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Call for VPH Board Member Nominations

Vancouver Poetry House Notice for Board Nominations   Election for board members will be at the Annual General Meeting on July 15th. Those wishing to be on the ballot must submit their names by 12pm on July 9th.  Names to be emailed to hello@vancouverpoetryhouse.com with the subject line “VPH board … Continued

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Youth Slam Coordinator Position Applications are open

YOUTH SLAM COORDINATOR   ORGANIZATION:   Vancouver Poetry House   DEADLINE:   June 18, 2018   WEBSITE:   www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com   REMUNERATION:   $1200/year   JOB DESCRIPTION:   Part-time position managing/hosting the monthly Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam.   WORK:   The Youth Slam Coordinator is responsible for the running and maintaining … Continued

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Vancouver Poetry House 2018 AGM Sunday July 15th

The staff and board of Vancouver Poetry House invite you to the 2018 annual general meeting. The AGM agenda will include a review of the 2017 financial statement, program activities, and board nominations. In order to have voting privilege you must be a VPH member for at least 30 days … Continued

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Word Camp Applications Extended to MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY!

Last Call for All Artists Aged 18 to 24!! Applications for Word Camp 2018 officially closed last night – but we’re so excited about this program we’ve decided to keep applications open for another two days!   Word Camp applications now close at midnight on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6TH!  Don’t wait: APPLY TODAY! Is … Continued

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Last Weekend for Word Camp 2018 Applications!

Are you 18 to 24?  A poet? storyteller? songwriter? Apply for Word Camp!! Word Camp applications close at midnight on MONDAY, JUNE 4TH!  Don’t wait: APPLY TODAY!   Is this the first time you’ve heard of Word Camp?  Well, here’s a bit of info for you: Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive is … Continued

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Wordplay Poets Coordinator Job Posting

WORDPLAY POETS COORDINATOR   ORGANIZATION:   Vancouver Poetry House   DEADLINE:   June 8, 2018   WEBSITE:   www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com   REMUNERATION:   $3000/year   JOB DESCRIPTION:   Part-time position coordinating poetry in schools program. WordPlay poets stage spoken word performances, host events, make keynote speeches, and conduct workshops in dozens … Continued

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Word Camp Applications Open for Artists Aged 18 to 24!

Have you found yourself looking at the lineup for Word Camp and feeling sad about being just little too old to apply? Well, you’re in luck! Word Camp applications closed on Saturday evening.  Unfortunately we didn’t receive enough applicants to run our program as planned.  So we’ve decided upon a change … Continued

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2 Days Left to Apply for Word Camp!

There’s only 2 days remaining to submit your applications for Word Camp: Youth Slam Intensive! Applications for Word Camp are open to BC-based artists between the ages of 15 and 19.  Applications close this Saturday, May 19th, at 11:59 PM! So don’t delay: APPLY NOW! Is this the first time you’ve heard … Continued

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Vancouver Poetry Slam Elections May 27th

Dear Van Slam Family, On behalf of Vancouver Poetry House, the umbrella organization that facilitates The Vancouver Poetry Slam, The Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam, Hullabaloo, Wordplay, Word Camp and Verses, please consider this the formal announcement for the next Van Slam Family meeting on Sunday May 27th 2018 at 2PM … Continued

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New VPH President and Board Members 2017

Vancouver Poetry House has a new coat of paint and has done some remodeling after our 2017 Annual General Meeting.   As of July 2017, Fernando Raguero is the new VPH President taking over for interim President, Megan Hooge.  Fernando is well recognized in the community as a published poet, … Continued

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2017 AGM

The staff and board of the Vancouver Poetry House invite you to the 2017 annual general meeting. The AGM agenda will include a review of the 2016 financial statements and program activities, board nominations, and the passing of a special resolution to change some of our bylaws in light of … Continued

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Hullabaloo Returns: April 20 to 22

Teams Registration, All Star Slam tickets, Available Now Are your students ready to slam?  Do you know some young poets looking for a space to spit some verse?  Hullabaloo is the place for them. Once again, Hullabaloo returns to the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch, from Thursday, April 20th to … Continued

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CIPS Venue Rep Registration Opens Tomorrow!

