12 September 2009

Joe Blades to Commit Another 50 Random Acts of Poetry


Random Acts of Poetry, a celebration of poetry and literacy, begins its sixth year during the week of October 5 to 11, 2009. Random Acts of Poetry is a project of the Victoria READ Society, a non-profit literacy organization, established in 1976. Random Acts of Poetry is funded by The Canada Council for the Arts.

During the week, 31 acclaimed poets across Canada, from Victoria to Newfoundland, will commit Random Acts of Poetry in their cities and adjacent small towns. On buses and subways, in donut shops and cafes, police stations, grocery stores, shelters, curling rinks, on city streets and country lanes, poets will read poems to strangers and give them their books. Poets will also read their poems in ESL and Adult Literacy classes.

In Fredericton, NB, Joe Blades will paticipate for the third year. On the editorial board of revue ellipse mag, he is Vice President–Membership Chair of the League of Canadian Poets, producer–host of the Ashes, Paper & Beans community radio program, founding publisher of 25-year-old Broken Jaw Press, and a new grad student at the University of New Brunswick. The author of five published poetry books, including River Suite and from the book that doesn’t close, he has several books in the works, including Casemate Poems (Collected). Two of his books have been translated and published in Serbian editions.

Patrick Lane, one of Canada’s premier poets, says of Random Acts of Poetry, “There are no accidents. Nothing is random. A poem sits in a poet’s pocket and jumps out when you least expect it. It can nestle in a mechanic’s ear, a politician’s hand, a waitress’s bright eye, somewhere, anywhere. You look up from work and there’s a poem. It reads itself to you. It asks you to take a break. It says: Right here. Right now.”

“Poetry,” says Wendy Morton, founder of Random Acts of Poetry, “is the shortest distance between two hearts. I have read poems to hundreds of people, many of whom hadn’t heard a poem in thirty years, and watched their eyes fill up with tears. Some burst into laughter or laid a hand on my shoulder, hugged me, took my hand. Poetry can connect us with each other as humans as no other art form I know. Poetry is a gift that we can create from whatever life has in store for us.”

Across Canada poets will commit random acts in: Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Desboro, Toronto, Port Perry, Trenton, Ottawa, Port McNicoll, Windsor, Montreal, Laval, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Wolfville, Halifax, and St. John’s.

Wendy Morton, Otter Point, BC wendymorton@shaw.ca 250-642-3542
Barbara Pelman, Victoria, BC bfpelman@shaw.ca 250-480-0181
Susan Musgrave, Sidney, BC Musgrave.susan@gmail.com 250-656-5037
Leanne Boschman, Shawnigan Lake, BC lbepp@citytel.net 250-733-0896
Kim Goldberg: Nanaimo, BC goldberg@ncf.ca 250-741-8577
Leanne McIntosh, Nanaimo, BC lcmc@shaw.ca 250-754-0081
David Fraser, Nanoose Bay, BC acsentaspirations@shaw.ca 250-468-7313
Brad Cran, Vancouver, BC bradcran@hotmail.com 604-2534620
Sheri-D Wilson, Calgary, AB sheridwilson@shaw.ca 403-686-4292
Vivian Hansen, Calgary, AB vhansen@ucalgary.ca 403-239-1551
Alexis Kienlen, Edmonton, AB alexiskienlen@hotmail.com 780-988-7292
Taylor Leedahl: Saskatoon, SK taylor_rae@shaw.ca 306-291-5057
Kelly Anne Riess, Regina, SK kelly_reiss@yahoo.ca 306-585-0052
Carmelo Militano, Winnipeg, MB adpoe@mts.net204-489-7280
Kate Flaherty, Toronto, ON kkkkatie@sympatico.ca 416-699-6692
Luciano Iacobelli, Toronto, ON liacobelli@yahoo.com 416-405-5186
Domenico Capilongo, Toronto, ON domcapilong@hotmail.com 416-255-7603
Sandra Kasturi, Toronto, ON sandra.kasturi@rogers.ca 416-652-2482
Terry Ann Carter, Ottawa, ON tacarter@rogers.com 613-820-7734
James Dewar, Port Perry, ON james@creativejames.com 905-985-8389
Roger Bell: Port McNicoll, ON rogerbell@rogers.com 705-534-4214
Kristian Anderson, Desboro, ON kristananderson@hotmail.com 519-363-2771
Charles Mountford, Stratford, ON c_mountford@sympatico.ca 519-271-9459
Michael Mirolla, Montreal, QC mmirolla@rogers.ca 514-722-6803
Élizabeth Robert, Montréal, QC elizabethrobert@nochesdepoesia.com 514-347-3907
Patrick Coppens, Laval, QC patrickcoppens@videotron.ca 450-665-4884
Joe Blades, Fredericton, NB joeblades@nb.aibn.com 506-454-5127
Hugh MacDonald, Charlottetown, PEI hughmacdonald@pei.sympatico.ca 902-838-2505
Wanda Campbell, Wolfville, NS wanda.campbell@acadiau.ca 902-542-4041
Shauntay Grant, Halifax, NS shauntay@mail.com
Monica Kidd, St. John’s, NL kidd@nf.sympatico.ca 709-753-2169

Wendy Morton
Random Acts of Poetry

Claire Rettie
Victoria READ Society

Joe Blades
Fredericton, NB
T 506 454 5127
F 506 455 5134

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