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 - $50 ($30 for Guild Members)

Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave SW

Presented with: Writers’ Guild of Alberta

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Event 2: Wild Women & Friends

Lorna Crozier is a GG winning Canadian poet & icon! The much loved, spectacular and amazing Canadian idol Aritha van Herk!

Sheri-D Wilson who will perform her new works with her amazing band The Orbiting Ouroborus (Dave Bauer, Kenna Burima, Liam McDonald, Barry Reynolds, Mark Williams). Julie Trimingham returns to Calgary with new books and hot ideas.Instigators and initiators! Cobra Collins is a Slam Champion, who will bring it! Her poetry rocks.

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 - $15

Festival Hall, 1215 10th Ave SE

Presented with: Woolf’s Voices (Adrienne Adams)

MC: Aritha van Herk


Event 3: Off the Charts

Mighty Mike McGee who is the most amazing force—all the way from Sante Fe!  Sheri-D Wilson who will perform her new works with her amazing band The Orbiting Ouroborus (Dave Bauer, Kenna Burima, Liam McDonald, Barry Reynolds, Mark Williams).

Mary Pinkoski hailing from Edmonton will blaze with star-power. Andre Prefontaine returns to Calgary from Toronto where he’s become the toast of the town. Shaf is a local Slam Champion who’s garnered a lot of attention lately—up & coming one-to-watch, The thrilling Sadlier-Brown Band - full-on fun! And! Calgary’s Poet Laureate Micheline Maylor will use her amazing powers to help the night sing!

Monday, April 24
7:00 PM - $15

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.

Tuesday, April 25
8:00 PM - $5 (at the door)

The Unicorn Super Pub - Celtic Cellar (downstairs)