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April 2013

Van Slam Finals Night featuring Truth Is…

April 8, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

truth-BWVancouver poets have been competing all winter to qualify for team slam playoffs. The top eight poets earn spots in this final round and a chance to make the 2013 Van Slam team.

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Mashed Poetics – Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits

April 9, 2013 @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

418715_10151099802949888_1122004031_nAretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits will be sung by Chelsea ‘The Voice’ Johnson backed by a live band. Between songs, poets will perform new works inspired by the music.

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East Van Poetry Salon: Lights, Camera, Poetry!

April 10, 2013 @ 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

CAmera-iconA screening of some of the best poetry videos accompanied by an analysis of how and why they work. Poetry videos will be organized into one-shot / performance, music video style, and animation.

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April 2014

What Rhymes with LOL?

April 8, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Whether reading their own humorous poems, discussing their funny inspirations or presenting the work of those who’ve made jokes in verse before them, these poets will make you reconsider the serious poet stereotype.

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Mashed Poetics – Rage Against the Machine

April 8, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

A spoken word / music mash-up featuring Rage Against the Machine’s first album performed by a live band with poems inspired by the songs read between each track.

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Pan American Slam

April 9, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

This slam showcase explores the theme of heroes, featuring El Jones, John Akpata, Adelene da Soul Poet, and Scruffmouth Scribe. Curated by Black Dot Roots & Culture Collective.

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LITANY Queer Reading Series

April 10, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

LITANY showcases emerging and established queer writers. Each evening is a cozy, safer-space affair that celebrates the complexity of our queer worlds and words.

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April 2015

Free

That One Thing You Said: an exhibit of visual poetry

April 16, 2015

This exhibit explores language as an agent in pivotal moments, whether interpersonally, socially or globally. Five visual poets (Jordan Abel, Dina Del Bucchia, Lindsay Cahill, Helen Hajnoczky, and Eric Schmaltz) create works that respond to this concept. The exhibit hopes to blur the distinction between visual poetry and visual art by engaging with progressive, reactionary and confessional texts.

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$12 – $15

Van Slam Finals Night

April 27, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

The 19th annual Van Slam Finals Night features Vancouver’s top eight slam poets competing for a spot on this year’s Van Slam team.

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$4 – $19

Youth Anarchy Slam featuring Zaccheus Legacy Project

April 27, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Youth poets (aged 12–20) are asked to break one of the classic poetry slam rules. Includes a feature performance by youth presenting work inspired by Zaccheus Jackson.

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$5

Thursdays Writing Collective

April 28, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

Thursdays Writing Collective is comprised of 150 activists, academics, slam poets, novelists and storytellers who explore issues of self-determination through creative writing. The Collective holds free, drop-in writing sessions in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside at Carnegie Community Centre. Founded in 2008 by Elee Kraljii Gardiner, the Collective has published six chapbooks.

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$8 – $10

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series

April 29, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

What Is Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, Alex? Four fantastic poets reading new work. But after the poetry comes Jeopardy. CanLit Jeopardy, featuring silly and serious answers about our national literature, to be put into questions by these very same poets.

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May 2015

$10

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day Two (Bouts #5 & #7) Plus Mashed Poetics

May 1, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Canada’s best slam poets show us their two and three minute poems.

Plus, in this edition of Mashed Poetics, the 1983 self-titled album by Violent Femmes will be performed live with poets presented new works inspired by the music between each song.

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$5

ASL Showcase

May 2, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

A multi-genre presentation in American Sign Language, showcasing performative verse through complex perspectives. This event will be hosted by Alex Lu and Maggie Harkins, and will feature the support of ASL/English language interpreters.

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$5

Chicken Sessions

May 3, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

Chicken Session: a house concert, poetry and story performance , potluck, party, and some Louisiana hospitality. Chicken Session #14 is a Sunday afternoon backyard brunch with poet Robert Lashley, and musicians Chicken-like Birds, as well as debut work by others in 12 open mic spots beforehand. Bring food to share!

