Saturday, October 28, 2017
St. Paul's Anglican Church, 100 Chapel Street, Nanaimo, BC
OPEN MIC starts at 1pm
Bring a Poem (3 minutes) or Prose (5 minutes) or sing an original song.
Poet Jude Neale : A Canadian vocalist, spoken work performer and mentor,. Jude publishes frequently in journals, anthologies and e-zines. She has been a finalist, and shortlisted for many international competitions. Some examples are The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize (Ireland), The Mary Chalmers Smith Poetry Prize (UK), and The Carers International Poetry Prize (UK). Jude's last book, 'A Quiet Coming of Light - A Poetic Memoir ( Leaf Press), was a finalist for the 2015 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Eight of its poems were shortlisted for the Magpie Award, judged by George McWhirter, Vancouver's first Poet Laureate. Two of its poems were nominated for the coveted Pushcart Prize (US).
One of Jude's poems, from her book 'Splendid in its silence', was chosen by Britain's Poet Laureate to ride with thirty-three other winners around the Channel Islands, on public transit for one year. Jude was a featured reader at the Guernsey International Literary festival.
Poet D.D. Styrneist : Grew up as a resident of the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation. Publishing his debut collection, 'The Bone Weir;, with Frontenac House in 2016, his poems have appeared in numerous magazines. The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, Dalhousie Review, and The Fiddlehead. His work was featured as the Parliamentary Poet Laureate's Poem of the Month, and was shortlisted for Vallum's 2015 poetry prize. He teaches poetics, crime writing, and indigenous literature at Careleton University. His critical essays and reviews have appeared in many journals. The Studies in English Literature, Mosaic, and Genre to name a few.
He is the founder and editor of the micro-press Textualis. He is also the current vice-president of VERSe Ottawa, which runs VerseFest, Ottawas's annual poetry festival.