Read at the open mic and, PRESTO!!!, one of your poems can be published in the festivals instant zine!! (See below.)
At 8:00 pm on Sat. November the 7th, London Open Mic Poetry Night will be hosting a relaxing poetry open mic at Marienbad Restaurant -- 122 Carling St.
Music begins at 7:30, so come early to get a table and order drinks, food.
Join us upstairs in the Fireplace Room, order something to drink and eat, and settle in for a multitude of 5-minute poetry readings, beginning with a feature by poet Lucas Crawford. Anyone who wants to read can read. Sign up on the sheet. It’s first come, first served. Any genre of poetry is welcome, including, of course, spoken word and bifocals-and-page poetry. And if you have won the Nobel Prize for Literature, don’t take it as an insult if you receive no louder applause than the limerick poet who follows. We clap for everyone. Humour will bring a laugh. You might even accompany yourself on a washboard or some other wingding instrument. But please leave the Steinway Concert Grand at home. There will be a donation jar and anyone donating will receive a raffle ticket. Immediately after the intermission the three prizes will be selected, consisting of poetry books donated by The Ontario Poetry Society and Brick Books.
Open Mic Poetry will feature poet, queer performer and scholar Lucas Crawford, who has just released his new book of poetry, Sideshow Concessions. A collection populated by the circus-like bodies and experiences of a narrator navigating rural pasts and urban presents, Sideshow Concessions is the unofficial story of someone who is both a bearded lady and the fattest man in the world.
Lucas is from rural Nova Scotia and is based in Vancouver. His poetry has been published widely, including in the Literary Review of Canada, The Antigonish Review, Room, PRISM International, and Best Canadian Poetry (2015). Crawford is the R.W.W. Junior Chair of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Transgender Architectonics (2015) is Crawford’s book of scholarly essays.
READ AT THE NOV. 7TH OPEN MIC AND YOUR POEM WILL GO IN THE WORDSFEST ZINE!!
One poem that you read at the open mic, even if it's not about the festival, can be published in the instant WordsFest Zine, simply because you read it at the festival's open mic. You just have to email it in before 8 pm. (Hint: do it anytime before the open mic to make sure it's in on time. If you end up not reading it, they'll know and won't publish it.)
Putting Words into print. Here's what we're doing:
WordsFest is producing an instant magazine called WordsFestZine. We invite anyone to submit work for publication. The work just has to be related to WordsFest. It can be a reaction to a reading, event, an author, a happening, the contours of the day, anything that was brought about in contact with the Festival. In the great tradition of occasional writing, WordsFestZine will document, analyze and celebrate the events, people and works that make up the festival as it is happening.
We’re looking for writing about and related to aspect of the festival. It can be poetry, fiction or non-fiction, including a tweet. All pieces have to be under 250 words. Submissions will open at the beginning of the festival and we will have finished magazines for the close of the festival.
The publication is a partnership between Insomniac Press, Poetry London and WordsFest.
For submission guidelines and to submit to WordsFestZine click here: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE: Marienbad Restaurant, Fireplace Room (upstairs) http://www.marienbad.ca/
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 7th, 2015. Come early. Event begins at 8:00
THE FEATURED POET: Lucas Crawford
OPEN MIC: 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 on the book table. It's first come, first served.
COVER: By donation (in donation jar). 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.