Wah, Gardiner, Emerson, Lau reading

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This will be a reading not to miss…an immense amount of talent in one place.  I’ve posted about Elee several times, but Fred Wah, Evelyn Lau and Julie Emerson are all incredible.

Please join us for an intimate reading and discussion with an all-star lineup of local poets: Evelyn Lau, Fred Wah, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and Julie Emerson will read together for the first time – ever – at Pulpfiction Books on Tuesday, November 1st!

Doors at 7pm
Reading at 7:30pm
FREE – Books available for purchase

We’d like to acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueem and Tsleil-waututh First Nations.

About these (amazing) poets:
EVELYN LAU was born and raised in Vancouver. She published her memoir, Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, when she was 18. Evelyn’s poetry, prose and essays have been widely published, including the award-winning poetry title Living Under Plastic. She was Vancouver’s poet laureate from 2011-2014. Her latest book, Tumour, digs up her deepest fears to unearth the universal hope we all have of a life that matters.

FRED WAH was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in 1939 and grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. After graduate work with Robert Creeley and Charles Olson, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960s, founding the writing program at David Thompson University Centre (DTUC). A pioneer of online publishing, Wah has mentored a generation of some of the most exciting new voices in poetry today.

Wah is recipient of numerous awards for his writing inlcuding the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Award. Wah was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012, and served as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2013.

JULIE EMERSON is a multimedia artist and writer from Vancouver, and the author of The Herons of Stanley Park (2013, with photographer Martin Passchler) and A Hundred Days: A Botanical Novel (2012). Her work has been shown at galleries in the Lower Mainland and Mayne Island, BC. Her latest book, Twenty Seven Stings, is a suite of seventeen poems inspired by the cultural histories and military strategies that have led us into wars throughout history, from sixth century BCE China to Alexander the Great to contemporary American drone warfare.

ELEE KRALJII GARDINER is the author of the book of poems serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016) and the co-editor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). Elee founded Thursdays Writing Collective, a non-profit organization of more than 150 writers in Vancouver and she is the editor and publisher of its eight anthologies. She is originally from Boston and is a dual US/Canadian citizen.www.eleekg.com

Coming up! Upcoming! Real Vancouver!

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Summer waxes, wanes, disappears, and our old friend reappears.  Hello Real Vancouver Writer’s Series!  We’ve missed you.  The info is here, and here:

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is falling for these amazing readers as part of the Little Mountain Lit Shop.

Aaron Giovannone
FRan Cunningham a.k.a. Francine Cunningham
Hasan Namir
Lydia Kwa
Kyla Jamieson
Keri Korteling

Hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del Bucchia

Tickets atr $5 or PWYC (no one turned away for lack of funds).

 

 

Talonbooks Spring Launch!

talonTalonbooks Spring 2016 Poetry Launch is celebrating new works by Jordan Abel, bill bissett, Clint Burnham, Weyman Chan, and Carl Peters. (Weyman Chan is coming in from Calgary and bill bissett from Toronto!)

The poets will read from their brand-new books. Drinks and snacks will be served. Books will be available!

Doors open at 7:30 PM. Readings start at 8:00 with Carl Peters, Clint Burnham, and Jordan Abel, followed by a break, and then Weyman Chan and bill bissett. And Stephen Collis will host!

Free. All are welcome!

Details here.

See you there.

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Vancouver Poetry Crawl Rules!

What a day.  I couldn’t make all the events, but those that I did were, without exception, very talented folks.  Geoff Nilson read from his new chapbook We Have to Look, Shannon Rayne read several published pieces, Elee Kraljii Gardiner read from her brand-spankin new book, Serpentine Loop (out now from Anvil), and Jennifer Zilm read from her new book Waiting Room (BookThug).  We were also treated to new poems from Leah Horlick, and Cecily Nicholson took over Artspeak with her phenomenal poems and voice.  Already looking forward to next year, and hoping that organizer Kevin Spenst is doing well after a health scare…

xoxo

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Robert Creeley

CreeleyThis man rarely leaves my mind, or my pen.  As I work towards an understanding (read: impossibility of grasping air) of how remembering works, and with my mother’s fading memory, this poem cuts into my mind and leaves its own stones.

 

“I Keep to Myself Such Measures…”

I keep to myself such
measures as I care for,
daily the rocks
accumulate position.

There is nothing
but what thinking makes
it less tangible. The mind,
fast as it goes, loses

pace, puts in place of it
like rocks simple markers,
for a way only to
hopefully come back to

where it cannot. All
forgets. My mind sinks.
I hold in both hands such weight
it is my only description.

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.

East Van Publishers + ABPBC 4th Annual Holiday Hootenanny!

dogparty.jpgJoin Anvil Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, Greystone, New Star Books, Talonbooks and the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia as we merge into a festive megazord for our fourth annual holiday hootenanny at Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse!

Come enjoy snacks, drinks, and holiday cheer from 5-9pm.

There will also be a fine selection of books available for sale.

Festive frocks & sparkly attire (tinsel tuxedo anyone?) are both welcome and encouraged.

 

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