Our blog is a place for CV2 staff to post about upcoming events and news related to CV2.

Out of Line issue launch

Nov 17, 2015

This Fall 2015 issue of CV2 is a collaborative project with The Winnipeg Review celebrating 40 years of poetry and critical writing in Canada.

CV2 celebrated our 40th anniversary with an issue launch at McNally Robinson Thursday, Nov 12, 2015. Photos by Janine Tschuncky.

Katherena Vermette, Michelle Elrick, Ray Hsu, Jonathan Ball, Chimwemwe Undi, and Jennifer Still, readers for the celebratory launch.


After the readings out of town guests, readers and audience members mingled, talked and exchanged stories about CV2.

Here's to 40 more!

Third Annual Undead Poets Society Social

Oct 20, 2015

It's that time of year again! Put your undead poet costumes together and get ready for some sophisticatedly eerie fun.

The 2015 Undead Poets Society Social will be hosted on October 24th at Fools & Horses (379 Broadway). The evening will include readings by local poets, drinks served up by costumed bartenders and music by CRUX. Doors open at 8:00PM and there is a $10 cover (limited capacity) or $15 pre-reserved tickets. (For advanced tickets contact:

You can also find the event on Facebook.

We encourage dressing up and there will be prizes for the most inspired poetic or literary costumes!

Carpe Cerrebulum!

Out of Line: Celebrating 40 Years

Oct 11, 2015

Contemporary Verse 2 celebrates 40 years of publishing, not by looking back, but by paying homage to the future of poetry.

The Fall 2015 issue of CV2 is a collaborative project with The Winnipeg Review celebrating 40 years of poetry and critical writing in Canada. The "Out of Line" issue features a conversation with Katherena Vermette, visual art curated by Kegan McFadden for "A Putting Down of Roots," a discussion with with Ray Hsu (accompanied by fabulous photos by Joey Armstrong), an interview with some of Winnipeg's young poets, as well as a strong collection of photography, poetry, essays and reviews.

This unique issue breaks free from CV2's usual aesthetic to combine words, images, and design together in what has become a beautiful and unique collaboration from a wide array of artists.

Purchase the issue from our website by clicking here.


And there's more! 

There are still three more events happening in the next two months as a part of "A Putting Down of Roots," CV2's 40 year celebration: 

- Wednesday, October 21 @ 12:30pm, Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg: Readings from Hannah Green and Sharanpal Ruprai

- Thursday, November 12 @ 7pm, McNally Robinson: Launch of CV2's fall issue, which includes written content accompanying the exhibit.

- Friday, November 13 @ 2:30-5:30pm, Room 2M70, University of Winnipeg: Writer's panels. Speakers include Jonathan Ball, Dennis Cooley, Clarise Foster, Ray Hsu, Maurice Mierau, Michelle Elrick, Jennifer Still and Katherena Vermette