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Couplets: a collaborative poetry reading series

Each episode of Couplets is a unique blend of dialogue, collaborative writing, and collaborative performance.

Couplets - Lee & Berry (July 27)Next episode:
Thursday July 27, 2017 at 6 – 7 p.m.
Free admission

Julyyy, Juliiiy, Juliiiiie Berry and John B Lee, you say? I do say! Make the most infamous Caesarian month less about parting things and more about bringing things together, folks. But how? Why, with Couplets #11: a collaboration between poets John B Lee and Julie Berry!

John B. Lee is the Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity and the Honourary Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life. He is the author of over seventy books, editor of seven anthologies, recipient of more than eighty prestigious awards (including the People’s Poetry Award and the CBC Literary Award), and (if poet George Whipple can be trusted) “the greatest living poet in English.”

Julie Berry is the author of three poetry collections—”worn thresholds,” “the walnut-cracking machine,” and the chapbook “I am, &c.: The Gilbert White Poems”—and has recently expanded this chapbook on the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White (author of The Natural History of Selborne) into a full-length poetry collection. Her poetry has appeared in The New Quarterly, Grain, Malahat Review, and The Literary Review of Canada and on CBC radio.

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Couplets - David Stones & Ryan GibbsMark your calendars for Episode #12:
Thursday August 24, 2017 at 6 – 7 p.m.
Free Admission

Hey, there. Think of an ‘August’ pun. Yep, that’s the one. Make your August just a little more august by capping it off with Couplets #12, a poetic collaboration between David Stones and Ryan Gibbs!

David Stones is a poet, performer, and spoken word artist who lives, writes, and performs in—and generally wanders about—both Stratford and Toronto. David published his first book of poetry, Infinite Sequels, in 2013 and subsequently transformed it into a highly successful one-man show of the same name. His second poetry collection, Such A Frail Book Of Endings, and a chapbook, On Turning Into Raymond Souster, both hit the streets later this year.

Ryan Gibbs lives in London, where he is pursuing a PhD at Western, and teaches English at Lambton College in nearby Sarnia, where he has read his poetry in the City Council as part of the nation-wide Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge. His poems have appeared in Tower Poetry, The Windsor Review, the anthologies Under the Mulberry Tree and Whisky Sour City, and the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness.

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What is Couplets?

Two poets locked in mortal struggle and/or collegial mentorship. One established poet (the ‘anchor’) and one emerging poet (the ‘wildcard’). For an entire month, they’ve collaborated on this evening of alternating readings, response poems, renga, duets, live interview, writing exercises, shouting matches, elaborate period-costume satire, and general poetic tennis. For one night only, they present this collaboration to you. Live! In full colour and surround-sound! Admission is always free because your attendance is invaluable—but we will pass a hat for our poets so you can show that you value artistic labour in a cold, hard way.

Facebook: @CoupletsReadingSeries
Twitter: @CoupletsPoetry