CBC RADIO hosts 4th Annual NATIONAL POETRY FACE-OFF event in Vancouver Feb 21st.

Come see my poetic friends Fiona Tinwei Lam and Kuldip Gill face-off in a poetry slam against other poets.

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PLAYING HARD*
CBC RADIO ANNOUNCES THE FOURTH ANNUAL NATIONAL POETRY FACE-OFF EVENT IN VANCOUVER
FEBRUARY 21 AT 8 PM AT CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS

Poetic punches will fly during CBC Radio's fourth annual POETRY FACE-OFF.
This popular Canada-wide competition brings together 65 primed poets in 13 cities stretching from Vancouver to St. John's.

From January to March, five poets in each locale will face off before a
live audience and deliver their words on this year's theme –
“Play”.  The  poets are commissioned by CBC producers to
reflect local voices.  At each poetry event, the spectators vote
for a favourite, and the winner goes on to compete in the national
final on CBC Radio.

Vancouver's finest poets go word-to-word  Monday  February 21
at 8 pm at the Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive.  
Margaret Gallagher of CBC Radio's The Early Edition hosts as
poets  Barbara Adler,  Fiona Tinwei
Lam, Kuldip Gill, C.R. Avery and Ms. Spelt present their work. 
The audience chooses the winner.  Admission is $5 and is part of
the regular Monday night Vancouver poetry slam with slam master Graham
Olds.  The Face-Off will
be broadcast February 26 on CBC Radio One's North by Northwest between
8:30 and 9 am.

April is National Poetry Month, so the final round of this poetic
competition will air April 4 to 7 on CBC Radio One's The
Roundup.   Listeners across the country will have a chance to
hear all of the 13 finalists
and then vote for their favourite performance by calling a
toll-free  telephone number (to be announced) or by logging onto
our website. The grand  champion will be announced on April 14 on
The Roundup.

CBC TV's Artspots will create short films of poems by some of the regional winners.

From its inception four years ago, CBC Radio's POETRY FACE-OFF has been
a cross-country event. This year, face-offs are being held in
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto,
Montreal,
Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, St. John's and Yellowknife.

Listeners are invited to visit www.cbc.ca/poetryfaceoff for detailed
information about each of the local poetry face-offs. The site will
include interviews with participants as the events unfold.

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For further information, contact:
Joan Athey, CBC Communications
604-662-6605    joan_athey@cbc.ca

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