What a fantastic season finale on April 19! Many thanks to @manahilbanduk @mrobinsonpoet @pujitaav for their excellent poetry.
Thanks also to our audience & generous sponsors #ldnont: @LdnArtsCouncil @ONArtsCouncil @CanadaCouncil @digibeenet @BrickBooks @GaspereauPress pic.twitter.com/XlpsCPMRKl
— Antler River Poetry (@poetrylondon_ca) April 21, 2023
Antler River Poetry Presents: Manahil Bandukwala & Matt Robinson
Wednesday April 19th 2023 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm downstairs at the Landon Branch London Public Library at 167 Wortley Road
Happy Spring poets and poetry lovers! 🌸 We’re pleased to announce that our final reading of the 2022/2023 regular season will take place on Wednesday, April 19 from 7-8:30 at Landon Library in Wortley Village! Featuring readings from Manahil Bandukwala and Matt Robinson, with local opener Pujita Verma, it’s sure to be a wonderful and inspiring evening!
- Matt Robinson will read poetry from his book Tangled & Cleft from Gaspereau Press 2021.
- Manahil Bandukwala is going to read poetry from her Monument from Brick Books, longlisted for the 2023 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.
- The local opener, poet & illustrator Pujita Verma was a Poetry in Voice National Finalist & won The League of Canadian Poets’ 2023 Broadsheet Contest. Pujita recently completed her BA in Political Science at Western. Read her tweets @pujitaav.
To protect vulnerable community members, masks are required and will be provided to you if you do not have one 😷 We look forward to seeing you all soon!
March 22nd was a fantastic night of poetry & music! Many thanks to @conyerclayton #RobColman @N_Larochette & @TheMasherPotato!
Thanks also to our audience & sponsors #ldnont: @LdnArtsCouncil @ONArtsCouncil @CanadaCouncil @digibeenet @AnvilPress @PalimpsestPress @CanadianPoets pic.twitter.com/wMhB3hR4zU
— Antler River Poetry (@poetrylondon_ca) March 25, 2023
Antler River Poetry Presents: Conyer Clayton & Robert Colman
Wednesday March 22nd 2023 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm downstairs at the Landon Branch London Public Library, 167 Wortley Road
It’s that time again, our March reading is in a couple short weeks 🎉 Antler River Poetry is delighted to welcome Conyer Clayton and Robert Colman with local opener @TheMasherPotato on March 22nd at 7:00PM at the Landon Branch in Wortley 📚
- Purchase Conyer Clayton’s book But the sun, and the ships, and the fish, and the waves at anvilpress.com/books/but-the-sun-and-the-ships-and-the-fish-and-the-waves
- Buy Robert Colman’s book Democratically Applied Machine at
- Follow Siddharth Maheshwari on Twitter
A reminder that we ask all guests to wear a mask to the event; masks will be provided for those who do not have one 😷
Thanks @natweewriter #TLiem & @matthewd_writes for such captivating readings on Wed Feb 15!
Thanks also to our enthusiastic audience & our generous sponsors: @LdnArtsCouncil @ONArtsCouncil @CanadaCouncil @digibeenet @coachhousebooks @Arsenalpulp #ldnont pic.twitter.com/Cfk0TtqOIw
— Antler River Poetry (@poetrylondon_ca) February 18, 2023
Antler River Poetry Presents Natalie Wee and T. Liem
Wednesday February 15th 2023 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm downstairs at the Landon Branch of the London Public Library 📚 in Wortley Village
Our second live reading of 2023 is in just over a week! We are delighted to welcome T. Liem and Natalie Wee with local opener Matthew Dawkins. A reminder, we ask all guests to wear a mask to the event; masks will be provided for those who do not have one 😷
- Purchase Natalie Wee’s book Beast at Every Threshold here:
- Purchase T. Liem’s book Obits here: chbooks.com/Books/O/Obits
The local opener, Matthew Dawkins is a Jamaican award-winning author and poet whose work explores subject matters including adolescence, race, nationhood, and mental health. Until We Break is his debut novel. Matthew is currently the Student-Writer-in-Residence at Western University where he pursues a Bachelor of Arts in The School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities and English Literature. Matthew’s work has been featured in Westwind Poetry, Indolent Books, Pinhole Poetry, and more. When he’s not writing, Matthew can often be found spending time with the people he loves and creating new memories.
