Past Readings

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November 12th, 2017, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Lucille Clifton (1936 - 2010), read by Ian Williams
Connie Fife (1961 - 2017), read by Joanne Arnott
Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963), read by Natasha Sanders-Kay
James Welch (1940 - 2003), read by Pamela Bentley
Richard Wilbur (1921 - 2017), read by Christopher Levenson


September 10th, 2017, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Peter Culley (1958 - 2015), read by Weldon Hunter
Elise Partridge (1958 - 2015), read by Barbara Nickel
Jamie Reid (1941 - 2015), read by Wayde Compton
Kabir (1398? - 1448?), read by Kate Braid
Paul Valéry (1871 - 1945), read by Alban Goulden


July 9th, 2017, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919 - 2004), read by Fiona Tinwei Lam
bpNichol (1944 - 1988), read by Mallory Tater
Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967), read by Diane Tucker
James Tate (1943 - 2015), read by Shaun Robinson
Miriam Waddington (1917 - 2004), read by Selina Boan


May 14, 2017, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Daniel Jones (1959 - 1994), read by Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Kenneth Koch (1925 - 2002), read by Kayla Czaga
Anne Sexton (1928 - 1974), read by Jami Macarty
M. Vasalis (1909 - 1998), read by Christopher Levenson
James Wright (1927 - 1980), read by Curtis LeBlanc


March 12th, 2017, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Elizabeth Bishop (1911 - 1979), read by Carole Glasser Langille
Robert Browning (1812 - 1889), read by Bill New
Leonard Cohen (1934 - 2016), read by Jennifer Zilm
Jim Harrison (1937 - 2016), read by Nora Gould
Georg Heym (1887 - 1912), read by Melanie Kage


January 8th, 2017, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867), read by Steven Brown
Lawrence Ytzhak Braithwaite (1963 - 2008), read by Cecily Nicholson
Egill Skallagrímsson (904-955), read by Emily Osborne
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892), read by Kim Fu


November 13th, 2016, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Aloysius Bertrand (1807 - 1841), read by Richard Therrien
Pat Lowther (1935 - 1975), read by Christine Lowther
Josephine Miles (1911 - 1985), read by George Stanley
Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953), read by D.N. Simmers


Special WORD Reading: September 25th, 4:30-5:00 PM - Poetry Tent, VPL Library Square, Vancouver

Sveva Caetani (1917 - 1994), read by Daphne Marlatt
Jamie Reid (1941 - 2015), read by Wayde Compton
James Schuyler (1923 - 1991), read by Raoul Fernandes


September 11th, 2016, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver (Poems from the Middle East)

John Asfour (1945 - 2014), read by Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Mahmoud Darwish (1942 - 2008), read by Rahat Kurd
Hafez (1325 - 1390), read by Nina Mosall
Nizar Qabanni (1923 - 1998), read by Ray McGinnis
Rumi (1207 - 1273), read by E.D. Blodgett


July 10th, 2016, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - 2000), read by Chelene Knight
H.D. (1886 - 1961), read by Adèle Barclay
Weldon Kees (1914 - 1955), read by Matthew Walsh
Christopher Smart (1722 - 1771), read by Kevin Spenst
CD Wright (1949 - 2016), read by Cathy Stonehouse


May 8th, 2016, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861), read by Diane Tucker
Robert Kroetsch (1927 - 2011), read by Adrienne Gruber
Dorothy Livesay (1909 - 1996), read by Leanne Boschmann
Claude McKay (1889 - 1948), read by Kevan Cameron
Francisco Ruiz Udiel (1977 - 2010), read by Juliane Okot Bitek


March 13th, 2016, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), read by Susan MacRae
Pauline Johnson (1861 - 1913), read by Joy Thierry Llewellyn
Andrew Marvell (1621 - 1678), read by Christopher Levenson
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), read by Ken Klonsky


January 10th, 2016, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Robert Creeley (1926 - 2005), read by Mariner Janes
Sakutaro Hariwara (1886 - 1942), read by Sheryda Warrener
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882), read by Sheryl MacKay
C.K. Williams (1936 - 2015), read by Raoul Fernandes


November 8th, 2015, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Edgar Allen Poe (1809 - 1849), read by Susan McCaslin
Earle Birney (1904 - 1995), read by Kate Braid
Dan Pagis (1930 - 1986), read by Barbara Pelman


Special WORD Reading: September 27th, 4:30-5:00 PM - Poetry Tent, VPL Library Square, Vancouver

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014), read by Fiona Tinwei Lam
PK Page (1916 - 2010), read by Sandy Shreve
John Updike (1932 - 2009), read by Evelyn Lau


