event archive

I have read at: Montreal: Atwater Poetry Series, Breathing Space, and Resonance

Toronto: Art Bar, Rowers, AvantGarden, Pivot, IFOA Battle of the Bards, BookThug launch, and words(on)stages

Ottawa: Ottawa International Writers Festival (OIWF), VERSeFest, The Reading Series, Ottawa Public Library, The Poet’s Pathway, Sawdust, Tree Reading Series, The A B Series, Railroad, studio nouveau, Bywords Quarterly Journal launch, Cafe Nostalgica, Arts Night, The Muses, Dusty Owl, Sasquatch, SLOWest, above/ground, Factory Reading Series, and Voices of Venus.

St. Catharines: Grey Borders Series, BorderBlur, Windsor: at Biblioasis, and Hamilton: Lit Live

Regina: Vertigo, and Saskatoon, SK: Sage Hill grand finale night

Poets Live, Bryant Park (NYC), Spoken Word Paris (Paris, France), and Glór Sessions (Dublin, Ireland),

As well, Guerrilla Poetry Series (Vancouver, BC), First Edition Reading Series (Perth, ON), Writers Read Series (Kemptville, ON), twigs & leaves (Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC), and Cobourg Poetry & Literary Arts Festival (Cobourg, ON) and at individually arranged readings in London, UK and London Ontario, La Pêche and Ottawa.

 above/ground anniversary

above/ground press 26th anniversary reading, Ottawa. Chapbook launches at Vimy Brewing Company, Ottawa. 7pm door, 7:30 readings by Conyer Clayton, Kyle Kinaschuk, Marilyn Irwin, Gary Barwin, Pearl Pirie, Chris Turnbull and Stuart Ross. August 10th, 2019:

Breathing space

breathing space, Montreal. 5-7 pm at 206 Rue Bernard O. August 18, 2019

Salon Reading, La Pêche

Poetry, music, sound poetry, open mic. Sat, June 1, 2019, 7 pm

Biblioasis reading, Windsor

Kirby, Khashayar Mohammadi and Pearl Pirie at 1520 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON N8S 1S1. Thurs, May 16, 2019, 7 pm

Not Your Parents’ Poetry Workshop

Workshop with Pearl Pirie at Canadian Authors Association. Free to members, $10 for non-members at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa. Creative ways to approach coming up with poetic ideas. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:15pm

Short Poem Class with Studio Nouveau.

Weekends in February to April online on loose timeline to do at your speed. Details hereRegistration info Starting: Sunday March 24th, 1-4pm

March: Tight as a Drum: Find your beat

Bring poems that are at an impasse & we’ll see if we can find its best self. Editing techniques. Time for play to make new tight poems too. At Wakefield Library/Centre La Pêche. 3 hrs.Friday, February 15, 2019

Chaudiere/Invisible Books: Melting Point

7pm door / 7:30pm reading at Vimy Brewing Company, 145 Loretta Ave N #1, Ottawa. Join us on February 15th, 2019 for one last Chaudiere Books event and celebrate this transition as our books find their second home with Invisible Books. Readings by: Anita Dolman, Amanda Earl, Jennifer Londry,rob mclennan, Pearl Pirie, Monty Reid and Chris Turnbull. Lovingly hosted by Chaudiere Books co-publisher rob mclennan with appearances by co-publisher Christine McNair and Invisible Publishing’s Leigh Nash, Dec 28, 2018

Peter F Yacht Club Regatta/xmas party

Lovingly hosted by rob mclennan on Friday, Dec 28, 2018. doors 7pm; readings, 7:30pm The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street, upstairs. Free admission. Stuff for sale. First comers get a limited edition chapbook for the event by meNovember 23, 2018

Pre-small press fair reading

Reading with Ruth Zuchter, Brian L. Flack, Allison Chisholm, Sacha Archer and Pearl Pirie, lovingly hosted by rob mclennan on Friday, 8. doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm. The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street, upstairs. Launching plunder rob gift from Battleaxe. Free admission. Books for sale. July 3, 2018.

Resonance Reading Series, Montreal

Cafe Resonance. Reading with: Catherine Graham, Annick MacAskill, Curtis LeBlanc, Mallory Tater and Yiwei Xue.Aug 25, 2017, 1-4pm

Creative Writing Camp, Ottawa

Returning for a third year as poetry instructor for kids summer writing camp. This time 30 writers age 11-14 learn about poetry principles, haiku and renga.Aug 15, 2017, 8pm

Art Bar, Toronto

Readings start shortly after 8 pm and are held at Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Reading with Chuck Carlise, and Darrell Epp with host Rudy Fearon. Cover: $5, Open mic – $20 first prize, see www.artbar.org for details.Aug 13, 2017, 2-4pm

Poetry in the Park, Ottawa

At Rideau Tennis Club, 1 Donald Street. A Poets’ Pathway/City of Ottawa Reading. Readings by: Ronnie R Brown, Susan McMaster, Claudia Radmore, Grant Savage, Diane Stevenson Schmolka, H. Masud Taj, and Betty Warrington-Kearsley.May 30, 2017, 7pm

Michael Dennis launch for Bad Engine

Avant-Garde Bar at 135½ Besserer St., Ottawa. Michael’s biggest and most exciting book to date in 40 years of publishing — Bad Engine: New and Selected Poems, edited and introduced by Stuart Ross, hot off the Anvil Press! Several special guests from the Ottawa poetry community — including Sandra Ridley, Stephen Brockwell, Marilyn Irwin, rob mclennan, and Pearl Pirie — will be reading Michael’s poems before Michael himself takes the floor. The evening will be hosted by Michael’s long-time friend and collaborator Stuart Ross. Books will be for sale. Astonishing conversation will occur. There will be laughs and maybe even tears. And all in the beautifully eccentric coziness of the Avant Garde Bar, whose food and drink menu is an event in itself.Fb EventMay 19-21, 2017, time tbd

