bill bissett in parrsboro: a book launch, readings, and a workshop


poster photo by michael cobb

bill bissett is one of our great poets and we are delighted to welcome him back to Parrsboro this October.  

Join us on 16 and/ or 17 October 2019 for the maritime launch of bill bissett’s latest book from Talonbooks:

b r e t h / th trees uv lunaria selektid rare n nu pomes n drawings 1957-2019 

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia bissett is a poet, editor, painter and musician. He has been a leading figure not only on the West Coast cultural scene, but in Canadian culture nationally. He is an experimental, concrete and performance poet, reciting and chanting his own work. “Make no mistake about it”, wrote one Vancouver journalist, “bill bissett’s poetry is political. How much more subversive can you get?” He has been called a “precious and non-renewable cultural resource” and “a one-man civilization”.

where and when




Email or call 514-979-3978 to register for the workshop.

For more information about the workshop, read below…


Students should be familiar with bill bissett’s work prior to the visit. He recommends selections from seagull on yonge street or canada geese mate for life, or any poem(s) from his recent work. He begins each session with a chant and then reads from his most recent collection. His readings are broken into sections, allowing for questions from students. bissett explores with students the unorthodoxies of his own forms and orthonography, and his use of these expressions as a means of illustrating the very great freedom available to students in creative writing.

You can find out more about bissett and his work here and here  and here and here and many other places besides.





FEAL Schedule

21 December 2018 – 2 January 2019

NOTE: The FEAL Exhibition of visual art will open to the public on 21 December and, in addition to the hours below, will be open by chance and by appointment.

Check back here for schedule updates. To receive notifications by email, please sign up for our mailing list using the form on the right hand side of this webpage.

If you have not sent a submission or proposal but would like to participate in FEAL 2018, it is not too late.  Just contact us by email at

Friday 21 December
  • 3pm – 9pm ~ FEAL Opening & Visual Arts Exhibition Vernissage
Saturday, 22 December
Sunday, 23 December
  • 11am  ~ Artist Talk: George Smith
  • 12pm – 5pm  FEAL Exhibition
  • 2pm ~ What is erotic?” An open discussion.
  • 4pm ~ Hot haiku & 23 recipes for kumquatsReadings from Firefly in the Room, erotic haiku by Ottawa poet Grant D. Savage plus recipes and other erotic verse by jsbauer et al., followed by open mic.
Monday, 24 December   
  • 12pm – 5pm  FEAL Exhibition 
  • 1pm  Shorts: readings of erotic stories and confessions, followed by open mic. includes a reading of Nancy Hiron’s story ‘The Clitoral Coach’ and 2 short stories, ‘In the Confessional’ and ‘The Slow-Mo Seduction’ by William Kuhns.
  • 2pm ~ Noerotic” An open discussion about the absence or loss of erotic feelings and relationships.
Tuesday, 25 December 
  • FEAL Exhibition Open by Chance or by Appointment 
Wednesday, 26 December
  • 1- 4pm ~ Posed & Propped: Erotic Life Drawing
  • 5pm – 8pm FEAL Exhibition 
Thursday, 27 December
  • 5pm – 9pm FEAL Exhibition 
  • 7 – 8pm ~ Extra Illicit Sonnets      Canada’s former Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke has generously sent FEAL a selection of verse from his books Illicit Sonnets and  Extra Illicit Sonnets. Enjoy readings of Clarke’s sonnets by various voices.
  • 8-9pm ~ More Erotic Poetry ~includes works by Giovanna Riccio https://www.giovannariccio.comRae Marie Taylor, jsbauer et al., followed by open mic.
Friday, 28 December
  • 5pm – 9pm FEAL Exhibition 
  • 6-8pm ~ Tantalizing Tales for Listeners and Tellers – Come listen to some erotic stories and passages from literature. Includes ‘Corsica’ by Mark Andrews. Readers welcome – if you have original writing or favourite literary passages or short stories to share. Contact us for details.
  • 9pm until late ~ Hot Moves - Dress like you mean it and come shake your booty to a selection of tunes chosen to get your blood moving.
Saturday, 29 December
  • 10am – 1pm ~ Posed & Propped: Erotic Life Drawing 
  • 2pm – 5pm FEAL Exhibition 
  • 4pm  ~ Artist Talk: harvey lev
Sunday, 30 December
  • 12pm – 5pm FEAL Exhibition 
  • 1:30pm  ~ Artist Talk: Bob Morouney 
  • 2pm ~ Naked or nude and why is it scary?” An open discussion.
Monday, 31 December

Only ticketholders for Titillating Tastes will be permitted entry after 7pm

Tuesday, 1 January
  • 12pm – 5pm FEAL Exhibition 
  • 2pm ~ The sensual versus the aesthestic” An open discussion of modern aesthetics and whether a work can be both artistic and erotic.
Wednesday, 2 January
  • 10am- 1pm ~ Posed & Propped: Erotic Life Drawing
  • 2pm – 5pm FEAL Exhibition