The Poetry Bash

Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird, Matthew Dickman, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jordan Mounteer, Jan Zwicky

The Poetry Bash

Host: Lorna Crozier

Event Number: 83
Tickets: $26.00

The Poetry Bash

Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird, Matthew Dickman, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jordan Mounteer, Jan Zwicky

Saturday, October 21
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St.

Festival favourite and internationally-renowned Canadian poet Lorna Crozier has brought together an incredible lineup for The Poetry Bash at our thirtieth Festival. San Francisco-based poet Kim Addonizio’s work is known for its “gritty, street-wise narrators and a wicked sense of wit.” Twenty-nine-year-old Hera Lindsay Bird’s self-titled debut has been the fastest-selling, most popular book of poetry in New Zealand. Portland native Matthew Dickman breaks taboos about suicide in his new work. Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, a member of the Stolen Generations, was recently awarded a prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for her body of work. Self-described ‘vagabond’ Jordan Mounteer’s poetry ranges from tree planting in BC to travels in Asia. And Governor General’s Award winner Jan Zwicky reads from her latest environmentally-conscious collection.

Sponsored by Maureen & Larry Lunn

Event Participants:

Kim Addonizio

United States

Kim Addonizio has written poetry, poetry guides, fiction and non-fiction books. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships and was a finalist for the National Book Award. After receiving her BA and MA from San Francisco State University, she taught there and currently teaches in the MFA  program at Goddard College. She was also a founding editor of the journal Five Fingers Review. Mortal Trash, Addonizio’s new poetry collection, pulls readers into the beauty and absurdity of our time on earth.


Hera Lindsay Bird

New Zealand

​Hera Lindsay Bird has an MA in poetry and is one of the most acclaimed young poets to emerge from New Zealand. Her poetry reflects her wicked sense of humour and has been described by Sunday Magazine as “fearless.” Bird’s self-titled debut was the fastest selling book of poetry published by Victoria University Press and has “themes as varied as snow and tears.” She continues to work in a bookstore in Wellington while writing a children’s detective novel.


Hera Lindsay Bird’s appearance is made possible by Creative New Zealand.

Matthew Dickman

United States

Matthew Dickman is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Clackamas Literary Review and The New Yorker. He has published chapbooks and books, worked as a poetry editor at Tin House and as a professor of creative writing at Vermont College of the Arts. His most recent poetry collection, Brother, was written with his twin brother Michael about their older brother’s suicide. The book has been praised for each poet’s distinct writing style as they unflinchingly reflect on grief, family and life.

Ali Cobby Eckermann


Ali Cobby Eckermann is an Indigenous Australian writer. Like her mother and grandmother, she is a member of the Stolen Generations a large group of Indigenous children forcibly taken from their parents by the government to be assimilated. In 2017,  Eckermann won the international Windham-Campbell Literary Prize for Poetry. Eckermann also founded Australia’s first Aboriginal Writers Retreat. Her poetry collections, verse novels and memoir have won several literary awards and she has travelled broadly performing her work. Inside My Mother explores the separation and reunion of a mother and child across generations.

Jordan Mounteer

British Columbia

Jordan Mounteer’s poems have appeared in Canadian and American publications, and his work has won or been shortlisted for CBC Poetry Prize, PRISM international’s Poetry Contest and many others. He works as a freelance writer and editor. In his first collection of poetry, liminal, Mounteer writes about home, travel, love, aging and the natural world in a self-aware and passionate fashion.

Jan Zwicky

British Columbia

Jan Zwicky has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose and is the winner of the Governor General’s Award for poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. As a poet, philosopher, essayist, musician and teacher, she has established a reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative thinkers. Zwicky has taught philosophy, interdisciplinary humanities, English and creative writing at universities across Canada. In her new poetry collection The Long Walk, Zwicky examines the cataclysmic effects of climate change on both the environment and the human spirit.