Haiku Canada Weekend

UTM (University of Toronto, Mississauga campus), Book launch of Erotic Anthology, Black Moss Press (editors: George Swede and Terry Ann Carter) and chapbooks from phafours press.May 18, 2017, 7pm

knifeforkbook, Toronto

Kensington Market knifeforkbook just before words(on)pages have their event.Wed May 17, 2017, 1pm-4pm

Studio Nouveau presents Catherine Owen

Title: Eavesdropping on Mars

Cost: $60 (including a book, is 3 hours and all about fun experimentations)

3 hour workshop description: Writing is serious work but the core should be always be pleasure. Join Catherine Owen in exploring techniques of narration and anaphora, sound, repetition and song, drawing from a range of pieces, including those in her two most recent books: The Day of the Dead: short stories, sliver fiction and an homage (Caitlin Press 2016) and Dear Ghost, (poems from Buckrider Books/W & W, 2017). Cost: 60 includes a copy of one of the books. 8 max. Where: 202 Hinton Ave N more info: hereApril 3-May 8, 2017, weekly on Mondays for 6 weeks

Haiku and other short forms

Haiku, senryu, short lyric, tanka, minimalism, one word poems, erasure poetry. Online and in-person thru Studio Nouveau. Online and a parallel course in person if 6 person minimum is met. Group chapbook of the best of participants work made. Will return in Feb 2018.Sun. March 26, 2017, 3pm-4:30pm

KaDo at VERSeFest

I’ll be hosting Marco Fraticelli and Maxianne Berger

at 750 Gladstone, Prssed Cafe share their books. Drifting (Catkin, 2015) is a haibun created from 8 diaries which were written by Celesta Taylor during the years 1905 to 1916 to which Fraticelli added haiku of his own. Berger’s latest book, Winnows (Nietzsche’s Brolly, 2016) contains 136 haiku “winnowed” through radical erasure from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.Tues. March 21, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Haiku Workshop

Westborough Brainery, Dovercourt. $15. Haiku. It may be just what you need in this crazy world of ours right now. A minimalist, formulaic assemblage of words that gives you pause, reflection, or even a chuckle. Join local award-winning poet, Pearl Pirie as she uncovers the history, types and principles of haiku. You’ll cap off the class by trying your own hand at haiku creation. Zen out: Kinds and places of haiku. Good relations: Family tree, history of haiku in North America, examples and principles. Putting the U in haiku, hands on time. The full blurbThurs Feb 23, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Reading at Ben McNally Books, Toronto

André Narbonne’s launch of You Were Here (Flat Singles Press, 2016) and reading by Pearl Pirie, 366 Bay StreetDec 29, 2016, 7pm

PFYC reading

Carleton Tavern, Upstairs. Regatta/Xmas party/reading.Tues Jan 28, 2017, 7:30pm

Ottawater launch

Upstairs at the Carleton Tavern. The thirteenth issue of ottawater, featuring new writing by Susan J. Atkinson, Jennifer Baker, Meagan Black, Ronnie R. Brown, Faizal Deen, Amanda Earl, Adele Graf, a.m. kozak, Sarah McDonell, rob mclennan, Alcofribas Nasier II, Pearl Pirie, Nicholas Power, Ryan Pratt, Roland Prevost, Claudia Coutu Radmore, Monty Reid, Sonia Saikaley, Ronald Seatter, Dean Steadman, Lauren Turner and Gabriel Wainio-Théberge.Tues Jan 24, 2017, 6:45pm

Tree Seed Workshop

Black Squirrel Books, Tree workshop. Ever written a #haiku? Ever wondered where it comes from? How it works? Why we write it? In today’s Tree Seed Workshop Pearl Pirie will teach us everything (or almost everything) we need to know about haiku and help get us started by writing some of our own. Haiku in North America, a brief history, examples, principles, and finding the U in Haiku.Oct 21, 2016, 6:30pm

in/words launch, Ottawa Writers Fest

Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, launch of the refuge issues Featured poetry and prose by established writers such as George Elliott Clarke and Lorna Crozier are included in the issue, and a live reading will highlight the voices of emerging literary stars, including Doyali Islam, winner of Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2016 Poem of the Year. 6:30pmOct 19, 2016, 7pm

Ottawa Book Awards, Lampman Awards

Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place, 110 Laurier AveOct 4, 2016, 7pm

Pressed Cafe, Ottawa

Lampman and Brebner reading, an Arc event with readers Claire Farley, Susan K Atkinson, David Groulx and Pearl PirieSept 10, 2016, 7:30pm

above/ground reading Series, Ottawa

The 23td anniversary of above/ground press at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Readers are: Stephanie Bolster (Montreal), Braydon Beaulieu (Toronto), Sean Braune (Toronto) + Pearl Pirie (Ottawa) with her launch of Sex in Sevens chapbookAugust 19-21, 2016

Framework

At Fieldworks between Perth and Maberly, Aug 19-21. Readings by the 10 writers in the field at 3pm Sunday: Natale Ghent, Katherine Graham, John K. Grande, Helen Humphreys, Jonathan Kaplansky, Monty Reid, Sandra Ridley, John Steffler, Alissa York, and Pearl Pirie. $20.Fri Aug 19, 2016, 7:30am

CKCU, Ottawa

7:30 or so, I’ll be talking with Susan Johnston at Friday Special Blend about FrameworkThurs Aug 18, 2016, 6:30pm

CKCU, Ottawa

I’ll be on Literary Landscapes talking with Waub Rice at 6:30pm ESTFri Aug 15, 2016, 1-4pm

Carleton University Creative Writing Summer Camp, Ottawa

Carleton University, I’ll be teaching kids summer camp of small poems and small books.Sat Jun 18, 2016, 12-5pm

Ottawa small press fair, Ottawa

Jack Purcell. Probably new titles. But certainly a thing not to miss. Sun., June 5, 2016, 3pm

