Celebrate National Poetry Month with a live 'perFARMence'!

Eating Your Words Can Be a Good Thing! In honour of National Poetry Month, Poetry Gabriola Society is happy to sponsor a day of live, poetic perFARMance! Poetry Gabriola Society is looking for ‘foodies’ – local food producers, farmers, growers, makers, bakers, cooks, consumers who would like to pair up with ‘wordies’ – local writers, poets, storytellers to come together for poetic inspiration. You can volunteer with your partner or let us help you find the perfect ‘pairing. Deadline to sign up as a poet/farmer/food producer is: Thursday, March 19th. Partnerships will be announced at the Open Mic night at the Old Crow Café on March 19th (7 pm). After the ‘pairing’, from March 19th until April 26, these foodie/wordie partners will collaborate under the National Poetry Month theme of “Poetry and Food”. Then join us for the GRAND FINALE of their work at the Foodie / Wordie Potluck and live 'perFARMence': April 26 - 5:00 pm at the Commons. Come to eat, listen, and build community! Interested in participating? Email info@poetrygabriola.com or call 250-247-0117. (And don't worry, you should have time to see the Lulu performance later that evening!)

Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. 2015 marks the 17th anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada. This year the League is encouraging poets and hosts to explore and savour the theme of Food and Poetry. Inspired by Rachel Rose’s inaugural speech as Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, they want us to investigate the ways in which “food is personal, political, sensual and powerful. Food nourishes, grounds and connects us, much like poetry. Without food, as without poetry, we go hungry. There is so much that can be spoken of and written about food and one’s experience with it.”

On a related note, foodies and wordies, Poetry Gabriola Society has sponsored, Rachel Rose, Poet Laureate of Vancouver to read at the opening of the Isle of the Arts Festival, April 2, 2015. Rachel Rose will also be combining food and prose on Friday, April 3 (9:30-11:30 am) during her Isle of the Arts workshop: “Feast Days: Writing about Food and Family” - visit www.artsfest.artsgabriola.ca for more info and to register! <