Regular Literary Events in Vancouver

Literary events have a male-female ratio equivalent to most knitting circles – without the knitting. Here, Vancouver’s best regular literary events.

Twisted Poets Literary Salon
If you turned your last breakup into a poem, this open-mic night is the time to share it. Or, just kick back in East Van’s funky Prophouse Café and be inspired by the evening’s featured poets. First and third Thursday of every month. 1636 Venables St.

Word Whips Writing Series
Mad Libs for adults. You’ll be given writing prompts and 10 to 15 minutes to come up with something clever to share. No pressure. Fourth Tuesday of every month. Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier St.

Poetry Slam
Allen Ginsberg meets Eminem. Groove to the rhythm of the city’s hippest poets or throw down some verses of your own on open-mic nights. Mondays at Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr., 604-254-1195.

The Writer’s Studio Reading Series
Join students and alumni of SFU’s writing and publishing program for monthly readings at Take 5 Café or Rhizome. Emerging writers are also welcome to share 10 minutes of their work, and every once in a while you’ll be treated to a visit from a touring author. For more info, email

Book Talks Book Club
Sit in a circle and share your favourite passages and points of interest from a new book every month. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela is coming up in May. Second Wednesday of every month. Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier St. For more info, contact

Image courtesy of Troy Holden.

This is a test