Poets’ Haven – February 27

Upper Crust Café, 10909 86 Ave.

Monday, February 27, 7:00 pm, $5 admission (includes desserts and coffee)

Features Poetry by:  Josh Luukkonen, Seaneen O’Rourke, & Lisa Mulrooney

Mic Host: Trevor Hughes
Door Host: Loren Marsden

Open Mic:  Sign-up (2-min. poem)

Welcome all! See you at the Haven! Bring your friends! New and first readers are always welcome and given priority during the Open Mic.

Poets’ Haven, February 19 – Audreys Books

Up Next at the Haven!

Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Ave.

Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (no admission fee)

Features Poetry by:  Nancy Mackenze, Munira Abdulkadir, Marcia Johnson, & Lynn Gale

Mic Host: Max Vandersteen

Open Mic:  Sign-up (2-min. poem)

Welcome all! See you at the Haven! Bring your friends! New and first readers are always welcome and given priority during the Open Mic.

Call for Submissions: Indigenous Land Acknowledgements

The Stroll of Poets is compiling a book of Indigenous Land Acknowledgements written by its members.  You have heard some of them over the past two years at Haven meetings.  Perhaps you have written and spoken one yourself.

We’re looking for Land Acknowledgements with a personal or poetic flair.  Too many public events and meetings now begin with an Acknowledgement that sounds rote, boring and insincere.  We know that our members have written original, sincere, and personal Acknowledgements that truly move people.  These compositions provide a meaningful beginning to our meetings.

The title of the anthology is: As Long as the Sun Walks Across the Sky:  Poets Acknowledge Indigenous Lands.  We hope to reach a readership of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, with a purpose of empowering both readerships.  Our goal is to make the exercise of Land Acknowledgements at public meetings and events more meaningful—a genuine contribution to Reconciliation.  We see potential readerships in government, education, non-profit, religious, and corporate settings.

Please decide to contribute your own original Land Acknowledgement(s) for consideration in this anthology.  Our Anthology Committee will consider all entrants for possible inclusion in the book.  Income from the book’s sales will be shared 50-50 between an Indigenous-serving group and The Stroll.

To be considered for the collection, please see the linked Suggested Considerations for a Land Acknowledgement, and these Land Acknowledgement Samples. Additional information can be found in 10 Facts About Treaty 6.


  • Forward a copy of  your Acknowledgement to Leslie Dawson at lesliestroll55@gmail.com.
  • Please use Word format, 12-point Times Roman font, and entitle your submission:  “Land Acknowledgement” with your name at the end.
  • Submissions should be a maximum of 750 words, and can be poetry or prose.
  • As well, include your contact information and a brief bio of up to 65 words.

The deadline for making submissions is 1 April, 2023.

Poets’ Haven – February 13

Up Next at the Haven!

Upper Crust Café, 10909 86 Ave.

Monday, February 13, 7:00 pm, $5 admission (includes desserts and coffee)

Features Poetry by:  Myrna Garanis, Douglas Elves, Kayleigh Cline, & Kathy Fisher

Mic Host: Jessica Coles
Door Host: Anna Mioduchowska

Open Mic: Sign-up (2-min. poem)

Welcome all! See you at the Haven! Bring your friends! New and first readers are always welcome and given priority during the Open Mic.

Stroll of Poets Call for Volunteers – Blinks 2023!

The Blinks are back…

The Stroll of Poets executive board would like to invite members to respond to a call for help in the formation of a committee to assist with carrying out our planned event for the upcoming Edmonton Poetry Festival at the end of April this year. It has been several years since the Stroll participated in the EPF by hosting an event due to the pandemic conditions.

The intention for this year is to host the return of the “Blinks” Poetry Evening, previously produced by the Stroll of Poets for several years. In this event poets are restricted to 30 seconds to complete the reading of their poem by a ready group of musical enforcers which can lead to or result in a lot of fun for all. We are hoping that this will allow for a good many poets to participate in the evening.

Although some pre-work has been done we will require a group of people to assist with planning the details, preparation for the event, and carrying out tasks on the evening of the Blinks poetry readings.

If you would like to learn more or volunteer to help with this committee please contact the board through the Stroll mailbox: strollquestions@gmail.com