Rise Up: Take Back the Mic Call for Poets

Rise Up: Take Back the Mic
Call for Poets

Your revolution starts now. Your revolution is the what-if, the could-be, the should-be, the will-be. Your revolution is politics, semantics and artistics. Gather up the critics, the cynics, the mystics, the mavericks, the beatnicks: this is your manifesto, so manifest your destiny.

Rise up, and take back the mic.

NextfestBreath In Poetry and Catch the Keys Productions present:

Take Back the Mic
The Nextfest Slam
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9pm
as part of the Rise Up! Nextfest Nite Club
Artery Edmonton (9535 Jasper Avenue)

Twelve emerging poets compete in a three-round elimination for a $500 top prize.


The twelve participating poets will be announced Tuesday, May 20 at Breath In Poetry’s Rouge Poetry Night (located at Rouge Lounge on 117 Street and Jasper Avenue).

Please send the following information to bdart@catchthekeys.ca by 12Noon Tuesday, May 20:

  • Name (include your legal name and performance name if applicable)
  • Email address
  • Twitter handle
  • Applicable links (website, youtube etc).

Please note: Each participating poet will receive a small honorarium, an all access festival pass and a festival t-shirt. In the case of Nextfest, emerging refers to artists under the age of 30 who are not professionally represented.

Questions? Contact bdart@catchthekeys.ca

Want to do more with Nextfest? We’re still accepting submissions for the Nextfest Nite Clubs. Submit!

Sea of Green

Recently, Notebook Nick had a chance to step outside of the poetry community to check out some of the theatre at the Walterdale Playhouse (10322 83 Ave). Andy Garland is a regular at Rouge Poetry, and has also competed in Breath In Poetry’s Slam Series. Upon mentioning that he’d written a play that had worked its way to production, some of us here at BIP were intrigued. Notebook Nick managed to secure himself a seat on opening night and was blown away.

“Sea of Green” centers around the elections and the fiasco that followed this year in Tehran, Iran. It paints a picture of the elections from multiple viewpoints ranging from civilian bakers and merchants, to foreign journalists, to the country’s government militia. The play itself started as a poem, and the language throughout was rich; brimming with metaphors and imagery that depicted the chaos that followed the announcement that the election was rigged in favour of the incumbent President.

For anyone who’s remotely interested in foreign politics, expanding their worldview, or an evening of great entertainment, go see this play. It’s accompanied by two others in an evening dubbed “From Cradle to Stage: An Evening of One Act Plays” that the Walterdale Playhouse puts on every year. Doors open at 7:45, show starts at 8 pm. “Sea of Green” will be running until May 28.