We’re excited to a-meownce one of our Petland Main Stage presentations at the June 1, 2019 Edmonton International Cat Festival will be a cat-themed Open Mic poetry slam!
Share Your Mews: An Open Mic of Paw-some Cat Poetry will be hosted by Edmonton Public Library Writer-in-Residence Matthew Stepanic!
Come listen to poems about our favourite felines and sign-up to read a cat poem of your own! If time allows, we’ll accept walk-up poets. You don’t have to be a professional writer or poet to purr-ticipate! All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you’ve got something you want to say about cats in general or about YOUR cat, channel it into a short poem and share it with our cat-loving festival attendees!
Every poet will receive free admission to the festival.
Note: This is not a competition, it’s a celebration of cats—in poem form!
The Open Mic will run from approximately 1:50-2:30 p.m. at the Edmonton International Cat Festival.
SIGN UP TO READ A CAT POEM AT THE FESTIVAL’S OPEN MIC OF PAW-SOME CAT POETRY:
EMAIL EDMONTONCATFEST@GMAIL.COM TO LET US KNOW YOU’RE INTERESTED IN PURR-TICIPATING IN THE OPEN MIC!
Please Note: If you sign-up to read a cat poem, you don’t need to email your poem in advance, we just need to know who is committed to reading their poem on stage! You must be available / at the stage around 1:50-2:30 (including just a bit before and just a bit after!) on June 1, 2019.
In addition to the open mic, Matthew will also be running a cat poem creative writing workshop in the morning entitled:
Sharpen Your Clause: How to Write a Purr-fect Cat Poem!
This short workshop will be offered from 11-11:30 a.m. and 11:30-12 p.m.
If you’re unsure about writing your cat poem, but want to participate in the Open Mic, consider stopping by Matthew’s cat poem writing workshop before you hit the stage in the afternoon!
This workshop will be located near the Edmonton Public Library’s table (please note: a full vendor list and festival schedule with all programming will be released in May to help you plan your day!)
Both poetry Open Mic and poetry workshop are included with your festival ticket!
About Matthew Stepanic
Matthew Stepanic is the editor of Glass Buffalo, the poetry editor of Eighteen Bridges and a freelance writer. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Is Dead, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, The New Quarterly and others. He is also the co-author of the collaborative novel Project Compass (Monto Books 2017), and the author of Relying on that Body (Glass Buffalo Publishing 2018), a poetry chapbook about RuPaul’s Drag Race. In 2015, FIPP named him one of the Top 3 Rising Stars in Media, and his poetry and writing have previously been nominated for Alberta Magazine Awards. Alongside Jason Purcell, Stepanic also manages Glass Bookshop, Edmonton’s newest bookstore that promises a curated reading life.