Winter’s Tales at UPEI and the Montague Library



In the great tradition of performance poets and singer-songwriters, Joseph Maviglia is known for his riveting music and poetry presentations. His songs, poems, and essays draw on diverse influences, from his Calabrian-Italian heritage and North American folk and rock, to the Beat poets and contemporary spoken word artists. During tours across Canada, Europe, and the U.S., he has supported many social justice causes through his artistry.

Maviglia will give two performances as part of the UPEI Winter’s Tales Author Reading series: on September 14, 7:30 p.m., in the UPEI Faculty Lounge, Main Building in Charlottetown, and on September 16, 1:00 p.m. in the Montague Rotary Library at 11 Queens Road in Montague. Admission is free.

Originally from Ottawa, Joseph attended the Banff Centre for the Arts after studying at Simon Fraser University. He settled in Toronto where he was part of a group of singer-songwriters and poets in the vanguard of Toronto’s musical and literary circles.

Among his publications are poetry books The God Hangs Upside Down and Freakin’ Palomino Blues, and his recent essay collection, Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock and Roll. His albums include Memory to Steel and Angel in the Rain.

Joseph’s performances are sponsored by the UPEI Faculty of Arts and Department of English and the Montague Rotary Library, with generous support from the Writers’ Union of Canada and The Canada Council for the Arts.

Meet Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate

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The PEI Writers’ Guild invites the public to an evening with Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Dr. George Elliott Clarke. The event will take place Thursday September 7, 7 p.m. at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. ECMA-winning musician Scott Parsons will provide musical accompaniment.

Admission is free and all are welcome. A cash bar will be available.

The 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Now teaching African-Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.

PEI welcomes George Elliott Clarke’s first Island visit since receiving the national honour. Dr. Clarke will share a selection of his work from a wide-ranging literary career, with particular emphasis on the first two volumes of his epic poem Canticles I, dealing with slavery and imperialism. Clarke is known for both his scholarship and his compelling speaking skills.

As an award winning Canadian writer, Clarke has published in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, prose and drama. He has received national and international recognition for his work, which is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato.

There will be copies of the Poet Laureate’s work Canticles, as well as recited poetry CDs available, cash sales only. A book signing and refreshments/beverages will follow the event.

Victoria Literary Festival to Host Inaugural Short Story Contest

cropped-Victoria-Lit-2015-3-2Check out this exciting short story contest being run as part of the Victoria Literary Festival! They’re keen to receive Island writers in particular, so don’t delay and send your stories today.

First prize will receive $350 with four runners up receiving $50 each. The contest is open now, with final submissions submitted by the 25th of August. Winners will be announced on August 27th. Submissions should be no more than 2000 words, and there is no fee to enter!

For more information, check out the contest page.

Good luck and happy writing!

The Victoria Literary Festival

cropped-Victoria-Lit-2015-3-2There’s a fantastic lineup of writerly events happening in Victoria this month. From workshops to readings, they have a large event list with a little something for everyone.

Check it out:

Schedule of Events

This year, their writer in residence is none other than the Comma Queen herself: Mary Norris, past copyeditor of the New Yorker!

You can learn more about Mary Norris from her excellent New Yorker video series.

We hope to see you there.

Juxtapose: A Summer Workshop with Isabel Huggan

Note: sign up here for this new workshop from Isabel Huggan!

After a wonderfully successful workshop last summer, Isabel Huggan is returning to PEI to run a new two-day workshop for the PEI Writers’ Guild: Juxtapose!Isabel Huggan

This workshop, featuring methods of juxtaposition, is suitable for writers of fiction, nonfiction (especially memoir) and poetry.

Isabel has arranged her exercises in such a way that participants can end on Saturday with a first draft, and a real sense of accomplishment. For those wishing to go further toward improving that initial piece of writing – through the process of positive criticism, group reaction, and opportunity to revise during the workshop, the half-day period on Sunday will allow time for sharing the first draft and beginning the next level of revision.

That’s one or, optionally, two days of creative writing with Isabel Huggan and a room of energetic, keen and very creative writers. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more information and to register!

Where: Haviland Club (2 Haviland St, Charlottetown, PE)
When: August 12 and 13th. 


PEI Writers’ Guild AGM for 2017

Where: The private room at Piatto, 45 Queen St, Charlottetown, PE
When: Saturday June 17, 1pm.

PEIWGLogoFinal(1)It’s time again for the PEI Writers’ Guild AGM. It will take place at Piatto Pizzeria, 45 Queen Street, on Saturday, June 17th at 1pm. Items on the agenda include the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, and discussion of priorities and initiatives for the upcoming year.

Are you interested in volunteering for the PEIWG board of directors? Do you know someone you’d like to nominate for a position? We’ll be electing board members for the 2017-2018 year, and we’re excited to include new individuals who are keen to help serve the writing community of Prince Edward Island.

The AGM is open to everyone, and PEIWG memberships will be available for purchase. Come alone or come with friends, stay for lunch and help us plan our next year. Appetizers will be provided, and attendees are welcome to sign up for readings following the meeting.

You may find a copy of the agenda and minutes from the 2016 AGM here:

AGM 2017 Agenda

PEIWG AGM 2016 Minutes

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Dianne Hicks Morrow


Dianne Hicks Morrow will read at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co. in Charlottetown. After hosting the Open Mics when she served as PEI poet laureate, Hicks Morrow is now delighted to be a featured reader.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Dianne will read.

Dianne’s award-winning poetry appears in two collections published by Acorn Press Canada: Long Reach Home and What Really Happened Is This: A Poetry Memoir. The latter won the 2012 PEI Book Award for poetry.

Her non-fiction books include Kindred Spirits: Relationships That Spark the Soul and Fixing Up the Farmhouse: Forty Years of Living, Loving, and Lamenting, both published by Acorn Press. She also teaches two writing courses at seniors’ college and has enjoyed giving readings and workshops across Canada, and in Mexico and Australia.

The Open Mic Series is going on hiatus for the summer, but don’t worry. We’ll be back in September, full of exciting new writing to share with you.

Happy writing!

30th Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards – Reminder

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The P.E.I. Writers’ Guild is thrilled to celebrate the 30th Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards on Saturday, May 6, from 7-10 p.m. Prize winners will be revealed during the gala ceremony at The Mack theatre in Charlottetown (128 Great George St, Charlottetown).

Tickets to the gala are free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here:…

Follow the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards on Facebook @IslandLiteraryAwards.

Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People – Reminder

Rotary Club LogoJust a reminder that Island youth will be recognized for their excellence in the literary arts at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People.

The awards ceremony is taking place Saturday, April 29. This year’s gala will run from 1:30-3 p.m. at Studio One, Confederation Centre of the Arts (145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown) and will be hosted by Deirdre Kessler, Poet Laureate of P.E.I.

See you there!