April is Poetry Month!

April is poetry month here in Edmonton and across Canada. If you’re someone that says you’re not a fan of poetry then you’re probably a huge liar. Everyone loves poetry. You just may not have encountered any poetry that you’re passionate about yet. You’re in luck this week! The Edmonton Poetry Festival is in full swing. There are events all over the city all week long and many of them are free. Check out their website for more information. Speaking of poets and speaking of free, there is a free event on Saturday that my group Words with Friends (#yegwords) is organizing and it’s called Dead Poets Society. In honour of that great movie with Robin Williams and in honour of the great dead poets of this world we are hosting an open stage at the Ortona Armoury to anyone who wants to come and pay tribute to a poet that inspired them. We’ll be reading poetry, standing on chairs, and seizing the day! The event is on Saturday, April 26th at 3pm at the Ortona Armoury (9722 102 street) and it’s FREE! We’re going to have a lot of fun with poetry. Please join us. The Facebook event page is here.

In other news, our Writers’ Corner event last week was a huge success. We had more people in attendance than I ever could have expected. I want to thank everyone who came and were a great audience for the two writers from Bioware we had to speak to us. You were all great and patient and had good questions to ask. I’m sorry if any of you were turned away because we just had too many people there. I hope to have another event of this kind in the future and we will host it in a larger venue. Thank you again to all who attended. It was so much fun.

In future news, May is Mill Woods month in Edmonton. I just made that up. I will be spending quite a bit of time at the Mill Woods EPL branch in May. If you live in that neck of the woods (pun!) then you should come pay me a visit. I will be running two writing workshops there as well holding office hours there for a week starting May 13th. More information is on the EPL Programs site here.

If you have any questions about my Mill Woods visits then please shoot me an email or give me a call. I look forward to seeing you at some of the events coming up.

Happy April! Happy Poetry Month!

Here is a poem:

i carry your heart with me by E. E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

A Very Special Writers’ Corner: Writing for Video Games

Video games have evolved so much since the days when Mario first had to rescue the Princess in Bowser’s Castle. Today, video games are like movies. Playable action films. In these new generations of games story is more important than ever before. Did you know that in our own backyard there is a company that creates some of these games? It’s true. They’re called Bioware and the Edmonton arm of Bioware is behind such brain meltingly good games as Mass Effect and Dragon Age. For our next Writers’ Corner event we are teaming up with Bioware and the amazing EPL Makerspace to explore the world of writing for video games.

When: April 13th, 1:30pm

Where: Stanley Milner Library- Makerspace

Why: Because video games.

Writing for video games is a fascinating section of the writing world that you hardly ever hear about. We’re going to talk with Bioware writers Sylvia Feketekuty and Luke Kristjanson about what it takes to write for some of the hottest video games out there right now. Perhaps you’re a gamer and want to know how to get your foot in the door of the video game industry. Maybe you’re just a writer and want to know about the set of skills that is needed in order to write for video games. Or maybe you just want to come and check out the fabulous EPL Makerspace and all its toys and learn a little something along the way too. Whatever the reason, I really hope you will join me for this very special edition of Writers’ Corner. Space is limited so get there early and come with lots of questions to ask our guests.

More information can be found on the EPL Makerspace page.

I’m very excited about this event. I hope to see you all there.