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Poetry in the Park returns to Queen's Park for 2022

New Westminster poets and poetry lovers can gather at the bandshell every Wednesday starting July 6.
Poetry in the Park 2021
Scott Iverson reads at Poetry in the Park in 2021, when the series temporarily moved to the grounds of Massey Theatre. The poetry sessions return to the bandshell at Queen's Park this summer, every Wednesday evening from July 6 to Aug. 31.

Outdoor poetry is returning to the bandshell at Queen's Park this summer.

Poetry in the Park is making its return to the park for Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. It's presented by the Royal City Literary Arts Society, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster and the City of New Westminster.

Each session will include two featured poets, plus an open mic. The series kicks off on Wednesday, July 6, in conjunction with the launch of the Queen's Park Arts Festival, which runs until July 10.

The opening session will feature two poets laureate of the City of New Westminster: current poet laureate Elliott Slinn and poet laureate emerita Candice James.

Each Poetry in the Park session is scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The series continues Wednesdays until Aug. 31.

Here's New West's Poetry in the Park lineup for 2022

  • July 6: Candice James and Elliott Slinn
  • July 13: Joanne Arnott and Isabella Wang
  • July 20: Fiona Tinwei Lam and Jude Neale
  • July 27: Tawahum and D Fretter
  • August 3: Evelyn Lau and Hasan Namir
  • August 10: Joseph Dandurand and Jessica Lee McMillan
  • August 17: Carlie Blume and Catherine Lewis
  • August 24:  Alan Hill and Kevin Spenst
  • August 31: Jónína Kirton and Cecily Nicholson

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