September 13th, 2015, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Milton Acorn (1923-1986), read by Michael Lockett
Philip Levine (1928 - 2015), read by Fiona Tinwei Lam
Don Marquis (1878 - 1937), read by Matt Whiteman
Tomas Tranströmer (1931 - 2015), read by Jeff Steudel


July 12th, 2015, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

ee cummings (1894-1962), read by DN Simmers
Lauris Edmond (1924 - 2000), read by Christine Hayvice
John Keats (1795 - 1821), read by Matthew Henley
Robert Lowell (1917 - 1977), read by Christopher Levenson
PK Page (1916 - 2010), read by Ruth Daniell


May 10th, 2015, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Frances Horovitz (1938 - 1983), read by Alan Hill
Maxine Kumin (1925 - 2014), read by Rhona McAdam
Grace Paley (1922 - 2007), read by Martha Roth
Lorraine Vernon (1921 - 2004), read by Heidi Greco
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), read by Graham Good


March 8th, 2015, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Simin Behbahani (1927 - 2014), read by Alice Major
Audre Lorde (1934 - 1992), read by Ngwatilo Mawiyoo
Marianne Moore (1887 - 1972), read by Karen Solie
Lorine Niedecker (1903 - 1970), read by Sarah de Leeuw


January 11th, 2015, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Catullus (84 - 54 BC), read by Sugar Le Fae
Philip Larkin (1922 - 1985), read by Steven Brown
Galway Kinnell (1927 - 2014), read by Diane Tucker
Isaac Rosenberg (1890 - 1918), read by Kevin Spenst
Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964), read by Daniel Cowper


November 9th, 2014, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver (Poems of War and Peace)

Keith Douglas (1920 - 1944), read by Anne Fletcher
Denise Levertov (1923 - 1997), read by Rachel Rose
Wilfred Owen (1893 - 1918), read by E.D. Blodgett
Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967), read by Miranda Pearson


September 14th, 2014, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Don Bailey (1942 - 2003), read by Shannon Rayne
Hayden Carruth (1921 - 2008), read by Susan MacRae
Celia Dropkin (1887 - 1956), read by Faith Jones
Zbigniew Herbert (1924 - 1998), read by Zoe Landale
Gertrude Stein (1874 - 1946), read by Kayla Czaga


July 13th, 2014, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Hart Crane (1899 - 1932), read by Mariner Janes
Norman MacCaig (1910 - 1996), read by Christopher Levenson
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950), read by Jennica Harper
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926), read by Jeff Steudel
George Whipple (1927 - 2014), read by Eileen Kernaghan


May 11th, 2014, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Louis Aragon (1897 - 1982), read by Adrienne Drobnies
James Dickey (1923 - 1997), read by RC Weslowski
Allen Ginsberg (1926 - 1997), read by Jordan Abel
Rachel Korn (1898 - 1982), read by Martha Roth
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), read by Diane Tucker


March 9th, 2014, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Rosario Castellanos (1925 - 1974), read by Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Seamus Heaney (1939 - 2013), read by Jane Munro
Anne Marriott (1913 - 1997), read by Heidi Greco
N/A, read by Christine Leclerc
Lew Welch (1926 - 1971), read by Warren Dean Fulton


January 12th, 2014, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965), read by Russell Thornton
Max Jacob (1876 - 1944), read by Jen Currin
D.H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930), read by Miranda Pearson


November 10th, 2013, 3-5 PM - VPL Central Branch, Vancouver

Medley of War Poets, read by Christopher Levenson
Kofi Awoonor (1935 - 2013), read by Leslie Timmins
John Donne (1572 - 1631), read by Ken Klonsky
Anna Świrszczyńska (1909 - 1984), read by Fiona Tinwei Lam
William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850), read by Charles Carroll


September 8th, 2013, 3-5 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

John Berryman (1914 - 1972), read by Kevin Spenst
Anne Hebert (1916 - 2000), read by Thuong Vuong-Riddick
Malcolm Lowry (1909 - 1957), read by Steven Brown
William Matthews (1942 - 1997), read by Rhea Tregebov
Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968), read by Sheila Rosen


July 14th, 2013, 3-4:30 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

Gerrit Achterberg (1905-1962), read by Christopher Levenson
Ingeborg Bachman (1926-1973), read by Cathy Stonehouse
Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972), read by Joanne Arnott
Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000), read by Dvora Levin


May 19th, 2013, 3-4:30 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

Robert Frost (1874-1963), read by Danny Peart
Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), read by Elizabeth Bachinsky
Rumi (1207-1273), read by Kate Braid
May Sarton (1912-1995), read by Elsie Neufeld


March 10th, 2013, 3-4:30 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

Jack Gilbert (1925-2012), read by Rob Taylor
Jane Kenyon (1947-1995), read by Bren Simmers
PK Page (1916-2010), read by The Collective
Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), read by Aislinn Hunter