Railroad Reading Series

Ottawa launch of An Ongoing Lack of Spontaneous Combustion at Pressed Cafe (750 Gladstone). Reading with Marilyn Irwin & Frances Boyle + open mic.Fri May 27, 2016, 7:30 pm

Arts Night, Ottawa

Talking at the Arts Night series, running since 2003 at the First Unitarian, 30 Cleary Ave. Talks on art life, what do you do what you do, what do you get out of it, because you can or must. With sculpture Dominique Dennery and musicians Tessa Bangs and Ella Bangs. $5 or PWYC. June and July 2016, 7-9pm for 6 weeks

Studio Nouveau Workshops:

21st Century Poetry. Details coming. Inquire to sign up. In-person and online versions. Note: Delayed start will be in June instead. Still time to register.May 1, 2016, afternoon

Spring KaDo meeting

At the Japanese embassy: 255 Sussex Drive. Next quarterly meeting in July. April 30th, 2016, afternoon

Authors for Indies Day

At Perfect Books, 258A Elgin Street, Ottawa, meet and greet history writers and poets:
Rhonda Douglas (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm)
Pearl Pirie (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm)
Mark Frutkin (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm)
Katherine Leyton (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm)
Colin Morton (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm)
David O’Meara (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm)
Monty Reid (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm)
Mark Bourrie (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Frances Boyle (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Charlotte Gray (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
[photos]April 20, 2016, 7-9pm, 6:30 door

Words(on)Pages Chapbook launches, Toronto

Pearl Pirie’s An Ongoing Lack of Spontaneous Combustion, Brady Tighe’s debut chapbook, Bottling the Lead Singer of the Mountain Goats, and Adam Zachary’s Bodies Vs. at words(on)stages, upstairs at The Central, 603 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7 FB event pageMarch 31, 2016, 7-9pm

Atwater Poetry Series, Westmount

Gary Geddes, Talya Rubin, and Pearl Pirie. Atwater Library Series, 1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount, Québec H3Z 1X4 FB event pageJan 11-March 14, 2016, 7-9pm

Studio Nouveau Workshop Series, Ottawa

In the Hintonburg area, a series of workshops of deep reads of poets, exercises and discussion about poetry composition, craft and publishing. Details.Wed Dec 16, 7-9pm

Sawdust Reading Series, Ottawa

At Pour Boy, 495 Somerset St W. A competition for who to be the next featured guest has details at their FB page. P.S. Robin McLachlen won. Enter next month’s where I am the judge.  At Sawdust, Dec 2015. Photo by Brian Pirie Tues, Dec 8, 2015, 8pm, Toronto, TBC

Art Bar series

Toronto’s Art Bar Series at The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue, just east of Broadview Subway Station. Readers: Pearl Pirie of the pet radish, shrunken, (BookThug, 2015), Monica Kidd of The Year of Our Beautiful Exile (Gaspereau Press, 2015), and Marsha Barber of What is the Sound of Someone Unravelling (Borealis 2011) and All the Lovely Broken People (Borealis, 2015)Mon, Dec 7, 2015, 6:30pm Toronto

Rowers Reading series

Toronto’s monthly Rowers Reading series, 603 Markham Street. Doors open at the Central at 5:30 pm. Readings begin at 6:30pm sharp, evening ends at 8:15pm. Readers: Jonathan Ball, Farzana Doctor, Pearl Pirie and Emily Pohl-Weary.Sun, Dec 6, 2015, 7:30pm

Hamilton’s Lit Live

Homegrown Hamilton at the Sky Dragon Centre, a pub/café at 27 King William St. Readers: Donna Langevin of The Laundress of Time(Aeolus Press, 2015), Jonathan Ball of John Paisz’s Crime Wave (University of Toronto, 2014), Pearl Pirie of the pet radish, shrunken(BookThug, 2015), Ron Schafrcik of Interpreters (Oberon), Maureen Hynes of Poison Colour (Pedlar, 2015) and Ruth Roach Pierson of Realignment (Palimpsest Press, 2015).Wed, Nov 25, 2015, 9pm

the reading series

Clocktower Brewing Pub, 575 Banks St, launch of Please Don’t Tickle the Salamander’s Belly by in/words. Opening poet: Mike Caesar.Tues June 23, 2015, 7-8:30pm

Word for Word welcomes Canadian Poets, NYC

Best Canadian Poetry launch as part of Word for Word featuring the Canadian Poets: George Elliott Clarke, Aaron Kreuter, Kateri Lanthier, Pearl Pirie, Wanda O’Connor, Medrie Purdham, Brent Raycroft, Carl Watts and Special Guest: Sonnet L’Abbe, 2014 Best Canadian Poetry Guest Editor. In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Bryant Park Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Sat, Nov 7, 2015, noon-4pm

small press fair

Watch for phafours and KaDo at the Ottawa small press fair at Jack Purcell. Meet all the presses, local and from afar.Sat, June 13, 2015, noon-5pm

Ottawa Small press fair, Ottawa

Ottawa Small press fair, Jack Purcell Community Centre. Come out and see phafours. 40-Watt Spotlight, above/ground press, AngelHousePress, Apt. 9 Press, Arc Poetry Magazine, Bookburner Press, BuschekBooks, Bywords, catkin press, Chaudiere Books, GiddyPigs, The Grunge Papers, In/Words magazine & press, Ottawa Press Gang, ottawater, phafours, Puddles of Sky Press, Quattro Books, Renaissance Book Press, room 302 books / 1cent, Textualis Press and Touch the Donkey. Come on by and see some of the best of the small press from Ottawa and beyond!Mon, June 1, 2015, 7:30pm-10pm

