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Words in the Park

Come on out to our special event Words in the Park, on Saturday September 27th in celebration of culture days. We have a great line-up that includes Greg "Ritallin" Frankson,The Mitchell Boys Cowboy Poetry, and poet Cat Abenstein.

When: 11am-2pm

Where: City Square Plaza Stage

11am: Mitchell Boys Cowboy Poetry

Ken Mitchell is a well-known Saskatchewan writer who has published over thirty books in his career: novels, histories, stories, poetry and dramas. His stage plays and screenplays have been produced and distributed around the globe. His screenplay for The Hounds of Notre Dame won several Genie nominations and awards; his one-man drama about Norman Bethune, Gone the Burning Sun, won the CAA Best Canadian Play award in 1985, and has been performed in many countries. His most recent book is Rhyming Wranglers, Cowboy Poets of the Canadian West, from Frontenac House in Calgary.

Ken with his brother Wayne "Slim" Mitchell perform some of the best Cowboy Poetry in the West, so don't miss out.

12pm: Greg "Ritallin" Frankson

Greg Frankson, also known as Ritallin, is the founder and Creative Director of Cytopoetics. From 2012 to 2014, Greg shared poetic commentary on current affairs as the resident poet on the CBC Radio One program Here and Now Toronto.In March 2012, he was one of four finalists on the CBC TV special Canada's Smartest Person. His poetry has also appeared on CBC Radio’s The House and Bold TV’s Creative Block. Since 2007, Greg has been active in the global mental health movement as Poet Laureate for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL).

In poetry slam he won a national team championship and placed second at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, both in 2012, and has served on the organizing committee for three Canadian Festivals of Spoken Word. He is a past National Director of Spoken Word Canada and the founder/inspiration for several spoken word and poetry slam events that currently run at the local, provincial and national levels. He was an inaugural inductee to the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour for his contributions to poetry in the national capital, and is frequently called upon for advice by spoken word artists and organizers across the country.

1pm: Cat Abenstein

Regina based poet, Cat Abenstein is brought up on dinnertime stories that weave memories into present energies. A two time Regina slam team member (2013, 2014) and an active member in the alternative music scene since 2011, Cat has travelled across Saskatchewan performing her poetry and music at events such as Ness Creek Music Festival (2011), Performers Cafe (2013), Tonight it's Poetry (2013, 2014) and Duelling Poets, a Poetry Decathlon in part of Moose Jaw's Reading Week (2014)

Cat is also a member of Regina's Word Up poetry collective, the group that organizes Regina's regular poetry slam series. While exploring the effects words have at shaping worlds, Cat continues to positively contribute to her community one piece at a time

Following Cat's performance will be an open mic for participants.

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