Atwater Poetry Project

At the end of November 2021, Faith Paré succeeded Rachel McCrum as Curator of the Atwater Poetry Project.

Since its founding in September 2004, the Atwater Poetry Project (APP) has hosted close to 300 poetry readings. Click here for the 15th anniversary slideshow with poets’ photos and names.

The Canada Council for the Arts has provided modest funding for the APP for most of its life, and the Atwater Library gives in-kind support.

Please send inquiries to APP Curator Faith Paré:

2021-2022 Atwater Poetry Project Online Events

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm EST
By Crowdcast: Readings by poets Nicole Raziya Fong and Anahita Jamali Rad
To REGISTER, click here.

Friday, January 21, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm EST
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.

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

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

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

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 – 2021

Faith Paré – ongoing


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.