Launching I know something you don’t know in Calgary, March 31st at Shelf Life Books, 7pm


Join Amy LeBlanc as she launches her debut poetry collection “I know something you don’t know” (Gordon Hill Press). The evening will feature a reading from the author and special guests (TBA). There will be snacks, celebration, and witchy poems!

March 31, 2020
Shelf Life Books
1302 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0X8
7PM to 9PM

About the book:

Amy LeBlanc’s debut poetry collection, I know something you don’t know, resides in the intersection of folklore and femininity. With fairy-tale lucidity and fluid voice, the poems in this collection weave through the seams between story and fact. This debut collection is alluring and noxious like hemlock, foxglove, and blooming wildflowers.

“Armed with an unusual eye for beauty, Amy LeBlanc rejects traditional notions of personhood in I Know Something You Don’t Know, and instead reworks characters from mythology and folklore to create formidable new avatars. Even if there are moments where LeBlanc “dress[es] disease / in linen gloves,” there’s no escaping the virulent impact of her narratives, or the full-force of her superb debut.” – Jim Johnstone, editor of The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry

“Upon first encounter with Amy LeBlanc’s work, one is transported to a world where nature, flesh, and a keen observation of quiet moments collide to create a body of work that trembles with a humble intelligence, aided by undeniably rich language. In a land of lungs, rib cages, and kidneys, strewn about flowers and surveilled by attentive birds, LeBlanc is the master puppeteer of a carefully crafted and fascinating world where luridness is tender and imagination is wild.” – Afieya Kipp, Editor in Chief of Vessel Press

Copies will be available for 20$.

About the author:

Amy LeBlanc is an MA student in English Literature and creative writing at the University of Calgary and non-fiction editor at filling Station magazine. She is the author of two chapbooks, most recently “Ladybird, Ladybird” published with Anstruther Press (August 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Room, PRISM International, and the Literary Review of Canada among others. Amy’s debut poetry collection, I know something you don’t know, is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press in Spring 2020. Her short story collection “Homebodies” will be published by Pedlar Press in 2021. Her novella “Unlocking” will be published by the UCalgary Press in their Brave and Brilliant Series in 2022.

A note on accessibility: Shelf Life is on the 3 and 17 bus routes, near the 90, and a 10 minute walk from the 4th Street SW train stop downtown. Street parking is free after 6 pm. Our store is ground level, with no stairs or inclines. Our washrooms are non-gendered, one with wheelchair accessibility, though our doors do not open automatically. Please contact us at 403-265-1033 or with any questions or requests.

Click here for the facebook event. Readings will also take place in Edmonton, Toronto, and Guelph (details TBA). 

Guest Curator for Woolf’s Voices: Sept. 18th at Shelf Life Books, 7pm

I’ve had the pleasure of choosing readers for this event. You don’t want to miss it!

An evening of Poetry, Writing, Art and Music to honour the feminine – however you define that.
+ a mini Open Mic!

Kat Heger
Trynne Delaney
Dania Idriss
Nikki Maud-Marie Reimer
Jess Nicol
Maryam Gowralli
Maeve Hanna

Visual art by:
Stacey Walyuchow

Plus a Mini OPEN MIC – 4 spots 3 minute each
sign up at 6:45

Suggested Donation of $10-20
pay what you can.

Flywheel Sept. 12 at Pages in Kensington, 7pm

Loft 112 Writer and Artist Exhibition Launch Party

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June 13th, 6:00-10:00 at Village Brewery


5000 12A Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 5K9.

Showcasing the literary arts, this summers Village Variety Pack includes writings from 3 of Loft 112’s repertoire of artists. To showcase their work we’ve paired up each piece of prose with various multimedia artists to bring their visual representations to life.

Come celebrate the launch of the exhibition on June 13th, from 6pm-10pm, down at the Village Tap Room and meet the various artists and writers behind the work.

Igpy Kin’s “Village” w/ works by
Stephanie Damus
Jane Christensen
Kathy Aldous-Schleindl

Amy LeBlanc’s, “River” w/ works by
Tammy Winterfield
Lizanne du Preez

Amy LeBlanc’s, “Bugs in Jars” w/ works by
Nicole Edmond
Bryan J. McLean
Heather Urness

Lisa Murphy Lamb’s, “Gypsy Mama” w/ works by
Tracy Wormsbecker
Stacey Walyuchow
Francis A Willey
Jason Novlesky

The Indie YYC Presents: Monthly Storytellers Series, Feb 6 7:00-10:00PM at Cafe Koi.

STORYTELLERS will be a creative crossroads and meeting place for local artists from 3 distinct communities; Songwriters, Poets, and Authors. The event will be hosted by Lisa Murphy Lamb and will present a central story-theme performed as an organic collaboration of artists from each community; telling the story in 3 dimensions.