Follow Matthew on Twitter at @matthewd_writes
March and April Event Updates
Hey poetry lovers and ARP fans, due to scheduling conflicts, we’ve had to shuffle our March and April poets and book one new poet (Randell Adjei had to cancel). Here is the new lineup:
- March 22nd: Robert Colman and Conyer Clayton
- April 19th: Manahil Bandukwala and Matt Robinson
What a start to 2023: phenomenal readings from @dstiz #RKowele & #GrayBrogden on Jan 18!
Thanks also to our attentive audience & our generous sponsors: @LdnArtsCouncil @ONArtsCouncil@CanadaCouncil @CanadianPoets @digibeenet@bookhugpress @goose_lane #ldnont pic.twitter.com/BbldWbDcLp
— Antler River Poetry (@poetrylondon_ca) January 20, 2023
Happy New Year Poets and Poetry Fans🎉 Antler River Poetry Is Back on Wednesday January 18th with an In-Person Event Featuring Daniel Scott Tysdal and R. Kolewe with Local Opener Gray Brogden
Wednesday January 18th 2023, 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Landon Branch of the London Public Library, 167 Wortley Road
For our first reading of 2023, we are proud to present Daniel Scott Tysdal and R. Kolewe with local opener Gray Brogden on January 18 at 7:00 PM at the Landon Library in Wortley Village📚 A reminder, we ask all guests to wear a mask to the event; masks will be provided for those who do not have one😷
- Purchase Daniel Scott Tysdal’s book The End Is in the Middle here: gooselane.com/products/the-end-is-in-the-middle
- Purchase R. Kolewe’s book The Absence of Zero here: http://bookhugpress.ca/…/the-absence-of-zero-by-ralph…/
The local opener, Gray Brogden is an English and Creative Writing student at Western University. Born in Regina SK, she now splits time between London ON, and the East Coast of Nova Scotia. She is an accomplished poet with over 20 published works. Her poems have been featured in The Sudbury Star, Western University student publications, as well as local, provincial and national anthologies. In her spare time, Gray can be found obsessively writing and revising, binge reading, or working on jigsaw puzzles. You can find her on Instagram @graybrogden16
We look forward to seeing all of you at our in-person readings! To protect vulnerable community members, please wear a mask. Please note: we are not offering pre-reading workshops this season.
Our last event of 2022 was unforgettable: huge thanks to @LillianAllenDub & #Cordlyne for their powerful readings on Nov 23!
Thanks also to our very engaged audience & generous sponsors: @LdnArtsCouncil @ONArtsCouncil @CanadaCouncil @CanadianPoets @digibeenet@wlupress #ldnont pic.twitter.com/lMN84YtnHr
— Antler River Poetry (@poetrylondon_ca) November 25, 2022
Antler River Poetry Presents Lillian Allen w. local opener Cordlyne
Wednesday November 23rd 2022, 7:00 – 8:30pm at Landon Branch London Public Library, 167 Wortley Road
On Wednesday November 23rd, we are honoured to host an in-person event featuring the legendary spoken word & dub poet Lillian Allen!
- Purchase Lillian Allen’s book Make the World New here: wlupress.wlu.ca/Books/M/Make-the-World-New
The local opener, Cordlyne is a 19-year-old artist born and raised in Toronto. Cordlyne is currently in his third year at the Ivey Business School at Western and aspires to enter the world of management consulting post-graduation. Cordlyne’s writing explores the intersection of personal reflection and larger social issues like racism, sexism, microaggressions, and homelessness. On a more personal note, Cordlyne enjoys spending time listening to music, learning random facts, and spending time with his loved ones.