Brick 40th Anniversary, Ottawa

40th anniversary celebration including several poets sharing favorite parts from The Grey Islands by John Steffler. Readers include: Susan Gillis, Pearl Pirie, Sandra Ridley, Deanna Young, Peter Richardson and Phil Hall. Upstairs the Carleton Tavern (223 Armtrong St) with music by Call Me Katie.Tues May 19, 2015, 7:30pm

Twigs & Leaves Reading Series

Café Twigs, 85 rue ste anne, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec

twigs (1)

Twigs & Leaves, Quebec. Photo by Brian Pirie.Wed, May 14, 2015, 8:00pm

A B Series, Ottawa

Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Ave. Co-reader: Colin Browne of Vancouver. [details]Wed, May 2, 2015, 12:00-2pm

Authors for Indies Day, Ottawa

I’ll be on hand at Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa for Authors for Indies Day — over the course of the day from 10 a.m. onwards will be: Rachel Eugster, Allison Van Diepen, Susan Delacourt, Susan Atkinson, and Pearl Pirie. An author meet ‘n’ greet with refreshments. Pic with Elizabeth Todd Doyle, Pearl Pirie & Susan Atkinson. More details.

from Oct 2014, ongoing until they disappear

Poets at Petrie Island

An installation of poems mounted in wild places resumes as rout/e puts up new poetry along the trails of Petrie Island, in the east end of Ottawa. Poems by David Groulx, Roland Prevost, Pearl Pirie, Sandra Ridley, and Blaine Marchand. Photo set of the installation. [update as of April 2015: Missing are Marchand’s and Pirie’s, Ridley’s is out in the river flood.]

April 30, 8pm±

Platform Gallery, Ottawa

An upcoming vernissage at Platform Gallery, 51 A Young Street (around the corner from the new location of g101) will be abstract art by Dan Sharp, Ted Willis and Georgia Mathewson. During the evening there will be a performance of The Quatuor-Gualuor a sound poetry group of jwcurry, Georgia Mathewson, Rachel Lindsey and Brian Pirie. For She Was a Visitor and Glass on the Beach, a few extra voices will come in, Robert Rosen, Alistair Larwill, and Pearl Pirie.Sun April 26, 2015, 6:45pm

Writers Fest, Ottawa

BookThug: Let’s Do Launch: Carellin Brooks, Mike Steeves, Pearl Pirie, Jake Kennedy and kevin mcpherson eckhoff at Christ Church (new Festival Café), 414 Sparks Street Details and ticket prices.Fri April 24, 2015, 7pm, tbc

BorderBlur, St Catharines

Jake Kennedy, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Pearl Pirie, Sonja Greckol, Bill Kennedy, and Paul Dutton at the Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul StreetThurs April 23, 2015, 7:30 pm

BookThug Season Launch, Toronto

Spring BookThug Season launch The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Poetry titles include: the pet radish, shrunken by Pearl Pirie, Endangered Hydrocarbons by Lesley Battler, Little Death, a play by Daniel Karasik, Merz Structure No. 2 Burnt by Children at Play by Jake Kennedy, Their Biography: an organism of relationships by kevin mcpherson eckhoff and A More Perfect [ by Jimmy McInnes

April 1-30, 2015

T E X T ual A R T ivity, Cobourg

Poetry in {Cobourg} spaces mounts its 2nd annual display of visual poetry as our 2015 National Poetry Month project. Open to the public on the walls of The Human Bean, CobourgSat April 18, 2015, 1pm

Best Canadian Poetry 2014 Launch, Ottawa

With Tightrope Books at venue change 692 Somerset St, Raw Sugar Café, with David O’Meara, Shane Rhodes, Pearl Pirie and Brent Raycroft.Wed April 15, 6:30-9pm

Great Canadian PoeTrain Launch Event, Ottawa

At Pressed Café with a feather ceremony (blessing by elder Albert Dumont), poetry by Pearl Pirie, Max Middle, Blaine Marchand and Dennis (D.C.) Reid with Vimeo poetry and an open mic for train poets. 750 Gladstone Avenue. More to come.Wed, April 8, 2015, 7:30pm

Launching the Chocolate chapbook, Ottawa

At A Thing for Chocolate, 1262 Wellington Ave W. A chapbook of cocoa’s rhapsodic delights called Cocoa Cabin with poems by Steven Artlle, Marie Andrée Auclair, Amanda Earl, Susan Glickman, Natalie Hanna, Anna Mioduchowska, Catina Noble, Pearl Pirie, Roland Prevost, Brenda Schmidt, Lisa Timpf and Grant Wilkins.Thanks to poets.ca and the Canada Council for the Arts for funding as part of National Poetry Month, the food theme year.

Readings by Steven Artelle, Pearl Pirie Roland Prevost, Grant Wilkins, Natalie Hanna and Catina Noble.[post]Fri March 27, 2015 7pm

VERSeFest, Ottawa

Reading with Stevie Howell, Giles Benaway and JC Bouchard. I’ll do an Ottawa launch of the pet radish, shrunken at one of the best poetry fests going. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St

Wed March 25, 2015, 7:30pm

Battle of the Bards, Harbourfront Toronto

The 20 established and upcoming poets selected to grace the IFOA stage this year are: David James Brock, Claire Caldwell, Elizabeth Greene, Kate Hargreaves, Laurence Hutchman, Ellen S. Jaffe, Jill Jorgenson, Ralph Kolewe, Max Layton, Jimmy McInnes, Bruce Meyer, Sarah Pinder, Pearl Pirie, Talya Rubin, Vanessa Shields, Peter Unwin, Zachariah Wells, Shoshanna Wingate, Deanna Young and Liz Worth. IFOA welcomes back NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole to host this year’s event. It will be held in the Brigantine Room located in the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West) on the Harbourfront Centre site.

