First, the good news

The good news is that the first poets have signed up to read at the festival. The bad news, not so really bad, is that the number of openings has diminished. Provided of course that there is a limited number. There is a limited number of openings–when the applications no longer fit in my filing cabinet.

With the first confirmed poets stepping up to the plate, I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.


4 Responses to “First, the good news”

  1. Czandra Says:

    okay, but 1/2 the staircase, or even the stairWELL would be … ya know? Like faith has to come from a herring. What fish would bite at a hook with a sign on it saying, “you supply your own bait and we’ll invite the people to the barbecue”?

    So: What venues? Do you have ANY “non-public people” reading (ie. poets with public-ations, relatives or followings)? What poetry festival isn’t public? What would the writers’ union have to say about this, and why fringe? Doesn’t a fringe festival have a mission somewhere?

    It doesn’t cost $50 to mount 20 minutes of reading, especially not with volunteers. And where’s your info on the organizers? Who’s J.J. Locke?

    I’m not against the idea, being a public, and a poetpeople’sperson, but I think we deserve more information for a $50 leap.

  2. Czandra Says:

    something like this, for example, cum mission statement from your related venture, might actually help unworry people like me. Still, $50 bucks!

    “we offer yet one more chance to gather and celebrate the power and grace of the creative voice. We are always pleased when we are joined by guests who have made a name for themselves in the literary and/or musical world of Quebec and beyond, but we feel we have a special mandate to extend the microphone to those poets, writers and artists who are relatively unknown, for they often have distinctive and powerful voices to share with us as well. We offer open mike time because many people need to have a place to exercise their individual voices. It’s often in reading to others that we best hear ourselves. ” – lawnchair soiree

  3. publicpoetry Says:

    Thank you for taking the first step. Good criticism helps improve the new Montreal Public Poetry Festival—whose first stab occurs from Sept. 26 – 28, 2008.

    This festival will be a failure if zero poets come forward. But if one poet gets a chance to share their work with an appreciative public, then the festival will be a success. Of course, we are aiming for 100 poets to sign up.

    The venues will be in the Westmount/Notre Dame de Grace area. The precise locations will only be determined after the August 29 application deadline. OUR MISSION IS: TO BRING POETRY TO A LARGER PUBLIC AND TO BRING A LARGER PUBLIC TO POETRY.

    To answer your question, “Who is J.J. Locke?” I’ve often wondered this myself. I am a published poet who has read his work locally and in Paris. I founded the Verdun Poets group in 2004 and organized a 10-week reading series there. Also, I have been the host of a CKUT radio program, a freelance journalist, and owner of a communications and marketing company.

    The current organization is small, but growing. Anyone willing to volunteer is welcome.

  4. cecilia d. Says:

    Yes, I also find it a bit strange to ask for $50.00 up front. Some poets (who are REALLY good) are low-income individuals who wouldn’t be able to pay this kind of fee up front.

    Also, charging audience members more than $5.00 (and for some welfare recipients, even $5.00 is too much) to hear a poet is discriminatory. Poetry cannot be an elitist affair and should be made accessible to everyone, regardless of their income. You should make provisions both for low-income poets and low-income potential audience members.

    and yes, what is the $50.00 fee used for exactly?

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