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We would like to improve the accessibility of Vancouver Poetry House. If you would like to make a suggestion, if you have a request or if you would like to give us feedback please get in touch at


Safety precautions during COVID as of April 3, 2023.

Masks are encouraged at Vancouver Poetry House events. Our mask request will be in place until further notice. Masks will be available at Verses events.


Accompanied Walk To and From Venue

If you would like someone to meet you at a bus stop or your car to accompany you on the walk to a venue please contact us at Please contact us at least 3 days before the event.


Complementary Tickets for Support Persons

Vancouver Poetry House provides complimentary tickets for people accompanying an audience member as a support person. Please contact us at so we can set aside a ticket at least 3 days before the event.


Request an ASL Interpreter

ASL interpretation can be requested for workshops and meetings at Vancouver Poetry House. Please contact us at at least 2 weeks before the event. ASL interpretation is subject to availability but we will do our best.

ASL Interpreters are currently booked for the following Verses 2023 events:



Relaxed Events

We’re pretty relaxed. Audience members are welcome to come and go at all of our events. We encourage people to respond during performances, to voice their feelings, to clap and snap.

Spoken word performances are intense. At Verses Festival of Words events we provide active listeners and a chill out space for anyone who would like to step away from the performance.

The venue is never completely dark at Vancouver Poetry House events.


Vancouver Poetry House Accessibility Statement

Accessible and inclusive programming, including disabled persons and older adults, requires regular attention to all aspects of VPH programming. We want to incorporate best practices in the arts sector as well as lead by example. To ensure that existing and future programming is available to disabled individuals, youth and older adults, whether they are artists, board members, staff, curators, volunteers, teachers, students or audience members we state the following beliefs:

  • Access is an issue of justice with a moral imperative.
  • Access is intersectional.
  • Access is a design issue. Reducing the physical and attitudinal barriers by creating environments accessible to all is a fundamental principle of good artistic practice.
  • Community is enriched by actively supporting and promoting the presence of disabled persons.
  • Access should be integrated into all facets and activities of Vancouver Poetry House.
  • Access accommodations and services should be included in the yearly budget process.
  • Access has economic benefits to VPH, to the community, to its members, to the City of Vancouver, and to the greater Provincial and National economies.
  • Access is related to audience development.
  • Access reduces isolation and can have a significant impact on mental health. Access can reduce suicidality in arts communities.
  • Arts organizations should lead by example. VPH should strive to meet or exceed local, provincial, and national legal requirements.
  • Access is a dynamic work in progress. As new initiatives are developed, art forms change and expand and new technologies are introduced. As such, VPH includes accessibility planning into its yearly planning cycle.