1:30pm: "The Line has Shattered" — Film Screening & Panel

Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square

Fifty years ago, American poets Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, and Denise Levertov came to Vancouver for a poetry conference that was radical for its time and remains inspiring to this day. The Line has Shattered examines how a rising generation was inspired to embrace new, open forms of poetry, and the field of poetry itself as a meaningful experience for a lifetime's work.


Panel Discussion

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion lead by Robert McTavish, with guests Roy McSkimming, Robert Hogg and William Hawkins.

Robert McTavish
Robert McTavish is a Canadian documentary filmmaker and editor of A Long Continual Argument: The Selected Poems of John Newlove.
Roy MacSkimming
Roy MacSkimming is a published poet, novelist and non-fiction writer and is currently at work on a historical novel, The Secret History of John A.
Robert Hogg
Robert Hogg is a writer and was a preofessor specializing in modern and post-modern American and Canadian poetry.
William Hawkins
William Hawkins was last year’s inductee to the VerseFest Hall of Honour and was at the famous 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference.

4pm: Factory Lecture Series

Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square
Marilyn Irwin
Hometown talent Marilyn Irwin had 3 chapbooks and is the most recent winner of the Diana Brebner Prize.
Margaret Christakos
Margaret Christakos has been anthologized and canonized in anthologies for innovative writing in ditch, and Prismatic Publics.

7pm: Plan 99 Presents

Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St
Kathryn Mockler
Kathryn Mockler is a writer, filmmaker, publisher and teacher.
Stephen Brockwell
Montreal transplant, Stephen Brockwell brings his 4th book of poetry with psychic projections and house pets and other Surprising Fragments.
Souvankham Thammavongsa
Souvankham Thammavongsa has written three poetry books, the most recent of which is Light (Pedlar Press, 2013).

9pm: Capital Slam

Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St
2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac
2 Dope Boys created the world’s first psychedelic talk opera and were part of the 2013 Victoria Poetry Slam Team
Sarah Clancy
Sarah Clancy is a politically engaged page and performance poet from Ireland.
Stephen James Smith
Stephen James Smith is a: Dubliner, writer, performer, chancer, give-us-a-goer-of-that-sure.