Thurs Jan 29, 2015, 8pm

2nd Iteration of Roman Feuilleton with AB Series, Ottawa

Arts Court, in the Courtroom. Details

A relaunching of responses to Michele Provost’s Roman Feuilleton, a surrealist text which Provost herself has composed out of lines from four of Québec’s literary landmarks; Anne Hébert’s Kamouraska, Michel Tremblay’s La grosse femme d’à côté est enceinte, Réjean Ducharme’s L’avalée des avalés, and Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel, by Marie-Claire Blais. Responses by Grant Wilkins, Cameron Anstee, Carmel Purkis, Monique Desnoyers, Sandra Ridley, Pearl Pirie and possibly a few more. Ian Ferrier also on bill.Fri Dec 29, 2014, 7:00pm doors

the peter f yacht club, Ottawa

the peter f yacht club annual christmas party/reading/regatta.
Fri Dec 12, 2014, 7pm doors

Factory Series, Ottawa

Karen Massey, Pearl Pirie and Marilyn Irwin launching new work. (today’s woods in my case). The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Ave, Ottawa. Free. Not even a hat pass.
Sat Nov 22, 2014, 11:30am-5pm

Meet the Presses, Toronto

Meet the Presses at Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto. I’ll have a phafours table along with these folks which unless otherwise noted are in Ottawa or Toronto: above/ground press, Apt. 9 Press, Baseline Press (London),BookThug, Coach House Books, Cough, Frog Hollow (Victoria), Gesture Press, Imago/Red Iron, Junction Books, Laurel Reed Books (Mt. Pleasant), Little Brother Magazine, Mansfield Press, OutWrites, Pedlar Press (St. John’s), phafours, Porcupine’s Quill (Erin), Proper Tales Press (Cobourg), Puddles of Sky (Kingston), Rampike (Windsor), Serif of Nottingham (Hamilton), Sherwood Press, Sunnyoutside Press (Buffalo), Taddle Creek,Teksteditions, Thee Hellbox Press (Kingston), Underwhich Editions, Wolsak and Wynn (Hamilton) and words(on)pages [poster here]Mon Nov 24, 2014, 7pm

Best Canadian Poetry 2014, launch Toronto

Joy Bistro, 884 Queen St East, Toronto with various readers from the Tightrope anthology including: George Elliott Clarke, Jan Conn, Stevie Howell, Aaron Kreuter, Kateri Lanthier, Pearl Pirie, Moez Surani, Nick Thran, plus Ruth Marshall reading for Isabel Huggan.Sat Nov 15, 2014, 2pm

Writer’s Read Series, Kemptville

North Grenville Public Library, Kemptville Branch, 1 Water St, Kemptville. Roland Prevost and Pearl Pirie reading from new work. [poster here] [article]
Sat Nov 8, 2014, 12 noon-5pm

Ottawa Small Press Fair

Phafours will have a table at the Ottawa Small Press Fair where you can pick up new and back list chapbooks and mini chapbooks. Jack Purcell CC, 320 Jack Purcell Lane Ottawa, just off Elgin. 

Tues. Sept 23, 2014, 6:45pm

Rhythm Method Workshop

Facilitator at Tree Seed Workshop at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St in Ottawa. Rhythm Method: Talking tempo. Rhythm is motion, a potion, a pause and a pace in the space. Looking at the speed of sound.July 21st and Aug 15th, 2014

Creative Writing Camp

A guest speaker to the 8-12 set at Carleton University Creative Writing Camps July 21st and again August 15th talking to the 8-12-set writers, talking about writing and giving activities. Other instructors include: Sanita Fejzic, Tara Ogaick, Laura Gagnon, Chris Johnson and coordinator Andrew Connolly

Carleton U library book display

Display at MacOdrum Library, Carleton UniversityFriday June 13th, 8pm

Roman Feuilleton reading, Gatineau

At Centre d’exposition l’Imagier, 9 Front Street, Gatineau (Aylmer), QC. with English and French poets responding to the work of Michèle Provost. Performers include in part: Glenn Nuotio, Monique Desnoyers, Lise Rochefort, Sandra Ridley, Pearl Pirie, Grant Wilkins, Cameron Anstee, Carmel Purkis, Stephen Brockwell, Guy Jean and Amanda EarlWed, May 28th, 2014, 7:00-8:30pm

Let’s Get this Blog Started: Dovercourt Recreation Centre, Ottawa

Want to share your vision online? What are the risks, pitfalls and considerations? Where to start? How often to write? Where? Learn tips and strategies for writing online with flair. An orientation on using WordPress, Blogger, vs Tumblr, fair use of content and living la vida online. Be you, but Bloggier. At the Westborobrainery, upstairs at 411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa.Thurs, May 15th, 2014 (7-9pm)

Railroad Reading Series, Ottawa

At Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Ave with co-readers John Pass and Catherine Brunet. I’ll be launching Quebec Passages (Noun Trivet Press, 2014). Bring your train whistles if you’ve got them. 7:30pm start time.Wed, April 23rd, 2014 (7pm doors)

Factory Series, Raw Sugar, Ottawa

Factory Reading with Sneha Madhavan-Reese and Kevin Spenst. Spenst and I launch a chapbook. (“vertigoheel for the dilly” in my case)692 Somerset St W. Gonna be loads of fun. Free. More detailsWed, April 23rd, 2014 (5:15-5:30pm)

Click Here, Ottawa

Mitchell Caplan interviews Sneha Madhavan-Reese and I on Click Here on CHUOfm 89.1Recording here.Mon, April 14th, 2014 (7-9pm)

Ottawa Public Library Reading, Ottawa

Downstairs auditorium. The poets who gave poetry month workshops at the Ottawa Public Library read downstairs at the Main Branch. Readings by Pearl Pirie, Chris Jennings, Sandra Ridley and Deanna Young. [Post here.]

