I went on a bit of a road trip on Tuesday evening with Kim Fahner and her friend Brenda—a poetic road trip! Kim and our mutual friend Roger Nash had been invited to the Conspiracy of Three reading series in North Bay.
A word about the Conspiracy
Kim and I have both read at the Conspiracy before…like nearly twenty years ago (!) and on Tuesday, I learned that the series is close to twenty-five years old. The reading series that preceded it (and out of which it emerged) ran for an even longer time. So the Conspiracy has a long tradition in North Bay.
To the reading
The reading was hosted in the new location of the White Water Gallery and by Doyali Islam, who I met last year at the 100,000 poets for change event.
Also in attendance were Tim Robertson and his wife, Karin, Kevin Smith, and Natalie Wilson.
There was a brief discussion about upcoming events and the group’s concerns about Gulliver’s, a local book store that they’re trying to form a co-op for. Otherwise, this independent book store might just disappear.
Kim and Roger were the featured readers.
Afterward, the final set was for open mic participants.
I’m terrible with names, but aside from the curator of the gallery, there was a man who worked as a plumber whose poetic observations were witty and hilarious. A young poet, Mary, I believe, was also quite good, but in the way of someone new to the reading experience, she needed to project her voice just a bit more.
It was a lovely night and the worst of the shadflies were over. It started raining just as we arrived and stopped by the time we left. While this mostly served to bring out the fishy smell of the shadflies, it was lovely and cool for the ride back to Sudbury.