A day of poetry, workshops, film screenings and more

How do you celebrate National Poetry Month? With a festival highlighting all things poetry — a day of readings, workshops, poetry film screenings, and more!

The Delta Literary Arts Society (DLAS) and the City of Delta are proud to launch UNBOUND at the North Delta Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 9, with events for all ages running from 10:30 am to 9 pm

“This festival is for everyone—writers and non-writers alike,” said DLAS president, Angela Rebrec.

UNBOUND will showcase an eclectic range of events from poetry-film screenings, to workshops, readings-in-conversations, a one-day Haiku Contest, family poetry activities, one-on-one consultations, and more. A Slam contest at 7 pm will round out the day’s events.

“We’re making this event, and poetry, as accessible as possible to the entire Delta community and beyond,” said Diana Calliou, DLAS treasurer.

Free events include everything in the theatre, the lower and upper foyer, as well as the film screenings and Slam finale.

“I’m most excited about the Bohemian Caress taking place in the lower foyer,” added Rebrec. “Everyone can watch artist Wade Edwards paint to the inspiring words of poets accompanied by live music.”
Registration and a $10 fee are required for all workshops including Writing Poetry in the Forest, Photo Art Poems, Wordplay, and Healing through Writing. Space is limited for the 15-minute, one-on-one consultations with a Blue Pencil Editor as well. Registration for workshops takes place online, at Eventbrite.ca.

“We’ll also be announcing the winners of our annual poetry contest at the beginning of the Slam,” said Rebrec.

The deadline to submit to DLAS’s Poetry Contest is April 1. All details of the contest can be viewed at www.dlas.ca.

Incorporated in September 2021, Delta Literary Arts Society is a not-for-profit society with an ambitious mandate to promote the literary arts in all three of Delta’s communities. DLAS’s first eventKillerVerse, was performed in October to a sold-out audience. In December, their children’s event, Suki’s Reindeer Wishraised more than $500 for Deltassist Family and Community Services.

National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Two years later, the League of Canadian Poets followed suit.

To stay up to date on the Delta Literary Arts Society, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram: @deltaliteraryartssociety. To become a member, volunteer, or learn more about the Delta Literary Arts Society, visit www.dlas.ca or email DLAS at deltaliteraryartssociety@gmail.com.

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