January 13th, 2013, 3-5 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

Anna Akhmatova (1889 - 1966), read by Diane Tucker
Elizabeth Bishop (1911 - 1979), read by Martha Roth
Kenneth Rexroth (1905 - 1982), read by Dennis Bolen
Adrienne Rich (1929-2012), read by Betsy Warland
Many poets, read by Robert Donat (1905 - 1958), as shared by his son, Brian Donat


November 11th, 2012, 3-5 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

Robin Blaser (1925 - 2009), read by Daniel Zomparelli
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834), read by Susan McCaslin
Robert Hayden (1913 - 1980), read by Renee Saklikar
Glyn Hughes (1935 - 2011), read by Pam Galloway
Roy Kiyooka (1926 - 1994), read by Wayde Compton


September 9th, 2012, 3-5 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973), read by Christopher Levenson
Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), read by E.D. Blodgett
Federico García Lorca (1898 - 1936), read by Elena E. Johnson
Randall Jarrell (1914 - 1965), read by Elise Partridge
Arthur Rimbaud (1854 - 1891), read by Jamie Reid


July 8th, 2012, 3-5 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

Ted Hughes (1930 - 1998), read by Kate Braid
Octavio Paz (1914 - 1998), read by George McWhirter
Wisława Szymborska (1923 - 2012), read by Daniela Elza
Alden Nowlan (1933 - 1983), read by Ken Klonsky
Bronwen Wallace (1945 - 1989), read by Hal Wake


May 13th, 2012, 3-5 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977), read by Catherine Owen
Hanshan (712 - 793?), read by Lilija Valis
David Lerner (1951 - 1997), read by Chris Gilpin
Larry Levis (1946 - 1996), read by Rob Taylor
John Updike (1932 - 2009), read by Evelyn Lau


March 11th, 2012, 3-5 PM - Project Space, Vancouver
Irving Layton 100th Birthday Party

Irving Layton (1912 - 2006), read by Adrienne Drobnies
Irving Layton (1912 - 2006), read by Penny Goldsmith
Irving Layton (1912 - 2006), read by Heidi Greco
Irving Layton (1912 - 2006), read by Weldon Hunter
Irving Layton (1912 - 2006), read by Christopher Levenson
Irving Layton (1912 - 2006), read by Sandy Shreve
Irving Layton (1912 - 2006), read by Rob Taylor
Irving Layton (1912 - 2006), read by Russell Thornton
Irving Layton (1912 - 2006), read by Diane Tucker


January 8th, 2012, 3-5 PM - Project Space, Vancouver

Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), read by David Zieroth
Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), read by Diane Tucker
Stevie Smith (1902 - 1971), read by Miranda Pearson
Jack Spicer (1925 - 1965), read by Garry Thomas Morse
Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917), read by John Donlan


November 20th, 2011 - Project Space, Vancouver

Arthur Hugh Clough, read by Christopher Levenson
Ronald Johnson, read by Sonnet L'Abbé
Muriel Rukeyser, read by Fiona Tinwei Lam
Frank Stanford, read by Raoul Fernandes
César Vallejo, read by Russell Thornton


January 24th, 2010 - The Café for Contemporary Art, North Vancouver

Charles Bruce, read by Sandy Shreve
Nazim Hikmet, read by Kate Braid
Edwin Muir, read by Christopher Levenson
Al Purdy, read by Rob Taylor
R.S. Thomas, read by Russell Thornton


October 18th, 2009 - The Café for Contemporary Art, North Vancouver

John Keats, read by Harvey de Roo
Gwendolyn MacEwen, read by Fiona Tinwei Lam
Francis Ponge, read by Marguerite Pigeon
George Trakl, read by Richard Therrien
William Carlos Williams, read by Jamie Reid


February 15th, 2008 - Upstart Crow Books, North Vancouver

Gerard Manley Hopkins, read by Elizabeth Bachinsky
Robinson Jeffers, read by Christopher Levenson
Gwendolyn MacEwen, read by Sandy Shreve
Pablo Neruda, read by Fran Bourassa
Sylvia Plath, read by Diane Tucker


October 12th, 2007 - Upstart Crow Books, North Vancouver

Raymond Carver, read by Rhea Tregebov
Denise Levertov, read by Susan McCaslin
Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, read by Richard Therrien
William Stafford, read by David Zieroth
William Butler Yeats, read by Harvey de Roo


May 25th, 2007 - Upstart Crow Books, North Vancouver

W.S. Graham, read by Cathy Stonehouse
George Johnston, read by Harvey de Roo
Irving Layton, read by Russell Thornton
John Newlove, read by David Zieroth
Bronwen Wallace, read by Fiona Tinwei Lam

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