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April 2016

$12 – $15

Van Slam Finals Night 2016

April 25, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Help us celebrate the 20th annual Van Slam Finals Night! Join us at The Wise Hall to hear the top 8 poets of Vancouver’s 2015/2016 season drop their most killer poems as they vie for a spot on this year’s Van Slam team! Poets have been gaining points by ranking in the top four at Van Slam throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. The Van Slam team will represent Van Slam at major tournaments and festivals across…

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$4 – $10

Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam

April 25, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Youth Slam The monthly Monday night youth slams at Cafe Deux Soleils continue with an awe-inspiring feature from JB the First Lady. Help kick off the new season of Vancouver’s Youth Poetry Slam by coming to watch this display of electric energy from the hottest new young talent Vancouver has to offer. About The Feature: Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady, is a  member of the Nuxalk & Onondaga Nations. She is a Vancouver-based female hip hop/spoken word artist, beat-boxer,…

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$5

Teen Angst Poetry

April 26, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Teen Angst Poetry Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe at your former feelings if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst. Sara Bynoe’s Teen Angst Night is an open mic…

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$8 – $10

Poetry Is Dead Launch (Secret Identities Issue)

April 26, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Poetry Is Dead Launch (Secret Identities) Poetry Is Dead’s “Secret Identities” issue explores hybrids like the comic book, the prose-poem and the super-hero. Fallen Kryptonians, mad scientists, Sith Lords, teenaged sidekicks, cyborgs, dinosaurs, screaming-pink glam Hologram bands — we’re peeling off the mask, stripping down the tights, slipping inside the Fortress of Solitude. For the launch of our “Secret Identities” issue, we have contributors from the issue along with special guests for performances and readings. Plus a free 1-year subscription…

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$7

oratorealis Launch Party

April 27, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - April 28, 2016 @ 1:00 am

oratorealis Launch Party oratorealis is a biannual literary journal committed to publishing Canadian spoken word and experimental poetry. Through poetry, essays and reviews, oratorealis aims to shine light on the sounds and ideas of this northern nation. Their goal is to bring poetry not frequently seen in print to the world-at-large; broadening the audience and connecting the artists. oratorealis is thrilled to be launching their first issue at this year’s Verses Festival of Words with a showcase of contributor performances…

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$8 – $10

Vancouver Storytelling Society Showcase

April 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Storytelling is unique within narrative arts. Come experience the power of Story to unfold meaning within the space of the teller and audience. Sink into a world that awakens the senses for engagement, deep listening, attunement with embodied language and a stirring of deep inner ecology. Stories bridge the language of the heart in the reciprocity of the listening event. Enjoy an afternoon of Stories that address cultural understanding and the wisdom of reconciliation. Tickets are available now on brown…

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$8 – $10

Mashed Poetics: Jagged Little Pill

April 29, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - April 30, 2016 @ 1:00 am

Mashed Poetics: Jagged Little Pill Mashed Poetics is a  spoken word and music mash-up. Picture this: a band is formed for the sole purpose of learning a classic music album. Poets from across the country are wrangled and assigned songs from said album.  Poets will present new works inspired by the song they are assigned. In this edition of Mashed Poetics, the band and poets take on the 1995 smash hit album Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morisette. I’m here to…

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May 2016

Chicken Sessions

May 1, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Come unwind over brunch at Chicken Sessions! Inspired by Mike McGee’s Kitchen Sessions, and the local Under the Bed series run by RC Weslowski and Wilhelmina Salmi, Chicken Sessions is a house concert, a poetry and story performance space, a potluck, a party, a salon with some Louisiana hospitality tossed together and served up by host and instigator Pamela Bentley in a big, beautiful East Van heritage house. A poet and musician invited in advance cap the event, with debut…

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April 2017

$75

2017 Verses Festival of Words passes now only $30!

April 20, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Your 2017 Verses Festival of Words Pass gives you full access to all #VS17 events: Hullabaloo Youth Poetry Slam Competition – free at VPL Central Three Showcases: “Oceans to Sail” Showcase with Saul Williams and Guests Sounds Like Fire: Femme4Femme The Body Is Not An Apology Five Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championships bouts: Day One Preliminary Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils Day One Preliminary Bouts at Havana Theatre Day Two Preliminary Bouts at Cafe Deux Soleils Day Two Preliminary Bouts at Havana…

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$10 – $12

Black Lives Matter Showcase

April 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Black Lives Matter Vancouver is the local chapter of the international group of activists calling for an end to police brutality, and aiming to lift up Black voices. Curated by Cicely-Belle Blain and hosted by Holly Bishu, this showcase gives space to the artists within the movement, paying respect to the tireless intersectional work they have been doing here in Vancouver and giving audiences a chance to participate in the language of resistance. Together we celebrate and give thanks for…

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$12 – $15

2017 Van Slam Team Finals

April 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

2017 Van SlamTeam Finals is part of Verses Festival of Words again! #VS17 #VersesFestival Celebrate the 21st annual Van Slam Finals Night with visiting feature Desireé Dallagiacomo. Vancouver’s top nine slam poets of the season compete for a spot on this year’s team to represent Van Slam at major tournaments and festivals across North America. Poets gain points by ranking in the top four at Van Slam throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. Doors at 7; Slam…

