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Somewhere in the world, every day, someone is writing poetry, reading poetry, encouraging and mentoring poetry, awarding recognition to poetry, presenting and celebrating poetry in new and unusual ways. Take a look at where and when and how poetry is happening. Send us poetry-related dates or events you’d like to see on our ever-blossoming Griffin International Poetry Calendar. If you have an event you would like to be included, please email details to

Montreal International Poetry Prize Deadline

The Montreal International Poetry Prize awards one prize of $20,000 CAD to a poet for a single poem of 40 or fewer lines. A jury of internationally reputed poets and critics selects a shortlist of approximately 60 poems, from which a judge chooses one winner. The shortlist is published in …


HAPPENING Poetry Night: Allen, Manole, Bandukwala, Wu

HAPPENING Multicultural Poetry Nights celebrate poets who, among other things, identify as newcomers, refugees, or immigrants. Every Thursday in May (5, 12, 19, 26), there will be a poetry event featuring three poetry readings and an interview. Despite the fact that poetry inhabits many geographical locations and speaks in different …

Poetry Night: Gillian Jerome, Maleea Acker, Ella Adkins, Tom Green

Massy Arts Society 23 East Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

On Friday, May 27 at 6pm PT, join Nightwood Editions and Massy Books for an evening of poetry reading, featuring Vancouver poet Gillian Jerome’s launch of her second book, Nevertheless, and Victoria poet Maleea Acker’s launch of her third book of poems, Hesitating Once to Feel Glory, with opening guest, …

NorthWords Workshop: Performance Poetry with Lillian Allen

The Explorer Hotel, Katimavik 4825 49th Avenue, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

A leading Canadian poet and an international exponent of dub poetry, Lillian Allen was acclaimed a foremother of Canadian poetry by the League of Canadian Poets. She is a two-time Canadian Juno award winner for her albums of dub poetry, Revolutionary Tea Party and Conditions Critical. She is an arts …


Workshop: Sharing our Gift with Joseph A. Dandurand

The Explorer Hotel, Katimavik 4825 49th Avenue, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

2021 Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Joseph Dandurand is headlining the 17th annual Northwords NWT festival this May! Register for a workshop with him on Sunday, May 29th in Yellowknife!


Deadline to submit to 2022 CBC Poetry Prize

Armand Garnet Ruffo, Megan Gail Coles and Hoa Nguyen will judge the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize. The CBC Poetry Prize recognizes an original, unpublished poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement. The deadline to submit is May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council …