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Your unofficial guide to Toronto's South-North Griots Summit

Toronto - In association with the Pan Am and Para-Pan Am games, a gathering of some of the most revered story tellers from African diaspora traditions are gathering in Toronto, Ontario Canada from May 28th-31st.

Author of 'Milk & Honey' speaks at official book launch Special

Brampton - A year ago, Rupi Kaur never thought her words and drawings would be turned into a book of prose, she told an audience who came to see her at the official launch of 'Milk and Honey: A Journey of Healing Through Poetry,' in Brampton.

Poet Shane Koyczan releases new video 'Heaven, or Whatever'

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan treated his fans to a new video-poem today with his latest YouTube upload. 'Heaven, or Whatever' also stars Vancouver poet R.C. Weslowski.

Op-Ed: Studio 35 where artists of the canvas and of the page converge Special

Sonoma - There's that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Words and images often go together so it is no surprise that Studio 35 would have a poetry reading on Oct. 10 to compliment its art display.

Poet Shane Koyczan releases video 'Shoulders' on treasuring Earth

British Columbian poet Shane Koyczan has released a new poem-video on YouTube, written for The David Suzuki Foundation as part of the environmentalist's Blue Dot Tour, where Koyczan shared the stage with The Barenaked Ladies, Stephen Lewis and more.

Review: Poet Shane Koyczan debuts new video-poem 'Troll' on cyberbullying Special

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan, best known recently for his To This Day anti-bullying video-poetry, released another poetic critique of cyber-bullying appropriately titled Troll. It's one of the most poignant looks at the pain caused by online bullies.

Op-Ed: How to be a full-time poet

After 21 years, I still find it entertaining, watching the looks on people’s faces, when they hear that poetry has sustained me for two decades. I have sat on panels, and had countless discussions with poets who’ve wanted my secret, so here it is!!

Toronto Poetry Slam Finals coming to Royal Cinema April 19 Special

Toronto - A spoken word competition is about to take over the 450-seat Royal Cinema in Toronto's Little Italy district. The annual Toronto Poetry Slam Finals will feature eight poets vying to make the Toronto Poetry Slam Team.

Ukrainian spring exhibit celebrates humanitarian poet Special

Edmonton - The annual spring exhibit of Ukrainian art in Edmonton features the life and work of Taras Shevchenko, a noted poet, artist, and humanitarian.

Belfast Laureate Sinead Morrissey awarded TS Eliot prize

London - Irish poet Sinead Morrissey, Belfast's first poet laureate, has won the prestigious TS Eliot prize for her poetry collection Parallax.

Rockit! Herbie Hancock appointed Harvard professor of poetry

U.S. jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been appointed as the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. He is the latest in a long line of poets and artists to be appointed to this honorary post.

Cambridge — The Chinese Connection

Cambridge - There is no obvious connection between China and Cambridge, England, so why is the university city so popular with Chinese tourists?

Toronto Poetry Slam wins 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Special

On November 9 in Montreal, the spoken word series Toronto Poetry Slam won the annual poetry competition The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, poetically battling against 23 other slam teams from cities across Canada.

Video: Poet 'misspells' the word 'father' in a spelling bee & why

Marshall Davis Jones relates a story of a dream he had about a spelling bee. In poetry form, he explains why he spells the word "father" as "M-O-T-H-E-R."

David McFadden and Ghassan Zaqtan win 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Special

Toronto - Thursday night at Corus Quay, along Toronto’s waterfront, the winners of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize were announced during the annual awards ceremony.

Review: 'Cats' remains a crowd-pleaser, in a smaller Toronto revival Special

Toronto - Say what you want about Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Cats”, but it's a show that knows how to captivate and move an audience. The current Toronto reboot, which opened last night, is lots of fun all the way through.

Op-Ed: Why the Griffin Poetry Prize is so important

Toronto - Since 2000 the Griffin Trust has been funding the Griffin Prize, a celebration of poetry and poets. This week Torontorians will be treated to the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings and the announcement of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Winners.

