WORDS ALOUD Poetry Cooperative – 2004 Calendar


January 1, 2004, 7:00 PM

At the home of Astrid Wayman in the village of Eugenia, Ontario


Daniel Kolos and Paul Scott were featured readers at a private home spoken word and music event in the village of Eugenia on the evening of January 1st, 2004


Over 30 people attended the event, including 7 children.  Alternating with poetry readings were a piano concerto and guitar music.


Astrid Wayman, the hostess, is an artist and poet herself.  Her first book of poetry will be published this Spring.



March 5, 2004 - London, Ontario

King's College Library and the Centre for Creativity
of the University of Western Ontario
Launches the exhibit
Description de l'Egypte,

Napoleonic era prints of Egypt

As part of the evening talks and celebrations, poets Daniel Kolos, Penn Kemp and Gloria Mulcahy will read their own poetry inspired by Ancient Egypt, followed by Middle Eastern Dancing and a Mediterranean repast.

Keynote Lecture by Gayle Gibson, Royal Ontario Museum Educator and the President of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities

Personal Anecdotes by Dr.William Peck, Curator Emeritus of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts,


March 20, 2004 – Ginger Press, Owen Sound, Ontario

The Third Annual World Poetry Day celebration
Saturday night at 7:30 PM at

The Ginger Press Bookstore and Coffee Shop

This annual reading is sponsored by Dialogue Poetry and UNESCO and takes place annually with poetry readings around the world.

Organized by the Words Aloud Poetry Cooperative of Grey-Bruce, this event is open to all poets who have written poetry concerning world peace.  Since this is also the time to honor the Nobel Laureate poet, Pablo Neruda, poems inspired by him will also be welcome!

Host:  Daniel Kolos

Featured Poets:

Dawna Proudman

Paul Scott

Daniel Kolos

Financial responsibility for this event usually depends upon the generous donations of the audience.  The poets will have books for sale and autograph.


Received on March25th by e-mail:

Hi Daniel,

Linda and I met you at the poetry reading at Ginger Press last Friday.  We loved it - it was the first time we had ever attended such an event. 


Would you please put us on your mailing list for poetry events?  We'd love to go again and see you there.


Take care,

Your fans from Goring Heights,

Eimie and Linda Tekutis  

March 21, 2004 - Elora, Ontario

The Café at the End of the Universe presents
World Poetry Celebrations
Sunday, March 21, 2004, 8:00 PM
at the Metcalf Inn, Elora, Ontario

Host:  Gordon Gilhouly

Featured poets:  Penn Kemp and Daniel Kolos
Words Aloud Poets and other translators will read Penn Kemp's Poem For Peace in Two Voices in their various native languages.

This event is free of charge.  Car-pooling available from Durham.  Please contact Daniel Kolos for a ride:  damilos@bmts.com



April 2, 2004, Friday – Hepworth, Ontario


Hepworth Central School hosts Anne Duke Judd as part of their week-long celebration of literacy.


Ann Duke Judd is a poet from Port Elgin, active with Words Aloud Poetry Cooperative, and is a publisher, Brucedale Press, www.bmts.com/~brucedale/

She will also be a featured poet at the April 30the poetry reading at Nature’s Millworks, in Paisley, Ontario, see below.


Celebrate National Poetry Month


April 25, 2004 - Owen Sound, Ontario

Kozhy Korner Restaurant presents the Words Aloud Poetry Cooperative in Celebrating Owen Sound's Heritage:
Where land meets water

Featured Readers:

Liz Zetlin (Markdale)

Stephen Leacock Award for Poetry, second prize, 1998;  Canadian Poetry Association Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award, 1999 for The Gourd Poems
Virginia Centre for the Book Literary Award 2002,
nominated for Taking Root

Daniel Kolos (Priceville)

Recently published his first poetry collection, Slipped Out

Andres Musta (Scone)

Making his poetry debut

and special guest Gloria Alvarnez Mulcahy,

First Nations activist, film maker, and poet.  Dr. Mulcahy is Professor of Psychology at King’s College, University of Western Ontario and Curator of the Centre for Creativity in London


There will be Open Mic after the featured poets.

Kozhi Korner Restaurant is at 1023 Second Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario (just east of 10th Street) with ample parking at the nearby mall.

Dinner ($18.00 plus drinks plus taxes) at 6:00 PM
Poetry Reading at 7:30 PM (without dinner, a $5.00 donation)

Poets will have their books for sale and autograph.
Book your dinner with Kozhi Korner Restaurant:  519-371-8801


Celebrate National Poetry Month

in Bruce County!

