Poetrology I: A Panel Discussion

Surreal Stories from the Real World - Real Stories from a Surreal World

We will circle for this discussion of poetry and surrealism—School of Thought style.

Presented with:
The Calgary Library, The Calgary Spoken Word Society


Malcolm Mooney

Professor Mooney grew up in Boston, where he began singing in high school, was a member of the a Capella group ‘Six Fifths’, and gained some fame as a sculptor. Malcolm spent the late 1960’s/early 1970’s as the original vocalist with the German rock band CAN. After returning to the US Malcolm earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Boston University, School of Fine Arts and Applied Arts, majoring in Painting. He went on to acquire a Master of Fine Arts degree from California State University, where he is a Graduate Assistant and Graduate Fellow. Malcolm returned to music for a 1986 CAN reunion album, and then started recording in the San Francisco Bay Area with ‘Malcolm Mooney & The Tenth Planet.’

Malcolm currently resides in Calgary, where he focuses on art installations, painting, drawing, writing poetry, and teaching abstract painting at ACAD. Recently Malcolm has collaborated with New York drummer Sean Noonan, and Latin percussionist Luis El Pana Tovar in Calgary, and has logged gigs in Paris, New York, London, California, and Calgary.

Martin Guderna

Martin Guderna is a visual artist and instructor at Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver. After graduating from Ontario College of Art, he studied at the Academia di Belli Arti in Florence and was a resident artist at University of Toronto. 

His drawings, paintings, performances and animated films have been exhibited in Canada, Europe, South Korea and the US.

Charlie Petch

Charlie C Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch's new full-length spoken word vaudeville play, "Mel Malarkey Gets The Bum's Rush" has toured all over Canada. Their new creation "Daughter of Geppetto" will launch with Public Energy in Spring 2018. They have several handsome chapbooks and "Late Night Knife Fights” was published with LyricalMyrical Press. They have been published by Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Joypuke journals.  Petch is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam". Charlie is happiest onstage. Find out more at www.charliecpetch.com

Micheline Maylor

Dr. Micheline Maylor’s is the past Poet Laureate of Calgary 2016-18. Micheline Maylor attained a Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in English Language and Literature with a specialisation in Creative Writing and 20th Century Canadian Literature. She teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University in Calgary where she won the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award and was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry. She is a University of Calgary Senator, a Tedx talker, a Walrus talker, and she was the Calgary Public Library Author in Residence (2016). She serves as poetry editor at Frontenac House Press. She is the co-founder of Freefall Literary Society and remains a consulting editor. Her most recent book Little Wildheart (U of A Press 2017) was long listed for both the Pat Lowther and the Raymond Souster Awards.


Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums which combine music and poetry. Known for her electric performance-style, making her a favorite of festivals around the world—she’s read, performed & taught in festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.

In her poems, Wilson uses personal narrative to address themes of personal story, social justice, lost languages, bullying, violence against women and the earth.

In 2017, she received her Doctor of Letters—Honoris Causa from Kwantlen University, after launching her new collection of poetry entitled, The Book of Sensations (U of C Press). In 2018 she released a full-length CD of poetry and music called Dragon Rouge.

Her tenth collection of poetry, Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women; was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award & CanLit. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005), won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She was editor of the celebrated, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.

Recipient of: 2017 Honorary Doctorate * 2015 City of Calgary Arts Award * 2015 Writer-In-Residence (Kwantlen University) * 2013 CBC Top 10 Poets in Canada * 2009 Ted Talk * 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry * 2005 SpoCan Poet of Honour * People's Choice * 2006 Woman of Vision * 5 Rosies * 2003 USA Heavyweight Title * 5 Jessie Nominations * Ace Award.

Her work has received national and international acclaim with such honours as a 2013 feature interview with Canadian icon Shelagh Rogers, a 2012 article in Chatelaine Magazine, a 2012 TED Talk, and the subject of a half-hour documentary called Heart of a Poet. In 2009 she was named one of the top ten poets in Canada by CBC.

Sheri-D Wilson is a ceremonialist and marriage celebrant. sheridwilson.com

A strong advocate for social change: 
Founder & Director 
Calgary Spoken Word Festival (2003-2018) 
Spoken Word Program | The Banff Centre (2005-2012)



June 30, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tickets: Free


Memorial Park Library, 1221 2 St. SW
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