Post-reading glow: Strangers on a Train

railway club reading oct 2014Thanks to organizers of this great event.  A fine first reading of an ongoing series.  Make it out to the next one if you can – it’s worth it!  A perfect blend of spoken word artists, poets, and fiction writers throwing down at the Railway Club.  Good stuff.  And truly a pleasure and honour to read alongside Michael Turner.

Bud Talk at Heart of the City Festival

bud down hereExcited to be talking about Bud Osborn on this upcoming Heart of the City Festival event with Thursdays Writing Collective.  Sunday Nov 2nd 4:30pm.  Come hear an intro to Bud and his role as “The Poet Laureate of the Downtown Eastside” and hear some writing from the collective!

Upcoming reading at Strangers on a Train


This event is inspired both by Michael Turner’s legendary reading series (Reading Railroad) and Memewar’s reading series (Short Line), and features:

“writers from a variety of genres and backgrounds: from spoken word to highbrow prose – the up-and-coming, the student, and the venerable. The goal of the series is to encourage discussion and promote collaboration within Vancouver’s diverse literary community (or with members of other Canadian literary communities).”

I’ve been very inspired by the work of Michael Turner, so I’m very, very excited to read alongside him.  Might even ask him to sign my copy of Kingsway or Hard Core Logo.  *holds up copies and smiles like a nerd*

Also excited to hear from the other readers:

Sarah Selecky (This Cake is for the Party)
Raj Grewal (spoken word)

And as mentioned, Michael Turner (Hard Core Logo; The Pornographer’s Poem)

Lastly, Sarah’s website / writing advice is golden!

So come on down.  I’ve read at the Railway several times, and it’s always…interesting!   And there’s beer.



Event details:

Alex Leslie’s new book!

bookcoverAlex’s phenomenal new book of prose poems is out with Nightwood.  I can’t recommend this enough.  I’ll let Jen Currin’s great blurb spell it out:

“Prose poems, soundtracks, minifictions—the lyrical, multi-faceted pieces in The things I heard about you record the ways in which language makes and unmakes us.”

Buy the book here (or at your local bookshop!):

and follow Alex here: