Ryan is one of 4 Poets Getting Gold, Dark, Crabwise & Hypothetical

May 23, 2016

I’ll be in Peterborough, Ontario on Sunday 5 June for 4 Poets Get Gold, Dark, Crabwise & Hypothetical, alongside Jeramy Dodds, Leigh Kotsilidis and Katherine Leyton. It starts at 7.30pm at The Garnet, 231 Hunter St West. Hope to see you there.

We are 4 poets, born and raised in different places, but with three things in common: we all love poems, pints and Peterborough!

Come indulge with us in our overlapping loves!

JERAMY DODDS’s first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds, won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His poems have won the CBC Literary Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award. He holds an MA in Medieval Icelandic Studies.

LEIGH KOTSILIDIS is a poet and visual artist based in Montreal. She is the co-founder of Littlefishcart Press, Fish Quill Poetry Boat, and Scientists for Love. Her first full-length poetry collection, Hypotheticals, was published in 2011 by Coach House Books; and her most recent art exhibition, Lady Into Fox, was on display at the Redpath Museum, Montreal. She currently works as Managing Editor for Vallum magazine.

KATHERINE LEYTON’s poetry and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications in Canada and abroad. Her debut collection of poetry, All the Gold Hurts My Mouth, was published by icehouse/Goose Lane in March 2016. In the summer of 2014, Katherine was the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at the Al & Eurithe Purdy A-Frame in Prince Edward County. A native of Toronto, she now lives in Ottawa. You can check out her work at

RYAN VAN WINKLE is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, The American Poetry Review, AGNI and Best Scottish Poems 2015. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. As a member of Highlight Arts he has organized festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq.

Ryan in Montréal for un Soirée Québec-Écosse

May 19, 2016

I’ll be performing at the Festival de la Poésie de Montréal with a cohort of Edinburgh-based pals — Jennifer Williams (accompanied by James Iremonger), Rachel McCrum and Peter Mackay, alongside Québecois poets Stéphane Despatie, Ian Ferrier, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Jonathan Lamy and Samuel Mercier.

It’s happening at 9pm on Thursday 2 June at Maison des écrivains (3492, avenue Laval, Montréal). If you’re in the Montréal environs, it’d be awesome to see you there.

Ryan and John Giorno interviewed

April 28, 2016

Lovely interview with the Miami New Times in the run up to our event tonight at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, covering Giorno’s career as a beat poet and his awesome Dial-a-Poem service. Give it a read!

Ryan has Nothing But the Poem in Key West

April 12, 2016

On Thursday 12 May I’ll be at The Studios of Key West, Florida, facilitating a session of the reading group Nothing But the Poem. Hope to see you there!

Nothing But the Poem with Ryan Van Winkle

Students will read a handful of poems and discuss them with a focus on feeling comfortable talking about and feeling poetry. They are fun, lively, accessible discussions for anyone interested in books or writing.

What is it?
* We read a poem
* We discuss the poem
* Only the poem we’ve read.
* No Jargon
* No experience needed
* Nothing to fear
* Nothing but the poem.

Details & Links

Class Price: $40/35 mbrs

Class Times: 6-8pm

Address: 533 Eaton Street

Ryan in Miami with John Giorno & Obsolete Media Miami

April 11, 2016

On Thursday 28 April I will be in Miami, Florida at the Institute of Contemporary Art, reading at O, Miami alongside poet and performance artist John Giorno. If you’re in the Sunshine State, come say hey!

ICA Miami and O, Miami presents poet and performance artist John Giorno. Star of Andy Warhol’s seminal film Sleep (1963) and collaborator with everyone from William S. Burroughs to Robert Moog to Patti Smith, Giorno has been at the center of experimental American art for six decades.

Giorno’s reading is preceded by a reading by poet Ryan Van Winkle and a special presentation by Miami’s own Obsolete Media Miami, the film and slide based archive curated by artists Kevin Arrow and Barron Sherer.

7pm – Reception & viewing of slides & films, presented by Obsolete Media Miami
8-9pm – Reading

What: O Miami, with John Giorno, Obsolete Media Miami and Ryan Van Winkle
When: Thursday 28 April, 7-9pm
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, 4040 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL.

Ryan with Billy Liar & Pals for Refugee Survival Trust

January 15, 2016

I’ll be co-hosting this amazing, all-night EP launch and Refugee Survival Trust benefit show, featuring so many fantastic people. All proceeds go to the RST, and you’ll have a blast. Hope to see you there.














