The Itinerant Poetry Library

Since May 2006, The Itinerant Poetry Librarian has been travelling the world with a library of ‘Lost & Forgotten’ poetry, installing the library & librarian and archiving the sounds, poems and poetry of the cities, peoples and countries she meets. Welcome to the project's blog . . . Our Itinerant Poetry Librarian lives wherever her library is - come join the cause!

FAQs: • Yes we carry our entire life and the library with us as we go • Yes, it is quite heavy • No, we're not mad. As Charles Simic said, 'But what if poets are not crazy?' That's the spirit boyo!

We exist to: remind people of the importance of free public libraries...subvert mainstream channels of distribution...remind people that access to knowledge should be free and not dependent upon economic wealth hierarchies... show people that poetry/art can provide answers to questions we ask of life...experiment in existing outside of 'the market' – thereby, instead, investing in social capital, social innovation and community.

We aim to make life taste better. Word.

Where have we been . . . ?

(2006) Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Paris, Barcelona, London, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Norwich, York, Antwerp, (2007-2008) San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Leipzig, (2009) Ulm, Chemnitz, Rotterdam, Huntingdon, Callander, (2010) Cork, St. Andrews . . . Where'd you like us to go? Can you help? Get in touch!

What We Are Up To Right Now . . .


Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Where's The Library in Vancouver?

First up: it's the smashing, super Spartacus Books, who say about themselves:

"Since 1973, Spartacus Books is a non-profit, volunteer & collectively run bookstore & resource center located right on the edge of Vancouver's Eastside. The store has been successfully run for over 33 years by a collective of volunteers.

Please come use our safe and inclusive space to:

* read in peace on the couches
* use the free computers and internet connection
* chat and network with diverse and interesting folks
* learn about and advertise your upcoming events
* buy books, zines and parapharnelia relating to struggles against classism, racism, sexism, war, corporate greed, environmental destruction, and other institutional atrocities
* attend movie nights, poetry readings, and many other unusual and often artsy community happenings
* host an event of your own!"

As they are a collective, we're including the caveat here that we managed to ask 2 people at the space who agreed they would like to host the library: but they have to get the word around to everyone to ask for permission also. But. We and the 2 people we spoke to think that everyone else is going to agree. . . as our project chimes with the ethos of Spartacus so well. So! All going well, we'll be installed at Spartacus on:

Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th August from 10 am until 6pm.

They are located at: 319 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H6, Coast Salish Territory, Canada.

Here's a map to get you to us.

Followed by:

The Gaff Gallery, who say about themselves:

"The Gaff Gallery is an independent space for art exhibitions, movie screenings, music and other events. Located in the artistically vibrant Strathcona neighborhood. The Gaff is a hub of creative activity in a culturally diverse area. The gallery is owned by Gabriel Deerman and operated by a volunteer staff.

The gallery is open to curatorial proposals and personal submissions of images.

We also offer coffee and grilled cheese sandwiches for your satisfaction."

The Gaff Gallery is at: 684 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 1R1, Canada. Here's a map to get you to us.

We'll be installed at The Gaff Gallery on:

Tuesday August 28th from 1pm - 7pm

You know what we think . . . Come Join Before We Travel On!

Get Your Library Books In The Here And Fragile Now . . .

To The Library And Beyond! Hurray!

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