Well-known poet John MacKenzie will be the featured reader at the Haviland Club Open Mic on Monday, Feb. 9. A past recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island, John MacKenzie has had three collections of his poetry published: Sledgehammer (Polestar Press, 2000), Shaken by Physics (Polestar/Raincoast, 2002), and Letters I Didn’t Write (Nightwood Editions, 2008). He lives in Charlottetown, a grey gull circling the city, scavenging bits of poems from the detritus of lives.
Guest host will be Orysia Dawydiak, novelist, children’s author, and non-fiction writer, as well as PEI’s most recent recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts. She invites those who like to be read to, and/or wish to read from their own writing, to attend.
Everyone is welcome. Admission is free or by donation. Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read their own poetry or prose, for up to five minutes, to a friendly audience.
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