Atwater Poetry Project

Join the Atwater Poetry Project for the 2017 – 2018 season, with monthly readings by established and emerging poets from Montreal and across Canada. Readings are held in the stately auditorium in the historic Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

Founded in 2004 by Oana Avasilichioaei, the Atwater Poetry Project continues to offer Montreal an inspiring range of poets and poetry, and to cultivate with Canadian and international writers a respected professional venue. Audiences have a chance to hear and talk with their favourite writers live and to be introduced to poets whose work they may not have known.

The success of the Atwater Poetry Project is due to the work and vision of the following individuals over the year. Oana Avasilichioaei curated the Atwater Poetry Project from 2004 until May 2008 and introduced several of the readings in Fall 2008. Katia Grubisic took over as curator in May 2008 until 2013. Darren Bifford was curator in 2013-2014 and Symon Jory Stevens-Guille curated the series in 2014-2015. Thank you to them for their ongoing support!

The Atwater Poetry Project wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of the Atwater Library and the Canada Council for the Arts and the League of Canadian Poets for their financial support, and partners including the English Department at the University of New Brunswick, Vallum Magazine, the Quebec Writers’ Federation, and especially our audiences.

The Atwater Poetry Project is one of the founding members of the Literary Umbrella of Quebec (LUQ), a coalition of English-language Quebec literary promoters that shares its resources for the benefits of writers, students, organizers and the general public.

The Atwater Poetry Project is committed to featuring poets with diverse voices and experiences. In acknowledging historical and systemic barriers, Indigenous and Black poets, poets of colour and all genders and sexual orientations are encouraged to submit reading queries.

The curator and coordinator is Deanna Radford. She can be contacted by email: deanna [at] Please note that response time can take up to several weeks.

The readings are free to attend. Everyone is welcome!

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