Zaccheus Jackson Nyce Memorial Award that is now open for submissions until April 10, 2023 @ 11:59 PM PST

Gratitude, honouring peers, and recognizing excellence are vital parts of building community. Verses Festival of Words | Vancouver Poetry House is pleased to continue the tradition of stewarding the Zaccheus Jackson Nyce Memorial Award that is now open for submissions until April 10, 2023 @ 11:59 PM PST. Via online submission: https://forms.gle/9zqvXiU9ojCKhVDY7 … Continued

We are hiring an Artistic Director

The position will be open until filled. We will review applications on May 13, 2022 Description The Artistic Director (AD) has overarching artistic control over all of Vancouver Poetry House’s programs and initiatives. The Artistic Director develops new artist directions, nurtures and coordinates the growth of VPH’s artistic vision, and … Continued

Britta B.

Britta B. is a Toronto based award-winning artist, poet, voice actor, and educator. Her work has appeared in print, in sound, and onstage in notable spheres such as The Walrus Talks, TEDx, as well as international literature festivals, most recently being LitFest Bergen. She facilitates leadership and artist training, poetry … Continued

What’s Happening at Vancouver Poetry House

This month Joseph Dandurand, Artistic Director at Vancouver Poetry House, will be stepping down from his position.  Joseph has been a calming, kind, and generous presence with Vancouver Poetry House for over two years. He has always approached every meeting, event, and task with a good mind and good heart. … Continued

National Truth & Reconciliation Day

There are many options for supporting and honouring National Truth & Reconciliation Day on September 30. Some of these include: Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ (translation: call to witness/listen to respected one). This is a performance to honour Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 30, 2021, presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery.  … Continued

Vancouver Poetry Slam is Back!

Monday, September 27, 8pm PST Featuring Charlie Petch https://www.eventbrite.ca/…/vancouver-poetry-house… Come share your words & magic and as a bonus, compete for cash prizes. Also compete for a chance to battle a Slam legend head to head live (details on this coming soon) If you’re like me you’ve missed this gathering … Continued

New Publication | Cotyledon

Vancouver Poetry House is proud to announce the publication of Cotyledon, a collection of spoken word poems newly emerged into the world, still seeking their place. These gently crafted poems started as a whisper, a brave thought, or an inkling; poems that dream the world into a future we want … Continued

Annual General Meeting

The Vancouver Poetry House Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2pm, using BlueJeans Please register to attend the meeting using eventbrite. Everyone is welcome to the AGM but only members will be able to vote.  Become a Member or Renew Please consider renewing or becoming a … Continued

We’re hiring a Slam Coordinator

The position will be open until filled. We will review applications on July 16, 2021. Description The Slam Coordinator oversees VanSlam, a Vancouver Poetry House weekly open mic and spoken word event at Café Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver. The Slam Coordinator has strong interpersonal skills, coordinates … Continued

We are hiring a Volunteer Coordinator

The position will be open until filled. We will review applications onJuly 6, 2021. Description The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for generating and maintaining a body of volunteers for multiple events throughout the year. These include, but are not limited to, VanSlam, Verses and workshops. The roles volunteers take are … Continued

We are hiring an Education Coordinator

The position will be open until filled. We will review applications on July 6, 2021. Description The Education Coordinator works as part of a collaborative team helping Vancouver Poetry House Society maintain and grow our WordPlay program and expand our teaching relationships with external partners. This position could be suitable … Continued

The discovery of 215 unmarked graves on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School has laid bare to the world the stark and painful realities of Canada’s colonial legacy. This National Indigenous History Month please consider donating to the following Indigenous-led organizations: The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is … Continued

What’s Happening at Vancouver Poetry House

Communication can be challenging right now. To keep everyone informed we have put together a brief overview of work happening behind the scenes at VPH from the volunteer board.   Obviously, this year has been a struggle. Our goal is to offer as much virtual programming as possible and by … Continued

Hullabaloo Artist Profile Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the 2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion, and the 2021 Regional Writer in Residence with the Strathcona County Library. She is a recipient of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award and the University … Continued

Hullabaloo Artist Profile Apollo The Child

Khaleefa ‘Apollo the Child’ Hamdan is a spoken word poet, hip hop artist, radio host, youth worker and is the former co director of the Urban Legends Poetry Collective. Apollo created the free after school youth writing program Youth Speak with the Ottawa Public Library and he hosts the Home … Continued

Hullabaloo Artist Profile Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the 2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion, and the 2021 Regional Writer in Residence with the Strathcona County Library. She is a recipient of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award and the University … Continued

Giving Tuesday

We invite you to participate in GivingTuesday, the global day of giving.  Following the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this is a time to support charities, non-profits, and each other.  With Covid -19 shutting people and communities off from one another, the weather becoming more inclement, and the … Continued

From Stage to Page

An Interview With Johnny Trinh   In an effort to support, promote, and inform we will be publicizing the events, experiences, and work of local poets on our blog. On Monday, July 20th the pilot program of a unique workshop was launched by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. Its … Continued

VPH Charity Auction

We are ready to take your bids! Need a new dance track? Got something to write but can’t find the pen? Missing the grilled cheese at Café Deux Soleils? We’ve got something for you in the auction catalog. Bidding closes on Saturday, October 10 at 11pm

We Are Hiring a Financial Coordinator

Summary The Financial Coordinator is responsible for working with the Artistic Director and Arts Administrator to fulfil the financial reporting requirements of being a non-profit Society in BC and a registered charity in Canada. The financial coordinator makes sure that the society’s records meet ASNFPO standards, while also providing regular … Continued

Living Up to Core Values: Social Justice and Community

Listed among the core values of Vancouver Poetry House are social justice and community; we hereby acknowledge that the VPH Board of directors has failed to uphold these values. The purpose of this statement is to acknowledge the ways that we, personally, and the organization, historically, have perpetuated systemic racism … Continued

Thank you

There are so many people we need to thank! First, thank you to everyone who is helping to keep VanSlam going! and thank you to our 2020 festival artists who are busy making works we can share while social distancing. More on this soon… and thank you to our Verses … Continued

Board Minutes

  At the request of community members and with the goal of increasing access to board minutes we are in the process of adding them to the About dropdown list. This will prevent people from having to search through the blog, or to request minutes. These will be organized by … Continued

CIPS, registration opens on February 1

If you are a Canadian slam venue and you have a representative you want to send to CIPS, registration opens on February 1. Register on brown paper tickets, CIPS 2020 Venue Representative Registration. Not a venue representative? Storm Poet Registration opens March 1. Got questions? Contact our CIPS Director at cips@vancouverpoetryhouse.com or … Continued

Artist Fee and Prize Money Increases at Slam

In fact, Vancouver Poetry House increased minimum artist fees for poets at all our events. The fee increases are based on research sponsored by the Canadian Writer’s Union, The Remuneration of Canadian Writers for Literary Works: A Benchmarking Study, Marilyn Burgess and Maria De Rosa, Communications MDR. The findings of … Continued