In celebration of National Poetry Month, the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild welcomes writers to share their best poems at the April open mic. Poet Laureate Deirdre Kessler will host the event, which takes place Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., Charlottetown.
Kessler is the author of over two-dozen books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including Mother Country, a memoir; Afternoon Horses, poetry; and 17 books for young people, including Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice award-winning Brupp Rides Again and Lobster in My Pocket. During the evening, Kessler plans to read two poems about Softy, a Shetland-Welsh pony.
The evening will also feature four poets from UPEI:
• Angela Deighan works at the University of Prince Edward Island and has taken several creative writing courses. She enjoys writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. She sees both her life and writing as a series of FrankenSTANZAS that she hopes one day to string together shouting “It’s alive” in the form of a memoir or short novella. Her ultimate life goal is to become the next Tina Fey.
• Kandace Hagen is a gay single mom and perpetual student, who has only recently become brazen enough to refer to herself as a writer. She has been using poetry and prose as tools to explore themes of empowerment and abuse within queer sexuality.
• Andrew MacIsaac divides his creative life between East Point and the capital. Oppressive shyness has been kind to him. As a young lad, while other children played, Andrew could only dream of participating. This secured an approach to living rooted in artful observation. His literary aspirations include remaining upright on the precarious beam that separates — or connects — poetry and lyric, as well as opening a Maritime chapter of the Pale Poets Society.
• Angie MacLaren grew up in eastern P.E.I. She lives in Charlottetown and keeps busy working full time as a family doctor while raising three children with her husband, Peter.
All are welcome to this free event. Writers may sign up to read their poetry for three to five minutes. There will be a short break mid-evening to enjoy some of the Receiver’s delicious offerings.
The May open mic will take place on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m., to coincide with Reading Town P.E.I.’s Reading Week activities.