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Val Marie a busy place this August

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A Poetry Machine for Kids, a community Words and Music Open Mic night, and an Ambassador of Poetry are all coming to Val Marie and Grasslands National Park in August.

Prairie Wind & Silver Sage’s artist in residence program continues in Val Marie with poet Bren Simmers, from Brackendale, B.C. Her residency begins Aug. 7 and lasts until Aug. 17.
Ideal for ages seven to 16, Poetry Machine for Kids will take place Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Val Marie Village Square (intersection of 1st Avenue and Centre Street).
The event will feature Mad Lib, Five-Senses poems, and Poem Scrambles. There is no charge and no registration is required.
Everyone is welcome to attend a community Words and Music Open Mic Night held on Friday, Aug. 12 starting at 8 p.m. at the Val Marie Hotel located on Centre Street.
Simmers is hosting this event which is open to all forms of musicianship and spoken word.
There is no charge for the Open Mic but donations to the work of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage are greatly appreciated.
From Monday, Aug. 8 to Tuesday, Aug. 16, everyone can join Simmers in experiencing unexpected poetry encounters.
These will be featured through erasure poems and a poetry machine for all and will take place in Grasslands National Park and at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage. There is no registration and everyone is welcome to participate.
Simmers lives in Squamish, B.C. She is the winner of the Arc Poem of the Year Award, finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, and longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize.
Her first book of poems, Night Gears, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2010.
Hastings-Sunrise, a book-length poem about her old East Vancouver neighbourhood, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2015.
The Prairie Wind & Silver Sage Artist Residency program, now in its third year, annually hosts four or five artists in all disciplines.
While they are in residence, the artists spend 50 per cent of their time on their own work and 50 per cent on projects in the community.
Upcoming resident artists in 2016 are musicians Melissa Goodchild and Kevin Brady from Saskatoon, and photographer Valerie Zink, also of Saskatoon.
The PWSS artist residency program is cosponsored with Grasslands National Park and funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/ Saskatchewan Lotteries.

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