Help celebrate the Stroll’s 30th Anniversary!

It’s been 30 years since the first Stroll in September 2021—what a great opportunity for us to celebrate our remarkable poetry community. During this coming year, we want to recognize the contributions of members past and present, and imagine the future. It’s also an opportunity to let more people know about the Stroll.

So we are looking for ideas. How would you like to celebrate the Stroll’s anniversary? You’re invited to submit a proposal that could be implemented during our 30th year.

Perhaps you’d like to put together a chapbook of “30” poems or do a special project to profile our poetic community. Maybe you can think of new ways we can use technology. Maybe there’s a special event, workshop or mentoring idea you’d like to coordinate. (Imagine an actual Stroll afternoon again!)

We hope for great ideas, and know we can’t do everything. But we’re hoping to pick at least three that are feasible. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:

  • how they meet the goals for the 30th anniversary,
  • logistical considerations,
  • feasibility
  • interest to members and the poetry community

The Stroll’s Board will assist with promotion and advertising, liaising between activity/event leaders and interested members. Unfortunately the Stroll can’t contribute funds, but will offer in-kind support where possible.

Deadline to submit a proposal is September 1, 2021, so you have all summer to polish your proposal and talk to others who might be interested in helping to make it happen.

If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Serviss at


For those Stroll members who weren’t able to pick up their anthologies on the first distribution date (May 22), we have scheduled a second pick-up date. We will also have a limited number of Parkland Poets anthologies on hand, as well as the three chapbooks edited for the Stroll by Markus Eymann.

Here are the details:

Pick-up Date:     Saturday, August 14, 2021
Time:                  1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:            See below «

« In order to maintain privacy, rather than publishing the location in a publicly accessible newsletter, this information will be sent only to those who request it. Please send an email to the anthology editor, Deborah Lawson, at Location and other details will be sent to you.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before coming to pick up your anthology, please make sure you are feeling well and have not had any exposure to COVID-19. Even though, as of this date, the City of Edmonton has relaxed or removed some of the COVID–19 restrictions, the safety of all our members and their loved ones is still paramount. Our distribution day volunteers will have access to gloves and masks, and will don them upon request. We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable as they come to pick up their anthologies. Your copy will be always be ready and waiting for you to pick it up in the future, when you are well and/or when the situation has stabilized.

2021 Stroll Anthology Cover Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Audrey Brooks, whose winning entry, “Symphony of Trees,” is a detail from the painting by Edmonton artist Sharon Abbott (used with permission), who is pleased that her painting, owned by Audrey, was chosen for the anthology cover.

Audrey has a particular affection for trees, for they intertwine roots to form a communication network. She says, “We could learn a lot from trees. They are sentient beings, an essential part of life on this planet.” 

Facilitator Wanted for Writing Circle

The Stroll of Poets Society is looking for a facilitator to lead a virtual Writing Circle to help members get feedback and edit their poems.

The facilitator will set guidelines and ensure that all participants have an opportunity to have their work discussed in a constructive manner. We need someone who is familiar with setting up and hosting online meetings, is familiar with poetry tools and techniques to help other writers, and who can lead the group’s discussions in a respectful, positive spirit.

The Writing Circle will take place in May and June this year. (The schedule will be finalized in consultation with the facilitator.) The successful candidate will receive a fee of $500 for their work. If you are interested in this position, please send an email  to for further details. Please include a brief summary of your background and qualifications related to this role. Deadline May 5.


Hello Strollers!

Do you know any young poets in the high school to 25-year age range who would like an opportunity to share their verse with other young poets in a fun and supportive atmosphere?

The Edmonton Stroll of Poets is sponsoring an event called Fresh Verse to be held online on Monday, April 26 at 7 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm). The event will feature eight poets sharing five minutes of their verse with a two-minute open mic (open to all ages) to follow. If you are interested send us an email at