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Emily Isaacson to launch Snowflake Princess

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 4, 2013

Snowflake Princess launch poster

Emily IsaacsonOur next Open Mic and  Blue Moon reading is approaching fast! We’re looking forward to the launch of Emily Isaacson’s newest book Snowflake Princess.

This acclaimed book of prose-poetry is a tribute. The story, based on a true story,  is told in myth.

To read about the characters in the book, go to the Snowflake Princess website, select names from the menu and read samples of Emily’s prose-poems.

The evening is special in another way. Guest Carol Todd (mother of the late Amanda Todd) will attend and speak briefly during the introduction. In addition the Amanada Todd Legacy Fund will receive 10% of the profits from the sale of  book.

Snowflake Princess by Emily Isaacson

Snowflake Princess by Emily Isaacson

Blue Moon Reading and Open Mic

June 10

6:30 − 8:30 p.m.

Clearbrook Library

32320 George Ferguson Way

Abbotsford, BC

All are invited to this free event!

The open mic part of the evening will begin at 6:30. Readers, please sign up when you arrive. (Individuals do not need to be members of the Poets Potpourri Society to read.) Featured reading follows at around 7:15 p.m.

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May Blue Moon Reading & Book launch

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 3, 2013

Our next event is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for May 13th when our own Nicholas Roberts will be the featured guest at the Blue Moon Reading Series. He will be launching his new book the space between the eyes!

Find out more about the space between the eyes HERE.

the space between the eyes by Nicholas Roberts - launch

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Get ready for April—National Poetry Month

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 26, 2013

The beginning of April is just days away and with it comes National Poetry Month. Do you do anything special, poetry-wise, to celebrate it? If you don’t and would like to, here are five suggestions:

internet cafe1. Read a poem a day

Lots of sites post a new poem every day of the year. Some post daily poems just during April. Give these a try (note that many give you the option of subscribing, that is, having the poem delivered to you by email daily):

  • GottaBook– “30 Days, 30 Poets” – Thirty contemporary children’s poets share poems each day of April on Greg K’s blog GottaBook.

notebook-pencil2. Write a poem a day

Several sites provide daily poetry-writing prompts through April. Check out:

  • Poetic Asides (daily prompts beginning April 1st; weekly prompts every Wednesday).
  • Adele Kenny’s The Music In It blog (a prompt for every day in April coming April 1st; a weekly prompt every Saturday)

3. Start your own poetry blog

If you like writing poems and would like to share them with the world, sign up and start blogging for free at:
wordpress.com
blogger.com

owl reading book4. Buy a poetry book

Search your favourite poet on any book-buying site. Many poetry books are now also available for e-readers if that’s what you prefer (though I must say, as much as I love my Kindle, I still prefer reading poetry books in hard copy).

5. Attend a poetry event or reading

Consider this your invitation to ours—the MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading on Monday, April 8th.

  • Bring a poem or two to share during the Open Mic segment.
  • Enjoy our special guest, Robert Martens, whose chapbook poltergeist was shortlisted in the 2012 bpNichol award.
Robert Martens - Abbotsford BC poet

Robert Martens – reading an an MSA PPS Blue Moon night in June 2011

Robert Martens
Robert Martens was raised in an ethnic Mennonite community, then time travelled to the years of student revolt at Simon Fraser University. Since then he’s tried to vainly address those contradictions in his poetry. Robert now lives in Abbotsford, where he writes for the periodical of the Mennonite Historical Society. He remains baffled as to how his chapbook, “poltergeist”, was shortlisted for the bpNichol award last year. Perhaps it was—as poetry always is—an act of God.

MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading
April 8, 2013
6:30 − 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Hope to see you there!

And here’s wishing all a poetic April—however you spend it.

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Get ready for the reading season!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on February 22, 2013

March 11th, our first poetry night of the 2013 reading season, is just around the corner. Poetry reading and performance is an art form all its own. We’ll miss our speech and reading coach Thurlow Gowan.  Performance poet and teacher Renée LaTulippe to the rescue!

Renée has put together a seven-minute video that explains how to prepare for a poetry reading. Have a look/listen, and then get ready for March 11th.

Poetry Night March 11, 2013

6:30-8:30

Clearbrook Library (Meeting Room)


32320 George Ferguson Way


Abbotsford, BC

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MSA PPS dates to mark for 2013

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 5, 2013

CalendarMark your calendar for these  MSA Poets Potpourri Society reading dates  in 2013:

  • March 11
  • April 8 (National Poetry Month)
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • September 9 (International Literacy Day)
  • October 7

Clearbrook Library (Meeting Room)
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC

6:30-8:30 p.m.

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