Stroll Haven Launch – Wordy Thirty!

It’s the launch of the Stroll’s 30th year—three decades of sharing community and words. So we’re kicking it off with Wordy Thirty, an all-open-mic Haven at Home on Monday, September 13 at 7 pm.

The 30th anniversary is celebrated with pearls. So open your inner oyster and bring us those glossy lines, well-strung stanzas, pearls of wisdom. What does 30 suggest to you? A deep dive? A treasure chest of memory? Pushing 30? September with its 30 days? Why not string 30 shining syllables or 30 iridescent words into a poem?

We’re looking forward to a wordy, wonderful evening!

Wordy Thirty
Haven From Home – Monday, September 13, 2021
Featured Readers:  Open mic  sign up (on Zoom)

Mic Host: Naomi McIlwraith
Time: 7:00PM Edmonton (Our virtual doors open at 6:30 pm)

If you know anyone who would like to join our online reading nights and is not a Stroll member please direct them to

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 27, 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

Submit proposals through THIS FORM online.

Haven at Home Returns – A Message from the President

The Stroll’s Haven Committee has been in touch with our friends at the Upper Crust Cafe and we’re all looking forward to having us back there. But with rising COVID-19 Variant numbers and spacing at the restaurant, we’re just not comfortable with the parameters of safety for our members at this time. So, the board has chosen to stay online for our 2021 Haven Reading Series this fall.

We’re hopeful things will improve and we will review the status again in November with a possible return to Havens at the Upper Crust Cafe in the new year.

Keep your fingers crossed that we shall see each other in person in 2022!

Stay well,

Janis Dow


Welcome back, poets!

As you know your membership entitles you to an 8-minute reading slot at one of our 2021/22 “Haven at Home” online Reading Series.

By following this link, you may go directly to the sign-up page on SignUp Genius. From the calendar, simply pick and click the date that works for you and put your full name in the sign up slot under “Comments.”  Mic Host spots are also available at the same place.

Please consider signing up sooner rather than later as this popular reading series tends to fill quickly!