April Slam Dates

Thank you for your patience family.

There is a Slam tonight April 8th.

Another April 15th (Last chance Slam)

Slam finals are happening April 22nd at Stanley Milner Public Library downtown.  Show is at 8pm. $10 at the door. It will be first come first serve for seats est. 240

On the 29th we are featuring David Hudson from Guelph

If you want to volunteer email us at Breathinpoetry@gmail.com

Slam and Open Mic Information

We are at Rouge Lounge (117 and Jasper) every Tuesday from 9pm to 11pm. Sometimes a little later depending on the capacity of poets.
Poets who wish to read on open mic nights or poets who wish to compete on Slam nights should arrive for 8:45 to get an opportunity to perform.
Open mic nights are completely free unless we feature a poet from out of town

Slam Nights are $5
The slam nights are
February 25th
March 1tth
March 25th
(April is special! dates to come)

Breath In Poetry – 2014 Season Opener!

Hello Family!

Thank you for supporting us through another wonderful year of poetry at Rouge Lounge, your support means the world to us.

After a great holiday break we will be back with your weekly dose of spoken word poetry on Tuesday, February 4th. We have some amazing features and shows lined up for you this year and of course SLAM season is upon us. Please check the Slam tab for more details.

We hope to see you all soon. Rouge Lounge (10111 117Street, 8pm, Every Tuesday)

June 25 – Multi-Lingual Poetry Night, Featuring Naomi McIlwraith


Join us for a reading by feature poet, Naomi McIlwraith, with poems from her new collection, “kiyâm” – writing at the boundary between Cree and English.

We will have an open mic too, so bring your poems that cross language borders! French, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, Pig Latin…we want to hear it all! We love it when you read your own work, but you are also welcome to read poems by writers who inspire you.

Tuesday June 25
Rouge Lounge, 10111 117 Street, Edmonton

poems by Naomi McIlwraith

“Through poems that move between the two languages, McIlwraith exploresthe beauty of the intersection between nêhiyawêwin, the PlainsCree language, and English, âkayâsîmowin. Written to honourher father’s facility in nêhiyawêwin and her mother’sbeauty and generosity as an inheritor of Cree, Ojibwe, Scottish, andEnglish, kiyâm articulates a powerful yearning for family,history, peace, and love.”


Naomi McIlwraith serves as the current president of the Edmonton Stroll of Poets (2012-2013). Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, she has lived in Jasper, Yellowknife, Calgary, and Camrose, but once again calls Edmonton home. She has had a number of poems and essays published and her first book kiyâm was released by the Athabasca University Press in May 2012. Spring is a fitting time to publish kiyâm because Naomi’s spirit of adventure always gets the best of her at this time of year: she canoed from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1989, and she cycled across Canada in 1995. Her knees hurt sometimes now, so walking is a real privilege and it helps her find an outlet for too much thinking. Naomi is blessed to live near her family and to be able to continuing canoeing and cycling and reading and thinking and writing and teaching and talking.

April 26th – Rising Youth Poetry Slam


Rising Youth Poetry SlamHosted by the Breath in Poetry Collective, the Rising Youth Poetry Slam is an opportunity for young poets to showcase their art to their friends, family and peers. Though this event is structured as a competitive poetry slam, the idea is for each young poet to challenge themselves.The winner of the slam will be invited to the national poetry competition in Ottawa, ON summer 2013 with an all expenses paid trip!This event is in collaboration with and supported by the City of Edmonton Youth Programs

This event is part of the Edmonton Poetry Festival and will take place on Friday, April 26, 2013 6 pm – 9 pm at Stanley Milner Library.

If you want to participate competitively or looking for a stage to showcase your poetry please contact us at 780-975-5980 or email us at youth@edmonton.ca!


April 30th – The Appendix Avengers – Lindsay Jack & Janice Lee



From the first page, the Appendix Avengers were headed to a weighty and pressured life of upholding all that had come before them. Purposefully hidden beneath a tomb of words and bound by a border of razor sharp page edges designed to paper cut all those who dared attempt their jail break, they paused only to plan their escape. Armed with pens and an ever living commitment to creation and community, Janice Lee and Lindsay Jack wrote their way out from the inside and escaped their bindings. Currently they are reported to be time travelling across Western Canada reclaiming space by fighting the textbook oppressive forces of their arch enemy, Dic Tionary and categorically canonical side kick, Encyclo Pedia. Fighting for justice, unmasked and pulling no punches, they fight and love as the Appendixed, the most likely of superheroes.

