Real Vancouver Writers Series this Friday!

real vancReal 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.

Goodbye to CD Wright…

cd-wright-promo_wide-127645e4eee80924001c060ccbefc1eff6d92af1.jpgWe lost a master.  This hasn’t been a great year for keeping people on the planet…so join me in a toast to CD.  Here’s her poem “Obscurity and Selfhood”.

Read more about her here.

Obscurity and Selfhood

Not far
from a college.
A man
living by himself

kept his fighting cocks in plain sight. Each had its own tether and
miniature shed and dish with embossed sobriquet. Their domestication
reserved for battle before the table. Gallus gallus domesticus. A young
male, a cockerel, my husband’s patronymic before the adoption. Some hens
are disposed to poach another’s egg. Once there were teeth. Given certain
conditions they could come back. If not a full set. Even now a breathing hole
has to be pipped for the offspring to break out. This is done with an egg tooth.
Not a true tooth. Love among the chickens involves a circle dance. He is
a wonderful dancer. It goes straight to her brain. Before and after they prefer
to wash off in dust. Ashes will work if no dust. If they aren’t forced into shedding
one another’s blood, they can live until their heart gives out.
The cock
the man
could not
He withdrew
the ring.
To settle
an unforgiven

My question is this:
Would you describe yourself
as a wanderer, a friend of the court, amicus curiae, falsely construed as a snitch, a blue yodeler,
an apostate, a lost cause, a bird in the house, a biter, a common blogger, a contender, a purse
snatcher, a false witness, a palterer, a silkie, a backyarder, channeler
for malevolent spirits, girt in the loins, figure on a shard of black pottery, moderately active, a fog
machine, a visionary miserabilist, a chook or a cuckold, a roundhead, a little seditious, a slow-wave
sleeper, a dead mule, a gongorist, honey on the comb, half goat half god, a white throwback, crossed
with a mongrel, a genesis, a retired fighting
a doll

Launch of “Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia”

Make_It_True_Front_Cover-Hi_ResPandora’s Collective Presents Twisted Poets Literary Salon:

Launch of “Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia” (Leaf Press, 2015)
Readings from the Anthology
There will be NO OPEN MIC on this night.
Host: Bonnie Nish

Featured readers:
Daphne Marlatt, Robert Lashley, Paul Nelson, Thomas Walton, Judith Roche, Crystal Hurdle, Nadine Maestas, Anastacia Tolbert, Sarah de Leeuw, Hope Anderson, Susan McCaslin, George Stanley, Stephen Collis, Cath Morris, Jordan Abel, Meredith Quartermain, Renee Rodin, Heidi Greco, Lary Timewell, Renee Saklikar, Daniela Elza.

details are here:

Submit to Repurposed


Issue Three of Repurposed will be themed around engagements with spatial appropriation. I think about how we perceive ownership of space, personal, civic, etc. and then am confronted, almost daily, with ways in which that ownership or even the notion of ownership has been challenged, confronted or merely highlighted. Any and all of these are ways in which to enter the particular space I wish to inhabit for Issue Three, I am certain there are many other ways as well. As always this call-out is open to interpretation, but remember that this magazine has a mandate, art from repurposed materials, so please read our guidelines below before submitting.


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Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is Back!

RVWS_TITLE_PIC_FIREReal Vancouver Writers’ Series returns after a brief summer hiatus for our annual Fall Literary Showcase featuring an amazing line-up of writers guaranteed to stir your cockles.

$10/sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Books will be for sale! Don’t forget cash so you can take great literature back to your own home.


Aaron Chapman
Alessandra Naccarato
Charles Demers
Jenn Farrell
Raziel Reid


Dina Del Bucchia
Sean Cranbury


Conviviality, good times, probably some games, prizes, books, living people laughing and cavorting, craft brews from Phillips Brewing Company and probably Driftwood Brewery. High quality gin cocktails, bingo dabbers, free wifi, WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT!?