Open invitation: the poetry engine awaits you!
New poets are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if you never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at www.poetrypei.com/submit.
Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least 3 months have passed since your last update.
Open Mic at Haviland Club, 10 December 2013
Host Dianne Hicks Morrow, PEI poet laureate, invites readers and listeners to the 3rd Open Mic event at the Haviland Club, 7 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 10. Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read anywhere from three to seven minutes.
The featured reader that night will be Orysia Dawydiak. She writes about family, immigrants, nature, rural life, and about confused people with identity crises—like whether or not they are human. She has won two L.M. Montgomery Island Literary Awards for children’s literature, and the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award for best canine reference book published in 1990 with her husband, David Sims. Orysia and David live on a small PEI farm surrounded by a flock of colourful, lively sheep and huge white dogs.
Over the years Orysia has published several short stories, both fiction and non fiction, but one of her favourites is a 400 word anecdote called Pig Tales in The Great Canadian Anecdote Contest which includes celebrity authors like Margaret Atwood and Timothy Findley. In 2009 Acorn Press published her first novel, House of Bears. Her second novel, Kira’s Secret, set in Atlantic Canada, was just released in November 2013, the first of a planned trilogy for young readers.
Well-known singer-songwriter Margie Carmichael will share a few of her tunes.
Admission is free or by donation. Please contact Dianne at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, 19 October 2013
The P.E.I. Writers’ Guild honoured Island writers and those dedicated to the literary arts at the 26th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards held recently at The Guild.
The 2013 awards began with an afternoon celebration of student writing, which included awards presentations, readings by first-place winners and entertainment by children’s author Deirdre Kessler. The evening gala featured presentations and readings in the adult categories, special readings by poet laureate Dianne Hicks Morrow and award-winning New Brunswick author Riel Nason, and music by Justin Simard and Todd MacLean. Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis attended the afternoon celebrations. Read the full article here.
Symons Lecture with Paul Martin, 10 October 2013
Former Canadian Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Paul Martin, was chosen to receive Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Symons Medal and give the 11th National Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation. Mr. Martin’s lecture was entitled ‘Confederation Today and Aboriginal Canada’ and took place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre. Read the full article here.
Tasmanians in Stratford, 2 October 2013
On Wednesday, October 2nd I was dinner guest and poetry reader the Rotary Club of Stratford’s special meeting to welcome a group of Rotarians from Tasmania, on a Friendship Exchange from Rotary District 9830.
Medicare anniversary celebration, 21 September 2013
Two special workshops in summer 2013
Workshop: Living with the Loss of a Child
Dianne was invited to facilitate this all-day workshop on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the beautiful International Children’s Memorial Place. See www.icmplace.com.
Workshop description: While very loss brings grief, the loss of a child breaks the circle of life: parents are supposed to die before their children. Using the natural world at the ICMP, participants will do guided writing exercises to explore loss and be surprised by what they discover.
The day was healing and continues through new connections made among participants.
Writing workshop for survivors of domestic violence
Dianne was invited to meet, for nine Wednesday mornings in May and June 2013, with a group of women dealing with the aftermath of domestic violence. I guided them in writing exercises to help them as they worked to create new lives for themselves. Their courage and wisdom as well as their development as writers were awe-inspiring.
PEI Women Writers Write the Day! Saturday, September 14, 2013
Over thirty women gathered for an opportunity to write in the quiet setting of Bonshaw Community Centre and nearby Bonshaw Hall.
Morning workshop topics were: The Sensual World, with Yvette Doucette; Sitting Down to Write, with Margaret A. Westlie; Life Blood of Character: Using Monologue to Improve Character Development, with Liza Oliver; Blue Pencil Cafe with a Twist, with Laurie Brinklow; Touch the Soul: Poetry from the Deep Places, with Beth E. Janzen.
Afternoon workshops were: Finding a Poem in a Photograph, with Margot Maddison-MacFadyen; Write Scene, with Kathleen Hamilton; Animals in Fiction for Juvenile Readers and Young Adults, with 0rysia Dawydiak; and Playing with Poetry Forms, with Dianne Hicks Morrow.
Reports and photos from other readings and gatherings (since the start of 2013) can be found on the events page.
Meet PEI’s Poet Laureate
Dianne Hicks Morrow has been named as Prince Edward Island’s fifth Poet Laureate.
Her latest book of poetry, “What Really Happened Is This: A Poetry Memoir,” won a 2012 PEI Book Award. Her other books include her first book of poetry, “Long Reach Home” (2002) and the non-fiction “Kindred Spirits: Relationships that Spark the Soul” (2005). A past president of the PEI Writers Guild, Ms. Hicks Morrow was presented the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island in 2008.
Regular features on this site
When visiting this site, be sure to see:
- Past Poet laureate Hugh MacDonald’s chapbook “Through This Rain,” chosen as a finalist for a Writer’s Digest challenge, is now available on this site in a web version. There is also a downloadable (and printable) PDF edition.
- Poetry by currently active Prince Edward Island poets — check back regularly to see if your favourite poets have anything new (writers can update their web presence with a new poem once every three months) on the site ;
- A link to a randomly selected poem from our archives;
- Podcasts of poets reading their own work, which can be downloaded, added to a feed, or played within your browser window;
- Video and audio from the University of PEI’s “Island Voices” series, featuring former Poets Laureate Frank Ledwell and John Smith;
- A selection of poetry for children
- Poetry at school is the newest section on our site, and we are pleased to welcome a large group of poets from Montague Regional High School
- The Historical poets section of our site, which features a long poem, Chaim the Slaughterer, by the late Joseph Sherman; four poems by Lucy Maud Montgomery four poems by Milton Acorn and audio files of readings by Sherman and Acorn;
- Information about the PEI Poet Laureate Program
- A detailed bibliography of island poets ;
- A facility for poets to submit one poem of their choice to the online archive.