insights into old problems. Coinciding with National Poetry Month every year, the Edmonton Poetry Festival celebrates poetry in all its forms — from haiku to spoken word — at engaging and unique events that lift the words off the page. This year’s festival boasts 41 events on the theme of “becoming”, and here are some of our picks for your best bets!

1. Everything but the Kitchen Blinks | April 18 | 7 pm
With only 30 seconds to read, poets attempt to impress with their best and briefest words in this rapid-fire poetry challenge.
The Mercury Room | 10575-114 St.

2. Poetry Becomes Identity | April 19 | 5 pm
At this showcase of queer poets, learn how labels help or harm identities—featuring celebrated American poet Richard Siken.
The Mercury Room | 10575-114 St.

3. Poetry Becomes Art | April 20 | 6 pm
Three poets, including Armand Garnet Ruffo, explore how their visual art interplays with their poetry. A private guided tour of the art gallery will follow the discussion.
The Art Gallery of Alberta | 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.

4. That Becomes You | April 21 | 5:30 pm
Local literary magazine Glass Buffalo hosts an engaging reading and discussion with four emerging writers about why they began writing poetry. Special guest Kayla Czaga will also read at the event.
Audreys Books | 10702 Jasper Ave.

5. Wine & Wild Women Wordsmiths | April 22 | 8:30 pm
Four talented female poets have each chosen a wine that pairs well with the complex flavours of their poetry. Enjoy both at this fun night of words and wine!
Latitude 53 | 10248-106 St.

The festival runs from April 17 to 24, and you can view the complete schedule of events on the website.

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