Call for Facilitators

An afternoon workshop is being planned for October 29 on Getting Round the Writing Circle. Facilitators are required for two hour-long workshops: How to Critique/Receive Critique and How to Organize/Facilitate a Writing Circle.

The first would deal with providing constructive criticism and receiving it. The second would discuss setting guidelines and dealing with possible situations that could arise. Honorariums would be provided to facilitators.

Please submit a brief proposal and your credentials to by October 7.

Poets’ Haven – September 26

Up Next at the Haven!

Upper Crust Café, 10909 86 Ave.

Monday, September 26, 7:00 pm, $5 admission

Features Poetry by: Ky Perraun, Lisa Anderson, Daniel Piller, & Dorothy Lowrie

Mic Host: Corine Demas
Door Host: Jo-Ann Godfrey

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.

To check the Haven Master Schedule or sign up for your reading, click here.  

Welcome Back to Poets’ Haven

Greetings Strollers!

It’s a great time to be a Poet with the Edmonton Stroll of Poets because we are returning to in-person readings at the Upper Crust this Fall. The good folks at the Upper Crust Restaurant have welcomed us back, and we’re excited to welcome you all to our Haven Launch to take place on Monday, September 12, 2022!

We will be a’buzzing because it will be so good to see you all in person, but we want to assure you that we are committed to keeping everyone safe. Because we remain in Covid times, we will provide hand sanitizer and masks at the door, and we support the choices you make to keep yourself safe. If that means you will keep a physical distance, you choose not to hug or shake hands, or you choose not to sit too closely to others, we support your decisions.

We are inspired by your commitment to holding up our poetry community these past nearly three years by your steadfast attendance at “Haven at Home” on Zoom. Now that we are returning to Poets’ Haven at Upper Crust, we know that we can adjust to being in each others’ presence in a good way that ensures our comfort,  safety, and friendship.

See you at Poets’ Haven on Monday, September 12th at the Upper Crust Restaurant! Come early because the show starts at 7:00 pm!


The Poets’ Haven Committee
Janis Dow, John Leppard, Loren Marsden, Max Vandersteen, Naomi McIlwraith


We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2022/2023 Poets’ Haven Reading series. This year we are celebrating our long awaited return to in-person poetry at the Upper Crust Café.

Appropriately, our theme this year is “Out of the Box!” We have all felt contained by the experiences of the past couple of years and the restrictions the pandemic has placed on us. Here is a chance to express the joy of being out of your various boxes, bubbles or other metaphorical containers.

Please join us on Monday, September 12, 7 pm at the Upper Crust Café. The format will be open mic with sign up taking place that night. The cost is still a very reasonable $5.

Hope to see you there as we celebrate being “Out of the Box!”

2022-23 Haven Reading Series Sign-Up Now Open!

Hear ye, hear ye Stroll members: the Stroll of Poets board is pleased to announce that the Haven Reading Series 2022/2023 season will be commencing with a return to the Upper Crust restaurant on September 12th with an all open mic engagement.

The Haven will then occur at the Upper Crust every second Monday night after that (biweekly for at least the first half of the season) with a special reading at Audrey’s Books in November as well. Four 8 – 10 minute featured reader spots will be available at each Haven Reading.

Each session will also require additional volunteers to mic host and to assist as a door host so we ask that you sign up for one of these spots also if you can. Once you have signed up, confirmation and reminder notices will be sent to you via e-mail.

To check out the available dates and sign up for reader and volunteer spots please use this link to access the Haven Reading Series SIGN UP PAGE.