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Upcoming Single Onion Events

Single Onion Anniversary Party

The Single Onion will celebrate 22 years of poetry readings in Calgary with an event at Inside Out Theatre. Featuring original Single Onion members, current members, Calgary poets, booksellers, literary magazines, writing groups, food and refreshments, and music!

WHEN: Saturday, November 19,
(Doors at 6pm, performances at 7pm)

WHERE: Inside Out Theatre, in Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW, Unit A02.

ADMISSION: Pay what you can

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets and the Calgary Arts Development 

Single Onion #188

The Single Onion wraps up its fall season with a special double book launch for Talonbooks authors Weyman Chan and Danielle LaFrance, who will be joined by special guests Bertrand Bickersteth and Mary Vlooswyk. 

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17th, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW
AND the reading will be available via Zoom. 

Register HERE.

About the readers:
Bertrand Bickersteth is a writer and educator who was born in Sierra Leone and raised in Alberta. His work is deeply rooted in questions of Black identity at the confluence of place and space. His collection of poetry, The Response of Weeds, won multiple awards. His poem, “Soil” is featured in Biblioasis’s Best in Canadian Poetry 2023; his essay, “Slavery and the Making of Alberta,” won gold at the Alberta Magazine Awards; and he is currently working on a collection of poems highlighting the history of Black cowboys in western Canada. He lives in Calgary and teaches at Olds College.

Weyman Chan, a settler of Treaty 7 Territory, lives and works in Mohkinstsis (Calgary). Author of five previous books of poetry, he is the 2021 recipient of the Latner Writer’s Trust Prize for poetry. His latest book, Witness Back At Me: mis-mothering & transmigration (Talonbooks, 2022), inhabits multiple voices in pursuit of home, healing from loss, and one’s own connection to mothering, which binds us to each other and to the land.

Danielle LaFrance is a poet, librarian, and independent scholar who lives, rents, and works on the stolen lands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ peoples. Following the would-be poetics mapped in her last book JUST LIKE I LIKE IT (Talonbooks, 2019), she arrives at reading and writing from a position knowing illusions are destroyed and that new fantasies are required for keeping on. Her second book, Friendly + Fire (Talonbooks, 2016), was described as “a capella pornography”; her first book, species being, was published by Capilano University Editions in 2010. In her latest collection, #postdildo (Talonbooks, 2022), she thinks and writes through the limitlessness and limitations of sexuality, communication, and desire.

Mary Vlooswyk is a poet who searches for mysteries beneath what the eye first sees. On the Prairie Fringe is her debut poetry collection. Her writing has appeared in FreeFall, Prairie Fire, Wild Musette, Paper Dragon, Asahi Shimbun, Mothers Always Write, GUSTS, Moonbathing, Wales Haiku, and various anthologies. She enjoys classical music and learning to play the cello. She loves to watch beavers who have chosen to build a home near hers almost as much as she loves to read books.

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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