Pearl Pirie

National Poetry Month Reading, 2014, Ottawa Public Library. Photo by Brian Pirie.Tues, April 8th, 2014, 7-9pm

Canadian Author Association, Ottawa

Remixing your poetic material workshop at CAA which meets at the Main Branch of the Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street (corner of Metcalfe and Laurier). Free to members; non-members, $10; students up to age 17, $5
Remix culture is presented as characteristic of our age but poetry’s toolbox has long been taking pieces from here and there and synthesizing elements to new effect. Partly hands on, partly theory, this 90-minute workshop would explore examples and techniques of using disparate sources and collaborating to make new whole. Sampling, recutting, and using the material of distinct poems to make distinctly fresh ones. Including taking a David McGimpsy poem to pieces of styrofoam and rearranging them. Whether you are a fiction-writer by nature or poet, there’s more to be gained by looking at tools for livening you out of risk of rut. [Post here]Sat, April 5th, 2014, 2-4pm

Ottawa Public Library Workshop, Ottawa

Bringing up the Bar Workshop at the Sunnyside Branch (1049 Bank) to the first 10 participants to register. 
Poetry Workshop: A Notch Up How to push your poetry another notch? A poem from each participant will get detailed comments for density, sharpness and energy. A reading list of links to tips to tighten and torque, and to poetics articles will be handed out. Each participant gets a chance to consider what shines or needs polishing in each other’s work in a cooperative environment moderated by the workshop leader Pearl Pirie.Tues, April 1st, 2014, 7:30pm

The Human Bean, Cobourg

Opening of a month-long display of visual poetry. Official Opening / Reception / poetry reading / open mike at 80 King St. West, downtown Cobourg with vispo by Angela Rawlings, Derek Beaulieu, Camille Martin, Bill Bissett, Helen Hajnoczky, Robert Zend, Lindsay Cahill, Mark Laliberte, Jenny Sampirisi, Eric Schmaltz, Angela Szczepaniak, Gregory Betts & Neil Hennessy, Pearl Pirie, Eric Winter, Jessica Smith, Ted Amsden, Sharon Harris, Cliff Bell-Smith, Mary McKenzie, Wally Keeler, Katriona Dean, Gary Barwin, Judith Copithorne, michael j. casteels, Alixandra Bamford, Em Lawrence and Dan WaberTues, January 28th, 2014, 6:45-7:45pm

Tree Seed Workshop, Ottawa

Roundtable your poem. Under half a page ideally. Bring at least 15 copies. At Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St. Free, drop in workshop.Mon. June 24, 2013, 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm

Vertigo Reading Series, Regina, SK

Vertigo meets at Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, 1925 Victoria Ave.Wed. May 8, 2013, 8pm

Voices of Venus, Ottawa, ON

Grand Finale of Voices of Venus at Venus Envy with Kalyani Pandya and Pearl Pirie (320 Lisgar at Bank) Doors & sign-up: 7:30, Show: 8pm, $5 or PWYC.Tues. Feb 12, 2013, 6:30pm doors, 6:45, workshop

Tree Seed Reading Series, Ottawa, ON

Workshop a troublesome poem. Bring 10 copies (or so) for people to round table at Arts Court, 2nd Floor.Thurs. Jan 24, 2013, 7:00pm

Factory Reading Series, Ottawa, ON

Various readers for the launch of Ottawater 9 and 20th anniversary of above/ground press. Upstairs at the Carleton Tavern. Free.Wed. Jan 9, 2013, 7:30pm

Voice of Venus, Ottawa, ON

A launch (or landing) of the chapbook: Where There’s Fire at Venus Envy at the corner of Bank and Lisgar. $5 or PWYC. Readers include: Jean Van Loon, Frances Boyle, Mary Lee Bragg, Deborah-Anne Tunney, Laurie Koensgen, LM Rochefort, Robin MacDonald, Jacqueline Bourque and Pearl Pirie. VoV celebrates the female voice.

Where There's Fire Chapbook launch

Launch of Where There’s Fire

Pearl

Launch of Where There’s Fire at Venus Envy with Voices of Venus (Jan. 2013) Photo by Brian Pirie.Thurs. Jan 10, 2013, 8pm

A B Series, Ottawa, ON

A reading at Raw Sugar Cafe with the AB Series. Co-reader, Carolyn Smart.

An open mic at the Tree Reading Series, 2012.

An open mic at the Tree Reading Series, 2011.Thurs November 15, 2012, 7pm

Factory Reading Series, Ottawa, ON

A fundraiser for Versefest: 3 poets present on poetics. Lectures by: Stephen Brockwell, Cameron Anstee (on Raymond Souster), and myself (on Risk and Safety in poetry and publishing). Held at The Mercury Lounge. $10 admission. [More details]Sat November 17, 2012, 12-4pm

Ottawa small press fair, Ottawa, ON

Jack Purcell Community Center. No readings but the Ottawa unveiling of the new phafours press chapbook Where There’s FireSat November 3, 2012, 2-4pm

Cobourg Poetry & Literary Arts Festival, Cobourg, ON

Gary Barwin, Andrew Kaufman, Leah Murray and Pearl Pirie at Impresario Artisan Market at 37 King Street West. [Full schedule]

Tues October 23, 2012, 6pm workshop, 7pm doors

Organics Works Bakery Café, London, ON

Readers: Louisa Howerow and Pearl Pirie with an open mic at the Bakery, 222 Wellington St. Free but a hat will be passed. Including a fall reading of In Air/Air Out to support Tom Clarke’s Guatemala Stove Project

Preceded by a drop-in poetry workshop led by Pearl Pirie from 6-7pm ($10 suggested or pay as you can. rsvp if you can. pagehalffull[a] yahoo.com) Topic: Substantial Edits: Pulling your poem to the bones. Finding the structure and fitness in your poem.Wed October 24, 2012, Doors 7pm, reading 7:30pm

Grey Borders, St. Catharines, ON

bill bissett, Steve Zultanski, Pearl Pirie, Beatriz Hausner, and Donato Mancini at the Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul Street. [Ryan’s post] [My post

