Readings + Festivals

kim & kristie matching playsuits
(I’m the one in the kerchief…)


Dead Poets Reading Society. Sunday 10 September 2023 @12pm

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ASLE + AESS Conference: Reclaiming the Commons, July 9-12, 2023

Screening of “Hwlhits’um | Signs.”

sfu lunchpoems

SFU Lunch Poems:
Wednesday 17 May @12pm

Featured poets Kim Trainor and Megan Jones: register at Eventbrite

Spoken INK Reading Series: Featured poet Kim Trainor, Sunday 16 April @12pm

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Literary Festival:
Saturday 15 April all day

  • “What is it like to be a tree? A workshop to explore being evergreen and deciduous.” Poetry Workshop: Register at Eventbrite!
  • Screening of “Hwlhits’um | signs”

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28 March 2023
Publication date of A thin fire runs through me
(icehouse poetry / Gooselane Editions)

trainor and bernier-cornier MARCH 2023
Poets Corner Reading Series:

15 March 2023 @7:30pm. Featured poets Kim Trainor and Dominique Bernier-Cormier.In person at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Yaletown) or by Zoom:

Hwlhits’um | signs (poster)
April 2023 through Fall 2023:
Poetry film “Hwlhits’um | signs.” As part of the installation walk quietly: ts’ekw’unshun kws qututhun (walk quietly with respect and care along the shore). Guided artist-scientist walk along Hwlhits’um (Brunswick Point) in collaboration with Hwlitsum First Nation.


28 September 2022: Performance of Ledi for Arts in the Afternoon, Douglas College.

SARS-CoV-2 poster w Cadence laurels

Cadence Video Poetry Festival 2022:

SARS-CoV-2 screening in person and virtually
as part of “As the wind is breathing” showcase :
Explorations and exploitations of sound—the sound of words, the sound of anxiety, the sound of abstraction. This showcase features works that bring ancient poetic traditions of musicality and rhythm to a contemporary foreground across Super 8 footage, paintings, performance, and animation. Some skim the surface of music video buoyancy, some are a discordant choreography of the senses, all use audio as integral to the experience of language.

Watch online, 21 April through 1 May; watch in person, 11 April through 29 April (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm), at Jack Straw Cultural Center, Seattle, WA.

Unbound Poetry Festival

SATURDAY 9 APRIL 2022, 11:45am to 12:45pm
What is it like to be a tree? Join Kim Trainor in this workshop to explore the essence of being evergreen and deciduous.
Tickets at: Eventbrite

About this event

In this workshop, each participant will write a poem from the perspective of a west coast tree. (If it’s a nice day…we could possibly head to the local forest to write for a bit.)What is it like to be a tree? We will:

• choose a tree from a selection of resources brought to the session (reference books, colour photocopies of specific trees, descriptions of their Indigenous uses);
• gather images, words, and ideas we want to use in our tree poem;

• write our poems on sheets of pale green paper;
• tie our tree poems gently to the branches of a local tree to create an art installation.
If you already have a tree you’d love to write about, spend some time with this tree in the wild, snap some photographs, feel the texture of its bark, smell and taste its resin. Bring your notes and inspiration.
Facilitator: Kim Trainor

seeds + climate change poetry reading at Douglas November 2021

Wednesday 24th November 2021: Seeds of Change: A Poetry Reading with Renee Sarojini Saklikar and Kim Trainor, DCFA Climate Emergency Speaker Series No.2.

tardigrade (poster)21st + 28th November, 2021: Screening of Tardigrade in Det Poetiske Fonotek’s Nature and Culture — International Poetry Film Festival.

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October, 2021: Three response performances of my poetry-film assemblage Ledi (Book*Hug 2018) with fiddler/composer Hazel Fairbairn at the New Media Gallery, New Westminster. Assembly features films by Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price (“A Restoration”) and visual artist Fiona Tan (“Archive”), as well as a spatial sound installation by the Swiss artist Zimoun.

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Wednesday 16 June, 2021. SFU Lunch Poems. Featured Reader with David Ly. Click on image to register!


6 June  2021. Screening of Ghost. Poetry film based on Ledi at the 9th International Video Poetry Festival, which is hosted by +the Institute [for Experimental Art] in Athens, Greece. Musical score by Hazel Fairbairn.

Debuts this Sunday! You can check out the program here and the online screening platform here.

International Video Poetry Festival - 9- poster

Wednesday 19 May, 2021. Poets Corner Reading Series. Ecopoetry. Featured Reader with Adam Dickinson. Click on the poster to register!


Integument (poster)

19-22 November 2020. Screening of “Integument.” Poetry Film based on Ledi at ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, Germany.  Musical score by Hazel Fairbairn.

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Wednesday 28th October 2020 @430pm. Authors’ Reading: Celebrating Women’s History Month: Screening of “Ghost,” a poetry film excerpted from Ledi, with musician Hazel Fairbairn. Register here.

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Sunday, 12 July 2020, 3pm: Pop-up poetry reading with Kevin Spenst outside the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub, East Vancouver (3728 Clark Drive, corner of Clark and Kingsway, one block west of Knight). Please join us!!! 😦  I had to cancel due to feeling sick + self-quarantining! 

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VIRTUAL POETRY READING this Tuesday 7 July at 630pm!! Art Song Lab 2020’s ONLINE Poetry Reading hosted by Aislinn Hunter and Massy Books. Join Art Song Lab 2020 Guest Poet Aislinn Hunter and the 2020 ASL poets for an evening of poetry readings online through Massy Books! With readings by: Bill Evans, Carrie Jenkins, Angela Rebrec, Anne de Nada, Tawahum Bige, Kim Trainor, Dawna Silver.


