Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Place: The Almanac Gastropub & Cocktails
Address: 10351 82 Ave (Whyte Ave) Edmonton
Join us for the firstreading of autumn! Wehave two top-notch readers this evening. We have food, drink, and merriment! We have an open mic!
Barbara Pelman is a poet and a retired English teacher who has taught at high schools and universities. An occasional host and assistant at Planet Earth Poetry, she also teaches poetry workshops. She has two previous books of poetry: One Stone (Ekstasis Editions, 2005) and Borrowed Rooms (Ronsdale Press, 2008) and a chapbook Aubade Amalfi (Rubicon Press, 2016). Barbara makes her home in Victoria, B.C.
Shima Aisha Robinson works for APIRG on the University of Alberta campus as the Programming and Working Group Coordinator. She advances her enthusiasm for anti-oppression work by volunteering, interning and working with local groups that address systemic issues of oppression and marginalization in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (aka Edmonton). She is an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton)-born poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.