All-Canadian cast remounts the classic musical 'Cats' in Toronto Special

Toronto - As the song says, “Let the memory live again.” It's been more than three decades since “Cats” opened in London's West End and on Broadway, redefining the stage musical. Now, the beloved show is back to win over a new generation – in Toronto.

Spoken word artists to students: Poems are still relevant Special

Waterloo - Four internationally acclaimed poets and spoken word artists were asked what social justice and equality mean to them, and how those topics are addressed in their writing, at a discussion panel held at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Shane Koyczan's anti-bullying poem-video To This Day goes viral

A powerful poem by Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has attracted more than 1.4 million YouTube views since it was uploaded two days ago. To This Day is part of an online project where he asked animators to help illustrate his poem.

Pentametron: Seeking iambic writings to retweet as poetry

You might not know this, but if your latest tweet was written in iambic pentameter, it might just get picked up by Pentametron, a Twitter bot turning random posts into poetry.

Video: Education-versus-school video goes viral Special

What is the value of institutionalized education? That’s the question British rapper-poet Suli Amoako (known as Suli Breaks) poses in his video “Why I Hate School But Love Education,” the latest of spoken word videos to go viral this year.

Video: Female on stage recites poem about loving 'Richard'

While you can go on stage and recite poetry about anything, one female took the stage and gave a poem of something she loved: "sausage."

No Hurry: Award-winning Michael Blumenthal's new book of poems Special

Award-winning poet and writer Michael Blumenthal was born in Vineland New Jersey and grew up in Manhattan. He has published 7 books of poems, a novel, a memoir and a book of essays. His eighth book of poems No Hurry will be in the shops October 20th.

Brave New Voices: Poetry slam — A Syrian girl speaks out (video)

Denver - Brave New Voices held a poetry slam at a theater in downtown Denver. This Syrian girl gives an amazing and heart-wrenching presentation in poetry form.

Distinguished Oregon authors visit Baker City Special

Baker City - On July 13, the 2012 Oregon Book Awards Author Tour brought two poets and two nonfiction writers to Baker City, Oregon for an evening of readings and conversation.

The Sydenham Arts Festival 2012: an update

London - The Sydenham Arts Festival has now released its official programme. The Festival runs from July 1 to July 15 and includes both indoor and outdoor events.

60 poems online to mark the Queen's Jubilee

Sixty officially sanctioned poems, each by a different poet, have been uploaded to the Web. The poems were commissioned to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Toronto poets slam at the Drake Hotel Special

Toronto - If you think poetry is for the birds, think again. Toronto has a vibrant poetry scene that is brimming with astounding talent.

Toronto poets slam at the Drake Hotel Special

Toronto - If you think poetry is for the birds, think again. Toronto has a vibrant poetry scene that is brimming with astounding talent.
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Team New Orleans performing a group piece at the 2010 National Poetry Slam
Team New Orleans performing a group piece at the 2010 National Poetry Slam
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Günter Wilhelm Grass is a Nobel Prize-winning German author, poet, playwright, sculptor and artist
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Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
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"MJ" from Vidhu Aggarwal
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Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
Marshall Davis Jones telling the story of how he misspelled the word father in a spelling bee.
Marshall Davis Jones telling the story of how he misspelled the word father in a spelling bee.
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Poet JustJamaal from Ottawa performing during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
Poet JustJamaal from Ottawa performing during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah win 2013 Griffin Awards
Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah win 2013 Griffin Awards
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Poets Tommy Bewick and Dwayne Morgan performing a duet during Toronto's Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
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The 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team (from l to r): Optimus Rhyme, David Delisca, Kliggy, Philosofly, IF
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David McFadden
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Carlos Andres Gomez
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Vidhu Aggarwal
Vidhu Aggarwal
Shane Koyczan performing at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver
Shane Koyczan performing at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver
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Raissa Killoran from Kingston performing poetry during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto, at Royal Cinema
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