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Edmonton poet laureate Mary Pinkoski will be at Booksmyth Underground this Saturday. - Curtis Comeau photo
Edmonton poet laureate Mary Pinkoski will be at Booksmyth Underground this Saturday.
— image credit: Curtis Comeau photo

Booksmyth Underground presents award-winning spoken word Mary Pinkoski, poet laureate for the City of Edmonton, on Saturday, January 18 as part of a wintertime poetry/storytelling event called “Moving Stillness: Stories of Hibernation and Confrontation.”

A storyteller at heart, Pinkoski’s poetry has been called dynamic and visceral, exploring the mysteries of humanity, humility, and the heart.

“I want to be a poetic bridge,” says Pinoski, “that carries the histories and lived experiences of Canadians. We are all made of stories; we just need to speak, we just need to listen.”

“On stage,” says poetry hostess Magpie Ulysses, “Mary finds the door and holds your hand while you walk through to the other side.”

Pinkoski has presented her unique style of spoken word throughout Canada in numerous live performances and on radio programs including CBC Radio One’s Radio Active and The Key of A, and CKUA’s The Road Home.

In 2013, Pinkoski placed third at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam making her the current top ranked female slam competitor in Canada

When not performing, Pinkoski runs spoken word workshops for youth and adults.

As always, this Booksmyth Underground event includes an open mic for five local poets to perform. So be sure to get into Booksmyth and sign up early.

Hosted by Booksmyth Underground and Magpie Ulysses, doors open at 7:30 p.m., Moving Stillness begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $7 to $10, sliding scale.

The Booksmyth Underground is located at 338 Baker Street.

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