Participate in Couplets

The more Couplets can provide collaboration and performance opportunities for poets of different self-identifications, the more valuable a reading series it can be. To that end, priority will be given to poets who choose to identify with any communities experiencing (or that have experienced) marginalization in Canadian culture and arts (on the basis of indigeneity, race, cultural background, nationality, religion, class, education, ability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or otherwise).

Established Poets

Do you have a significant publication record (one or more collections, two or more chapbooks, or two or more national award wins) or significant experience with performance, teaching, or otherwise fostering poetry communities? Do you have the disposition to collaborate with another established poetor to collaborate with and mentor an emerging poet? Are you from, living in, or touring through the London region? Yes, yes, and yes? Please get in touch via coupletsreadingseries@gmail.com.

Emerging Poets

Do you consider yourself an emerging poet? Are you interested in developing your skills by collaborating and performing with a more established poet? Are you from, living in, or willing to travel to London? Yes, yes, and yes? Please send the following profile (as a single Word or PDF attachment) to coupletsreadingseries@gmail.com. It will be fed to a minivan-sized A.I. who will algorithmically pair you with the best collaborator that ₼O€₮R¥ BU©K$ can buy.

  • A brief biographical statement, including your publication history (if applicable) and some informal reflection on your interests as a poet.
  • 5 pages of your poetry, published or otherwise.
  • 5 brief examples of how you might engage with your Couplets collaborator. (What scandalous, unvetted questions would you ask them on the spot? Would you force them to write haiku while you squirt them with a water gun? Or would you just like to play catch while one of you reads a baseball poem? If you can be more creative than any of those, even better.)
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