We look forward to seeing all of you again at our in-person readings! To protect vulnerable community members, please wear a mask. Please note: we are not offering pre-reading workshops this season.
On Friday October 28th at the TAP Centre for Creativity, Antler River Poetry was delighted to present Phil Hall and Mark Goldstein
Pictures from Friday’s excellent book launch with #PhilHall & #MarkGoldstein at @tapcreativityon!
Thanks to all who attended & to our generous sponsors: @LdnArtsCouncil @ONArtsCouncil @digibeenet @CanadaCouncil @CanadianPoets @tracelanguage
— Antler River Poetry (@poetrylondon_ca) October 30, 2022
On Friday October 28th at the TAP Centre for Creativity, Phil Hall launched his new book, The Ash Bell. Mark Goldstein read from a soon to be published new work called Endlossong (2023), as well as Earish by Robert Kelly (just published by Beautiful Outlaw Press).
Phil Hall‘s work has been widely published and recognized by appreciative readers across the country. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in English, and Ontario’s Trillium Book Award. He has served as writer-in-residence at many Canadian institutions, including the University of New Brunswick and the Pierre Berton House in the Yukon. He is the founder of Flat Singles Press, and is also a valued editor. His previous book with Beautiful Outlaw Press is Toward a Blacker Ardour (2021). He lives near Perth, Ontario.
Mark Goldstein is the author of five books including the award-winning Form of Forms (BookThug, 2012) and Her Process (Beautiful Outlaw, 2021). Goldstein is a writer, translator, and editor whose poetry and criticism have appeared in periodicals and journals such as The Capilano Review, Periodicities, and Jacket2. He lives in Cabbagetown, Toronto.
Thanks to Jack Bradley, Chantal Gibson, and Kevin Heslop for their deeply engaging readings with Antler River Poetry on October 19th!
Thanks also to our loyal audience and our generous sponsors: the London Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets, digibee.net, Caitlin Press, Gordon Hill Press, and the London Public Library.
Antler River Poetry Presents Chantal Gibson & Kevin Andrew Heslop with local opener Jack Bradley
Wednesday October 19th 2022, 7:00 – 8:30pm at Landon Branch London Public Library, 167 Wortley Road
A new month means a new reading! 🎉 Antler River Poetry is delighted to present Chantal Gibson and Kevin Andrew Heslop with local opener Jack Bradley on October 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Landon Library in Wortley Village 📖 A reminder that we ask all guests to wear a mask to the event; masks will be provided for those who do not have one 😷.
Check our Facebook page and Twitter for updates. We look forward to seeing all of you again at our in-person readings!
*Please note: due to logistical challenges, we are not offering pre-reading workshops this season.
Antler River Poetry Presents NShannacappo and January Marie Rogers with Local Opener Jessica Hay
Wednesday September 21st 7:00 – 8:30pm at Landon Branch Library 167 Wortley Road
We are delighted to return to in-person events this year! To protect vulnerable community members, Antler River Poetry is asking all attendees to wear masks. Masks will be available at the event for those who do not have one.
Check our Facebook page and Twitter for updates. We look forward to seeing all of you again at our in-person readings!
*Please note: due to logistical challenges, we will not be offering pre-reading workshops this season.
Antler River Poetry 2022-2023 Season
We are excited to announce the poet line-up for our upcoming poetry reading season!
This year we will be returning to in-person (masked) events. To protect vurnerable community members, Antler River Poetry is asking all attendees to wear masks. Masks will be available at the event for those who do not have one. Check out the list of poets and dates below and follow the links for photos and bios.
