Press Release - printable pdf [30kb]
March 25, 2008
Full Course of Events for Poetry Month
Peterborough - The Cooked and Eaten Reading Series is excited to bring nationally acclaimed and unforgettable poet bill bissett to Peterborough for National Poetry Month. Headlining the weekend of events, bissett will be doing public readings, a meet the author night and workshops and will be keeping public office hours where poets and writers can meet and be inspired by this unique and energetic writer and artist.
Workshops will be presented by other writers and artists in which writers of all skill levels can be inspired or learn new tricks to improve their writing, readings and publishing efforts.
Also part of the weekend of events, The Poetry of Everyday Life Marathon is gearing up for its second year. A twelve hour marathon of poetry readings in unique locations by poets of all ages and stages in their careers, this event takes poetry out of the salon and makes it available to a wider audience in diverse and unique venues including bus stops, ferries, sculpture gardens, gas stations and more. Each reader who signs up arrives at his or her chosen venue at the appointed time and reads for up to 15 minutes to their audience and to passers by who happen upon the event during the day. Extended groups of readings are being organized in Peterborough, Kingston, Guelph and New Mexico.
From the flyer poets hand out on the day: “While you are listening to this poet, and as you go about the rest of your day, take a moment to notice the poetry all around you. The poetry of everyday life. Today, poetry is being brought to life across the country. Tomorrow? It will still be there, perhaps more silent, but still there. Take time to look for it, when you can.”
Schedule of events is as follows:
- Thurs - Sat, Apr 17 - 19, 2 - 6 pm, Market Hall in the Gallery - Office Hours for bill bissett
- Thurs, April 17, 7 pm, at the Holiday Inn - An Evening With bill bissett
- Fri, April 18, 9 am - 9pm - Cooked and Eaten Poetry of Everyday Life Twelve Hour Poetry Marathon.
- Fri, April 18, 6 - 10 pm at the Gordon Best - TheatrePoetry Marathon Evening featuring bill bissett
- Sat, April 19, 12 noon, at the PAU - work n play with 7 approaches 2 poetree with bill bissett
- Sat, April 19, 2 pm, at the PAU - Make a Poetry Chap Book with Jessica Rowland
- Sat, April 19, 2 pm, at the Market Hall - Don't be a Fridge (Read Aloud With Confidence) with Esther Vincent
- Sat, April 19, 4 pm, at the PAU - Word Lottery with Elizabeth Rhett Woods
- Sat, April 19, 4pm, at Black Honey - How to Get Published with Ursula Pflug
The Cooked and Eaten
P.O. Box 352, Peterborough ON K9J 6Z3
bill bissett has remained at the cutting edge of poetics and performance works for almost forty years and is one of Canada's most original and widely appreciated poets. The author of more than 60 books of poetry, he has twice won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and received the Milton Acorn People's Poet Award in 1991. In the 1960's bissett founded blewointmentpress, and co-founded Very Stone House. During this time, he garnered international attention as a pre-eminent figure of the counter-culture movement in Canada and the U.K. A pioneer of sound, visual and performance poetry, bissett consistently extends the boundaries of language and visual image. He has remained at the cutting edge of poetics and performance works for almost forty years. bill now writes and paints out of studios in Vancouver and Toronto.
bissett's charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate sound poetry, chanting and singing, the verve of which is only matched by his prolific writing career - over seventy books of bissett's poetry have been published.
Elizabeth Rhett Woods
Elizabeth Rhett Woods was born in Prince George, B.C., and grew up in Kamloops and Vernon. Her professional writing debut was a half-hour play, A Way of Loving, on CBC Radio's Introducing, in 1968, followed by other radio plays, including a 90-minute verse drama, Maya (1974), and most recently, Life and Death Along The Gorge, on OutFront, in 2000. Her first novel, The Yellow Volkswagen, was published by Simon & Schuster, Canada, in 1971, followed by The Amateur (PaperJacks, 1980). Her third novel, Beyond the Pale, a story about limits, temptations, and consequences, was published by Ekstasis Edition in 2006. Her first book of poetry, Men, was published by Fiddlehead Poetry Books, in 1979, followed by Bird Salad (Moonstone, 1990), Family Fictions (Wolsak& Wynn, 2002), and The Absinthe of Desire (Ekstasis Editions, 2004).
Her latest book, 1970: A Novel Poem, is due out from Ekstasis in September, 2007. She lives in Victoria (www.elizabethrhettwoods.ca).
