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WGA Partnership – Single Onion Poetry Reading Series

The Single Onion, Calgary’s longest-running poetry series, brings to its audience a variety of renowned Canadian poets, as well as up-and-coming local artists. Our events are held the third Thursday of each month, nine times a year, at Shelf Life Books. We also host a monthly open-mic series at Hear’s My Soul Cafe. Events this fall will be held online. Watch for information on attending virtually.


IMPORTANT: You will need to register for the event.

WHAT: The Single Onion presents five great poets for our October event: Kyle Flemmer, Rayanne Haines, Jessica Moore, Kelly Shepherd, and RC Weslowski.

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 7:00 pm (MDT)

WHERE: Register for the Zoom link here:

About the readers:

Kyle Flemmer is an author, editor, and publisher from Mohkinstsis in Treaty 7 territory. He studies digital poetics at the University of Calgary where he is a teaching and research assistant. Kyle founded the Blasted Tree Publishing Co. in 2014 and is a former managing editor of filling Station magazine. His first book, Barcode Poetry, was published by The Blasted Tree in 2021.

Rayanne Haines is the author of three books of poetry, The Stories in My Skin (Self-published, 2013), Stained with the Colours of Sunday Morning (Inanna, 2017), and Tell The Birds Your Body Is Not A Gun (Frontenac, 2021). She is the host of the literary podcast Crow Reads, the Vice President for the League of Canadian Poets, past Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival and a member of the teaching faculty with MacEwan University. Rayanne is a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient. Her poetry and prose have been shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award and the John Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. Recent poems have appeared in the Fiddlehead, The Selkie and Indefinite Space. 

Jessica Moore is an author and literary translator. Her first book, Everything, now (Brick Books 2012), is a love letter to the dead and a conversation with her translation of Turkana Boy (Talonbooks 2012) by Jean-François Beauchemin, for which she won a PEN America Translation award. Mend the Living, her translation of the novel by Maylis de Kerangal, was nominated for the 2016 International Man Booker and won the UK’s Wellcome Book Prize in 2017. Jessica’s most recent book—The Whole Singing Ocean (Nightwood 2020)—is a true story blending long poem, investigation, sailor slang and ecological grief, and was longlisted for the League of Canadian Poets’ Raymond Souster Award. She lives in Toronto.

Kelly Shepherd is originally from Smithers, BC, and he currently lives in Edmonton where he teaches at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Kelly’s second poetry collection, Insomnia Bird (Thistledown Press, 2018) won the 2019 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. He has also written seven poetry chapbooks, most recently In the Space Between (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2019), and he is a poetry editor for the environmental philosophy journal The Trumpeter.

RC Weslowski is a multi talented performer who loves to walk between worlds to see what the ghost dragged in. RC wears many masks including poet, clown, storyteller, playwright, broadcaster, voice actor, coach and educator. Over the past 15 years he has toured North America, The United Kingdom and other parts of Europe including many spoken word, poetry and music festivals. RC wants to give you your emotional damage deposit back.

The Single Onion takes place the third Thursday of the month, nine times a year. Our event schedule can always be found at: the most up-to-date Single Onion news, check us out on Twitter at:

We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, the Calgary Arts Development, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and the Writers’ Union of Canada.

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