“The collection is a unique glimpse at a diversity of poets, from Ottawa's David O'Meara to Margaret Atwood to the revered P.K. Page.”
—Cormac Rae, Ottawa Xpress

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Best Canadian Poets in New York City

Some poets from The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2014 will be reading at New York's Bryant Park on June 23 at 7pm and then again at New York's KGB Bar on June 24 at 7pm. If you're in the Big Apple, come out to one or both events!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ottawa Launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2015

Join Octopus Books plus Best Canadian Poetry 2014 contributors David O'Meara, Pearl Pirie, Brent Raycroft and Shane Rhodes for the Ottawa launch of BCP 2014 at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St. West, Ottawa) on Saturday, April 18, 1pm.

The four distinguished poets will be reading from this collections and their other work, and of course, speaking about poetry.

The Facebook page for the event is here. Happy National Poetry Month everyone!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Best Canadian Poetry "Best Friends" Spring Tea

You’re invited to join Molly Peacock, Best Canadian Poetry Series Editor, plus Anita Lahey, Lois Lorimer, Jim Nason and all of the Friends of The Best Canadian Poetry series at our annual Spring Tea with special guest, 2013 BCP editor Sue Goyette. There will be tea, sherry &  goodies!

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2-4pm, brief presentation at 3pm

Location: Joy Bistro, 884 Queen Street East,Toronto, ON  647.748.1755 (Joy is located at the corner of Booth Avenue, one block west of Logan Avenue in Leslieville.)

Contribution: $50.00

*Your contribution includes tea, sherry, goodies, a copy of The Best Canadian Poetry 2014 edited by Sonnet L’Abbe, the witty company of  poets and the grateful company of the editors and publisher of this anthology, now in its eighth year. Your contribution will help to ensure the long and happy life of this cherished Canadian poetry annual.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Reading at Ben McNally Books


Chocolates and love poems! Join Tightrope Books and the Best Canadian Poetry series for a special Valentine's Day reading hosted by Molly Peacock and Jim Nason. The afternoon features a selection of poets from various years of the annual Best Canadian Poetry anthology. Readers include Michael Fraser, Maureen Hynes, Jim Johnstone, Aaron Kreuter, Anita Lahey, Kateri Lanthier, Sonnet L'Abbe, Laura Lush, Ruth Roach Pierson, Moez Surani.

Saturday, February 14, 2:00pm, Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St, Toronto.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Elise Partridge 1958-2015

The Best Canadian Poetry Series is very saddened by the death 2009 and 2012 BCP poet, Elise Partridge. Our condolences to her family and friends. Elise's obituary is available from the Quill & Quire blog. You can read the original journal version of Elise's BCP poem, "Two Cowboys", on the Walrus Magazine site.

Of the poem, Elise wrote: "While walking in downtown Vancouver one day, I caught a glimpse of a man and child, looking like father and son, dressed identically and hurrying along, the father scowling and the boy struggling to keep up. I began this poem after the image kept returning to me over subsequent months."

Elise and her poetry will be greatly missed. Her final collection, The Exiles’ Gallery, is forthcoming from House of Anansi in April 2015. A page dedicated to Elise is here.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Get a sneak peek at the BCP 2014 essays!

Cordite Poetry Review has Sonnet L'Abbé's Best Isn’t a Beauty Contest: How Canadian Poets Demand More of Verse and Anita Lahey's Investigative Poetry: Are Poets the New Reporters? introductory essays from BCP 2014. Read the essays and then get the book!

Best Canadian Poetry Review in the Globe and Mail

"The wide range of writers, forms and themes represented here make it a great jumping-off point for readers who might be interested in Canadian poetry but are unsure about where to start" says Emma Healey in her Globe and Mail review of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2014, guest edited by Sonnet L'Abbé. Healey's piece also reviews On Malice the latest book by Ken Babstock, who has been in several editions of BCP.