Off the Page – writers’ open mic this Tuesday

This Tuesday, 7pm at Red Brick Cafe (Douglas St location)
Presented as a part of Red Brick’s Community Tuesdays
For all writers; bring your work to share
For all lovers of literature; close your eyes and enjoy being read to!


Posted on January 10, 201by guelphspokenword

Jan. 10, 2015
An unfortunate situation has arisen, where Guelph Spoken Word recently received a complaint about a poet who is a part of the Guelph Spoken Word community. This confidential matter is currently unresolved. As stated in our December 1, 2014 website & facebook post Guelph Spoken Word is currently in the process of developing a policy that includes a clear and transparent process for dealing with complaints/concerns/grievances. This policy is scheduled for completion in early February. In the interim, the GSW board is dealing with this situation in a way that we believe is fair and acts in the best interests of the Guelph Spoken Word community. We highly value all members of the GSW community and are hopeful that we will be able to help bring the situation to resolution. We recognize our limitations as volunteers and people who have not been trained in conflict mitigation. For this reason are seeking advice and resources from outside our organization to understand how to move forward in this matter. If you have questions please feel free to contact

December 1, 2014

In light of recent events and conversations in the National Spoken Word community, Guelph Spoken Word has decided to develop a policy that includes a clear and transparent grievance process. We have come to feel that it is imperative to have a mechanism in place to process conflict, complaints and/or instances of grave harm that are brought to our attention.
As the Guelph Spoken Word board strives to develop and provide this new resource to our community, we would also like to recognize our limitations as volunteers; in regards to capacity, training and financial resources.
The Guelph Spoken Word board is currently reaching out to other spoken word organizers and local organizations to learn about their policies, best practices and processes. As a board we will review this information and other examples that come to our attention to draft a policy of our own. It is our intention that this policy can be used as tool, in our interest to continually improve the Guelph Spoken Word community.

If you have examples that you would like considered in our development process please
e-mail them to

Yours in growth… The Guelph Spoken Word Board
Beth Anne Ellipsis
Mark MacKinnon
Patrick Kelly
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