Drop the Mic: Intro to Spoken Word

On Tuesdays in November, the PEIWG is trying something new – WE’RE GOING DIGITAL! Our online workshop series, Drop the Mic: An Intro to Spoken Word, will explore the rich genre of spoken word and storytelling art form, in hopes of giving participants a confidence boost and performance experience along the way – all in a comfortable, online space. 

Led by award-winning interdisciplinary research, ethicist and spoken-word artist Dr. Julie Bull, this four-week workshop series will give participants the chance to explore and practice skills of the art of spoken word. 

Bull will present on the topics of:  

  • How does poetry become spoken-word art?
  • Elements of poetry
  • Sound patterns
  • Collective poetry writing.

Participants will also be given prompts and have the opportunity to write their own poems, either independently or in a shared working environment.

“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the PEI Writers’ Guild on an event that highlights the art of spoken-word poetry,” says Bull. “As facilitator, I’ll introduce the basic tenants of spoken-word art and provide space for participants to write and perform a new poem. I look forward to seeing what creations come from this collaboration.”

The final session will be a virtual poetry slam where participants will have the opportunity to perform their pieces. 

The workshop series will run Tuesdays in November, from 7-8 pm, and includes Tuesdays Nov. 3rd, Nov. 10th, Nov. 17th, and Nov. 24th. The cost for all 4 sessions is $40/ PEIWG Members and $50/ Nonmembers. 

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Session pricing includes all four workshops (no single workshop pricing is available this time). Two bursaries will be reserved for members of diverse and Indigenous communities: please email [email protected] for more info. 

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Born in Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (NunatuKavut),  Julie Bull now resides in Prince Edward Island (Epekwitk). In March 2020, Julie was awarded a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the Indigenous Storytelling and Spoken-Word program. Julie put those skills to work in the summer of 2020 where she was a top winner at the PEERS Alliance/PRIDE PEI OUTspoken Poetry Slam, as well as a performer in theIsland Fringe Festival’s Pounding the Pavement: Celebrating and amplifying artists from the fringe




Looking forward to seeing you there! 

The PEIWG Workshop Committee

(Christine, Kirstin, Elizabeth, Dylan & Tanya). 

 

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Clint Morrison

Clinton Morrison will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, February 13th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

J  Clinton “Clint” Morrison was born in the small rural community of Conway, PEI on February 9th, 1948. He was educated in a one-room public school before attending O’Leary Regional High in 1962. He is an Education and History graduate from Prince of Wales College and the University of Prince Edward Island and taught in PEI schools from 1968 to 2003. In 1997, he established Crescent Isle Publishers in Summerside.

Clint has been researching, writing, editing and publishing books on PEI history, genealogy, and poetry since 1975, and is the recipient of numerous major awards: the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Award of Honour (1985); the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Mary Cornfoot Brehaut Award (1996);  he is also the recipient of a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History (1985). He has contributed short stories and poetry to West Prince Arts Council publications, and has written several articles for The Island Magazine, published by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. He is also the author or general editor of twelve books on Island history. Clint has three children and lives in Summerside with his wife, Pearl.

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, Clint will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Paul Vreeland

Paul Vreeland will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, January 9th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Most of Paul Vreeland’s creative life has been spent as a writer. His poetry has been published in several Canadian journals and in three TWiG anthologies. He has written two chapbooks of poetry: Hydrostone Quartet and Mother-in-Law Suite, and has written of his experiences living in Haiti and West Africa in Smoked Herring and the Talking Dog published in The Caribbean Writer, and Awaiting Ziafo, a Grain Magazine creative non-fiction prize winner. After his mother’s passing, he compiled and edited a collection of her poetry, Something Will Occur, and in that same year published a debut novel, I’ll Tell You One Thing. The latter is available as a trade paperback and as an ebook from Amazon and from the Bookmark.

The late sculptor Carl Phyllis challenge Paul to write a piece with a happy ending, something he isn’t known for. The result was A Buck for the Babe which was published in the 2015 anthology Snow Softly Falling: Holiday Stories from Prince Edward Island.

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, Paul will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Sadie McCarney

Sadie McCarney will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, November 14th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Sadie McCarney’s poetry has appeared in publications including Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, Prairie Fire, Grain, The Puritan, The Malahat Review, Plenitude, The Antigonish Review, EVENT, and Room, as well as in the anthologies The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 and The Best of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. Poems of hers have been finalists for the Banff Centre/Bliss Carman Poetry Prize, the Far Horizons Award for Poetry, and the Walrus Poetry Prize. Sadie has received writing grants from Innovation PEI and the Canada Council for the Arts. In Fall of 2019, the University of Regina Press published Live Ones, her first book.

