BPS meeting dates for 2018 are as follows: Feb. 18, Mar.18, Apr. 15, May 13 and June 17 at The Goodberry on 55 Baldwin St. Brooklin – 12-2:30pm.
National Poetry Month:
BPS is excited to announce its plans for National Poetry Month this April 2018!
We will be hosting a public reading in the Whitby Public Library’s Brooklin Branch on Sunday, April 8th, and one on Sunday, April 15th.
Our poetry café in the Whitby Public Library’s Main branch will take place on April 26th, 2018 from 7-8:30pm. Please let us know via our “Contact” page if you wish to be involved in this event!
From time to time we like to give shout outs to significant poetry events that are not necessarily connected with BPS.
The Ontario Poetry Society (TOPS), a poetry friendly grassroots organization with over 240 members, will be hosting some poetry events over the spring/summer of 2018. The first takes place in “The Love Of Poetry Gathering”, an afternoon of spotlighting book launches, members’ readings, and an open mic for non-members that takes place this Sunday, February 11, 2018. The event starts at 12 noon and runs until approximately 4 p.m. at the Symposium Café Restaurant Bar & Lounge, 5221 Yonge Street, (2 Blocks north of North York Centre, South of Finch Avenue) in North York, Ontario. Sign-up for book launch spotlights and readings is at the door. Admission is free. Everyone (including first time readers) is welcome. Depending on the number of people signed-up, each person should come prepared to read either two short poems or one longer poem. All styles from rhyming couplets to free verse to experimental to rap and spoken word are accepted. More information can be found here.
If you can’t attend the Sunday event, TOPS will be hosting at least three more open mic events in 2018. The next one will be the “Spring into Poetry Party” to be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the café: Meet at 66 King East in Cobourg, Ontario. A summer event is tentatively planned for Sunday, August 26 in London and information about an autumn event will be announced at a later date.
On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Roy Adams and the Hamilton branch of The Ontario Poetry Society will team up with Brydge Builder Press for “A Hamilton Poetry Night”, 8 to 10:30 p.m. at The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street North. Highlights include the launch of Vagabond Post Office: A Poet’s Path Home by David C. Brydges (TOPS Cobalt branch manager), featured readings by Kathy Fisher and Gary Barwin plus music by David McIntosh. TOPS president Fran Figge will emcee the evening. An open mic will follow. Admission is free.