About Couplets

Here’s the boring version:

Each episode of Couplets is a unique blend of dialogue, collaborative writing, and collaborative performance. Tickets: $0.00.

And here’s the electric:

Two poets locked in mortal struggle and/or collegial mentorship. One established poet (the ‘anchor’) and one emerging poet (the ‘wildcard’). For an entire month, they’ve collaborated on this evening of alternating readings, response poems, renga, duets, live interview, writing exercises, shouting matches, elaborate period-costume satire, and general poetic tennis. For one night only, they present this collaboration to you. Live! In full colour and surround-sound! Admission is always free because your attendance is invaluable—but we will pass a hat for our poets so you can show that you value artistic labour in a cold, hard way.

Upcoming Episodes (2017):

Episode 8 (Fri, April 28th): Tom Cull & Erik Mandawe
Episode 9 (May): Andy McGuire & Angie Quick
Episode 10 (June): Catriona Wright & Erica McKeen
Episode 11 (July): John B Lee & Julie Berry
Episode 12 (Aug): David Stones & Ryan Gibbs
Episode 13 (Sept): Penn Kemp & Marta Croll-Baehre
Episode 14 (Oct): Blair Trewartha & Leah Kuiack


Couplets is organized by Andy Verboom, and each episode is generously hosted by Brown & Dickson Antiquarian Booksellers at one of two venues, both located in London, ON: the second floor of the old Novack’s building at 211 King St (map and facade below to left) or the basement of Brown & Dickson’s shop at 609 Richmond St (map and facade below to right). Be sure to check Couplets Episodes, to like Couplets on FB, or to follow Couplets on Twitter for the next episode’s venue and performer details.