Cotyledon Chapbook | Call for Submissions

Cotyledon: the first poem to appear from a germinating seed We want poems that you haven’t been able to share on slam stages, poems that are unconventional, poems that you’ve crafted gently, and haven’t found a home for yet, poems that started out as a whisper, a brave thought, or an inkling. We … Continued

Cotyledon Chapbook | Submission Period Opening Soon!

Calling all poets! Vancouver Poetry House will be soon accepting submissions for our first edition of “Cotyledon” – a chapbook of poetry that will be launched at Verses Festival of Words 2020, to help fundraise for youth programming in the coming year. Keep an eye out for our call for … Continued

Thank you Andrew

Our former President, Andrew Sutherland, has resigned from the Vancouver Poetry House Board of Directors. It has been a pleasure to serve on the board alongside them and with their leadership, and we wish them the very best in their current and future pursuits. Their contributions to the Vancouver Poetry … Continued

Voices of Today

In August, the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team Lilith Brodt, Ainslie Glass, Aaron Hunter and LJ Weisberg, headed to Toronto to compete in the youth national spoken word festival, Voices of Today. Voices of Today is a four day festival with workshops, open mics, and showcases run by youth for youth. It is … Continued

Introducing Sam Peters | Slam Master Candidate

Sam Peters is a nonbinary poet, settler, and student. Sam has worked as a volunteer coordinator, first aid attendant, and restaurant manager, but they are most proud of their work as a facilitator for Qmunity and the Youth Excellence Society. You may also recognize them as a Vanslam and Verses … Continued

Introducing Kelsey Straight | Slam Master Candidate

Kelsey is a creative chameleon, community educator, slam poet, and the author of the independently published All This While F*cking: Sex, Self, and Social Stigma in the Modern Age. She fell in love with the written word while growing up in Vancouver, where she now edits books for self-published authors, … Continued

New staff positions at VPH

The staff and board are working to continue the gains we’ve made in the last year. Part of this is to hire more staff, to be more realistic about the number of hours staff dedicate to their jobs, and ultimately to pay them better during the next 4-year planning cycle. … Continued

Honesty, Rigor and Attention in Spoken Word

Join us, in this opportunity to learn with Brandon Wint in his writing workshop, on Sunday, August 18th, 2-4pm | $5/pwyc at the door | 4th floor, 111 West Hastings.   Through a combination of reading, writing, analysis and communal discussion, this workshop will explore the formal and emotional approaches … Continued

Hiring Committee

VPH is hiring. If you’d like to be on the hiring committee please contact the board at or come speak to one of us Monday nights at VanSlam.

Let us know what you think

We’ve designed a short survey so members of the community can let us know what they would like to see from VPH in the future. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Vancouver Poetry House Survey Please join us on Saturday, June 29th, 4-6 for the last community planning … Continued

June Planning Month at Vancouver Poetry House

We are hosting four conversations at Vancouver Poetry House that will help to set our goals for the coming year. We need your input. If you have comments or concerns and aren’t able to come to a meeting we still want to hear from you. You can reach our Board … Continued

Annual General Meeting | Sunday, July 7, 1pm-4pm

The Vancouver Poetry House Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 7, 1pm-4pm, in the fifth-floor board room at 111 West Hastings Street. Everyone is welcome to the AGM but only members will be able to vote.  Membership to VPH is now FREE! Members can renew their membership … Continued

VPH Board Meeting

The next board is meeting at #210, 111 West Hastings at noon on Sunday May 26, 2019. You are welcome to join us. We are coming up on planning month (June). The kinds of things we’ll be talking about: what projects VPH will focus on in 2020, what changes we’d … Continued

Hullabaloo 2019 Coming Soon!

The best time of year is fast approaching! Hullabaloo 2019 takes place from Thursday, April 25th, to Saturday, April 27th, at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and East Van’s Rio Theatre. As always, we’ll kick things off on Thursday night with our Spoken Word Jamboree, this year featuring Halifax’s 5th … Continued

We Value Your Suggestions

Vancouver Poetry House has recently announced two new hires for the positions of Artistic Director and Arts Administrator. The hiring process was done in conjunction with drafting policy. We want the people who volunteer with, work with, and participate in the programs to have an idea of what the hiring … Continued