Edgy Encounters: Poetic Explorations
Spoken Word

  April 7, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm  | Sunday

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An evening of spoken word that takes the traditional meaning of poetry to the edge, exploring how words can move, exhilarate, and surprise in unexpected ways. Have a drink, leave your preconceptions at the door and expand your idea of what poetry can be. Featuring former Calgary Poet Laureate Derek Beaulieu, Banff Poet Laureate Steven Ross Smith, Canmore Poets Tim Murphy and Carol Thornton, and special guest, experimental Toronto poet Doyali Islam.

Derek Beaulieu uses language like lego; building structures we’ve never seen before. He is the author / editor of 20 collections of poetry, prose and criticism including two volumes of his selected work Please No More Poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (2013) and Konzeptuelle Arbeiten (2017). His most recent volume of fiction, a, A Novel was published by Paris’s Jean Boîte Editions. Beaulieu has spoken, performed and exhibited his visual work across Canada, the United States and Europe and has won multiple local and national awards for his teaching and dedication to students. Derek Beaulieu was the 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary and is the current Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Carol Thornton has always imagined other lives.  She studied Creative Writing at Oxford and received an MA from the University of East Anglia.  Her poetry and short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, England, Ireland, the USA and Romania (in translation), and she was on the long-list for the 2018 CBC Poetry prize.  She lives and works in Canmore, Alberta.

Doyali Islam writes in ‘split, doubled, and parallel’ poetry forms.  She is the poetry editor of Arc Poetry Magazine. Her poems have been published in Kenyon Review Online and Best Canadian Poetry. In 2017, she was a guest on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition. Her second poetry collection, titled "heft" published by McClelland & Stewart, March 2019, is  a lyrical and formally-innovative work that investigates rupture and resilience. Doyali lives in Toronto.

Steven Ross Smith is known as a sound poet who celebrates the intricate and sometimes hilarious music of language.  Over three decades, he has crafted a multi-book poetic series called fluttertongue, now six books long. He is the current Banff Poet Laureate and the former Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts. His work has won awards and appears in print, audio and video in Canada, USA, and abroad. He’s known for his expressive reading, historic and current.

Tim Murphy's surrealist poetry blurs the line between reality and dreamworlds, using words to subvert the rational confines of language.  He is a long-time Canmorite and an avid outdoor enthusiast.  His poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous print and online journals in Canada, United States, UK and have been translated into Greek.