The Delta Literary Arts Society (DLAS) is gearing up for its first UNBOUND Poetry Festival next month.
The one-day festival will include an eclectic range of events – from poetry film screenings to workshops, conversational readings, a haiku contest, family poetry activities, one-on-one writing consultations and more – and a poetry slam contest starting at 7 p.m. to complete the day’s festivities.
“This festival is for everyone, writers and non-writers alike,” DLAS President Angela Rebrec said in a press release.
“We are making this event – and this poetry – as accessible as possible to the entire Delta community and beyond,” added DLAS Treasurer Diana Calliou.
Co-hosted by the City of Delta and timed to coincide with National Poetry Month, the all-ages festival will take place Saturday, April 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the new North Delta Center for the Arts, located at 11425 84th Avenue. .
Events in the theatre, lower and upper foyers, as well as film screenings and the slam final will be free.
“I’m very excited for the Bohemian Caress to take place in the Lower Hall,” said Rebrec. “Anyone can watch artist Wade Edwards paint to the inspirational words of poets accompanied by live music.”
Online registration (eventbrite.com/cc/deltas-unbound-poetry-festival-222809) and a $10 fee are required to participate in various workshops, including “Writing Poetry in the Forest”, “Photo Journaling “, “Puns” and “Writing Self Portraits”, as well as the 20-minute one-on-one consultations with the editors of “Blue Pencil”.
Finally, at the start of the poetry slam, the society will announce the winners of its inaugural poetry contest.
Through April 1, DLAS is accepting submissions from literary novices and seasoned professionals, with cash prizes up for grabs.
Six winners will be selected, with the top three taking home prizes of $100, $75, and $50. The other three will receive honorable mentions. Additionally, the six winners will have their work published on the society’s website and in its annual anthology, At the mouth of the river.
Each entry is limited to one poem and the submission fee is $10 for DLAS members and $20 for non-members. Submission details and contest guidelines can be found at dlas.ca or the society’s Facebook page (@DeltaLiteraryArtsSociety), and poems and cover letters can be submitted by email to [email protected] .