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$12 – $14

Geist 104 vs Oratorealis 3 Launch

April 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:50 pm

Geist is the Canadian magazine of ideas and culture — fact + fiction, photography and comix, essays, reviews, and the weird and wonderful from the world of words. Issue 104 will be launched this night.  Oratorealis publishes biannually Canadian spoken word and experimental poetry. Oratorealis is thrilled to be launching their third issue at this year’s Verses Festival of Words with a showcase of contributor performances. Geist Host: Roni Simunovic Oratorealis Hosts: shayne avec i grec and Aaron Simm Geist Readers: Jill Mandrake…

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$10 – $12

Mashed Poetics featuring Spice by the Spice Girls

April 26, 2017 @ 9:30 pm - 11:59 pm

Mashed Poetics is a night of spoken word and music mash up.  We pick a music album, find a cover band and ask poets to write new poems based on the songs.  Then we do it all up live with the poets performing in between songs. Mashed Poetics has been a part of the Verses festival and its earlier incarnation, the VIP Festival, since the beginning.  We’ve done it up big with an 11 piece band tribute to Aretha Franklin.…

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$8 – $10

Radical (Re)Imaginings: Visions of a Queer Future Showcase

April 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A showcase featuring recently created work by youth, and a set by each of poets Amal Rana, Molly Billows, and jaye simpson. Some of the performances will have been created the day before at the Radical (Re)Imaginings workshop with facilitators/youth mentors Rana and Billows, and some of it will be from the Tomorrow is Ours: IBPOC Futurisms workshop series that Billows and Rana have facilitated over the last few months. $8 In Advance Available here on Brown Paper Tickets. http://radicalshowcase.bpt.me.…

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$5

Chicken Session #26 Community Backyard Stage

April 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

House concert, poetry and story performance, potluck, party, and some Louisiana hospitality. Chicken Session #26 is a Sunday afternoon backyard brunch with Poet Al Mader and Musician Lexi Marie, as well as debut work by others in 12 open mic spots beforehand. Bring food to share! Noon — Food and Socializing 1:00 pm Performances Begin including: 10 Open Mic spots for one piece (will be listed as they are signed up): Frankie McGee Kelsey Savage; Francis Arevalo; Deirdre Lee; Fernando…

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April 2018

$8 – $10

Thursdays Writing Collective Discussion and Workshop

April 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Thursdays Writing Collective has been writing together at the Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings for 10 years. Over that last decade, TWC members have met to share the acts and products of writing, improve their writing skills and make connections within Vancouver’s literary community. “TWC includes writers identifying as Indigenous, People of Colour, mixed race and white, trans and queer folks, survivors, and many other intersectional identities from different backgrounds. Our youngest writer is 18, our oldest is 87. “Collectively,…

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$12 – $15

Van Slam Team Finals featuring Christopher Michael

April 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Celebrate the 22nd annual Van Slam Finals Night with visiting feature Christopher Michael. Vancouver’s top nine slam poets of the season compete for a spot on this years team to represent Van Slam at major tournaments and festivals across North America. Poets gain points by ranking in the top four at Van Slam throughout the year to qualify for this playoff event. This is an All Ages show. General seating. Doors at 7; Slam at 8. Box office and Will…

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$10 – $12

Vancouver Story Slam Invitational Verses 2018 Edition

April 25, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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A special invitational edition of the Vancouver Story Slam storytelling show just for Verses Festival of Words! Ten storytellers share original short stories in a competition for cash and prizes. 50 audience members will receive voting ballots to select the night’s winning storytellers. Vancouver Story Slam is Canada’s longest-running live monthly storytelling competition. New participants are always welcome; profits from the monthly show go to the VSS annual writing scholarship. Produced by Susan Cormier and hosted by Bryant Ross. This…

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$10 – $12

Mashed Poetics: Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble

April 25, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - April 26, 2018 @ 12:00 am
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Mashed Poetics is a night of Spoken Word and Music mash up. Mashed Poetics has been a part of the Verses Festival of Words since its inception and is happy to be a part of the 2018 edition. This year, Mashed Poetics is bringing the blues-rock storm of Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble. Eight poets write new work based on the songs from the album performed by “The Cold Shots.”  Poets will perform in…

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$12 – $15

Talking Stick Festival Community Stage

April 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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UPDATE on line-up below! The Talking Stick Festival has been calling community together for over 17 years. With a desire to appeal to Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees alike, the multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival comes to us as a community stage presentation, closing out Verses Festival of Words 2018 with a showcase of artists who have performed on TSF stages throughout the years. Hosted by Molly Billows.  Featuring: Hosted by Molly Billows Featuring: Valeen Jules jaye simpson Tawahum Justin Peter Bige Christie…

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