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Calgary Poetry Parlour (Calgary – June 20)

Calgary Poetry Parlour

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023
7:00pm – 9:30pm MDT
at Pachamama Soul Flavour Emporium 
#2110, 830 Canyon Meadows Drive SE, Calgary 
(Between Pizza 73 and Sunshine Vietnamese around the corner South east from from Arby’s.)

Join host Ashley Frerichs at the next Poetry Parlour Open Mic. Open mic sign-up starts at 7pm. There are limited slots available and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

7:00pm – open mic sign-up
7:30pm to 8:30pm – open mic readings
8:45pm to 9:00pm – featured reader performance

This is a free event. No registration required. All are welcome.


Our June featured reader is the amazing Olivia Van Guinn.

Olivia Van Guinn (they/them) is a Vietnamese-Canadian writer and poet from Northeast Calgary—where they acquired their fondness for descriptions of dreary weather. Van Guinn is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary with a BA in English and an embedded certificate in Creative Writing, as well as the Kathleen and Russell Lane Award for Creative Writing. Van Guinn’s philosophical, story-driven writing bears influences from creators like T.S. Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov, Clive Barker, and Oliver Sykes. 

Van Guinn has written creative work published in Existere, The /temz/ Review, Plenitude, and other journals; as well as articles published by fillingStation and PRUDEmag. Van Guinn has also featured as a reader for fillingStation.

Olivia Van Guinn’s writing and fashion can be found on Instagram: @reeling_and_writhing

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