- September 21st, 2022: NShannacappo / January Marie Rogers
- October 19th, 2022: Kevin Andrew Heslop / Chantal Gibson
- November 23rd, 2022: Lillian Allen
- January 18th, 2023: Daniel Scott Tysdal / R. Kolewe
- February 15th, 2023: Natalie Wee / T. Liem
- March 22nd, 2023: Manahil Bandukwala / Conyer Clayton
- April 19th, 2023: Matt Robinson / Randell Adjei
2021-2022 Live Event Highlights
If you missed any of the 2021-22 live Zoom readings (or simply want to reminisce and listen to some of your favourite poets again), you’re in luck! Our first highlight video (with closed captions) is now LIVE on our YouTube page 🎉 Highlights of all of our season’s live events will be released weekly leading up to our 2022-23 season announcement 📣
March 2022 Zoom Event – shalan joudry, Charlie Petch, and Jen Mustapha (w/ captions)
Watch highlights from Antler River Poetry’s March 2022 Zoom event, featuring shalan joudry, Charlie Petch, & Jen Mustapha (w/captions). For time-stamps, book purchase links, & sponsors, check below the video on YouTube: youtu.be/GhH58KplAHA
January 2022 Zoom Event – Sadiqa de Meijer, Elana Wolff, and Shannon Arntfield
Watch highlights from Antler River Poetry’s January 2022 Zoom event, featuring Sadiqa de Meijer, Elana Wolff, and Shannon Arntfield (w/captions). For time-stamps, book purchase links, & sponsors, check below the video on YouTube: youtu.be/0_ZEdSP5v78
November 2021 Zoom Event – Marilyn Dumont and Lynn Coveney
Watch highlights from Antler River Poetry’s November 2021 Zoom event, featuring Marilyn Dumont and Lynn Coveney (w/captions). For time-stamps, book purchase links, & sponsors, check below the video on YouTube: youtu.be/zWRZibhEp3Y
October 2021 Zoom Event – James Lindsay, Rebecca Salazar, and Ashley Li
Watch highlights from Antler River Poetry’s October 2021 Zoom event, featuring James Lindsay, Rebecca Salazar, and Ashley Li (w/captions). For time-stamps, book purchase links, & sponsors, check below the video on YouTube: youtu.be/RxUdP8mBRJg
September 2021 Zoom Event – Dominik Parisien, Sonnet L’Abbé, & Amelia Does
Watch highlights from Antler River Poetry’s September 2021 Zoom event, featuring Dominik Parisien, Sonnet L’Abbé, and Amelia Does (w/captions). For time-stamps, book purchase links, and sponsors, check below the video on YouTube: youtu.be/RxUdP8mBRJg.
2022-2023 Lineup Coming Soon
We’ll announce our fantastic 2022-23 lineup of readers in late August, but in the meantime, we’ll be sharing highlight videos from last season’s Zoom events!
Antler River Poetry Open Mic
TAP Centre for Creativity, Wednesday June 29 2022 at 6:00pm
In partnership with the Words Festival, Antler River Poetry presents our Spring Event, Open Mic poetry, featuring our 2022 ARP Poetry Prize-winners Brian Baker, Sana Mufti, and Tom Prime. Our evening will also feature a reading by UWO’s new Student Writer-in-Residence, Matthew Dawkins, and a community open mic for all genres of writing. Share the invitation widely: bring a poem, bring a friend!
- 29 June, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
- TAP: Centre for Creativity
- Masks are required for this event
- Facebook: https://fb.me/e/3k3Qr56Lw
- Sign-up onsite that evening
A community book table will also be available for cash and debit purchases of titles from 845 Press, Baseline Press, Edna Press, and many of London’s writers.
To ensure the well-being of all of our community members, our event will be a mask-mandatory event.
This event is made possible by the support of the London Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the London Public Library, and TAP: Centre for Creativity.
Antler River Poetry 2022 Poetry Contest Winning Poems Are Here
We are delighted to publish the winning poems of our 2022 poetry contest judged by Klara du Plessis. Along with the winning poems, we are including the poets’ photos and bios and the judge’s notes.