Venue Rep Registration opens February 1, 2017, at NOON, and we can’t wait to find out who you’re sending to Vancouver to win the title of Canadian Individual Poetry Slam champion!! If you are the host, or Slam Master of a Canadian poetry slam and are on the list of … Continued

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The 10 Best Poems of 2016

by Julie Peters & C.R. Gilpin It’s that time again when we look back at past year and gather together the ten poems that have stood out to us as the most remarkable. All we require for a poem to be eligible for consideration is that it made its public … Continued

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Executive Director Job Posting

In her time as the executive director for VPH, Erin Kirsh has been instrumental to the growth of the organization and its programs. She has taken huge leaps to make VPH a more sustainable organization after guiding us through a difficult year. The Board is sad to see Erin leave VPH, but we wish her … Continued

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Annual General Meeting

Come one, come all to Vancouver Poetry House’s general meeting. We will review 2015, providing information about all four VPH programs as well as our recently completed financial statements. When: Saturday, May 21st, 1-2:30 PM Where: Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio (1707 Grant Street) There will also be elections for … Continued

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Vancouver Poetry House Staff Picks for March

Welcome to the March edition of Vancouver Poetry House Staff Picks! This month we are treated to the Top 3 poetic choices of the wonderful Dana Kagis! Dana is a long standing volunteer for Vancouver Poetry Slam, Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam, Verses Festival of Words, and Hullabaloo. She is the … Continued

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Vancouver Poetry House Staff Picks for February

Welcome to the February 1st Van Slam Staff Picks! Here we have the Top 3 poems to rock the Van Slam stage as selected by Simon Massey! Simon Massey has been a volunteer extraordinaire at Vancouver Poetry Slam, Verses Festival of Words, Hullabaloo, and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word … Continued

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The 10 Best Poems of 2015

This year we were interested in how poets engage with their mediums. How is the message different when it’s presented visually or aurally? How is the experience of reading changed when we take in poetry in the same spaces where we follow Marnie the Dog or news about Kim Kardashian? In a time when our connections and communications with each other are increasingly disembodied, how can we read our bodies into these texts again?

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Welcoming Our New Slam Master

On November 15th VPH and the Vancouver Slam Family held elections for the upcoming Slam Master role. Matt J. Loeb and Jillian Christmas put their names into the running and a robust and diverse showing of the VanSlam family came out to vote. After a vote between these two fabulous … Continued

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Slam Master Job Posting

Duncan Shields, the current Slam Master, has been a long-serving fantastic program director who has brought success and stability to Vancouver Poetry Slam. After many years in this position, Duncan is stepping down. We are incredibly sad to see him leave and are seeking a new, talented slam master to … Continued

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Welcome New Executive Director, Erin Kirsh!

Please welcome Vancouver Poetry House’s new Executive Director: Erin Kirsh! Erin has been a member of the poetry community as a poet, slam team member, and Wordplay workshop facilitator for several years now, and she deeply understands the importance of this community to its members. Her skills in communication, writing, … Continued

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Executive Director Job Posting

Chris Gilpin, our current Executive Director, has been integral to the growth of VPH over the past seven years that he has served as a staff member and we are very sorry to see him go. Chris leaves VPH in the best position it has ever experienced as an organization, … Continued

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The 10 Best Poems of 2014

While there have been many lists made of 2014’s notable poetry books, what has been most notable is a lack of focus on the poems themselves. If you set aside the reputations and the awards, which poems threaten to become unforgettable?

This list is one answer to that question, roaming through many kinds of poetry from lyric to conceptual, literary to spoken word, structured metre to sound poetry. It is, however, by no means definitive nor comprehensive. It’s simply the poems that – in our utterly subjective judgment – are the most likely to be discussed for years to come.

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Canadian takes home 1st place at the World Cup of Poetry

This may be the best news we’ve heard all year! Congratulations and thanks go to Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula, who finished first at the Coupe de Monde de Poésie in Paris, France. Onyegbula became the Canadian representative by winning the 2013 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam at the Verses Festival of Words … Continued

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Annual General Meeting on May 25th

It’s time to review all that VPH has done in 2013 and look forward to some of our plans for the future. This meeting is an ideal opportunity for members of the community to meet the VPH board, program directors, and find out more about how VPH operates. We’ll discuss … Continued