April 30, 2004 - Paisley, Ontario

Nature's Millworks of Paisley hosts Words Aloud Poetry Cooperative for an evening of poetry readings on the subject of nature and children

Reading time:  7:00 PM


Words Aloud Poets featured:

Anne Duke Judd

Dawna Proudman

Daniel Kolos

This event is free of charge.  Poets will have their books for sale.
For directions and other questions, contact Nature's Millworks: 519-353-4017


 Poetry Celebrated in Paisley


Report on the event by Anne Duke Judd on May 1, 2004:

Paisley, home of "Canada's First Poet", Isabella Valancy Crawford, was the
setting April 30 for readings by poets from Words Aloud in celebration of
National Poetry Month 2004.

In the former Paisley City Mill, now Nature's Millworks, Paul and Helen
Crysler hosted an enthusiastic audience to hear local writers Jennifer
Frankum [Saugeen Shores], Anne Duke Judd [Saugeen Shores], Dawna Proudman
[Durham] and Paul Douglas Scott [Williamsford].

"It's been a great evening, and we'd love to do this again next year," said
Paul Crysler. Poetry fans present supported this suggestion with applause.

In addition to reading from their work, Dawna Proudman annouced details of
the coming Spoken Word Festival June 24-26 hosted by Words Aloud; Jennifer
Frankum mentioned her soon-to-be-released second collection of poetry,
"Dance More Often"; Anne Duke Judd invited everyone to support adult
literacy by attending the Brunch & Readings event May 16 at The Old Church
Meeting House in Port Elgin.


May 16, 2004 – Adult Literacy Event

at The Old Church Meeting House in Port Elgin.

Brunch & Readings



For further information please contact Daniel Kolos,

Coordinator, Words Aloud Poetry Cooperative

519-924-3303 or e-mail damilos@bmts.com

and visit the Words Aloud website at







Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival

June 25-27, 2004
at the

Durham Art Gallery
in beautiful downtown Durham, Ontario


·      featuring performances by Canada's top spoken word artists
including CBC National Poetry Face-Off Winners

·      Friday night concert

·      workshops for teens and adults

·      Sunday celebration showcasing new talent and live music


Tickets for the June 25-27, 2004
 Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival available at:  local bookstores, the Durham Art Gallery, by mail or by phone Pontypridd Books in Durham (519) 369-2974


FOR MORE INFORMATION: dproudman@sympatico.ca
or visit  www.bmts.com/~damilos/festival.htm



JUNE 25-27, 2004, Durham, Ontario


Spoken Word Poetry is poetry that's written to be performed.  Picture poignant prattle, pensive explosions, whispered everythings, personal and political, percussion, hip hop and many unidentifiable ways with words.  The  Words Aloud Festival will spotlight wacky, faster than you could believe humanly possible while still making almost too much sense to bear poets; a CBC National Poetry Face-Off winning grandmother; hip urban poets; random acts of poetry; and a Nigerian storytelling, musician-veterinarian-poet.


Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with a special pay what you can celebration on Sunday at 2 p.m.   Workshops for teens and adults take place from 9 to 4 on Saturday.


WHERE?  The Durham Art Gallery in Durham, Ontario,  a town of 2,500 in the heart of Grey county.  We are two hours north west of Toronto, one hour north of Guelph, 30 minutes south of Owen Sound. Enjoy two waterfalls, two beaches and a conservation area, all within a short walk of the Durham Art Gallery.


WHY? Think of poems as life lines thrown out from one bobbing being to another as we float, race, spin down the same river.  Now, hold out your hand! 



Friday Night Concert, 7:30  p.m.


Segun Akinlolu spins together original poems, folklore, and song in a unique configuration honouring the oral traditions of his Yoruba people.  Based in Ottawa, he has performed in Africa, Canada, the U.S. and Britain with his acoustic guitar and African percussion instruments. He has published three volumes of poetry, a novel, and two live poetry albums. Visit him at www.beautifulnubia.com .


Kateri Akiwenzi-Damm (to be confirmed)  is from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation.  In addition to numerous written publications and public performances, she recently released a spoken word CD entitled Standing Ground. She is now working on a performance piece with Mohawk choreographer Santee Smith and Maori hip hop artist Te Kupu. Kateri's other interests include tracking with the Ndakinna Wilderness Project, learning the Anishnaabe language, studying dreams, and traditional gathering and harvesting.  Visit her at www.honouringwords.com.


word given breath like waves in the sea
like fossils in stone ancestors in me
 by Kateri Akiwenzi-Damm


And what about Native woman like me
you think i'll be an exotic pocahontas sweetie
 by Kateri Akiwenzi-Damm


Sheri-D Wilson is an award winning "action poet", playwright and performer and "Poet in Residence" for CBC's Sounds Like Canada. With five collections of published poetry and a poetry CD entitled sweet taste of lightning, Sheri-D Wilson has been featured on CBC Canada  sand  has written articles for the Globe & Mail. The San Francisco Examiner describes her as "Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen . . .[with] a chromosome of Patti Smith and a double-helix strand from Jim Carroll".