Join us at Koi (#100, 1011 1st St SW) on the first Wednesday of each month to enjoy the stories of many of our cities most talented up and coming artists. 

Featured artists are myself, Nikki Reimer, and Clayton Dell.

January Flywheel Reading, January 10th, 7:30-9 PM at Pages in Kensington

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Come to hear some incredible readings from Jenna Butler, Liz Howard, Sonja Greckol, Amy LeBlanc!!


Village Brewery: Village Square Summer

I’m so excited that two of my poems (Bugs in Jars and River) will be printed on the packaging of Village Brewery’s summer variety pack! This is such a wonderful collaboration and I can’t wait to see what it looks like. More details to come.


Poetry Walk: Saturday October 20th, 5-6 pm

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Experience the East Village through the eyes of poets!

Join Amy LeBlanc as she takes you around the East Village, making stops at places that inspired poetry.

Imagine a successful brothel that Calgary’s businessmen frequented, a time when houses lined the streets and hotels flourished. Meet a lovestruck elephant who roamed the streets, successfully escaping from the zoo. Look at the river and Fort Calgary poetically and think of those loved and lost to the streets of the East Village over its lifetime.

This walk will begin and end at Loft 112. It is a free event, but when the hat comes round, consider supporting the poets and offer whatever you can!

The People’s Poetry Fest Art Opening

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Poetry & Art! Local artists and poets paired. 10 artists took a poem and ran with it. The results are 10 works of art like no other.

Throughout the evening you will hear poets read their poems and artists share about their process of creation. All of the art is for sale so don’t miss your chance to claim a unique original piece of art.


Micheline Maylor

Erin Emily Ann Vance

Miranda Krogstad

Amy LeBlanc

Josh Forbes

Eden Middleton

Adrienne Adams

Josephine LoRe


Stacey Walyuchow

Paula Timm

Nicole Edmond

Carla Klassen

Katherine Boyd

Jo Luke Giles

Karen MacDonald

Tayler Schenkeveld

Judy Deleo

Fran Schlosser

Single Onion #153

The Single Onion will feature four great poets at our October event: Claire Kelly, Monica Kidd, Amy LeBlanc, and Paul Zits.

WHEN: Thursday, October 18th, at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 100 – 1302 4th St. SW (

About the readers:

Claire Kelly’s first full-length collection, Maunder, which centres on the act of walking, is available from Palimpsest Press. Her writing has appeared online and in journals across Canada, most recently in Juniper, The Puritan, Alberta Views, Prairie Fire, Poetry is Dead, Minola Review, CV2, and The Literary Review of Canada. In 2017, her poem “Mother, What Should We Do Now?” was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, and her poem “First the Children Stopped Asking for a Ride” was featured in the League of Canadian Poets’ Poem in Your Pocket Booklet. One Thing – Then Another, her second collection of poetry, will be released in April 2019 with ECW and looks at the disjointedness of cross-country relocation. Claire lives and writes in Edmonton, AB, where she works at NeWest Press.

Monica Kidd has authored several books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction; her newest collection of poems, Chance Encounters With Wild Animals, will be published by Gaspereau Press in 2019. She divides her time between Calgary and St. John’s, and between medicine and art.

Amy LeBlanc holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and creative writing from the University of Calgary. She is currently non-fiction editor at filling Station magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Room, Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, Geez, and EVENT, among others. Amy won the 2018 BrainStorm Poetry Contest for her poem ‘Swell’. She is the author of two chapbooks, most recently “Ladybird, Ladybird” published with Anstruther Press in August 2018. She will be attending an Emerging Writers Intensive at the Banff Centre for the Arts in October 2018.

Paul Zits is a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education and is the author of two books of poetry, Massacre Street, which won the 2014 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and Leap-seconds, which won the 2016 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. His forthcoming book, Exhibit, will be published by the University of Calgary Press in January, 2019.

Single Onion usually happens the third Thursday of the month, nine times a year. Our event schedule can always be found at:

For the most up to date Single Onion news, check us out on Twitter at:

We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets and the Calgary Arts Development

 Launch: Ladybird, Ladybird


I’ll be hosting a little launch party in Calgary for my chapbook “Ladybird, Ladybird” on September 8th at Loft 112. I’ll be reading from the collection with a few other local authors (TBA) and copies of the chapbook will be available for 10$. Here’s a link to the facebook event with more information.


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Soggy Pages: Poetry & Beer Pairing, Monday, August 27 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM

No automatic alt text available.Announcing Soggy Pages, a night of poetry reading and beer tasting hosted by The Blasted Tree! Each of our six exciting performers will be paired up with a unique craft beer selected to compliment their poetic style. Tasting notes will be delivered by beer expert Marlee Watts, purveyor of fine beverages at The Brewer’s Apprentice, located just down the street from our venue (Loft 112) in Calgary’s East Village. Join us at 7pm on Monday, August 27th for this fun and fermented literary experience!