1st Prize “Mechlorethamine and his temporary absence” – Brian Baker
Brian Baker is a London, Ontario poet who began his writing journey back in the late eighties and is now on his first re-imagining. His work has appeared both in print and online in the States and Canada and he was also the 2020 winner of what is now the Antler River Poetry Contest.
“Mechlorethamine and his temporary absence”: Formally precise and cross-disciplinary in scope, this poem offers a terse exploration of loneliness in a clinical medical institution and cancer ward. Isolation itself becomes a relational form of connection, however, as body, objects, and open space fuse into a site of peace and healing.
2nd Prize “Student Housing” – Tom Prime
Tom Prime is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Western University. His debut solo collection of poetry Mouthfuls of Space was released by Anvil Press last year and was shortlisted for the 2022 Gerald Lampert Memorial award. His latest collaborative collection, Bird Arsonist, written with Gary Barwin, was released by New Star books earlier this year.
“Student Housing”: A misleadingly simple text that moves along a poetic axis of sound and assonance. Studenthood functions as an enclosure that delimits the speaker’s lived experience, while curiosity perforates constraints, daringly intertextual.
3rd Prize: “They have my voice” – Sana Mufti
Sana Mufti is a creative writer with a double degree in English and Psychology from the University of Toronto and is currently completing her Master’s in English at the University of Western Ontario. Sana strives to explore themes of identity and the philosophy of time and motion. She comments on the personal struggle of defining the self and finding stability in a constantly changing world.
“They have my voice”: A moving, meta-narrative reflection on the act of self-expression through poetry, this poem dramatizes affect (so often the driving force of lyric poetry) to eventually question the ability to create at all.
Antler River Poetry Presents Khashayar Mohammadi, Klara du Plessis & Local Opener Miriam Cummings
Wednesday April 20th 2022
Antler River Poetry is pleased to present an evening of poetry featuring Khashayar Mohammadi and Klara du Plessis with local opener Miriam Cummings.
Also, hear the winners of our 2022 Open Theme Poetry Contest read their pieces! 1st Prize: “Mechlorethamine and his temporary absence” by Brian Baker; 2nd Prize: “Student Housing” by Tom Prime; 3rd Prize: “They have my voice” by Sana Mufti.
- LIVE on ZOOM 7:00pm EDT, FREE w/ registration: Zoom Link
- Pre-reading Workshop at 5:30pm *
* To join our pre-reading workshop at 5:30pm, free and open to the public, communicate your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our generous event sponsors: London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, The London Public Library, Gordon Hill Press, Palimpsest Press, and digibee.net.
Announcing Our 2022 Contest Winners Selected by Klara du Plessis!
Antler River Poetry is very pleased to announce the winners of our 2022 Open Theme Poetry Contest judged by Klara du Plessis. A big thank you to Klara for judging and to all poets for submitting their work.
1st Prize: “Mechlorethamine and his temporary absence” – Brian Baker
2nd Prize: “Student Housing” – Tom Prime
3rd Prize: “They have my voice” – Sana Mufti
Congrats Brian, Tom, & Sana!
REVIEW: Waking Ground by shalan joudry (Gaspereau Press, 2020)
by Erin Turnbull
Shalan joudry’s second book of poetry, Waking Ground, expertly weaves together Mi’kmaq with English, ecosystems with community, and the injustices of the past with the hope of the future. Using Two-Eyed Seeing to combine Indigenous and western epistemologies, this collection flows freely between the two perspectives, embarking on a continuous journey through them towards resurgence and reconciliation. Joudry is a poet, storyteller, singer, and artist who shares Mi’kmaw culture and oral tradition through her work as a creator and ecologist. Her choice to use lowercase orthography for her name in all circumstances except for the beginning of a sentence to “not over-emphasize the self in relation to the collective” is brilliantly displayed in Waking Ground—place names and personal pronouns remain in lowercase, equalizing the individual with the natural world.
