Atwater Poetry Project

The Atwater Library is happy to have renewed Canada Council for the Arts funding for the Atwater Poetry Project for September 2019 through June 2020. Events will be posted as they are planned. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm we’re having a 15th Anniversary Celebration with poets who have contributed to the success of our reading series, which has featured 278 poet-readings.

The anniversary event will include a moderated panel discussion and readings. Participating poets are:

  • Oana Avasilichioaei, founder of the Atwater Poetry Project and first curator (2004 – 2009)
  • Nicole Brossard
  • Faizal Deen Forrester
  • Katia Grubisic, series curator (2009 – 2013)
  • H. Nigel Thomas, panel discussion moderator.

During early 2019 the Atwater Poetry Project proceeded on a reduced basis because the Canada Council for the Arts declined to provide funding for 2018 – 2019.

Past 2019 Atwater Poetry Project Events

Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
In honour of ROBBIE BURNS DAY, poet and musician Ilay Ian Charles Ferrier (aka Ian Ferrier) performed his poetry with accompaniment by clarinetist and composer Louise Campbell.
Ian Ferrier is one of the best known spoken word performers in Canada. He, his son and his fathers before him are all named after that fabulous whiskey isle in the Hebrides, Islay.
Presented jointly by the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series with funding arranged by Deanna Radford from the League of Canadian Poets.
Special treats provided by Shortbread by Gryphon served with coffee.

2:00 to 4:00 pm
Poet and musician Ian Ferrier led an Atwater Writers Exhibition memoir writing activity, “Moments in the Story of Your Life.”
FREE. All welcome. No registration necessary. For more information, please email
Generously supported by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Atwater Poetry Project Coordinators and Curators

Oana Avasilichioaei – 2004 – 2009

Katia Grubisic – 2009 – 2013

Darren Bifford – 2013 – 2014

Symon Jory Stevens-Guille – 2014 – 2015

Deanna Radford – 2015 – 2018


Note: Audio recordings of poet readings can be found at the bottom of each poet’s biography page. 


We thank our community of poets, audiences, funders, publishers, CEGEPs, co-presenters and other collaborators for their support over the past 15 years.

In addition to the coordinators and curators listed above, this list includes: the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, the Canada Council for the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada, University of New Brunswick’s Poetry Weekend, the Quebec Writers’ Federation and its Writers Out Loud series, Vallum Magazine, Lectures Logos Readings, the Gail Scott Reading Series, Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie, the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival, iPLAI McGill, Morris House Reading Series, Writers Read, CKUT 90.3 FM, VERSEfest, Librairie L’Eugélionne, and Eric Lewis.