Atwater Poetry Project

We celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Atwater Poetry Project (APP) on September 28, 2019 with a festive evening of words, music, discussion and refreshments. Outgoing Curator Deanna Radford, who planned the special event, thanked the many contributors to the success of the poetry reading series and announced that poet Rachel McCrum will serve as Curator for the next year. Atwater Library Executive Director Lynn Verge opened the evening by paying tribute to founder Oana Avasilichioaei and the other Coordinator-Curators who have all served voluntarily.

From September 2004 through January 2019, the Atwater Poetry Project featured 278 poetry readings. Click here for the 15th anniversary slideshow with poets’ photos and names.

The Canada Council for the Arts awarded funding for the period from September 2019 to June 2020. The Atwater Library also continues to make a substantial contribution.

Please send inquiries to APP Curator Rachel McCrum:

2021-2022 Atwater Poetry Project Online Events

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – 8:00 to 9:00 pm
By Crowdcast: Readings by poets Jordan Abel and David Bradford
To REGISTER, click here.

Friday, October 22, 2021 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
By Crowdcast: Readings by poets stephanie roberts and Yusuf Saadi
To REGISTER, click here.

Friday, November 5, 2021 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
By Crowdcast: Readings by poets Tara McGowan-Ross and Ashley Obscura
To REGISTER, click here.

Friday, January 21, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Readings by poets Rebecca Papacaru and Gillian Sze

Past Atwater Poetry Project Events

Monday, April 26, 2021 – 7:30 to 8:30 pm EDT
By Crowdcast: A celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day / la Journée du poème à porter in collaboration with the League of Canadian Poets.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021  8:00 to 9:00 pm EDT
By Crowdcast: Readings by Conyer Clayton and Lauren Turner from their 2020 collections. Hosted by Rachel McCrum.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021  8:00 to 9:00 pm EDT
By Crowdcast: Jessica Moore reading from her new collection and in conversation with Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud, who will also present new work. Hosted by Rachel McCrum.

Atwater Poetry Project Coordinators and Curators

Oana Avasilichioaei – 2004 – 2009

Katia Grubisic – 2009 – 2013

Darren Bifford – 2013 – 2014

Symon Jory Stevens-Guille and Charlotte Harrison – 2014 – 2015

Deanna Radford – 2015 – 2019

Rachel McCrum – 2019 – 2020


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.