WHAT: The Single Onion wraps up its fall schedule with four great poets: Cobra Collins, Francine Cunningham, Charles Noble, and Steven Ross Smith.

WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 7pm

WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 – 1302 4th St. SW (

About the readers:

Cobra Collins (She/Her) is a Métis poet of significant height based in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) – Treaty 7 Territory. She was the captain and coach of Calgary’s 2015 and 2016 Slam team, representing our city on a national level at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and was a member of Calgary’s Inkspot Spoken Word Collective, home of Calgary’s official poetry Slam. Cobra has participated in several Nationwide Spoken Word festivals, as well as collaborated with artists of different backgrounds for dance (Fluid Movements Arts Festival) and performance festivals (IKG 1 ! Live Performance Festival). Cobra was honoured to be shortlisted as a nominee for Calgary’s 2016 & 2018 poet laureate. Above all things, Cobra truly believes that our words can change us.

Francine Cunningham is a Canadian Indigenous writer, artist and educator. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, the anthologies Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts (Caitlin Press) and Best Canadian Essays 2017 (Tightrope Books), and was longlisted for the 2018 Edna Staebler Personal Essay. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Grain as the winner of the Short Grain Writing Contest in 2018, The Puritan, Joyland, Echolocation, The Maynard and more. She is a graduate of the UBC Creative Writing MFA program, a winner of The Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award, and winner of the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award for English-language unpublished works in the prose category. On/Me is her first book.

Charles Noble divides his time between Banff and Nobleford. He’s retired from farming with his brother after more than fifty years. He has published 11 solo volumes of poetry and one novel. His first book Haywire Rainbow with Press Porcepic was published in the Press’s anthology of 14 poets selected from 150 submitted manuscripts. His 1984 book Afternoon Starlight won the Alberta Writers Guild poetry award. His new book What Can I Say has just been published by Ekstasis Editions.

Steven Ross Smith, over three decades, has crafted the innovative multi-book poetic series fluttertongue, now six books long. He is at work on the seventh book. His writing practice embraces fiction, nonfiction and arts journalism. His work appears in print, audio and video in Canada, USA, and abroad. He lives and writes amidst the Rocky Mountains in Banff and on Galiano Island by the Salish Sea. He is the current Banff Poet Laureate.

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 and the Calgary Arts Development


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