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)

 

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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:

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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.

THE WRITERS:

Aaron Chapman
Alessandra Naccarato
Charles Demers
Jenn Farrell
!Kona
Raziel Reid

THE HOSTS:

Dina Del Bucchia
Sean Cranbury

THE DEAL:

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!?

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Strangers! Trains!

The great reading series at the Railway Club resumes tonight with a stellar lineup:

strangersStrangers 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, July 21 for the next installment of Strangers on a Train. All events are free to attend and are open to the public (19+ years).

Readers include:
Clint Burnham (Smoke Show; The Benjamin Sonnets)
Stephen Collis (The Red Album; To The Barricades)
Steve Noyes (November Radio; It Is Just That Your House Is So Far Away)
Jocelyn Parr (Dawson College; Brick Magazine)
Laura Birtwhistle (Langara Student Writer)

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