The Fisher Poets

The Fisher Poets is a real thing. It’s a yearly gathering of poets who celebrate the commercial fishing industry through poetry, song, and prose. Originally created as a way to bring together old friends from the commercial fishing industry, it now boasts over 100 regular poets, songwriters and storytellers at each event, swarming the local haunts in Astoria, Oregon during the last week of February each year.

There are performances, workshops, song circles, and open mic nights, and the list of events grows each year. The whole thing seems to take direction from the past, when fishermen would come home telling stories about the fish they caught–or the ones that got away.

You can find out more about the Fisher Poets, and even register for next year’s event right here.

Poetry Readings This Week!

Don’t forget, this Friday night (April 26) at 6:30pm, we’re welcoming five local poets to come and read their original work. It’s going to be a wonderful evening, and the tickets are only $5!

Danielle Gregoire is just one of the poets we’re going to feature that night (along with Claudia Radmore, Carol Stephen, Cliff D. Bird, and Dean Steadman), and she performs one of her poems here for us so you can get a taste of what’s to come on Friday!

Tickets are on sale now at the library, and will be available at the door on the night of the event. Hope to see you there!

Teen Poetry Show!

The Carleton Place Public Library Teen Advisory Group has dreamed up a fun event for the March Break for teens. We’re having a poetry slam night!

Applications for this event are available now at the library. Drop by if you love to perform your poetry, or if you’d like us to display it only. It’s going to be a fun night to spend with your friends, and hear some great performances!

Make sure to get your application in before February 28, and we’ll contact you about taking part. Ages 12 and up only.

Poetry Reading at the Library

We still have tickets for the wonderful Poetry Night at the Carleton Place Public Library on Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm. Join us for an evening of local poets Carol Stephen, Dean Steadman, Cliff D. Bird, Claudia Coutu Radmore and Lesley Strutt, who will read their own work and maybe answer a few questions at the end of the evening. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house, and do something different. We promise, these poets will be fascinating!

Tickets are only $5 each, and all proceeds from that night’s event will go toward our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Don’t miss out…this is just a special event for National Poetry Month!

Haiku, We Do!

Earlier this week, we enjoyed a fascinating the fun evening with local author and poet Claudia Radmore. She’d been a part of our “Local Authors Exposed” event in March, and we were delighted to have her back.

She taught us all about haiku, and we even had a chance to do a little bit of crafting. What a fun night!

Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month, and because of the fascinating Haiku workshop and poetry reading we’re having later this month, both presented by local author and poet Claudia Radmore, we’re thinking about rhyming. Yes, we understand you don’t have to rhyme in order to have a good poem, but it’s usually the first thing we think of when we talk about poetry.

A few years back, we included a fun link to a list of 19 words in the English language that don’t rhyme. One of them is orange. Mental Floss has gone one better, and includes a list with 23 words—and “words” that actually do rhyme with them! (Okay, some are suspect…including names.) See if you can think of any others.

Happy rhyming!


read the rest of the list here.  Can you think of any more?