region writers form poetry collective
Founded by Lisa Mulrooney and Carolyn Cordell, the Parkland Poets kicked off their inaugural 2018 season by offering a bi monthly poetry reading series at the Stony Plain Public Library (SPPL).Mulrooney said that she and her co founder decided to start the Parkland Poets after driving into the Edmonton literary community due to the lack of presence of a writing community here in the tri region.friend and I discovered we had a mutual interest in poetry but there wasn really an opportunity for us to engage in it in the Parkland County area. We been travelling into Edmonton weekly and joining the Stroll of Poets (an Edmonton based poetry collective), Mulrooney said. decided to see if we could create something in this area following their model. and Cordell approached the Stroll of Poets and the SPPL and said that the two groups were very supportive in helping them bring their idea to fruition.The readings are universally open, said Mulrooney, adding that the Parkland Poets were interested in booking readers regardless of their background in the genre.open to everybody, she said. poet who is just starting out; a teenager in high school, a published poet with eight collections. If someone is interested in reading and being featured, then we will look at letting them sign up and go for it. Parkland Poets are also open to all varieties of poetry, from traditional Shakespearean sonnets to modern spoken word poetry and performance pieces, said Mulrooney.Feedback for the group been largely positive, with the Parkland Poets receiving letters and emails of interest.had a lot of queries and emails asking how to get involved. We been asked if we want to proof read their work which we don we can have beginners and professionals, Mulrooney said.Cordell and Mulrooney see the Parkland Poets as a way of creating a foundation for a thriving literary arts community in the tri region and hope that the initiative will help make those arts more accessible for rural residents.were told that in Parkland County there a very vibrant visual arts community and that the literary arts have less of an interest, she said. of the reasons why both libraries and in particular SPPL were so enthusiastic in supporting this initiative. and I drive into Edmonton every week on a Monday for the people that don have the luxury of being able to do that this is bringing it closer and making it accessible for those in the rural regions, she added.