100% of the money raised from the EP release and benefit will go directly to the Refugee Survival Trust, Edinburgh (

The RST was set up in 1996 as a reaction to the problem of refugees and asylum claimants being made destitute in Scotland. Grants made by the RST either alleviate poverty and destitution, or help refugees and asylum claimants to overcome obstacles in accessing educational and employment opportunities.

Their work is as vital today as it has ever been.

(All proceeds go to the RST)


Ryan at Rally & Broad: The Hangover Special

January 13, 2016

Very excited to be part of this unique edition of Rally & Broad, doing some very cool space-specific music, words and art. Hope to see you there!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 7 – 10pm at The Bongo Club. Tickets available in advance (and cheaper!) here or £6 on the door.

[this is an unusual show, with two spaces being used simultaneously, so we’re asking everyone to arrive on time. Tickets in advance may be advisable!]

And lo, January was upon us, and so were the mighty mighty hangovers of a helluva year. Think we’re getting out of our PJ’s anytime soon? Think on…


January brings with it two more of our ever popular Hangover Specials, where we celebrate all things fizzy, grotty and comfy. Just in time to set you up for the New Year. In Edinburgh, however, as we’ve been striving to do all year, we’re shaking it up like a raccoon in a whiskey barrel…

We’ll be curating two ssimultaneous spaces in the Bongo Club on the 22nd January, Rally’s room and Broad’s room, with very special acts in each and the audience swapping halfway through the night. The story goes that Rally & Broad have managed to lose their shoes, their memories and each other over the course of the night, and are trying to piece it all together…

Come help us do it! Along with some uplifting beats, beautiful dance and soothing, witty words to cure all ills from the likes of…



Multi-instrumentalist and astonishing vocalist whose live performances are applauded across the Scottish music scene and beyond. She blew oor little minds with her talent – and multi coloured light up trainers – in Glasgow last year, and we’re so excited to see what she’ll bring to Edinburgh this month.



Ryan Van Winkle

Edinburgh-based poet Ryan Van Winkle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Award-winning poet whose most recent collection The Good Dark (Penned in the Margins) was awarded the Saltire Society Award for Poetry in 2015. Hurrah! So very much deserved for a man who has worked tirelessly to develop poetry in Scotland and across the world, with the Scottish Poetry Library, culturelaser podcast, his award winning solo shows including Viewmaster (with Dan Gorman) and red like our room used to feel, and of course, the glorious and chaotic triumph that was The Golden Hour. We salute you.


Poet and performer whose recent work explores bed, sleep, mortality and legacy and (in oor humble) is one of the most exciting, unabashedly individual, curious and idiosyncratic voices in the Scottish spoken word scene. He’ll be in his jammies too, by the way. Just sayin.’*


One of Scotland’s leading dancers, choreographers and movement directors whose provocative, intelligent work has seen her work with other artists in many disciplines; we’re delighted to have Ruth back with a specially devised piece for the show.


Up and coming folk musician and songwriter who was recently nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, making her Rally & Broad debut. Huzzah!
* we would love it if you wanted to come along in your nightwear too. Makes us feel right at home. 

Ryan is on Tour with Saltire

November 12, 2015

Really pleased to be reading with other shortlistees for the Saltire Literary Awards. We’ll hit Waterstones Dumfries on Wednesday 12 November at 6pm, where Liz Lochhead will be joining us, before heading to Waterstones Inverness on Wednesday 19 again at 6pm, alongside Elizabeth Reeder. If you’re in the area it would be super lovely to see you.

Ryan at the 3rd International Congress of Language and Literature

October 27, 2015

poster tercer congreso lengua y literaturaI’ll be participating in the 3rd International Congress of Language and Literature at the Linares Institute of Technology, Mexico, from Monday 26 -Friday 30 October. It’s a wonderful series of events aimed at connecting people to books and literature and I’m absolutely honoured to be taking part. If you’re in Nuevo León in the next few days, I hope to see you there!

Viewmaster at Sand Festival, Norway

September 30, 2015

Delighted to be heading to the sunny climes of Kristiansand, Norway for Sand Festival, where the words and music of Viewmaster will be setting up shop from 6-10 October. Hope to see you there!

VIEWMASTER is a personal and poetic slideshow created specifically for your eyes and ears only. In less than 15 minutes Ryan Van Winkle (poet) and Dan Gorman (sound artist) guide you through a playful and surreal journey to a land far far away.

VIEWMASTER is more than just a performance. It is a riveting experience that starts in a child-like cave, before it sweeps you away to another world. An imaginative leap to a foreign land and a step back to childhood wonder – all the time being accompanied by live music and poetry. A 15-minute private, supernatural and engulfing experience.