IMPORTANT: You will need to register for the event.

WHAT: The Single Onion features five excellent poets: Eldie, Erin Dingle, Nikki Reimer, Michele Rule, and Shone Thistle.

WHEN: Thursday, May 19th, 7 p.m.

WHERE: register here: 

About the readers:

Eldie is a champion of the heart and believer that each person has innate creative capacities. In order to encourage bravery, vulnerability, play, and rest, Eldie shares their own poetry widely, touching the roots of what it means to be a l i v e. Along with their bardic inspiration, Eldie unfolds imagination as a fine furniture maker, queer yoga teacher, and Trauma of Money facilitator. Eldie is a non-binary white settler, currently living on the stolen lands of the Lekwungen speaking people of the W̱SÁNEĆ, Esquimalt, and Songhees Nations (colonially known as Victoria). 

Erin Dingle is a candid poet and performer born at the ankle of the Alberta Foothills. She was Calgary’s Poetry Slam Champ for five years running, and in 2015, she came second at the Canadian Poetry Slam Nationals. The next year, she received The Zaccheus Jackson Memorial Award for National Community Spirit. Erin has been sharing stories of recovery, chronic illness and mental health resilience at literary festivals and events across Canada for well over a decade. In Alberta, she offers custom writing, speech and workshops with groups like the YWCA and Canlearn. Erin is also the ongoing resident poet laureate for Poverty Talks!

Nikki Reimer is a poet, artist, non-fiction writer living in Southern Alberta. Published books are My Heart is a Rose Manhattan, DOWNVERSE, and [sic]. Work has appeared on stages, billboards, public art exhibits, pop-up bistro menus, and in various magazines, journals and anthologies. Visit

Michele Rule is a poet living in Kelowna, BC. She began writing in earnest in 2020. Michele lives with a disability that often keeps her housebound but consequently gives her lots of time to write. She is especially interested in the topics of chronic illness, relationships and nature. Michele has been published in Pocket Lint, Verse Virtual, the Inspired Word Zine and the early edition of WordCityLit.

Shone Thistle is a Calgary-based poet, multidisciplinary artist and community leader. Once described as a feminist folk poet, Shone’s poetry credits range from radio to jazz concerts, festivals to conferences. Her slam poetry achievements include representing Calgary at the 2007 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and competing to receive perfect scores at the world-famous Nuyorican Poets Café in 2016. Her poetry can be found in several anthologies including Mic Check: An Anthology of Canadian Spoken Word Poetry and most recently in YYC POP: Portraits of People. Shone played an integral role in brokering Calgary’s first permanent Pride and Trans crosswalks and she mobilized sector wide leaders in establishing Canada’s strongest municipal bylaw against conversion therapy. She currently sits on the board for Calgary Spoken Word Society.

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, the Calgary Arts Development, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and the Writers’ Union of Canada.

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