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, Sadie will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Jane Ledwell

Jane Ledwell will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, October 10th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Jane Ledwell is a writer and editor based in Charlottetown, where she lives with her partner, visual artist Stephen MacInnis, and their two children (AnnaSophia and Sam). She works full-time with the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, where she is executive director. She has contributed a monthly artist profile to The Buzz arts and entertainment magazine almost every month for twenty years. She has published three books of poetry, Last Tomato, Bird Calls, and, most recently, Return of the Wild Goose, and has contributed to numerous other books. She is a past recipient of the award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts.

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, Jane will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Steven Mayoff

Steven Mayoff will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, June 13th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal and moved to Prince Edward Island in 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada, the U.S. and abroad. His books include the story collection Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press, 2009), the novel Our Lady Of Steerage (B&B, 2015), the poetry chapbook Leonard’s Flat (Grey Borders Books, 2018) and the full-length poetry collection Swinging Between Water and Stone (Guernica Editions, 2019).

Leonard’s Flat is a chapbook of ten linked poems based on ten paintings by Mayoff’s uncle Len Fligel who was an artist and teacher in Glasgow, Scotland. Swinging Between Water and Stone is a collection of poems comprising four sections, roughly representing the four stages of the never-ending reincarnation cycle: birth, life, death and rebirth.

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, Steven will read.

This is the last open mic from the PEI Writers’ Guild before our summer break. We will return this fall with a whole new slate of readers, and will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

 

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Jennifer Houle

Poet Jennifer Houle will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, May 9th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Jennifer Houle’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, most recently The Northern Review and The Antigonish Review. Her first book,  Back Channels, was published by Signature Editions in April 2016. It won the J.M. Abraham East Coast Literary Award for best book of poetry and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert first-book award.

The title of Jennifer Houle’s second collection, Virga, refers to a cloud formation often seen on the horizon, when rain begins to fall but evaporates before reaching the ground, only to fall again when the time is right. Likewise, the poems gathered here, written over a period of roughly twenty years, between the ages of 20 and 40 – many revised with a slightly wiser eye— explore what it means to develop an identity while continuously regrouping, reformulating oneself, reacting to prevailing conditions, and retaining autonomy in a sea of “rhythmic lies and half-truths.” Through the medium of poetry, Houle converses with her younger self, performing a kind of rescue job, bridging years through poetic reflection.

Unapologetic, and shot through lore, Virga investigates the tensions, inner and outer, that work to shape identity. Sensual, driven, and pragmatic, the poems insist that we “fall to rise,” and address the desires – romantic, erotic, familial, and socio-political – that transform us. Like rain held in abeyance, these poems were waiting for their time, and gathered together create a compelling, distinctly feminine and feminist meditation on maturing womanhood. Personal lyrics are set against the stories and mythologies of female characters who fell (or dove) from their stars, into unfamiliar worlds, including meditations on the Lost Pleaid, Dorothy after her sojourn in Oz, and the Greek goddesses Asteria and Astraea.

By turns dark, and infused with longing and fruitful uncertainty, the poems persist in questioning the forces that shape who we are, and the stories, symbols, and ideas we turn to for guidance as we wilfully create ourselves.

Jennier Houle lives in Hanwell, New Brunswick, with her family.

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, Jennifer will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Chad Norman

Poet Chad Norman will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, April 11th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Chad Norman lives beside the high-tides of the Bay of Fundy, in what is known as the hub of Nova Scotia. He has given talks and readings in Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Wales, Scotland,  U.S.A., and across Canada. His poems continue to appear in publications around the world, and have been translated into Danish, Albanian, and Romanian. His latest collections are Selected & New Poems ( Mosaic Press, Oakville, Ontario), and Waking Up On The Wrong Side of the Sky ( Grant Block Press, Truro, N.S.).

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, Chad Norman will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring the Writers of Deep Water Pearls

Writers from Deep Water Pearls, a newly published collection, will be the featured readers at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, March 14th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Guided by memoir coach and editor Kathleen Hamilton, these women writers have revealed the most intimate turning points in their lives, memories deeply charged with meaning, moments after which their lives were never the same.

What unites these intimate stories (and a few poems) is the shared commitment of the writers to explore their deeper truths. Their courage to write through barriers of silence, secrets and shame will connect powerfully with the audience.

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, the featured women from Deep Water Pearls will begin their readings.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Nils Ling

Nils Ling will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, February 21st at 7pm at the Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

Nils Ling is an author, playwright, actor, filmmaker and a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist who lives in Breadalbane, Prince Edward Island. In the early 90’s Nils moved to Prince Edward Island to host CBC’s Mainstreet, and in 1999, began touring with a one man show entitled The Truth About Daughters. In the years since, The Truth About Daughters has become one of Canada’s most successful one-man shows with over 1500 performances worldwide. Two other shows, The Truth About Love and/or Marriage and The Truth About Christmas followed, with similar success.

Nils continues to live and create on PEI, working in the written and spoken word, in music and in film. His most recent film, a music video for singer/songwriter Ashley Condon, earned him a nomination for a PEI Music Award. He is currently researching and writing a self-help book about grief and the loss of an infant, entitled The Stolen Child.

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