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Such times

You need a best friend in poetry to survive. – Henri Cole Poets Arleen Paré with Maureen Hynes and the love of good poetry amongst friends. An unforgettable evening, called into being. Grand. Thanks to Gaspereau Press, Annick MacAskill, the League of Canadian Poets, Katya at The Great Escape Book Store and all who held […]

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Grand finale

“It’s a sweet thing to gush.” Such a sweet, sweet finish. Thank you Michael, Christopher, Luke, poets, readers, lovers. A flood of poetry goodness.

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Skin & Meat Skies

“Pulverize the gems.” First glance, a manuscript I didn’t have a clue just what I was looking at [which only increased my interest]. No, first it was reading Klara’s work, often how poets ever meet, like most good work, you pause, breathe, sit with it. You must. Attend. Arresting hand-painted photographs by Kadie Salmon. This […]

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GRP9

Gap Riot Symphony Week Two at Fertile. Gap Riot Press Season 9 Launch on full garden party mode. A complete love fest of poets, poetry. Congrats to Isla McLaughin, Khashayar Mohammadi, Claren Grosz, Sarah Cavar and Guest Curators Kate Siklosi & Dani Spinosa of Gap Riot Press.

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Day 2

The breeze from the lake. Fertile.

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Listening delicately

I stumble over my love for the sea, rest my head on mountains. I’d like to posit a theory that we’re all descendants of headstones. Klara du Plessis, Skin & Meat Sky A stellar outing. Celebrating our inaugural festival. Sacha Archer KIM Travis Sharp Behind the Poet Reading Their Poem Is a Sign Saying Applause […]

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Opening

Gorgeousness. Opening weekend. Eric Schmaltz. Leslie Joy Ahenda. Sagan Yee. Jaqueline Valencia. Jake Byrne. Aaron Tucker MA|DE. Kyle Flemmer. Anna Veprinska. Lindsay Miles. Klara du Plessis. Fertile Festival of New & Inventive Works 05-21 August 2022 The Great Escape Book Store 957 Kingston Rd [BackLane] Guest Curators The Blasted Tree. Gap Riot Press. Hosted by […]

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Fertile ground

Sagan Yee Jake Byrne Jaqueline Valencia Eric Schmaltz Kyle Flemmer Aaron Tucker Leslie Joy Ahenda MA|DE Klara du Plessis Kadie Salmon Lindsay Miles Anna Verprinska Khashayar Mohammadi Nima Youshij Isla McLaughlin Claren Grosz Sarah Cavar Jessica Bebenek Kevin Stebner Melanie Dennis Unrau Dona Mayoora Rasiqra Revulva Dani Spinosa Kate Siklosi Katie O’Brien Jessica Lee McMillan […]

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OPENING BLAST

“Goodness gracious am I ever looking forward to this!” KYLE FLEMMER, Poet, Publisher THE BLASTED TREE 8/7 3PM KLARA DU PLESSIS & KADIE SALMON SKIN & MEAT SKY LAUNCH FERTILE FESTIVAL OF NEW & INVENTIVE WORKS 05-28 August The Great Escape Book Store 957 Kingston Rd Curated by The Blasted Tree + Gap Riot Press […]

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Spelling it out

“It’s hard to ‘future’ these days.” And, here we are. KFB. At two new locations. Serving up poetry. No, it’s not the same as it was, nothing is. In some ways, we’re even more magical. And we’re here. LOOK I’ve always said, as a social enterprise, “we don’t need to make a lot of money, […]