NPM Roundup

What would National Poetry Month be without a little self-promotion?

April is a busy marking month for me but I did manage to squeeze in three very different events related to everyone’s favourite national pastime: a reading, a youth workshop, and a writers’ skill-sharing session. Thanks to those involved for making a poet feel appreciated and, dare I say, useful. I am now planning a second Poets Submit session; get in touch ( if you’d like to be on my mailing list.


Lexicon Books Reading in Lunenburg *Photo by Gary Smith


Poets Submit at Art Happening, Bridgewater *Photo by Karen Runge


United Church Youth Workshop with co-presenter and poet, Cory Lavender, at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Birchtown *Photo by Carol Smith

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May 3, 2016 · 2:24 pm

Upcoming Reading


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February 23, 2016 · 6:11 pm


Art Happening (757 King Street, Bridgewater)
March 22nd
7-8:30 pm

This session is for writers who want to learn from each other about the process of getting their poems into print and online publications. With a focus on sending out individual poems (as opposed to a book-length collection), we will talk about matching poems to publications, presenting your poems to an editor, publicizing the work when it comes out, and maintaining perspective in the face of rejection. Alison will provide guidance and materials, but participants are also encouraged to bring sample journals, links, and tales of submission woes and thrills to share with the group.

Fee: Pay-what-you-can $5 – $15.
Please RSVP by email to

Alison Smith lives and writes in New Germany, Nova Scotia. Her poems have recently appeared in Guernica, Lemon Hound, Fjords Review, and Event. In 2013 she was featured on CBC Writes as a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize.

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Poems in Event


Busy with politics this year, I forgot to post poem news. So, here’s a late link to this summer’s issue of Event where you’ll find two of my poems,  “The Story” and “Postpartum Visits.”

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Reading in Hubbards

Dec13_Trellis Reading (1)

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December 9, 2015 · 1:14 pm

Afterglow 2014


For the third year running Brian Braganza, Rachel Edmunds, and I read poetry during Afterglow, Bridgewater’s outdoor art festival.  We were missing Alice Burdick and Darren Greer, but we managed to have some fun anyway. On a related note, South Shore folks should check out the new Art Happening space on King Street. Follow the links to vote for community funding from Aviva.

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September 30, 2014 · 4:52 pm

2 readings and a launch

Last weekend was exceptionally busy for writers and readers on the South Shore. Here are a few pics from events I was able to get to.

On the 19th, I attended the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award Shortlist Readings at Lane’s Privateer Inn in Liverpool:


The evening was hosted by Sylvia Gunnery, President of the Board of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, and Jonathan Meakin, Executive Director of the WFNS.


Shashi Bhat read from The Family Took Shape (Cormorant Books).


Ed Kavanagh read from Strays (Killick Press).


William Kowalski read from The Hundred Hearts (Thomas Allen), which was awarded the Raddall the next night at the East Coast Literary Awards in Halifax. Congratulations Bill!


On Saturday, September 20th the GVSS (Greatest Volunteer Success Story) Committee launched Lunenburg County Firefighters, a community publication that I helped out with in its latter phases.


Here I am with Britt Vegsund, the principal writer. We were giddy because no one was chasing us with fire hoses, yelling that we’d gotten it all wrong.


And with Ruby Anderson and Pauline Crouse, Ladies Auxiliary members from Dayspring and District Fire Department.


Felix posed with Imogen Brodmann, one of my favourite firefighters from Northfield District. If you are interested in the book, stop by any fire department in the Municipality of Lunenburg. Books are $20 each.

On Sunday the 21st, I went to Western Head for a poetry reading at Grace Church, a building that’s being repurposed by Inglis Historical Society as a cultural venue.


The poetry from Troy Jollimore and Heather Altfeld, both visiting from California, was pretty dazzling. If this is a sign of events to come for Grace Church, you’ll want to put your name on their mailing list.







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September 26, 2014 · 7:10 pm