New 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 four excellent poets to start our fall season: Lisa Richter, Tyler B. Perry, Joan Shillington, and Alex Williamson.

WHEN: Thursday, September 16, 7:00 pm (MST)

WHERE: Register for the Zoom link here: 

About the readers:

Lisa Richter is the author of two books, Closer to Where We Began (Tightrope Books, 2017) and Nautilus and Bone (Frontenac House, 2020), winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, longlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, and shortlisted for the Book Publishers Association of Alberta’s Robert Kroetsch Award. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Malahat Review, Grain, The New Quarterly, Rogue Agent, and Okay Donkey, among others. She lives in Toronto.

Let This Lake Remember (Frontenac House 2020) is Joan Shillington’s third book. Her poems have been published in The Antigonish Review, FreeFall, Grain, CV2, Room, Prairie Fire among others and also in anthologies.  Folding the Wilderness Within, (Frontenac House 2014) Joan’s second book was shortlisted for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Prize (2015). Joan writes at a desk overlooking the Rocky Mountains at her home in Calgary.

Tyler B. Perry is a Calgary poet and high school English teacher. He is one of the organizers of Can You Hear Me Now?, the Alberta provincial junior high and high school poetry slam, and has performed his poetry to audiences across Canada and as far away as Japan. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Lessons in Falling (B House Publications, 2010) and Belly Full of Rocks (Oolichan Books, 2016). He holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

Illustrator Anna Navarro is a Calgary illustrator and poet. She works at the intersection of visual art and language and enjoys experimenting with mixed media. She studies English at the University of Calgary and is an editor at NōD Magazine.

Alexander Williamson is a Canadian living with cystic fibrosis, and he is very lucky to be in Canada while having CF. Mostly Alex only cares about books and fighting people. He writes scary stories and sad poems; he fences and boxes too. He has a BA in English from Mount Royal University, and that made a big difference, but most of what he learned came from falling off of things, getting lost, or being punched in the face. Very Bright, Almost Pretty is his first book.

The Single Onion takes place the third Thursday of the month, nine times a year. Our event schedule can always be found at:

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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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