Wits & Words Poetry Slam

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 Wits & Words Student Poetry Slam will take place Wednesday, April 25th, 7pm, at Receiver Coffee (128 Richmond Street) in Charlottetown. If last year was any indication, it promises to be an exciting, entertaining, and illuminating evening. Space is limited. Come early to get a seat and enjoy the excellent poetry Island students have to offer.

Poets and Pints for Poetry Month

Poets & Pints is a celebration of National Poetry Month featuring a social hour; readings by 4 Island poets including Deirdre Kessler, Jane Ledwell, John MacKenzie and David Hickey; a Q&A moderated by John Flood; and an open mic. Poets & Pints of cosponsored by The Bookmark and PEI’s own poet laureate Deirdre Kessler.

Date: April 16th from 6 PM to 10 PM
Where: The Queue, next to Pilot House, 70 Grafton Street

Nasreen Pejvack at the Confederation Centre Public Library Saturday April 21

Nasreen  Pejvack will be visiting Confederation Centre Public Library Saturday April 21, 2:00 p.m. as part of a cross country tour introducing her newest books, “Paradise of the Downcasts” and “Waiting.”

“Paradise of the Downcasts” is a book of short stories inspired by the author’s experiences of life in Canada, a gracefully crafted series of stories in which the author invites us to examine the way we deal with each other in life’s sojourn. “Waiting” is a book of poems that delve deeply into the soul of humanity to pull out wonder, greed, love and hope.

Born in Tehran, Iran, a place she left over 30 years ago, the author has lived in Athens, Ottawa, California, before finally settling in Vancouver.  She previously visited Confederation Centre Public Library in 2015 when she launched her first novel, “Amity.”

The Shoe Project Presents IN OUR SHOES


The Shoe Project presents In Our Shoes, stories of arrival in Canada told through a pair of shoes, by 8 amazing women from around the world. The Royal Society Atlantic sponsors performances bringing together TSP members from Toronto, Halifax and Calgary.

The Shoe Project has performed to standing ovations in Toronto, Calgary, Halifax, and Canmore, Alberta and has been heard on CBC’s The National and Ideas and more.


Date: April 21, 2018
Location: The Guild, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Time: 7.30pm
For tickets, email: [email protected]
*Reception will follow after performance



The Shoe Project was founded in Toronto in 2011, and is directed by novelist Katherine Govier. Its mission is to improve the written and spoken English of women immigrants and refugees, and to make their voices heard in Canada’s national conversation. In 2018 The Shoe Project will hold workshops and performances in Toronto, Canmore, Calgary, Vancouver, Fredericton and Charlottetown.

Confederation Centre Public Library Open Mic

Open Mic Confederation Centre Public Library Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. – Want to read your poetry or prose in a public venue? Join the Confederation Centre Public Library Open Mic., and share your love of poetry and prose by reading before a live audience.  Not interested in speaking? Feel free to come along and listen. Please keep speaking time to five minutes. Sign up from 6:30 or telephone or email the library.

Announcing the Winner of Battle Tales III: Return of the Short Story Contest

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that Matthew MacKay has won Battle Tales III: Return of the Short Story Contest for his marvellous battle tale Bigfoot.

Matthew MacKay receives the Battle Tales III trophy from PEIWG president Keith Burgoyne at the Thinking of Spring Sociable

Far from being a story of a legend in the great outdoors that the title suggests, Bigfoot is a gritty urban tale with a strong narrative voice and a confident use of descriptive language that relentlessly moves forward.

Inventive use of the three prompts also makes this story stand out. The prompts evoke the senses and the author doesn’t just dutifully tick the three boxes, but rather creates a potent atmosphere of sound, smell and sight that keeps the reader’s interest.

We here at the PEIWG wish to thank everyone who took part in Battle Tales this year. We hope you enjoyed the contest, and most importantly, that you had fun putting words to page. Thank you all for making it a huge success!

Maritimes Music: Request for Book Proposals

A new company, Maritimes Music will begin operations in the summer of 2018. The company plans to release music related to the three maritime provinces plus Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition, Maritimes music is looking for books that deal with the musical past or present of these four provinces. These can be fiction or nonfiction. The goal is to publish books that illuminate the rich musical heritage of Atlantic Canada.

Please submit proposals to [email protected]. Your proposal should include a description of your book, a possible table of contents, a brief biography which highlights the author’s expertise in the subject matter, a list of any previously published works, and other information which the author might see as useful in the evaluation of their project.

The proposal should be between two and six pages. Please do not send any completed manuscripts at this time. Also, make sure that you have both email and telephone listed so that we are able to contact you.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Susan Rodgers

Susan Rodgers will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work—poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Susan will read.

Susan Rodgers’ journey into writing and film started with a regular on-set wardrobe continuity gig on Emily of New Moon, the CBC television series shot in Summerside. Her foray into serious film writing began with a box of wartime letters discovered in the attic of the historic house where she worked as curator, which launched her first award winning half hour screenplay and filmed drama, Bobby’s Peace. A year at Vancouver Film School led to a number of client documentary film projects, as well as a web series, period short film, short comedy, and music video.

Susan then journeyed into writing novels, and was thrilled and inspired by her selection as a Finalist in the 2011 Atlantic Writing Awards for her as-yet-unpublished first novel, A Certain Kind of Freedom. A critically acclaimed excerpt has been re-worked as a short story and featured in an anthology produced by the Israeli-based website The Writers’ Drawer.

The Drifters books were next – fifteen so far. Wildly popular and quickly spreading, mostly by word of mouth, they’ve been described as women’s fiction with an angsty romantic flair. Drifters is the name of a fictional TV series shot in Vancouver, where the characters meet and true drama begins.

Recently, inspired by L.A. screenwriting mentors, Susan rewrote and polished the feature screenplay Still The Water, and is working hard to finance and produce the project in 2018.

The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second
Thursday of each month.