Put Poets on Planes

In each of the past four years (2009–12), Vancouver Poetry House has spent between $15,000–$25,000 to send local poets to national and international slam tournaments and to bring the best poets in the world to Vancouver for events like Hullabaloo. We’re proud of this. We’ve put poets on a lot of planes.

This year we’ve partnered with Air Canada and their Beyond Miles program. You can now donate aeroplan points to Vancouver Poetry House directly and help us to put more poets on planes!

To this end, we’ve started a Beyond Miles campaign, when we raise 90,000 miles, Air Canada will donate 10,000 to help us reach our goal. That would give us enough miles to buy four return trips anywhere in North America.

Here’s how we plan to use them:

When we reach 25,000, we fly Jillian Christmas to represent Vancouver at the Women of the World poetry slam in Minneapolis.
When we reach 50,000, we fly the Halifax rep to perform in Vancouver at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam.
When we reach 75,000, we fly another SpoCan rep (to determined by random draw) to perform in Vancouver at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam.
When we reach 100,000, we fly a poet to Vancouver for a feature show.

If you don’t use or add to your aeroplan points every 12 months, they expire. What a waste! Just think about where we could be sending poets with those points.

To donate: go to http://beyondmiles.aeroplan.com/eng/partners/260