National Poetry Month reading featuring the Electronic Garret

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Archived


Please join us for a National Poetry Month event featuring Electronic Garret poets from Victoria to Charlottetown on the subject of NaPoWriMo and resilience.

Register and tune in LIVE on Zoom, Wednesday, May 5 at 7:00pm CDT via Eventbrite HERE.

Bren Simmers, Tanja Bartel, Micheline Maylor-Kovitz, and Arleen Pare will read from new work and from their most recent collections.

The Electronic Garret is a group of Canadian women and non-binary poets who have created an online community to support each other in writing thirty poems in thirty days for NaPoWriMo; we have done this every April since 2014. This reading will feature 4 Electronic Garret poets reading NaPoWriMo work, discussing the process and how the group has fostered resilience.

This event is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and hosted by Winnipeg writer Ariel Gordon.


Tanja Bartel is a poet and high school teacher living in Pitt Meadows, BC who holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her first book, Everyone at This Party, was published by Goose Lane at the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Dr. Micheline Maylor was Calgary’s Poet Laureate 2016-18. Her latest poetry collection, The Bad Wife is newly out and Little Wildheart (U of Alberta Press) was long listed for both the Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster awards. She recently won the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence in Alberta. She teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University.

Arleen Paré is a Victoria writer. She has seven collections of poetry, two of which are cross-genre. She has been short-listed for the BC Dorothy Livesay BC Award for Poetry and has won a Golden Crown Award for Poetry, the Victoria Butler Book Prize, a CBC Bookie Award. She won a Governor Generals’ Award for Poetry for Lake of Two Mountains.

Bren Simmers is the Charlottetown-based author of four books, including the wilderness memoir Pivot Point and Hastings-Sunrise, which was a finalist for the Vancouver Book Award. Her most recent collection of poetry, If, When, was published this spring by Gaspereau Press.