#LetsModo: Happy 5th anniversary, Poetry is Dead!
Daniel Zomparelli is founder and Editor-In-Chief of Poetry Is Dead, a semi-annual publication devoted to poetry in Canada. Recently, PiD celebrated its 5th anniversary with a showcase of comedy, performance and poetry readings at The Cultch, and booked a Modo to get their brand new issues straight from the printer to the audience.
To celebrate our five-year anniversary, the Poetry Is Dead team decided to have a big night of readings and performances in one of Vancouver’s favourite intimate theatre, The Cultch’s Historic Theatre.
Since my local Modo is just a half block away from me – *heart eye emoji* – we booked it to make event prep a little easier. That day I picked up Cynara Geissler, guest editor of the issue and the co-host for the evening, to pick up several hundred copies of the latest issue. Grabbing the copies from our printer Hemlock and picking up a couple of balloons, we made our way to the Cultch where we picked up previous guest-editor Dina Del Bucchia.
In just a couple hours we set up, and our favourite drag performer Shanda Leer joined us for rehearsal along with comedian and the ever-so-lovely Sara Bynoe.
I always feel that personally poetry readings should expect about an audience of about 2-3 people along with the staff of the establishment, but the seats filled up in The Cultch Historic Theatre and the crowd was loud and cheerful.
The evening kicked off with a performance of Sara Bynoe reading work from her youth, which every Nirvana-loving-teen-hearted adult would understand.
As with every Poetry Is Dead event, we tricked the audience into hearing poems by mixing the event with performances and stand-up! The night had performance and readings by Adele Barclay, Dina Del Bucchia, Sara Bynoe, Kayla Czaga, Kyle Fines, Cass Keeley, Richard Kemick, Curtis LeBlanc, Poetry Is Dead’s Drag sister Shanda Leer, Geoff Nilson, Shannon Rayne, Mallory Tater, and Alicia Tobin.
There were poets reading poems from their youth, comedians reading from Tiger Beat, a battle of embarrassing youth stories between a poet and a comedian (strangely the comedian won), and even a big musical finale thanks to Cynara, Dina and Shanda.
As the evening came to a close, we packed up our magazines, dropped off our Modo, walked over to the Storm Crow Tavern and celebrated with a beer or two. Thanks for the ride Modo!