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!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Niche in Winnipeg

Edmonton, Calgary, and Brandon, you were awesome! Now, I’m looking forward to reading from Niche in Winnipeg, with the wonderful Ariel Gordon. We’ll be reading at McNally Robinson Booksellers in the Travel Alcove (that sounds cosy) at 7:30pm, on Saturday, October 10th. The reading will be hosted by Charlene Diehl and co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of their Fall Literary Series.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015


Oh happy day! A new book of poetry, published by Frontenac House Press.

Niche is part of Frontenac’s 2015 Quartet, which also includes

Two Minds by Harold Rhenisch
Changelings by Cassy Welburn
ClockWork by Zaid Shlah

We’ll be launching the Quartet as a group in Calgary, AB
on Sunday, September 13, 2-4 pm
at Memorial Park Library 1221 – 2nd Street SW
and there will be a lanch for Niche in Brandon, MB
on Thursday, September 24th, 7:30-9pm
at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Canada Writes

I’m happy to share the news that my poem “Coda” is a finalist for the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize. You can read all five shortlisted poems, and some great articles about writing on the Canada Writes website.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Lateral Symmetry

I have several new paper, ceramic and textile pieces on display the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba as part of the exhibit Lateral Symmetry which runs from Septmber 4th to October 25th, and also includes artwork by Elvira Finnegan, Tracy Peters and Sarah Ciurysek. This show shares the main gallery with a collection of works by Rosemary Kowalski entitled Endangered Species, and in the community gallery, In Process Together, which features work by Sasha Amaya, Katharine Bruce, Amy Buehler, Becky Chinn, Susana V. Danyliuk, Anne Fallis Elliott, Cheryl Orr-Hood, Shawn Jordan, Alexis Kinloch, Chris Larsen, Mary Lowe, Lisa Lysack, Carolyn Mount, Gerry Oliver, Rosemarie Peloquin, Chris Reid, Wendy Seversen, Janet Shaw-Russell, Marg Stewart.

There is a very nice article from the Winnipeg Free Press about Tracy Peter’s concurrent show at Aceartinc. SHED Unusual Migration and Lateral Symmetry at the AGSM here: Two exhibitions of female artists explore natural cycles and human impact

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Parts of a Whole

My poetic navigational tool In Its Own Tongue, created during a residency at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, will be included in Parts of a Whole: New Work from MCBA’s Artist Community

This exhibtion will run from August 16 – October 20, 2013 at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, in the Open Book Building in downtown Minneapolis, 1011 Washington Ave. S.

Opening reception and reading: Friday, August 16; 6-9pm

“MCBA presents an exhibition of new work by members of our artist community — faculty, co-op members, past artists-in-residence, fellowship and mentorship grant recipients, current and former staff and board members, and others — curated by the MCBA Artist Cooperative. These talented artists demonstrate their innovative approaches, creative skills and diversity of styles in Parts of a Whole. A variety of artists’ books, broadsides, prints and other bookish artistic endeavours will be on view from this vibrant and eclectic group.”

This exciting exhibit includes work from over 60 artists. Learn more about the show at

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Robson Reading Series

I will be travelling to Vancouver later this month to read as part of UBC’s Robson Reading Series with poets Walid Bitar and Missy Marston. My poems will be happy to visit the coast that birthed them! Join us on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7pm at the UBC Bookstore at Robson Square.

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

In a few days, I’ll be travelling to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to spend a couple of weeks as an artist in residence. I’ll be working on a letterpress project that incorporates maps, images, and poetry about tidal rivers in my home province of Nova Scotia. I’ve heard really good things about MCBA, and I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to visit and to get into their studio to do some work! If you happen to be in the Twin Cities, please stop in and say hello.

While I am in Minnesota, I will also be reading with Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota’s poet laureate, at Monkey See Monkey Read (425 Division St. S, in Northfield) at 7pm on January 19th. I’ll be reading from my Red Dragonfly Press chapbook A Rattle of Leaves, and from my collection Distillo, from Gaspereau Press. Many thanks to Scott King at Red Dragonfly for organizing the reading.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Distillo from Gaspereau Press

I’m happy to announce the release of my new collection of poetry from Gaspereau Press.
There will be several launches for the book in Nova Scotia, and one in St. John’s, NL. The details:

Tuesday 28 March at 7:30 p.m.
Gaspereau Press poets Peter Sanger and Basma Kavanagh will be reading from their newly-published poetry collections at the University of King’s College in the Senior Common Room, 6530 Coburg Road. This event is being hosted by the Haliburton Literary Society.

Thursday 29 March at 7:00 p.m.
Gaspereau Press poets Peter Sanger and Basma Kavanagh will be reading from their newly-published poetry collections at the Antigonish Public Library, 283 Main St.

Friday 30 March at 3:00 p.m.
Gaspereau Press poets Peter Sanger and Basma Kavanagh will be reading from their newly-published poetry collections at Cape Breton University Library Commons, 1250 Grand Lake Road. This is the inaugural reading of the new CBU Reading Series, Black White & Read.

Wednesday 11 April at 7:30 p.m.
Monica Kidd will be launching her new poetry book Handfuls of Bone with help from her fellow Gaspereau Press authors Basma Kavanagh and Don McKay at The Rocket Room, 272 Water Street

© 2020 Basma Kavanagh.