Tomorrow (September 1st) is the "early bird deadline" to register for the Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference.
If you haven't heard about the conference yet, I commend you for keeping away from electronic media all summer. Otherwise, you are probably already well aware that "v125pc" is the honking-big term-ending project for outgoing Vancouver Poet Laureate Brad Cran. Running over four days in mid-October (full schedule here), mostly out of SFU Harbour Centre, it will feature a whole lotta poets and cost a whole lotta coin to attend (by poetry standards, that is). We're talking $129 for students and low-income, and $179 for you high-rolling normals out there. This makes taking advantage of the early bird deal, which cuts $30 off both rates, all the more important. So if you're keen, get registering people!
I'm not sure if I'll be attending the full conference. It's difficult for me to justify the cost considering that the majority of the poets either live in Vancouver or visit often enough (and give free readings when they do). That said, it will be hard to stay away from a few of the individual readings (it's $20-$25 to attend a single session). Some samples of the great readings that will be happening:
October 20th, 4:30 pm
Reading and in conversation with George Murray
October 21st, 2:45 pm
Reading and in conversation with Carmine Starnino
October 22nd, 10:30 am
Reading and in conversation with Gillian Jerome
And on top of all that there is the Friday Keynote reading with Don McKay, Fanny Howe and Martin Espada!
So if you're interested in taking it all in, make sure you register ASAP. If you decide to pass on registering, maybe we can listen in by an open window together?