Antler River Poetry Presents Charlie Petch, shalan joudry, & Jennifer Mustapha
Wednesday March 23rd 2022
March event will feature Charlie Petch and shalan joudry with local opener Jennifer Mustapha.
- Join us on Zoom at 7pm EST
- Pre-reading Workshop 5:30pm
To join our pre-reading workshop at 5:30pm, free and open to the public, communicate your interest to email@example.com.
Thank you to our generous event sponsors: London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, The London Public Library, Gaspereau Press, Brick Books, and digibee.net.
Antler River Poetry 2022 Open Theme Contest
March 15th, 2022 Extended to March 20th, 2022
Antler River Poetry Contest 2022
Submit your best work to Antler River Poetry’s 2022 Open Theme Poetry Contest, judged by acclaimed poet Klara du Plessis! Contest entries must be one poem of no more than 40 lines, on any topic, in any style; only submit original work that has not been previously published in print or online.
Send poems in PDF format by email only to AntlerRiverPoetryContest@gmail.com. Please include your name, your complete contact information (including mailing address) and the title of your poem in the body of the email. Poems will be presented anonymously to our judge. Do not include your name in the PDF file of your poem. You must be a resident of (or attending school in) London, ON and surrounding area to enter. Winners will be announced in mid-April 2022 (only winners will be contacted).
- First Prize is $100
- Second Prize is $75
- Third Prize is $50
The winning poets will have their work published on Antler River Poetry’s website and will be invited to read their winning pieces at an upcoming live Zoom event.
Antler River Poetry Presents Sile Englert , Jason Heroux, & Kit Roffey!
Wednesday February 16th 2022
On Wednesday February 16th at 7pm, we are launching our video event featuring readings by Sile Englert, Jason Heroux and local opener Kit Roffey. Jason Heroux will read poetry from his collections, including Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines, as well as new work, published by Mansfield Press. Sile Englert will read from her book The Lost Time Accidents, published by Goose Lane.
- Digital Event: Poetry Readings at 7pm EST on our YouTube Channel
- Workshop: Zoom 5:30pm. To register, communicate your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Join us for great online poetry!
Thank you to our generous event sponsors: London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, The London Public Library, Mansfield Press, Goose Lane Press, and digibee.net.
Our first event of the new year will feature Elana Wolff and Sadiqa de Meijer with local opener Shannon Arntfield!
Wednesday January 19th 2022
- Wed Jan 19 at 7:00pm EDT
- LIVE ZOOM event
- FREE w/ registration here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register…
Join us for our pre-reading workshop at 5:30pm, free and open to the public, by communicating your interest through email@example.com.
Sadiqa de Meijer‘s most recent books are The Outer Wards (Vehicule Press) and alfabet / alphabet (Palimpsest Press). Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in journals internationally, and been awarded the CBC Poetry Prize, Arc‘s Poem of the Year award, and other honours. Her first book of poetry was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Literature.
Elana Wolff is the author of seven collections of poetry and a collection of essays on poems. She has also co-authored, with the late Malca Litovitz, a collection of rengas; co-authored, with Susie Petersiel Berg, a limited-edition chapbook of poems; and co-translated, with Menachem Wolff, poems from the Hebrew by Georg Mordechai Langer; part of a joint Franz Kafka-Georg Mordechai Langer flipside book. Elana’s poems and creative nonfiction pieces are widely published in Canada and internationally, and have garnered awards. She has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently lives and works in Thornhill, Ontario. Elana’s sixth collection, Swoon (Guernica Editions, 2020), received the 2020 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry. Shape Taking, her seventh book of poems, is newly-released with Ekstasis Editions, and Faithfully Seeking Franz, a hybrid prose-and-poetry collection, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in 2023.
Thank you to our generous event sponsors: London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, The London Public Library, Guernica Editions, Vehicule Press, Palimpsest Press, and digibee.net.
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