IMPORTANT: You will need to register for the event.

WHAT: The Single Onion wraps up its fall season with five excellent poets: Dymphny Dronyk, Vivian Hansen, Pam Medland, Kirk Miles, and Charlie Petch.

WHEN: Thursday, November 18, 7:00 pm (MDT)

WHERE: Click here to register for the event:

About the readers:

Dymphny Dronyk is a Qualified Mediator and also a poet, editor, translator, and a story doula. She is passionate about the magic of story and has woven words for money and for love for more than 30 years. She has facilitated unique writing and conflict resolution workshops across Canada. Her volume of poetry, Contrary Infatuations, was short-listed for the Pat Lowther Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She is co-publisher and co-editor at House of Blue Skies Publishing, whose bestselling anthologies include 2014’s The Calgary Project – A City Map in Verse and Visual. Dymphny has served on the boards of the Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society, Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the League of Canadian Poets, and the Creative Nonfiction Collective.

Vivian Hansen has published poetry, essays and memoir in Canadian journals and anthologies. She has four poetry books: Leylines of My Flesh (2002), Angel Alley (2004), A Bitter Mood of Clouds, and A Tincture of Sunlight (Frontenac 2013 and 2017). Vivian teaches creative writing with the University of Calgary, and Alexandra Writers Centre. She is currently working on a novella entitled The Book of Ferns and finishing her next poetry collection entitled Crawlspace. She has an essay in You Look Good For Your Age (University of Alberta Press 2021), and poetry in The (M)othering Anthology (Inanna Press 2022). 

Pamela Medland was born and raised in Vancouver but now spends most of her time in Calgary. Her work has been published in literary journals such as the Dalhousie Review, Freefall magazine, Grain, Hart House Review, The Prairie Journal, Spadina Literary Review, and Room. As well, work is forthcoming in Prairie Fire and Literary Heist. You can also find Medland’s work in anthologies such as YYC Pop: Poetic Portraits of People and the forthcoming WonderShift, AWCS’ 40th anniversary anthology. Medland’s poetry has been shortlisted in contests sponsored by Geist and Freefall magazine, and her poem “Shooting Stars” was nominated by The Spadina Literary Review for a 2019 Pushcart Prize, among a number of other literary honours. Echo of Ash, published by Vivian Hansen’s Passwords Enterprise, is Medland’s debut poetry collection. When not reading or writing poetry, Medland serves as the Director of the Airdrie Public Library.

Kirk Miles’s poems have been produced on CBC’s Alberta Anthology and his poetry has been published in journals across Canada. His book The Last Six Minutes of Elvis was published by Touchwood Press in 2001, and in 2009 of ash of brick of water was published by Plan-B House. In the fall of 2007, Bravo aired a half-hour special on his life as a poet, playwright and clown. His spoken word show with Ken Sinclair is called midnight yoga for alcoholics and has been seen at several festivals and events throughout Alberta. A frequent participant of the Banff Leighton Artist Colony, Kirk’s book Hotel on the Cliffs on the Heart was completed in 2011 and published by B House publishers. In 2012 Kirk Won the Golden Beret Award, a lifetime achievement award in poetry presented by the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival. Moving Dust, poems about the Holocaust was published in the summer of 2015. He has been nominated four times for the Calgary Poet Laureate Position and was short-listed twice. With a grant from Alberta Foundation for the Arts Kirk is presently working on his fifth book of poems Window Opening to Sky.

Charlie Petch (they/them, he/him) is a disabled/queer/transmasculine multidisciplinary artist who resides in Tkaronto/Toronto. A poet, playwright, librettist, musician, lighting designer, and host, Petch was the 2017 Poet of Honour for SpeakNorth national festival, winner of the Golden Beret lifetime achievement in spoken word with The League of Canadian Poets (2020), and founder of Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam. Petch is a touring performer, as well as a mentor and workshop facilitator. In 2021, they are launching “Daughter of Geppetto”, a multimedia/dance/music/performance poetry piece with Wind in the Leaves (TBA), their first full length poetry collection “Why I Was Late” in Sept with Brick Books, and their libretto “Medusa’s Children” with Opera QTO.  

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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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