Teen Angst Night

Press shot from “Fuck Off and Die: Tales in Teen Angst Poetry”

It’s the show that wont die.  The show that makes much more sense to me as I get older. Back in the year 2000, in Calgary, I started a night I called Teen Angst Poetry night.  The show was to celebrate the launch of a website, an online database of the world’s worst poetry. I was 20. Then in 2005 an anthology came out Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry. Since then the show has expanded to include letters, journals, songs, plays, whatever you created as a teenager and are horribly embarrassed of today as an adult. 

Next Teen Angst Night is Monday, October 1, 2012

At East Van Comedy – Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive


Cost: $5-10 at the door (sliding scale) FREE for people that read! 


Like a literary reading, meets AA, meets stand-up comedy. In the best possible sense.

There’s bad poetry, journal entries, old songs and other teenage angst performed by people who are mortified by what they created from the bottoms of their souls, yet brave enough to share it with the world.

After all, you held on to those journals for a reason, right?Want to share your old writing?


1 – The work has to be your own. ‘The work’ can be anything: poetry, journals, letters, songs, short stories, notes passed, online chats, anything so long as it’s your own and…2- The work must have been written by you between the ages of 8-19. (Usually between the years between 10-17 are the most angst filled.)3 – You have to be at least 3 years older than you were when you wrote ‘the work.’ (You need the emotional distance to get the funny).

That’s it!

Ok, but here are some guidelines for getting the most out of your Teen Angst experience.

1 – If you come across a piece of your own Teen Angst that you want to burn or rip to shreds because it is too embarrassing- that’s the good stuff! We want to hear that!

2 – Have fun. Sure, Teen Angst is cathartic but it’s not about going back to the dark pit of despair you were in at 15 it’s about laughing at yourself when you were 15 and being to fricken’ thankful that you’re not there anymore. If you have fun sharing, we will have fun listening.

Signed up to read: (in no special order)

Michael Unger
Rachel Fox
David C. Jones
Aaron Reno 
Cheryl Cheeks
Carmen Loncar 
Karen Simonsen
Lauren Kresowaty
Bill Taylor
AND the teenage music of Dominique Fricot

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