Grey Borders, Pearl

Sept 25, 2012

Tree, Ottawa, ON

Schroedinger’s Poet reading at 8pm. A presentation on E. Pauline Johnson.Tues. Aug 14, 2012, 6:45-7:45pm

Tree Seed Workshop

Radical Revision at the Arts Court, 2nd floor, just east of Rideau Centre, Ottawa. Sometimes we attach to the concept or sound of a poem too early and let its bones harden. Let’s use the material of poems as malleable starting points. Bring half a dozen copies of a poem you want to tear apart using a few techniques.Sat. June 30, 2012, 12:00-5:00pm

Ottawa Small Press fair

Ottawa small press fair at the Jack Purcell Arena, just off Elgin St, Ottawa. See what’s new in Ottawa papery goodnesses. Lots of booths and my books, and 5 new wee chapbooks from phafours. [write-up]June 25, 2012, 7-9pm

The Muses Reading Series

Re-emergence of The Muses at the Elmdale Tavern, 1084 Wellington Street West, Ottawa. With poetry by Pearl Pirie and music by the percussion group Kunundrum. Donations support the Peace and Environment News, a community newspaper based in Ottawa. [P.S. We raised $172 and post is here ]June 22, 2012, 7pm

Call and Response, SPAO

Season-end reading/slideshow with the participants of the year’s ekphrasis photography-word project at SPAO’s Red Wall Gallery, 168 Dalhousie Ave, Ottawa. Readings by Pearl Pirie, Amanda Earl, Monty Reid, Sandra Ridley, Christine McNair, Claudia Coutu Radmore and rob mclennan. This is an rsvp event due to limited space. [A post here]March 27, 2012, 6:45pm

Arts Court, Ottawa

Continuing from the sessions of January 10 and 24, another Tree Poetry Workshops on haiku.April 14, 2012, 7pm

SLOWest Coffeehouse

A spring reading of In Air/Air Out with the Bridgehead reading series with Czandra, Shai Ben Shalom, Monty Reid, Jorge Etcheverry and Luciano Díaz.May 15, 2012, 7:30-9:30pm

twigs & leaves, Ste. Anne de Bellevue

season 5 at Cafe Twigs, 85 Rue Ste Anne, Quebec.March 2, 2012, 7:00pm

VERSeFEST, Ottawa

Ottawa”s poetry festival, Feb 28-Mar 4, Versefest where I”m reading with Bruce Taylor and Susan McMaster at the Arts Court Building, just east of Rideau Centre.March 13, 2012, 8:00pm

Launches of Chromatic Beliefs and a wall’s sharp white, Ottawa

Launches of the Tree Press/phafours press group chapbooks at the Tree Reading Series.January 19, 2012, 7pm (tbc)

Collected Works, Ottawa

Hosting the In Air/Out Out launch with Luminita Suse, Allison Armstrong (aka Amazon Syren), rob mclennan, Mike Montreuil, and Amanda Earl.January 24, 8:00pm

Tree Arts Court, Ottawa

Official Ottawa launch of Thirsts at Tree. Co-reader Nadine McInnis.Dec 22, 2011, 7:00pm doors, 7:30pm reading

Carleton Tavern, Ottawa

The 2011 launch of the peter f. yacht club issue is due to sail. Sailors aboard include: Amanda Earl, Pearl Pirie, Vivian Vavassis, Monty Reid, Roland Prevost, Janice Tokar, rob mclennan, and Christine McNair. There may be more port of calls to haul sailors aboard before she leaves port.Dec 10, 2011, afternoon

Small Press Fair of Toronto

The Small Press Fair runs 11-5 at the Hart House. I”ll be there for some of it at the Chaudiere Table. Toronto, ONDec 11, 2011, 6:30pm

AvantGarden, Toronto

Ottawa Disruptions: AvantGarden Ottawa Night with Christine McNair and Pearl Pirie at the Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ONNov 22, 2011, 8:00pm

Art Bar Reading Series, Pauper”s Club, Toronto

Art Bar with rob mclennan, Shannon Maguire and Pearl Pirie, Paupers Pub (2nd flr), 539 Bloor St. W., by Bathurst subway.Nov 2, 2011, somewhere in 12:30-1:30pm

CKCU, Midweek, Ottawa

Current Affairs show Midweek with host Hilary Duff interviewing Monty Reid, Pearl Pirie and rob mclennan about the Tree Seeds Workshop You Are Here, a poetry counter mapping project. [Audio Archive]Nov 5, 2011, 12:00-5:00pm

Ottawa Small Press Fair, Ottawa

Come out and meet the small press in Ottawa: novels, poetry, cookbooks, letterpress wonders and more. Jack Purcell Centre, Upstairs. The air chapbooks are ready.Sept 30-Oct 12, 2011

Tree, Ottawa, ON

My wee contribution of words was among those at Vocabulaire, an exhibition of art by Michèle Provost at Galerie de l’Université du Québec en Outaouais.Oct 27, 2011, 7:00-9:00pm

Emerging Writers, Ottawa

Frances Boyle, Vanessa Hanson, Robin Macdonald, Jacqueline Bourque, Pearl Pirie, Gwen Smid, Anna Mancini, Peter Dixon and Bernadette Wagner, writers who met at Sage Hill Writing Experience and/or Banff Centre”s Writing With Style. 223 Armstrong St, Carleton Tavern, Upstairs

Picture of Pearl

Reading at the Carleton Tavern PFYC, 2010Oct 2, 2011, 8:00pm doors, 8:30 reading

Snare Fall Launch, Montréal

SnareDC Books and Coach House fall launch of 10 new titles at The Sparrow Bar, 5322 boulevard Saint-Laurent. Readers: David McGimpsey (Li”l Bastard), Sina Queyras (Autobiography of Childhood), Lesley Trites (Echoic Mimic), myself (Thirsts), Louise Bak (Syzygy), Rob Benvie (Maintenance), kevin mcpherson eckhoff (easy peasy), Tristan Hughes (Eye Lake), Leigh Kotsilidis (Hypotheticals) and Jenny Sampirisi (Croak). [pics here]Oct 3, 2011, 7:00pm doors

