Who We Are:
Mcsway was founded on October 13, 2012 with the mission to reintroduce spoken poetry to the McGill community. We host activities for artists of all levels, and welcome both McGill and the general public.
We are a full-status club under McGill's Student Society, and serve both the McGill and Montreal communities. Our mission is to foster a safe(r), accessible, and inclusive space for writers and artists to build a creative community.
What We Do:
We announce new events every few weeks on social media and through our listserv. Listed here are some of our recurring activities. Interested in a collaboration? Reach out to us through email or social media!
Are you a fan of spoken word? Sign-up to perform your original pieces in a casual and supportive space, or come as an audience member to hear from our local talent! We will occasionally feature a special guest poet.
Never have time to write? Get back into the flow with some quick creative prompts. We also provide opportunities to share your work in small groups and ask for feedback.
Looking to hone your craft? Learn new writing and editing techniques at our workshops, sometimes with guest writers.
Mcsway Poetry Collective would like to acknowledge that the land we meet on in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, also known as the Keepers of the Eastern Door. The lands and waters on which we meet have long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We have a responsibility as people who enjoy this land to acknowledge that this land was taken from the Kanien’kehà:ka by settler colonialists, and that colonialism continues to exist in Canada today, through the government taking natural resources from unceded indigenous territory. One of Mcsway’s priorities is to create a safe space where indigenous writers are welcome to share their work. It’s up to us to resist colonialism in any form it may take, to bring justice for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across Canada, and to make Truth and Reconciliation real in the communities we’re part of.