Wednesday, 3 October 2012


Award-winning Poet
Poetry Editor
Founder of Rubicon Press
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jenna’s Course Description:

The course will explore a variety of unique forms, ranging from the more well-recognized anti ghazal to project-based forms such as plunderverse, anagram poetry, and flarf. We will look at sample poems in each of these forms and then try our own hands at them to see where imagination takes us. Handouts will be included for all participants.
Fee: $65All poets welcome -- only 10 spaces available!

To enroll:

Send your name, e-mail address, and cheque (made out to Planet Earth Poetry) as soon as possible to the address below. Your cheque will hold your place in the workshop. Questions? Write Susan at

Susan Braley/PEP Workshop
3515 Upper Terrace Road
Victoria, BC
V8R 6E8

P.S. Save this date: Saturday, January 19! Cornelia Hoogland will offer an intriguing three-hour poetry-fiction workshop called Red meets her wolf, or, is that a gun in her basket? More info on this workshop soon.

October 5

(With support of The League of Canadian Poets and The Canada Council for the Arts)

Ronna Bloom and Steve Noyes

Ronna Bloom launches Cloud with a Fire in the Basement.

She is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Permiso (Pedlar Press, 2009), shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award.  Her poems have been translated into Spanish and Bengali and broadcast on cbc Radio. Her work appeared in “Poetry is Public is Poetry,” an initiative of Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand, which showcases and celebrates the work of Canadian poets to help transform Toronto’s public realm into a forum for the written word. Bloom works as a writing teacher and
psychotherapist. She has led workshops across Canada and abroad, and currently is Poet in
Community at the University of Toronto.


Steve Noyes is a Victoria writer whose first novel, It is just that your house is so far away, was published in 2010 by Signature Editions. Rainbow Stage Manchuria is his seventh book. Al Moritz said, "Noyes is one of our best poets."

October 12

PEP Cancelled in support of Victoria’s Writer’s Festival

Step Into the Ring Write-Off: Sharpen your pencils for an on-the-spot writing slam. Win prizes! Sponsored by Planet Earth Poetry. $3 for a night of hijinx. 7:30 p.m.

All events take place on the grounds of Camosun College. $10 per event ($8 for students). Festival Pass $30 ($20 for students).


October 19

Sally Ito and Sarah Tsiang

(With support of The Canada Council for the Arts)

Sally Ito is a writer living in Winnipeg. She has published four books -- most recently, Alert to Glory (Turnstone Press, 2011) a poetry collection -- as well as having published articles and reviews in various Canadian newspapers and journals. She also is a regular blog contributor to the multicultural children's literature blog, PaperTigers.

Yi-Mei (Sarah) Tsiang is the author of Flock of Shoes (Annick Press, 2010) and The Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales (Leaf Press, 2010). She has two forthcoming books for children and her work has been sold and translated internationally. She has published poetry extensively in Canadian journals, and has appeared in several anthologies. She is currently completing UBC’s MFA program, and works as a mentor to aspiring writers through UBC’s Booming Ground and Queen’s University’s Enrichment Studies Department. Yi-Mei lives in Kingston with her husband and young daughter. She drew from her own experiences as a mother in the creation of the poems in Sweet Devilry.

October 26

Sandy Pool and Ann Graham Walker

Sandy Pool is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist who lives in Toronto. Sandy holds a degree in Theatre Performance and English from the University of Toronto, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University Guelph. Currently, she is a holder of the prestigious Killam scholarship in poetics at the University of Calgary, where she is completing her Phd. Sandy has been published in various literary journals and was most recently anthologized in The Best Canadian Poems in 2011,published by Tightrope Books. Her first book, Exploding Into Night,published by Guernica Editions, was long-listed for the 2010 re-lit award and short-listed for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for poetry.

Ann Graham Walker is a writer and journalist. She was a finalist in the 2010 Malahat Open Season Awards and the 2010 Prism International Poetry Contest. She has had poems published in the Rocksalt Anthology, The Wild Weathers love poem anthology, PRISM International, the Gaspereau Review, Pitkin Review, the Windfire Anthology, Leaf Press’s Monday’s Poem series, and six chap books edited by Patrick Lane. Her first chap book, The Puzzle at the End of Love, will be published by Leaf Press in the summer of 2012. Ann is an Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets.


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