Paul Vreeland featured guest at Open Mic, Baha'i Centre, Wed Nov 11

Poet Laureate Dianne Hicks Morrow invites readers and listeners to the second Open Mic of the 2015 fall season, to be held on Wednesday, November 11th from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome at the Baha’i Faith Charlottetown Centre, 20 Lapthorn Ave. The Centre is wheelchair accessible and alcohol-free. Lapthorn Ave is the only side street between Birchwood High School and the 1911 Jail Pizza Delight on Longworth Avenue.

“I’m grateful that members of the Baha’i community have offered their welcoming space for this event. As well, I’m pleased to partner with members of the PEI Writers Guild and TWiG. Those groups hope to continue the open mic series after my term finishes at the end of December,” states Morrow.

Featured reader on November 11th will be Paul Vreeland. A frequent winner Island Literary Awards, Paul’s poetry has been published in several Canadian journals and in TWiG anthologies. He has also published two chapbooks: Hydrostone Quartet and Mother-in-Law Suite.

His prose includes stories of his experiences in living in Haiti and West Africa, notably “Smoked Herring and the Talking Dog” (The Caribbean Writer) and “Awaiting Ziafo”, a Grain Magazine creative non-fiction prize winner.

He is particularly proud of the opportunities he has had to help other Island writers see publication. Fires in Many Hearts (Nine Pines Publications), the “me-moirs” of Doris McKay was an early and successful attempt at crowd-sourcing. He also worked with Robert Acorn on Robert’s more recent anthologies.

Currently Paul is working on two projects: I’ll Tell You One Thing, a novel to be published in the new year, and Something Will Occur, a collection of his late mother’s poetry.

Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read their own poetry or prose, anywhere from three to five minutes. Admission is free or by donation. Please contact Dianne at peipoetlaureate@gmail.com with any questions.

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