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65. Best Canadian Poetry
65. Best Canadian Poetry

The Vancouver Writers Fest presents
65. Best Canadian Poetry


Moderator: Rob Taylor

A stellar snapshot of contemporary Canadian poetry, this event and its associated anthology is an electrifying showcase of wordplay to become immersed in.

Every year, The Best Canadian Poetry series collects the fifty finest Canadian poems published across journals and magazines. A stellar snapshot of contemporary Canadian poetry today, this event features leading Canadian poets, including 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize winner Billy-Ray Belcourt (NDN Coping Mechanisms), Gerald Lampert Award winner Kayla Czaga (Dunk Tank), Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literature at UBC and wordsmith Dallas Hunt and Souvankham Thammavongsa (Cluster), whose work has appeared in outlets including Granta and The Paris Review. An electrifying showcase of wordplay, these insightful, innovative writers will read their work and discuss the ways they each push the boundaries of poetry to respond to social concerns. It’s the perfect start to any poetry lover’s morning.

Saturday, October 26 at 2:00pm
Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St

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