30th Anniversary Chapbook Launch

Exciting news! The day and location for the launch for the 30 Years of Strolling Chapbook has been finalized. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contributors to the chapbook are invited to read their piece at the launch. Please bring your own seating (camp chairs, picnic blanket, etc.). Please note that the bandshell does have stairs (about 5 steps) or a ramp, so footwear with a good grip is recommended.

Date:               Monday, June 27, 2022
Time:               6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location:        Alberta Legislature Grounds South
                         Bandshell (9515 Fortway Dr NW, Edmonton)

In the meantime, copies of the chapbook will be available to pick up as previously announced, along with The 2022 Stroll of Poets Anthology, on the scheduled distribution date of May 28th at the home of Deborah Lawson.

Stroll Anthology Cover Art Winner Announced

Congratulations to Max Vandersteen, whose winning photograph, taken in Olympic National Park, Washington, is titled “Wilderness Portal.”

It presents a man-made bridge crossing a river and transitioning, through wilderness, to an open space within the forest. Yet, like poetry, what lies beyond the obvious is unknown until explored, which is what the bridge invites us to do. It also portends the transition of time from summer to autumn, and suggests nature’s ongoing changes to the landscape.

Well done, Max!

President’s Greetings

It’s a wrap!

Our 2021-2022 season has drawn to a close…but there are still more 30th Anniversary celebrations to be had!

This spring, when rain is greening up the grass and flowers are blooming, keep in tune with our newsletter for more celebrations.

Sending out big bouquets of thank you’s to everyone who attended (and facilitated) our “Haven at Home” reading series to make it a success!

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Anthology distribution and other fun outdoor events!

Poetically yours,

Fresh Verse 2022

Monday, May 2
7:00 pm, “Doors” 6:30 pm 

Featured Readers: Tyler DeWacht, Maija Lin, Charlie Gill, Heather Powell, Spoken Word Youth Choir (4 spots)

Mic host: Alice Major

It Ain’t Terse; It’s Fresh Verse

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come hear some poetry!
Come one! Come all! Hear some verse, after all!
A long black hearse ran over my big purple purse,
but it’s not terse because it is Fresh Verse!

Join the Edmonton Stroll of Poets Society,
as we hear the words of young celebrities
from our City that is so fine and glorious.
At Fresh Verse it’s cool to be victorious.

On Monday, May 2nd, come hear some poetry!
On Zoom you’ll find some high society!
8 Poets under 25 don’t need a nurse
because they are darn good at writin’ Fresh Verse!

8 more poets will read in the Open Mic;
once it’s all said and done, we’ll take a hike!

Zoom invite If you know anyone who would like to attend Fresh Verse 2022 and is not a Stroll member please direct them to strollquestions@gmail.com.


Hello, Strollers—

Another Distribution Day rolls around. Come for the following:

  • Stroll of Poets Anthology 2022
  • 30th Anniversary Chapbook
  • To renew your Stroll Membership (for the 2022–2023 season)

First and foremost, before coming to pick up your anthology, please make sure you are feeling well and have not had any exposure to any variant of the COVID-19 virus. The safety of all our members and their loved ones is still paramount, and your copy of the anthology will be always be ready and waiting for you to pick it up in the future, when you are well and healthy. We do not mind continuing to store it for you.

Pickup Details

Date:               Saturday, May 28, 2022
Time:               1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Email:              strollantho@writersguild.ab.ca

To maintain privacy, please email strollantho@writersguild.ab.ca, as location information will be sent only to the people who contact us directly, rather than being printed in the publicly shared newsletter. This information will be sent out about one week in advance of the pick-up date.

If it’s not possible for you to pick up your anthology on May 28th, we would encourage you to have a family member or friend pick it up for you. If this also is not possible, or if you prefer to wait, we will provide information on future distribution possibilities as details become available.

Extra copies

Each person whose poem appears in the anthology or in the chapbook is entitled to one complementary copy, but if you wish to order extra copies, these are available for $10.00 each. A limited number of back issues of the 2020 and 2021 anthology are also available for $5.00 each. Please do your best to bring exact change or a cheque for the exact amount, made out to the Stroll of Poets.