SECONDARY Poetry at Play in the Political: How Unicorns Can Fight Fascists

Through three poems by Phyllis Webb, John Wall Barger, and Sonnet L'Abbe, participants will discuss and analyze lines of poetry related to unicorns in order to generate new creative work. Part lecture (in terms of the theme of creative writing and freedom) and part hands on (in terms of bringing elements of play into reading and writing poetry and other creative forms), this hands-on, lecture, discussion hybrid will explore methods and approaches to enlivening creative writing exercises and literary discussions in the classroom. Very much like the unicorn, it will hopefully dazzle.

Target Audience

Sec. Sr. 11-12

To Bring/Important Notes

Writing implements (pen and paper or laptop) required. 


12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • Kevin Spenst

    Kevin Spenst is the author of three poetry collections: Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong and Hearts Amok: a memoir in verse (all with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press), and Upend (Frog Hollow Press: Dis/Ability series). He has done over a hundred readings across Canada, dozens of workshops in and around Vancouver, and numerous talks at UBC, SFU and other institutions. He teaches Creative Writing at Vancouver Community College and lives on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver with the love of his life Shauna Kaendo.