Lindsay Jack

Lindsay Jack

Descended from a long line of secret keepers and gossip mongers, Lindsay Jack is a storyteller whose work seeks to explore the dynamic tensions that we are all called to embody throughout our lives. A rich and complex poet, at times sorrowful and at times powerfully joyous, her work calls the audience forth to be critical and to engage with the world around them. Lindsay Jack has appeared as a special guest on the TVO network television show, Relief. She has also performed as an opener for HBO star and internationally acclaimed poet Carlos Andres Gomez. Recently crowned Grand Slam Champion of Kitchener-Waterloo, Lindsay Jack is looking forward to the upcoming release of her new spoken word album. lindsayjackkw.wordpress.com

Janice Lee

Janice Lee is a poet and musician rooted in Kitchener, Ontario. Her art engages in conversations about the marginalization of racialized people, the aggressive power dynamics of patriarchy, and how we can push capitalist systems out of our lives. She wants to affirm life, build relationships and community through art, encourage people to love their bodies, eat lots of garlic and ride bikes. She most enjoys initiating the communal relief of laughing together, openly, with exuberance! Janice is a member of the Flying V’s, Kitchener-Waterloo’s first spoken word team and is a co-founder and organizer of the KW Poetry Slam. She writes and performs folk/roots/soul music with her band Janice Lee and the Free Radicals, has opened for Juno award winners Fred Penner and Amanda Martinez, wrote and co-composed a full length musical called Rooted, and co-wrote and acted in the play The Fear Project in the MT (Multicultural Theatre) Space’s IMPACT International Theatre Festival 2011. She is a 2012 winner of a Leading Edge Waterloo Region Arts Award. Follow her at janicejolee.ca and Twitter@JaniceJoLee

Janice Lee “Mon Cher Petit Croissant” Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Semifinals 2012

Lindsay Jack “School Poem!” Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Prelims 2012

SLAM Finals! Featuring CR Avery – April 23th

Tuesday April 23, 2013
Doors 7pm, event 8pm
Metro Cinema
8712 – 109 Street
Edmonton, AB

Be part of the most exciting slam poetry event of the year, when Edmonton’s 12 top poets compete to represent Edmonton at the national Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Featuring the one and only CR Avery!

The Breath in Poetry Collective teams up with the Edmonton Poetry Festival once again to present the final competition that will choose the Edmonton 2013 slam team. The team will go on to represent the city at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW), in Montreal, in October, 2013.

All admission proceeds go to supporting the Edmonton 2013 Slam Team.

Hosted by Titilope Sonuga.


CR Avery


Outlaw Hip-Hop Harmonica Player
Beatbox Poet
Punk Piano Player
String Quartet Raconteur
Rock & Roll Matador

Whether performing to thousands at the Royal Albert Hall or the lucky few who made it inside the packed past capacity speakeasy, C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist. A multi-talented front man for his Legal Tender String Quartet; a crazed lead singer/harp player for his rock & roll band The Special Interest Group; a lyrical dynamo & the musical backbone of the spoken word trio Tons of Fun University.

From musical beginnings in his late teens, C.R. Avery has recorded over fifteen albums as well as writing & directing six hip-hop operas, which were mounted and performed from New York’s Bowery to L.A.’s South Central. He has toured throughout Canada (including almost every major folk festival) the USA and Europe (headlining or opening for Billy Bragg, Buck 65, and Sage Francis) and garnered the attention of music peers the likes of Tom Waits (“…he’s blowin’ my mind”); blues harp trail blazer Charlie Musselwhite (“…no one plays harmonica like him… no one…”); and folk legend Utah Phillips (“…raw talent”).

His incredible live performances have been described as Bob Dylan in the body of Iggy Pop; colliding with Little Walter, the Beastie Boys and Allen Ginsberg. Every show is all or nothing and his fearless approach to all genres of music both on stage and in the studio proves the longevity of this talented, astonishing creator has so much more to come.

For more information – http://www.cravery.com