Poetic Justice is a safe and friendly host venue for emerging and established poets to showcase their work. It’s also for fans who unabashedly love poetry.
Founded in 2010, we:
• support emerging as well as aspiring poets
• encourage poets to hone their craft to its highest level
• foster an appreciation for all contemporary poets
Speaking into a microphone in front of a live audience can be unnerving for some — even for seasoned writers. But our forum is a safe and supportive venue where only a handful of presenters have been pelted with tomatoes. 🙂
Joking aside, we want to help raise the profile of poets who struggle to make a living from their art. Our gatherings are convivial, and the support for anyone who braves the microphone is unconditional.
We are not a closed clique. New faces and voices are embraced and given an absurdly warm welcome. So bring your best poetic efforts (or present someone else’s!) and join us the second Sunday of every even-numbered month (Oct, Dec, Feb, etc.).
Our Venue and Format
We host our events at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library Sunday of the month in the heart of historic New Westminster, BC from 3-5 p.m. Currently our venue is Boston Pizza in Columbia Square. Free parking is abundant and we’re a five-minute walk from New Westminster SkyTrain Station.
Our host introduces two featured poets along with an Open Mic segment where you can deliver one of your poems. The Open Mic kick-starts each reading and after a short break, we present our featured poets who generally read for 20-25 minutes each.
Published works by the host and our guest poets are usually made available for purchase. We collect donations from the audience so an honorarium can be shared among the poets and host. Come out and support poets and poetry!
Co-founded by Candice James and Franci Louann, Poetic Justice was launched in June, 2010. Both talented poets in their own right, they have been honoured for their stellar efforts in elevating an awareness of and love for poetry.
Since inception, Poetic Justice has hosted 550 poets who hail from our broader local community as well as some from out of town.
So, if you’re bursting because your recently crafted poem is screaming to be shared, come and join us and deliver that still-smouldering piece. Or share a favourite poem by someone else. We promise we won’t throw tomatoes. 🙂