Daniel Zomparelli’s Book Launch!

terribleDaniel’s new book, Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person, is coming out from Arsenal Pulp Press! I’ve raved about him before.  If you’ve read his first book, Davie Street Translations, you know why you’ll want to be here for this.  If you haven’t, find it for purchase at your local bookstore or direct from Talonbooks here.

March 25th 7:30 pm

Cartem’s Donuts at 2190 Main St. in Vancouver

Event details here.

Daniel says:

“Hi friends and potential new friends, my book comes out soon. The launch will be at a donut shop and booze will be available along with the book.

I will probably read for a very short time but mostly would like to eat donuts and drink wine.

Here is some actual info on the book including nice things people have said about it:
http://www.arsenalpulp.com/bookinfo.php?index=458

Pulp Fiction will be at the launch to sell books because they are cuties.

The space is accesible, no stair ways and is on street level.

Hope to see you there! ♥”

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).

 

 

Reading tonight at Word Whips in the Gallery

timreadsThis is gonna be great!

Looking forward to reading alongside veterans and talented folks like Kevin Spenst and Timothy Shay at this event.  There’s a link below to see the art that the poets will be responding to as well.  See you there.

The details:

Thursday June 16, 7:00-9:00pm Free admission
Word Whips in the Gallery
To accompany “Berlin Identities” by Ira Hoffecker
Music: Kempton Dexter
Poets: Mariner Janes, Deborah L. Kelly, Kevin Spenst, Timothy Shay, Suzy Malcolm
Host: Bonnie Nish

There will be an open mic time when members of the audience will be given an opportunity to write and then read poems they have written that relate to the exhibition.

Presented by the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery in collaboration with Pandora’s Collective and the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library. Made possible by the Yosef Wosk Poetry Initiative Grant


Berlin Identities
An exhibition by Ira Hoffecker

Opening reception Th Jun 2, 7:00-9:00pm
Artist in attendance | Free admission
Exhibit continues to Jul 3, 2016

Click to view selected artwork…

My paintings are informed by the different identities cities take on over a period of time.
I am interested in how different societies transform and change city spaces over the course of the centuries. My work examines the relationships between people and cities by responding to constant change, reconstruction and restoration in the urban landscape.
Decay, erasure, covering, revealing and rebuilding take place at the same time and are part of my painting practice. I see my process of covering as a metaphor of forgetting and suppressing the past. The process of revealing and sanding the surface down alludes to a process of remembering.

http://www.irahoffecker.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/512609198939087

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.

Upcoming Reading at Dead Poets

deadThe brilliant ongoing Dead Poets Reading Series takes flight for the new year at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch on January 10th, 2016, from 3-5 PM. The reading will be hosted in the Alice MacKay Room, which is located one floor below the entry concourse (you can view a map here).

The lineup:

Robert Creeley (1926 – 2005), read by Mariner Janes
Sakutaro Hariwara (1886 – 1942), read by Sheryda Warrener
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882), read by Sheryl MacKay
C.K. Williams (1936 – 2015), read by Raoul Fernandes

Attendance is free. They start more-or-less on time, so come early to make sure you don’t miss out.

If you’ve never been to one of our readings, take a look around this website to get better acquainted with the series (including our format and history and photos from past events). And if you’d like regular updates from them about future readings, be sure to sign up for their mailing list.

Hope to see you on January 10th.

Further details are here.

 

Strangers on a Train!

strangersGreat lineup for today’s event:

Strangers on a Train is a monthly reading series, hosted by the Langara College English department, devoted to creating dialogue between writers and writing groups that would not typically interact with one another. Each event 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).

Join us on Tuesday, November 24 for the next installment of Strangers on a Train. All events are free to attend and are open to the public (19+ years).

Readings by:
George Bowering (TISH; Pinboy; Horizontal Surfaces; Kerrisdale Elegies; My Darling Nelly Grey)
Claire Battershill (Circus)
Carmen Papalia (Mobility Device; Blind Field Shuttle)
Allie Abella (Langara Student Writer)

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1675519956038374/

Three poets at People’s Coop Bookstore

Thurs Oct 22 – join Spenst, DeCroo and Steudel for what promises to be an intriguing event:

Three poets digging into the outdoors, under the city and through tunnels into the past. Bring a shovel! Bring a flask! Bring your best friend and armwrestle to see who’ll pay for drinks afterwards.

Rodney DeCroo is a singer-songwriter, poet, playwright and actor. HIs debut collection of poems Allegheny, BC was published by Nightwood Edtions in 2012 which was the basis for his play Stupid Boy in an Ugly Town that has toured across Canada . His poems have appeared recently in Event Magazine, Geist. and BC Bookworld. He has released seven critically acclaimed albums through labels such Northern Electric Records, Barge Records and his current label Tonic Records. He was recently featured on the cover of the Georgia Straight for his newest cd Campfires on the Moon for which he recently finished a cross-Canada tour.

Jeff Steudel’s poetry has appeared in several publications including, prism international, CV2, The Fiddlehead, subTerrain, and Canadian Literature. He has received the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and his work was chosen as a finalist for the cbc Literary Awards. Foreign Park is his first book of poetry. He lives in Vancouver.

Kevin Spenst is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press) and ten chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press). His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry and has appeared in dozens of publications including Prairie Fire, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014. A second collection of poetry, Ignite, is forthcoming with Anvil Press in 2016.

Full details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/758170474310662/