This coming Wednesday, April 8th, I’ll be doing a reading alongside the talented Kevin Spenst and the legendary Christopher Levenson and Bernice Lever. Really looking forward to this – I’ve yet to meet Christopher or Bernice, and this will be a event to remember. Hosted by the brilliant Dennis E. Bolen! Public is welcome.
Place: Alliance for Arts and Culture, 938 Howe Street, Suite 100, Vancouver BC V6Z 1N9
Time: 7-9 p.m., (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
Cost: Members no charge; Guests $10; Students (with ID) $5. Pay at the door.
Wed Apr 8: Poetry Night, hosted by Dennis E. Bolen
Featuring Mariner Janes, Christopher Levenson, Bernice Lever, and
Four BC poets read from their latest work and discuss their craft with host Dennis E. Bolen.
Mariner Janes was born in Victoria, BC, and raised in East Vancouver. His books include The Monument Cycles (Talonbooks 2013), and blueprint, a chapbook. He has also been published in West Coast Line. While studying at SFU, he co-edited iamb magazine, a venue for new and emerging writers. He lives and works in Vancouver’s Eastside. His first book, The Monument Cycles, has been called “a new urban vernacular” and part of a “growing tradition of contemporary urban poetry notable for its polyvocality”. In 2014, CBC put him on a list of “11 Canadian Writers to Watch”. He likes badly illustrated classics, llamas, and his kids. He is currently at work on a second collection of poetry and short stories.www.marinerjanes.com
Christopher Levenson, who taught English and Creative Writing for 31 years at Carleton University, Ottawa, was co-founder and first editor of Arc magazine. The first recipient in 1960 of the Eric Gregory Award, he has published eleven books of poetry, most recently Night Vision (Quattro Press, Toronto) which was a finalist last year for the Governor General’s Award for poetry. He has also translated contemporary German and Dutch poetry.
Bernice Lever has an MA English, York University. She is the long-time Writer-in-Residence for Canadian Authors Vancouver and has taught English and Creative Writing at Toronto area colleges for decades. Her prose books include a textbook for Seneca College. She is well known for editing WAVES, a literary magazine, 1972-1987. Now back in her home province and living on Bowen Island, The winner of many awards, she has thirteen poetry books published, including her latest, Red Letter Day: four are joint books, plus a book of prose, The Waiting Room. www.colourofwords.com
Kevin Spenst is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press), a coming of age narrative of growing up “post-Mennonite” in Vancouver’s suburb of Surrey. He’s also the author of the chapbooks Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite (self-published), What the Frag Meant (100 tetes press) snap (Pooka Press), and Surrey Sonnets(JackPine press). In April and May of 2014 Kevin Spenst did a 100-venue reading tour of Canada in support of chapbooks and poetry presses. His work has recently appeared in BafterC, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014. www.kevinspenst.com
The evening’s host Dennis E. Bolen has led the literary life since his late teens, experimenting with poetry in high school before taking two university degrees in creative writing. He published seven books of fiction with three different publishers over a career that saw him work as editor for sub-TERRAIN magazine, part-time editorial writer for the Vancouver Sun, and freelance literature critic for several publications. Over the years, Mr. Bolen has sat on the executive of the Canadian Authors Association and assisted with the annual Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival. His return to poetry, the largely autobiographical collection Black Liquor, was published by Caitlin Press in September 2013. www.dennisbolen.com