Events and readings

Pay with a Poem: National Poetry Month

Pay With A Poem

Happy to share the following fun and inclusive poetry event to kick off April as National Poetry Month!

“Pay with a Poem” is back at the Newton Espresso Café! Pay with a poem and get a free coffee, tea or pop during the month of April, 2017 at the Newton Espresso Café! The Newton Espresso Café is located at 7330—137 Street in Newton.

All poems must be original. Poems can be on any theme and in any format, but we encourage submissions on the themes of “Mugs and Conversations.” Selected poems will be published in the monthly community-led poetry publication “The Cedar Bark ‘Zine.”

This “Pay with a Poem” initiative is presented by Newton Espresso Café, Friends of the Grove, and the Cedar Bark Poets in celebration of National Poetry MonthFor more information on the “Pay with a Poem” initiative, contact David Dalley at info@friendsofthegrove.caFor more information on the Newton Espresso Café contact owner Youssif Ihab at or (604) 590-2299.”

See here for pictures and a summary of last year’s “Pay with a Poem”

Events and readings, Surrey Poet Laureate

Nov 20: We Are Newton Anthology Launch Party


The Anthology contains 50 stories and poems about what it is like to live, work and play in the Newton neighbourhood. Submissions reflect a range of cultural and generational perspectives and literary styles. We are very proud of this community project, and we hope that you can join us in this celebration of community pride!”

The event is free, but space is limited. Registration is first come, first serve.

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Events and readings

Sep 13 Workshop: We Are Newton – Finding Your Story


The Newton Friends of The Grove – Surrey, BC are producing a neighbourhood anthology and looking for submissions! Join us for a writing workshop at the Newton Library for tips and inspiration.”

As Surrey Poet Laureate, I will be doing a poetry reading and writing prompts for participants, and there will be a presentation on “choosing which story to tell, how to make it entertaining, and what options you have for making a permanent edition you can share with your friends and family.”

Date:  Tuesday, September 13th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Newton Library,  13795 – 70th Avenue, Surrey

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