The Artel, Kingston

Snare and Coach House fall launches at The Artel, 205 Sydenham St. Lesley Trites, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Pearl Pirie, Tristan Hughes, Leigh Kotsilidis, Jenny Sampirisi, Faith Mousa and Sherry Huang of the Kingston Slam Team. [Audio as broadcast on Bruce Kauffman”s ”Finding a Voice” on CFRC November 11, 2011.]Sept 20, 2011, 7:00pm

Poets Live, Paris, France

Poets Live: Anglophone Poetry in Paris Carr’s Pub, 1 rue Mont-Thabor, M Tuileries. Release of the chapbooks Mammals of Hoarfrost and Bonny Finberg”s “Déja Vu” (Corrupt Press, 2011, France). Reading with Peter Hughes of Oystercatcher Press.[video on Vimeo]September 5 and 19th, 2011, 8pm until late

Spoken Word in Paris

Open Mic night at Culture Rapide,103 rue Julien Lacroix. First and third Monday night this month and in October it goes back to weekly.August 5-Sept 22, 2011

Cities of Stone – People of Dust, Ottawa

The photography of Leslie Hossack and my ekphrastic responses to the Call and Response Series is Walls of Jerusalem. (3 poems and a process essay are at that link.) The remaining dozen poems will be on view from Aug 5 until Sept 22, 2011 at SPAO”s Red Wall Gallery, 168 Dalhousie Street. [review of it]August 23, 2011, 8:00pm

Local Lights, Arts Court, Ottawa

Tree readings by Robert Kroetsch Award shortlisters Sandra Ridley, Christine McNair, Amanda Earl and Pearl Pirie at the Tree Reading Series.July 24, 2011, 2:00pm

Readings on the Tay, Perth

First Edition Reading Series special event with Holly Luhning, Catherine Graham, Susan Gillis and myself at the Ecotay Education Centre942 Upper Scotch LineJuly 15, 2011, 7:30pm

Kroetsch Memorial Reading, Ottawa

Various people gathering for reading of and in tribute to Robert Kroetsch at the Carleton Tavern.June 25, 2011, noon to 5pm

spring small press book fair, Ottawa

The fair is in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre. Come by the phafours table and I”ll give a personalized reading.June 22, 2011, 5-6pm

CHUO, Ottawa

Jessica Westhead and I are on air with Mitchell Caplan at Click Here, CHUO FM 89 www.chuo.fm. I”m on around 5:40. [Audio recording of my section of the interview.]June 16, 2011, doors 7:00pm, reading 7:30pm

Mother Tongue Bookstore, Ottawa

With fellow obvious epiphanies press and Chaudiere Books poets Monty Reid and rob mclennan at 1067 Bank St.May 22, 2011, 2:00pm

Sasquatch Reading Series, Ottawa

Feature reader at Royal Oak II at 161 Laurier EastMay 1, 2011, 4:00pm

Ottawa International Writers Festival: Poetry Cabaret

Poetry Cabaret featuring Gillian SzeLorna Crozier and Pearl Pirie at the Mayfair Theatre hosted by Sandra Ridley.April 9, 2011, 7:00pm

Eco-Jest-Us: An Eco-Fun Event, Ottawa

Eco-Jest-Us: A day of arts looking at green with musicians, youth, jugglers, theatre, poetry, visual art, craft workshops and eco-booths. Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, OttawaMarch 22, 2011, 8:00pm

Tree Reading Series, Arts Court, Ottawa

As part of Arc #65 issue launch. [video]March 13, 2011, 3:00pm

KaDo at VERSeFest, Arts Court, Ottawa

Group reading of our Ottawa haiku group at VERSeFest

KaDo group

VerseFest 2011. KaDo group reading.Thursday Feb 17, 6:30pm

Interview on Literary Landscapes

Talking with Kate Hunt on the subject of performanceListen to the recording.Wednesday Feb 23, 2011

Pivot Reading Series, 850 Dundas St W, Toronto

Readings by Jon Paul Fiorentino, Carolyn Smart and Pearl Pirie the atPivot Series.Friday Dec 30, 2010

the peter f yacht club reading, The Carleton Tavern

Christmas party with readings by yacht club regulars & irregulars, including Monty Reid, rob mclennan, Pearl Pirie, Amanda Earl, & plenty of others at 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale, upstairs)

by Charles Earl

PFYC .photo by Charles EarlWednesday Nov 10, 2010

Grey Borders Reading Series, St. Catherines Ontario

Readings at the Grey by rob mclennan + Gregory Betts + James Millhaven + Pearl PirieSunday Nov 7, 2010

Book launch at Dusty Owl, Swizzles Bar, 246-B Queen St, Ottawa

Launch of been shed bore, music by Call Me Katie + reading by Bernadette WagnerTuesday Oct 5, 2010

Collected Works Bookstore, Ottawa

West Meets East II – Winnipeg”s Ariel Gordon + Regina’s Tracy Hamon + Ottawa”s Christine McNair + Pearl PirieSaturday Sep 18, 2010

Barely Their Reading, Blink Gallery

In conjuction with the sculpture, the artists have invited other poets to perform on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. including: TA Carter + Claudia Coutu Radmore + Sandra Ridley + Sean Moreland + LM Rochefort + Gillian Wallace + Laurie Koensgen + Pearl PirieThursday Sep 16, 2010

Vernissage Reading, Blink Gallery

Barely Their, Exhibit at Blink Gallery
a collaborative poem sculpture by Lynda Cronin + Jean Jewer + Pearl Pirie + Maureen Sandrock

Pearl

Barely Their Project. 2010.