NPM reading featuring the Electronic Garret

Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Archived

Online, Zoom,


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Please join us for a National Poetry Month event featuring Electronic Garret poets from Calgary to Kitchener on the subject of NaPoWriMo and intimacy, the 2022 NPM theme.

Register HERE via Zoom.

Lauren Carter, Skylar Kay, Tanis MacDonald, and Kerry Ryan 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 intimacy.

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

About the Presenters

Lauren Carter is the author of two poetry collections and two novels. Her next scheduled publication is the short story collection Places Like These to be published by BookHug Press in Spring 2023. She lives on Treaty One territory, within the homeland of the Metis Nation, where she awaits the blooming of the tulips while working on her next novel. Visit her at

Skylar Kay is a poet who focuses on haiku, but is branching out into longer forms. She is originally from Calgary, but currently studies for her MA at University of Windsor with her fluffy cat, Soup. Her debut novel Transcribing Moonlight releases through Frontenac House in April 2022.

Tanis MacDonald is the author of six books of creative nonfiction and poetry, including Mobile: poems and the forthcoming essay collection Straggle: Adventures in Walking While Female. She has been awarded the Open Seasons Awards for Nonfiction, the Bliss Carman Prize for Poetry, and the Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award. She is from Treaty One territory in Winnipeg, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. She was lonely there, so she started The Electronic Garret in 2014. She is a free-range literary animal.

Kerry Ryan has published two books of poetry, The Sleeping Life (The Muses’ Company, 2008) and Vs. (Anvil, 2010), a finalist for the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada. She’s currently at work on a new poetry manuscript and a novel. She lives and writes in Winnipeg.