Poets @ Artfest III 2017


Artfest Kingston is presenting year three of Poets @ Artfest. In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday we have published the Canada 150th anthology of 130 pages of poetry. Bruce Kaufman has curated the collection. Poets were asked to contemplate and express their ideas and thoughts about Imagine Canada: Our Future. The results are interesting, thought provoking and heartfelt.

The book will be launched at this year’s ‘Poets @ Artfest III’, July 1st through July 3rd and available to purchase at Artfest Kingston.

Poets @ Artfest III Reading Schedule

In its 3rd iteration of a summer poetry festival, following the much enjoyed festivals in 2015 and 2016, this year’s event will again feature an eclectic mix of wonderful poets both local and outside this area - Toronto, Ottawa, Kemptville, Montreal, a few places beyond, and everywhere between.

Some of the published poets will be bringing books as well, for display and sale.
NEW this year, the event will include an anthology book launch and reading from 3-6pm on Sunday, July 2nd. Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase beginning just before 11am, Sat. July 1st, and then througout the 3 day event. (Contributors to the anthology will receive their free copy when they arrive)

The thematic anthology, 'Canada’s 150th: Who We Are, Where We Are and Where We Need to be Going', (Artfest Ontario, 2017), will include the works 56 Ontario and Quebec poets, and lays itself out in 140 pages (including author bios).

I hope you can join us for at least portions of what will be a wonderful 3-day event. :)


9:00 - 10:30am - A FREE ‘Intuitive Writing’ workshop (Signup just before 9:00)

11:00am - 12:00pm - Bethmarie Michalska, Tim Murphy, Bob MacKenzie, Nathalie Sorensen
12:30 - 1:30pm - Paul Chaput, Ron Chase, Kin Man Young Tai, Eric Folsom
2:00 – 3:00pm - Kathy Figueroa, Meg Freer, Randy Lake, Rielly Stares
3:30 – 4:30pm - Elizabeth Greene, Susan Olding, Faizal Deen, John Donlan
5:00 – 6:00pm - Peter Sims, Colette Maitland, Sarah Dunkley, Wanda Praamsma


10:30 – 11:30am - Ashley Newton, Leslie Saunders, Dale Tracy, Eugene Cornacchia
12:00 – 1:00pm - Andrea O'Farrelll, Judith Popiell, Alyssa Cooper, Meg Erb
1:30 – 2:30pm - a. m. Kozak, Anne Graham, Carole TenBrink

3:00 – 6:00pm - 'Canada’s 150th: Who We Are, Where We Are, Where We Need to be Going' (Artfest Ontario, 2017) (Anthology)


10:30 – 11:30am - Julia Blyth, Donald Mitchell, Ken Chin, Barbara Lorraine Laing
12:00 – 1:00pm - Robert Hogg, Bruce Whiteman
1:30 – 2:30pm - Kathleen Reichelt, Sneha Madhavan-Reese, Colin Morton, Travis Canadien
3:00 – 4:00pm - Pat Connors, Allan Briesmaster, Stanley Fefferman, Nicholas Power
4:30 – 5:30pm - Paul Kelley, Michelle Huot, Kaitlin Allen, Bruce Kauffman

For more information contact: Bruce Kauffman, organizer, host and editor of the anthology, at bruce.kauffman@hotmail.com