Thursday 11th June, 2020. 6-7:30pm. EST. (3pm Pacific!) Virtual Zoom reading. Poetry Matters, McGill University.  Tact, Distance, Excavation: An Evening with Jason Camlot, Avleen K. Mokha, and Kim Trainor.  The recording of this event can be accessed here: McGill’s Poetry Matters Audio and Visual Archive.

Sunday, 19th April, 2020. 2-4 pm.POSTPONED!! Writers’ Showcase, Vancouver Public Library. Reading from Ledi. Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8.

Wednesday, 17 June, 2020, 12pm -1pm: POSTPONED! SFU Lunch Poems, Teck Gallery, SFU Vancouver Campus — Reading with Billy-Ray Belcourt.

Friday, 15th March, 2019, 7:30pm–9:30pm : The Poetry EnJAMbment, Growing Room 2019, Vancouver, Red Gate Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston Street (Granville Island)

Saturday, 17th November, 2018, 6:30pm: New Dominion Reading Series #19, Vancouver: “Our features will be Carlie Blume, Aaron Chan and Kim Trainor. Join us in the Sun Wah Building in FLEX SPACE 308 at 268 Keefer Street in the new BC Artscape Project in Chinatown.”

Saturday, 3 November, 2018, 7pm: Reading at Librairie Drawn and Quarterly in Montreal, QC

Thursday, 1 November, 2018: Book*hug Fall 2018 Launch Party, Toronto, ON With readings by Mark Truscott, Kim Trainor, Alex Leslie, Gwen Benaway, Hana Shafi and more. More information coming soon. The Garrison, 7-11 pm.


Sunday, 14 October, 2018: Vancouver Double Book Launch: Kim Trainor, Ledi (Book*hug) and Jennifer Zilm, The Missing Field (Guernica). At Hood29 (formerly the Cottage Bistro,) 530-8pm.

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Wednesday, 10 October, 2018: Guest poet on CFRO Co-op Radio‘s Wax Poetic

January 26, 2018: Planet Earth Poetry, Victoria, BC.

19 October 2017: Single Onion Reading Series, Calgary, Alberta. Shelf Life Books, 7pm.

Saturday 29 April 2017: Authors for Indies at the People’s Co-op Bookstore, Vancouver. 2 to 4pm.

March 18th – 19th, 2016: WordsThaw 2016 & Words on Ice, Victoria, BC
–Friday 18th March, 7:30: Words on Ice: An Evening of Readings featuring Jordan Abel, M.A.C. Farrant, Stella Harvey, Jeremy Loveday, Elizabeth May, Molly Peacock,Laura Trunkey, Kim Trainor, and J.D. Zapf; hosted by Yvonne Blomer and John Barton
–Saturday 19th March, 1:30 to 3:30: “The Investigative Poet: Observer, Researcher, Analyst”: panel discussion with Kim Trainor, Arleen Paré, and Kyeren Regehr; moderator Anita Lahey

March 20th, 2016, 2pm: Poetry New West, featured poet
–at Original’s Mexican Restaurant, New West skytrain station

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February 19th – 21st, 2016: Galiano Literary Festival 2016
–Saturday, 20th February at 12:45pm: George Stanley with Kim Trainor

Friday, 12th February 2016: Flywheel Reading Series, Pages on Kensington, Calgary.
–Rael Xavier Bischoff, Nikki Sheppy, Kim Trainor

Wednesday, 10th February 2016: Pivot Readings, Toronto
–readings with Madhur Anand, Trevor Cole, Lana Pesch, & Kim Trainor

Tuesday, February 9th 2016Reading followed by discussion with Maureen Hynes at 19 Biggar Avenue (Oakwood & St. Clair West), Toronto; 7:30 pm

Wednesday, 18th November 2015 at 6:30pm: launch of Karyotype

at the Cottage Bistro: 4468 Main Street (at 27th ave)

Tuesday, 6th October, 2015 at 5pm: Prince George, Books and Company–Cafe Voltaire
–Poetry Reading with Jane Munro and Kim Trainor

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Saturday, 3rd October, 2015: Dawson Creek, Diamond Willow Retreat, 6pm


Saturday, 3rd October: Fort St. John Public Library, 2:30pm


Sunday, 27th September 2015Word Vancouver festival, 12pm on the Poetry Bus.
–“A Hint of History” with Kim Trainor, Philip Resnick, Sandy Shreve, and Daphne Marlatt

Friday, 14th May 2015Planet Earth Poetry Series: Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014.
–Victoria, 7:30pm: readings from west coast poets appearing in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014.


Sunday 29th March 2015: Best Canadian Poetry Seminar 2015: ‘The Investigative Poet’ with Anita Lahey.
–Toronto, via Skype: panel discussion with Rob Winger and Anita Lahey

§ 2 Responses to Readings + Festivals

  • Kim, I left Galiano without getting contact information for you and so I hope you read this. The first thing I thought, when I woke this morning, was: I didn’t ask Kim if she’s heard Iris DeMent’s The Trackless Woods? Her settings of some Akhmatova’s poems? I think it’s ravishing and wonder if you’ve heard the suite?

  • kim trainor says:

    Theresa, I’ll send you an email shortly — no, I haven’t heard the DeMent suite — I will search for it!

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