The Cooked and Eaten
The Cooked and Eaten hosts an ongoing series of events based in Peterborough, Ontario which motivates the creators of fiction, poetry, theatre, performance and lecture by promoting new and adventurous authors to an engaged and informal audience. We welcome primarily writers of short fiction but also include presenters of academic papers, poets and lyricists, both emerging writers and those with multiple publication credits in anthologies, literary journals or full length book form. As well the Cooked and Eaten presents special events, workshops and other services for writers in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
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Info Sheet - printable pdf [28kb]
Poetry Month Events
This year the Cooked and Eaten is presenting a three day series of events and workshops in celebration of Poetry Month.
April 17 - 19, 2008 - Visiting Poets
April 18, 2008 - Poetry of Everyday Life Marathon, featuring bill bissett
April 19, 2008 - Workshops for poets and writers
» bill bissett, named by Jack Kerouac as the "greatest living poet today," will be the Cooked and Eaten writer in residence for three days. He will be providing workshops in school and for the public, holding open office hours where writers can go and discuss writing and performing as the final Peterborough reader in the Poetry of Everyday Life 12 Hour Marathon.
» Vancouver poet, Elizabeth Rhett Woods will also be featured during the Poetry of Everyday Life Marathon as well as giving workshops. Her first book of poetry, Men, was published by Fiddlehead Poetry Books, in 1979. Her latest book, 1970: A Novel Poem, is due out from Ekstasis in September, 2007.
Cooked and Eaten Poetry of Everyday Life Twelve Hour Poetry Marathon
The Poetry of Everyday Life is a marathon of poetry readings in unique locations by poets of all ages and stages in their careers. This event takes poetry out of the salon and makes it available to a wider audience in diverse and unique venues including bus stops, ferries, sculpture gardens, gas stations and more.
Each reader who signs up receives a printable .pdf of a Cooked and Eaten poster to put up at his or her chosen venue explaining the event to passers by. A hand out is also provided with details on how to find out about other readings. Poets are encouraged to read outdoors or in public spaces, and to create documentation of their reading, whether video, audio, still photography or a combination of the above. These documents will be posted the Cooked and Eaten website or on the blog.
Once the list is full, we will distribute a "program" of all the marathon poets on the web page and to the popular Cooked and Eaten e-mail list, which goes across Canada and is added to several other poetry lists and newsletter.
The readings will be consecutive over a twelve hour period, on Friday April 18th from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. For our 2007 event, over ninety poets participated, including Poetry & Company in Kingston, who holding their own poetry marathon at their local Chapters store.
The predominant percentage of readers in 2007 were based in Ontario, but we also had poets in Calgary, Victoria, Edmonton, and many other locations, including a poet in Cuba. This year we hope to have more poets from the east as well as other parts of Canada. More poets, more poets, more poets!
If you would like to participate check out our call for poets.
Join in and feel the love of poets across the country around the clock.
To read the call for poets go to: www.cookedandeaten.com/about/news20080225.html
All workshops are $10 or pay what you can.
» Sat, April 19, noon, at the PAU
» work n play with 7 approaches 2 poetree with bill bissett
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» Sat, April 19, 2 pm, at the PAU
» Make a Poetry Chap Book with Jessica Rowland
Multi-media artist Jess Rowland leads an energetic workshop in the creation of poetry Chap Books using techniques in computer and hand layout, printing and copying, binding and trimming. Participants will walk away with at least one hand made book of their own poems.
» Sat, April 19, 4pm, at Black Honey
» How to Get Published with Ursula Pflug
Ursula Pflug's workshop will discuss market research, manuscript preparation, cover letters, and working with editors. Ursula Pflug has had over fifty published short stories in professional venues in Canada, the US and the UK.
» Sat, April 19, 10 am, at the PAU
» Word Lottery with Elizabeth Rhett Woods
Word Lottery, in which participants contribute to a list of favourite words and draw five of the listed words to write a poem using as many of the five words as they can.
» Sat, April 19, 2 pm, at the Market Hall
» Don't be a Fridge with Esther Vincent and Emily Glasspool
In the first year of recording Cooked and Eaten events, upon listening to the recordings, it was discovered that a number of readers' voices could scarcely be heard above the hum of the fridge and other ambient sounds. This workshop is designed to bring out the best in shy and inexperienced readers. Esther Vincent will cover basic posture, breath work and vocal control, timing, pace, and using visualization to engage the audience. Emily Glasspool will cover vocal expression, creating characters, getting the idea across and developing confidence in presentation.
To sign up for these workshops, or to get involved in any other events, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Poets
Call for Poets - html
Call for Poets - printable pdf [27kb]