Charles Mountford is a poet who lives in Stratford, Ontario and, part time, in Quebec City. Governor General’s Award winning poet, Stephanie Bolster, has written that “Charles Mountford is one of the few Canadian poets at home in the dramatic monologue.
Mountford has an MA in English from Western and an MA in Librarianship from the University of London.
He has had nine books published and has been reading his work across Canada for the last ten years.
He won first prize in the Alberta Poetry Contest and was shortlisted for the Bridport UK Poetry Prize in 2008 and 2010. The Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Carolyn Kizer, has written that Mountford’s “poems are rich and fine” and awarded him a workshop prize at the Indiana International Poetry Conference.
He is the founder and artistic director of Poetry Stratford and is the librettist in residence at Orpheus Productions, Stratford. Orpheus has produced four operas so far using Mountford’s poetry as librettos.
WHERE: The Mykonos Restaurant at 572 Adelaide St. North, London, Ontario. The restaurant has a large, enclosed terrace just behind the main restaurant, which comfortably holds 60 poetry lovers. Mediterranean food and drinks are available. The terrace is open to the parking lot behind. Overflow parking is available across the side street and in the large lot one block north, in front of Trad’s Furniture.
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 2015. Doors: 6:00 to 6:30 (It's a restaurant.) Event begins at 7:00
THE FEATURED POET: Charles Mountford will open the poetry portion of the event at 7:00, followed by a Q&A.
OPEN MIC: Following the featured poet, and an intermission at 8:00 pm, open mic poets will read to as late as 10:30. Each poet has five minutes (which is about two good pages of poetry, but it should be timed at home). Sign up on the reader's list, which is on the book table at the back. It's first come, first served.
COVER: By donation (in donation jar on back table, or use Donate Button on website Donate Page). Donations are our only source of income to cover expenses.
RAFFLE PRIZES: Anyone who donates at the event receives a ticket for a raffle prize, three of which will be picked after the intermission. The prizes consist of poetry books donated by Brick Books and The Ontario Poetry Society.