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Pop-Up Poetry Set to Rise in Downtown Calgary

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Mount Royal University is celebrating the written word and Calgary’s remarkable arsenal of noteworthy writers with a unique opportunity for people to meet and connect with local poets and watch the creative process in action.

On August 9th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Stephen Avenue (128 8 Avenue SW), audience members and passers-by can have a personal poem written for them on the spot! This Pop-Up Poetry event is hosted in partnership with Downtown Calgary and Mount Royal University with Calgary poets Micheline Maylor, Richard Harrison, Derek Beaulieu and Cassy Welburn.

Armed with a typewriter, passion, imagination and a poet’s command of the English language, Maylor and her cohorts will be creating short poems based on one word that passers-by and participants provide. Those who choose to take part then get to take their poem home with them as a keepsake of this special event.

Mount Royal University is pleased and proud to be able to boast Calgary’s Poet Laureate Micheline Maylor as one of their remarkable faculty members. They invite you to celebrate her accomplishment – and poetry! – along with other talented Mount Royal wordsmiths.

Micheline Maylor specializes in creative writing, poetry, fiction, non-fiction and composition at the Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University. Her publications include Full Depth, Whirr and Click and Little Wildheart. On April 25, 2016, Micheline was named the 2016–2018 Calgary Poet Laureate. She is also the Calgary Public Library’s 2016 Author in Residence and won a 2015 Teaching Excellence Award from MRU.

The line-up of poets is set to prove that poetry lives on and remains as integral a part of society as it ever has been. Join MRU’ s Micheline Maylor, Calgary’s 2016-2018 Poet LaureateRichard Harrison, winner of the City of Calgary Book Prize, the 2014-2016 Calgary Poet Laureate Derek Beaulieu (of both ACAD and MRU), and Cassy Welburn, Calgary storyteller and writer as they spread the word – both literally and figuratively. Find them downtown on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Stephen Avenue in front of Winners, 128 8 Avenue SW during the Farmer’s Market.

Bringing poetry back to the people!



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