Wendy Morton has been WestJet's "poet of the skies" since 2002 when they sponsored a "Celebration of Literacy Tour" across Canada.  She lives in a 70 year old house west of Victoria on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where she grows an organic garden, watches the ravens and thinks of her next poem. She has been an insurance investigator for 18 years, a poet for many more. Once she got stopped for speeding, pulled out a poem, read it to the cop and didn't get a ticket.


Saturday Night Concert Featuring CBC Poetry Face Off Winners 2002-2004, 7:30  p.m.


Motion (Wendy Brathwaite) is an award-winning poet, radio show host and author of her debut collection, Motion In Poetry. This Toronto-born talent brings her movement from the stage to the page, vinly to the airwaves.  Motion's recordings include appearances on Urbnet Hip Hop Vol. II, Breakin' Hingez, Wordlife:Tales of the Underground Griots, Rap Essentials and the Blu Magazine Collection. "The Trilogy," her latest video collaborating with Tara Chase and Apani B. Fly, has been rotated on Much Music and Vibe, and is featured in this year's Angela Davis Women's Film Festival.  View www.motionlive.com.  
  I'm hounding
  enemies who say I'm sick
  Delinquent rebel-lion derelict
  Some quick to convict
  The Mother Mo – seriously mystical
  Your material will pass
  but not the residues of my blast
  Blaaow!  How'd you like it?

                                             From Dangerous by Motion


Mary T. McDonald won the CBC National Poetry Face-Off in 2003 and writes poems to be posted in the transit buses of Edmonton. A retired school teacher, she belongs to the Stroll of Poets in Edmonton. She has three daughters and seven grand-children.


If my mother were a sound,
she'd be the scraping
of the porridge pot, leaving not
a pittance for the starving fly.
She's the rustle of the butter paper rubbed
clean and transparent.
 By Mary T. McDonald


2004 Winner t.b.a.




Sunday Celebration, 2 p.m.


Philly Markowitz, host of CBC Radio's Roots & Wings, will emcee this pay what you can celebration featuring performances by workshop participants and live music by



Workshops: Saturday, June 26




This is not the place for monotones/dig up some words/get in the zone/Motion and Mary T. can help you speak/so all the world will hear your (heart) beat. 
 9 a.m. to noon with Mary T. McDonald
 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Motion


Workshop presenters Sheri-D and Wendy Morton spin words like that guy used to spin plates on Ed Sullivan. Bring a poem you'd like to prepare for presentation.  They'll help you discover the most effective way for you to perform your work using voice, words and body.


 9 a.m. to noon with Wendy Morton
 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Sheri-D Wilson


This event is organized by the Words Aloud Poetry Collective, a group of eight Grey/Bruce poets, who have been organizing poetry readings and events since 1999. Words Aloud acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets and Mosaic.



 is a group of eight poets dedicated to building a local audience for regional and nationally known writers.

Performers for the Spoken Words Festival are chosen for their artistry, both on the page and on the stage.  The programming balances accessibility with the excitement of new adventures.  It always stops short (so far) of anything that would get us tar and feathered. 

The Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival is being coordinated by Dawna Proudman and Liz Zetlin. 

Words Aloud Members:

Anne Duke Judd (port Elgin). A poet and short story writer, Anne is the owner of Brucedale Press, which specializes in the work of area writers.

Daniel Kolos (Priceville). A poet and short story writer and Egyptologist, Daniel is a former CBC Radio writer and is the author of two non-fiction books on Egypt as well as a poetry collection.

Judy Lowry (Williamsford). A poet and visual artists who works in clay, painting and drawing, Judy has taught art and poetry to publish school and college students.

Barbara MacKay (Artemesia). A poet and short story writer, Barbara is a former on-air contributor to CBC Radio, and a non-fiction magazine writer. She is president of Make Hay Communications & design, a marketing communications firm.

Dawna Proudman (Durham). A poet, short story writer and editor, Dawna is the facilitator of Just Write Workshops for adults and children. Before moving to Grey County, she was Events Coordinator for Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall (1990 to 1993).

Jon Radojkovic (Chesley). A poet and short story writer, Jon is a journalist with three regional newspapers and an organizer of the Sing Out and Song Bird Cafes.

David Sugarman (Durham). A poet and organizer of the Song Bird Café, David is a businessman as well as a board member of Project Canoe, a non-profit organization guiding youth through creative and natural outdoor experiences.

Liz Zetlin (Markdale). A Stephen Leacock award-winning poet, visual artist, editor, teacher and member of the League of Canadian Poets, Liz is also on the Advisory Board of Wild Ginger, a local poetry imprint publishing work by, for and about Grey/Bruce poets.



June 25-27, 2004  Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival

Details and changes will be posted directly at the Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival web page.



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Words Aloud poets published in the 2003 Dialogue Poetry –World Poetry Day Anthology:  local copy

PDF format e-book: http://www.dialoguepoetry.org/anthology_2003.htm