Tuesday, October 9th, 2018


Last year, fellow poet Sean Howard and I created a poetry installation, called “Poemtree” for Lumière Cape Breton. This year, we have been invited to bring the Poemtree to Halifax for Nocturne, in an exchange between the two festivals. We’ll be adding poems to a beautiful weeping willow on the waterfront near the bottom of Salter St. from 6pm to 11:59pm, on October 13th. Come visit the Poemtree! Bring a poem or choose one on the spot.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival

I had a great time debuting Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots at the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. I had the opportunity to read in Brandon and Winnipeg, see old friends and colleagues, meet new writers, and hear some dazzling, funny, visionary poetry at Voices in the Circle.

Thanks, WIWF!


Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Words, Ghosts & Apricots

I’ll be launching my new poetry collection with poet Sean Howard at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, on Friday, October 12, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Everyone is warmly invited to join us for short readings from the new works, discussion, and light refreshments.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots

A new book of poetry! I’m happy to be part of the 2018 Poetry Quartet from Frontenac House Press. Check out the book, and the Quartet, here. Or, buy yourself some poetry here.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Center for Book Arts Reading

My chapbook manuscript Ahli was shortlisted in the New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. I’m VERY excited to be reading with David Denny, and Kimberly Kruge at the Center on October 20th, at 6:30pm.The Center will be producing a broadside from a selection of my work that will be available at the reading. I can’t wait to finally have a look at the Center’s studios and gallery….and, you know, NEW YORK.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Lumière Cape Breton


I had the good fortune to participate in Lumière Cape Breton’s Art-at-Night event in downtown Sydney on September 23. Fellow poet Sean Howard and I collaborated on an installation called the Poemtree. Participants were invited to bring or write poems to hang in the tree’s branches over the course of the evening. People brought and wrote hundreds of poems–silly poems, sacred poems, secret poems, love poems, heroic poems, you name it. It was magical!

Friday, October 6th, 2017

CBC Nonfiction Prize 2017

My essay “Bone Shadows” made the longlist for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize. I’m as surprised as you are. This is good news for the rest of the embryonic essays slowly taking shape in my mind.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition

I was pleased to learn that my long poem Ahli was shortlisted in the emerging writer category of this year’s Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition, administered by Exile Literary Quarterly. Expect to see a selection from the poem in the near future.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

National Poetry Month

I’ll be on the road with Niche in April, with stops in Sydney, Lunenburg, and Ottawa.

I’ll be reading at:

McConnell Library in Sydney, on April 5th at 7 pm

Cape Breton University, April 7th at 4pm
in the Verschuren Centre Boardroom (CS 101),

Lexicon Books, Lunenburg, at 2pm April 10th, with Kris Bertin

Black Squirrel Books, Ottawa, on April 12th at 8pm, as part of the Tree Reading Series, with Liz Howard

My thanks to the Cape Breton Regional Library, CBU’s  Department of Languages and Letters, Lexicon Books, and the Tree Reading Series. Hope to see you!

© 2019 Basma Kavanagh.