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Edmonton Poetry Festival  April 16–23, 2017


#ThrowbackThursday to the powerful poet performances at #bemused16 . This is Charlotte Cranston, Edmonton's first Youth Poet Laureate.

When students were asked "What message would you give to others about poetry?" this is what they said:
-Poetry is for everyone! Don't be intimidated; it's a great way to express yourself and learn the opinions of others.
-Both reading and writing poetry helps us find truths within ourselves and explore ourselves.
-Poetry is an outlet which anyone can use.Your voice matters. Nobody is going to make that art if you don't.
-Just try.
-Openess, authenticity and play are crucial to creating good artwork. I would like to encourage others to be creative as it can be a great deal to cope with stress.
-Poetry is a really good way to learn about yourself.
-Poetry is a way of self development, caring, and expression.

"Poetry asks you to ask more of yourself." Nasra Adem, Edmonton's Youth Poet Laureate, was one of five poets who delivered amazing workshops for teens exactly one month ago at #bemused16

#ThrowbackThursday More student quotes from #bemused16
What did you learn today?
-I learned how others may see things differently from me.
-I learned that there are many different approaches to start the creative process: for instance, through music, art, imagery, rules, and so much more.
-How to plan a poem without really planning. How to not force poetry.
-To be conscientious about the repercussions of my work (if I deliver a heavy piece, there must be room for love).
-Imagery is one of the most powerful tools we have as writers/poets and can be used to evoke emotions.
-Poetry is not straight forward. It is messy and pristine and beautiful and raw. But I can do it.

#ThrowbackThursday to exactly one month ago (November 22) when 100 teens took workshops with local poets at our BeMused High School Poetry Festival. We partnered with EPSB, ECSD, EPL and Clareview Rec Centre to put on this one day youth festival. #bemused16

Here is what the youth had to say about the day: "Being around such a living and motivating community of poets was so inspiring."
"Poetry is good for the soul. It hurts and it heals. Incorporate poetry in your life as much as you possibly can."
"Poetry can be fun! Not as boring as poetry was in junior high."
"Poetry is who you are, and it is scary and beautiful and inspiring."

We've moved these fridges from the kitchens to the streets for Giant Fridge Magnet Poetry! Head to Poetry Central in Churchill Square from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm any day this week to create your own poem!

#Regram & fridge poetry courtesy @marinareidwrites

The High Level Bridge becomes spectral poetry.

Last night, the bridge was lit with purple, blue, and yellow for our festival, which runs today until April 24!
Photo by @rayannedoucet

At the Volunteer Orientation Party today, the amazing Alice Major offers her foolproof tips for writing short-order poems in under 5 minutes. #PoFest16

"And somewhere out there, there is God.
Sunday school's Creator, who has caused
all of this vast envelope addressed to her.
God who is the measurer
and measure of that dizzy hierarchy
of distances"

Our Good #FridayReads is Alice Major's STANDARD CANDLES. Catch her at "Poetry Becomes Molecular" at @latitude_53 on April 20!

Here's a little #MondayMotivation from Richard Siken—one of our headlining poets—and his collection WAR OF THE FOXES. Pick up your brushes, poets!

Poetry becomes (la poésie c'est l'émotion) on April 17–24.

Poster design by the amazing @muchoeldesigno.

Gary Garrison as Danielle Smith. #pofest12

Ben Murray and Kathy Fisher talkin' books. #pofest12

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