Another great event from Sean Cranbury – wonderful readers including Annelyse Gelman, Chelene Knight, Billeh Nickerson, Rahat Kurd, Billie Livingston and Beni Xiao. Good stuff. Looking forward to the next…
Real Vancouver Writers’ Series returns in 2016 with our annual anniversary showcase on Friday February 26th at Chinatown’s The Playground (thisopenspace) located at 434 Columbia Street in Vancouver’s DTES.
The showcase is also coinciding with Freedom to Read Week and we’re happy to partner with this great organization to reaffirm our commitment to making terrible jokes and slurry proclamations, or, um, intellectual freedom, as it is guaranteed to all Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We take our jokes seriously and we hope you won’t laugh.
The stellar line-up includes:
Chelene Knight, author of Braided Skin, Mother Tongue Publishing.
Billeh Nickerson, author of Artificial Cherry, Arsenal Pulp Press.
Rahat Kurd, author of Cosmophilia, Talon Books.
Annelyse Gelman, author of Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone, published independently.
Beni Xiao, author of poems and things as yet uncollected and released upon the world.
Billie Livingston, author of The Crooked Heart of Mercy, published by Penguin Random House of Canada.
So take that cold and indifferent grip of winter!
As always admission to the event is by donation and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds.
Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is a volunteer-run independent non-profit society that produces 4 to 6 events a year showcasing the work of writers from Vancouver and beyond. We provide a welcome and convivial atmosphere to enjoy great writing and great people together in one room.
And there’s always books and beer.
A brief but good interview with Coates, who talks Shakespeare, Bernie Sanders, Sonia Sanchez, and baaaad teenage poetry.
february is the kindest month, breeding
regeneration out of the cold
flicker of pulse across the wasteland
a hand outstretched towards oblivion
and your hand
we drank coffee in the terminal
and rode the train
where you felt confined and impatient
the mountains in the distance
full of judgement and snow.
The folks at Roundhouse Radio (Vancouver 98.3FM) were good enough to have me on as part of a profile of those who appear in The Revolving City anthology that came out last year with Anvil Press. I talked with Kirsten Sharp about cities, a sense of place, the olympics, and more. You can listen to the interview here.
A great show in Vancouver last night as part of the Push festival of perfoming arts – DJ Spooky performed, accompanied by a cellist and two violinists, an improvised soundtrack to Guy Debord’s 1973 situationalist film after his book, “Society of the Spectacle”. A pretty impressive work.