⚡ Zane Koss ⚡

⚡ Nikki Maud-Marie Reimer ⚡

⚡ Cobra Jo Collins ⚡

⚡ Ian San Agustin ⚡

⚡ Amy LeBlanc ⚡

⚡ Kyle Flemmer ⚡


⚡ Marlee Cheyanne Watts ⚡

Tickets cost $25 and include admission and all the beer pairings – they can be bought from The Blasted Tree’s online store here: Minors are welcome, and non-alcoholic beverages will be made available, however tickets cannot be discounted if a guest chooses to abstain from the tasting. We are very pleased to be compensating the poets for their time and talent, and your ticket price goes a long way toward making that happen. Limited seat availability, so DON’T WAIT, reserve your spot today!

Woolf’s Voices 20, May 2nd 7:00 at Shelf Life Books

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Amy LeBlanc


Emily Erin Ann Vance

Mahlet Leulseged

Stacy daSilva

Music by

Climb and Ruin


Visual Art by

Rebecca Light

Open Mic sign up at 6:45 = FOUR 3minute spots!

Woolf’s Voices is a safe space to honour and to express the feminine in us all through Poetry, Music, Art, Spoken Word, Comedy, Dance Performance Art, etc. Everyone Welcome!

NoD Magazine Issue 23 launch, April 24th, 7 pm at Shelf Life Books

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NōD is happy to present our 23rd issue this April 2018! Come join us for some celebration, snacks, and delightful readings of poetry and prose that connect with our lovely chosen coverpiece.

The newest issue will be sold at $10. We can’t wait to see you there! More info will be posted as we get closer to the launch date.

CANOPY: A writing project and public reading, April 5, 2018 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Nickle Galleries

CANOPY: A writing project and public reading

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program is excited to announce CANOPY: A writing project and public reading. Margaret Christakos, the University of Alberta’s 2017–18 Writer-in-Residence, will give a public literary reading, accompanied by student writers.

All the works read at CANOPY will be inspired by two exhibitions currently open at Nickle Galleries: EACH PAINTED DOCUMENT – Mark Dicey, and Walter May: Look Again. This will be a roaming reading, with each work read beside the piece of art that inspired it.

The reading will be followed by an informal reception. This event is free and open to all to attend.

Antilang. Magazine Inaugural Issue Launch, March 18th, 2pm at Shelf Life Books

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You’re invited to the launch of antilang. magazine’s inaugural issue on Sunday, March 18th at 2 PM. antilang.’s first issue features work by Larissa Lai, Mikka Jacobsen, Amy LeBlanc, Lisa Murphy-Lamb, Jess Nicol, Marc Herman Lynch, Ben Groh, Aritha van Herk, Jeannette Lynes, Dave Eso, Paul Meunier, Erin Emily Ann Vance, Nikki Sheppy, Jaclyn Morken, Weyman Chan, and many others.

Cover and logo designed by Lissa McFarland.

Readers at the launch TBA.

Magazines will be available for purchase at the event by donation (recommended 10$).

antilang. is a magazine of literary brevity published by the Anti-Languorous Project. We celebrate a three-word philosophy. Good. Short. Writing. Show, don’t tell; imply and implicate. Antithesize languorous language.

Editors and Founders: Jordan Bolay & Allison McFarland

Visit for more information.

NoD Magazine Issue 22 launch, Raw Canvas in Kensington

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NōD is happy to present our 22nd issue this December 2017! Come join us for some celebration, snacks, and delightful readings of poetry and prose!

The newest issue will be sold at $10. We can’t wait to see you there! More info will be posted as we get closer to the launch date.

April Flywheel, April 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Pages Books

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Join us for readings by Amy Leblanc, Wendy Donawa, Josephone LoRe, and Shane Book!

Thursday, April 13

7:30 PM

Pages Books on Kensington

1135 Kensington Road NW

flywheel readings happen on the second Thursday of every month at Pages Books on Kensington. Contact us at and find out more at

NoD Magazine Issue 21 launch, April 27, 2017 at 7 PM – 9 PM at Shelf Life Books

NōD is proudly launching Issue 21, and we want you to come celebrate with us! As always, we’ll be featuring incredible poetry, prose and artwork in the issue and hosting live readers and music.

Issue 21 will be available for sale for $10. We will also have back issues for sale!

NoD Magazine Issue 20, December 9th at Red Bush Tea Company

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Come celebrate the launch of our 20th issue of NōD! There will be readings, music, and more throughout the evening! As well, we will be selling the new issue for only $5 (regularly $10).

The evening will be featuring a live performance of Katelyn Steinwand’s solo project, Tiger SIster. Check out her lovely music at