Poets @ Artfest V 2019

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Poets @ Artfest V: A 3-Day Summer Poetry Festival

This will be the 5th iteration of this annual multiday poetry festival tied to this year’s Artfest Kingston, 2019, an event with 200 exhibitors, with it essentially consuming all of City Park. Poets @ Artfest V, will include 56 featured poetry readings by poets from across Ontario and Quebec, an early Saturday morning writing workshop, a Sunday morning book launch (see listing below), and with details and markers on site - an interactive ‘black out poem’ creative exercise for anyone to participate in. Work produced in it may be displayed on site, and online as well. The poetry tent is easy enough to find, sort of centre of the park, but closer to the Barrie Street, and the King Street E sides.

Saturday- Monday, June 29 – July 1, 10am-6pm daily

Schedule (full details below)

Blackout Poetry Project: interactive poetry all weekend long

Saturday Poetry Workshop- 9am. Sign up begins 8:45am

Sunday Book Launch 10:45am Bruce Kaufman

Poetry Readings: 56 poets reading throughout the weekend FULL SCHEDULE DOWNLOAD

Book Launch: Bruce Kauffman – June 30

Bruce Kauffman will be launching and reading from his latest collection of poetry, an evening absence still waiting for moon (John B. Lee Signature Series, Hidden Brook Press, 2019) as part of the Poets @ Artfest V 3-day poetry festival.

This will be a somewhat causal book launch event with much of the time devoted to simply conversation and camaraderie. There will be a 15-minute reading beginning at 10:45 and emceed by Michael Casteels. Novel Idea Bookstore will be on site for the hour launch and copies of the book can be obtained through them (cash or credit). Anyone interested in a copy of the book outside the launch will find it on display with a number of other featured poet’s books over the course of the full 3-day event (cash only).

2019 Blackout Poetry Project

Join us at Poets @ Artfest where we will dive into a Blackout Poetry experience. This unique process makes it easy to craft a poem that will surprise and delight. Select your words from a text page and blackout the ones you don’t want. A lot of fun! All poems will be included in our poetry walk on display. Ongoing all three days.

Saturday, June 29

9:00 -- 10:30am Writing Workshop – A Free ‘Intuitive Writing’ workshop (Signup begins at 8:45)

11am- 12:00pm Barbara Laing, Jennie Marshall, Nadia Pacey, Kinman

12:30 -- 1:30pm Tim Murphy, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Ashna Asim, Billie Kearns

2:00 -- 3:00pm Judith Popiel, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Alyssa Cooper

3:30 -- 4:30pm Dallas Bader, Kathy Figueroa, Bob MacKenzie, Meg Freer

5:00 -- 6:00pm Jennifer Londry, Bethmarie Michalska, Sasha Hill, Honey Novick

Sunday, June 30

10:30 –11:30am Book Launch: Bruce Kauffman* - Reading at 10:45. Emcee – Michael Casteels.

A casual launch. Novel Idea Bookstore onsite with copies (cash or credit).

12:00 – 1:00pm Carole TenBrink, Sandra Davies, Elizabeth Greene, Susan Gillis

1:30 -- 2:45pm John Steffler, Colleen Lyons, Nathalie Sorensen, Tara Kainer, Grace Dixon

3:00 -- 4:00pm Krista Asselstine, Dale Tracy, Allison Chisholm, Michael Casteels

4:30 -- 5:30pm Bob Hogg, Bruce Whiteman, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Phil Hall

Monday, July 1

10:30 –11:30am Ron Chase, Anne Graham, Ken Chin, Eric Folsom

12:00 -- 1:00pm Haley Sarfeld, John Donlan, Leslie Saunders, Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux

1:30 -- 2:30pm Louise Carson, Colin Morton, Tia Lunn, Mary Lee Bragg

3:00 -- 4:00pm Pat Connors, Abena Beloved Green, Chantel Lavoie, Allan Briesmaster

4:30 -- 5:30pm Paul Kelley, Kate Rogers, Brandon Pitts, Closing comments (Bruce Kauffman)

*an evening absence still waiting for moon (John B. Lee Signature Series, Hidden Brook Press, 2019) is Kauffman’s 4th collection of poetry.

Much gratitude to Quebec Writers’ Federation in their support for Louise Carson’s reading.

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2018 Collaborative Poem Project

In 2018 visitors to the event were invited to write poetic thoughts about 'What I love about Kingston' and add them to a collaboration poem.
It encouraged anyone to enter a line about what they love about Kingston and at the end of each day, all submissions were compiled into a poem. The complete 3-day poem appears below as a download with credit for pieces given. It was a wonderful experience and very successful. Thank you to all who participated!

What I Love about Kingston Collaborative Poem


Copies available $10 ea.

We published a collection of 130 pages of original poetry to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday. Bruce Kaufman curated the collection. Poets from Kingston, Ontario and Quebec contributed to this project. The results are interesting, thought provoking and heartfelt. The book is still available to purchase online, at Artfest Kingston, the Kingston Tourism Centre and the Thousand Islands Gift Shop on Ontario Street.