This is coming up this sunday in Vancouver. Elena is a talented poet, and the local community has been looking forward to the release of her first collection with anticipation. Joining her for this launch are two other local luminaries; Ray Hsu and Susan Steudel. Here’s the details!
Come celebrate the launch of Elena’s first collection of poetry, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra, published by Gaspereau Press this spring. With readings/performances by Elena and two special guests: Ray Hsu and Susan Steudel.
Doors at 7:30; performance begins at 8:00. (Feel free to arrive earlier if you like; just know that we’ll be busy setting up until 7:30.)
About the book: Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra is a collection of poems written and researched in the Yukon’s Ruby Range during the author’s time as writer-in-residence at a remote ecology research station. Earlier versions of this collection have been longlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and shortlisted for the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, and several of these poems have been published in The Fiddlehead, Arc, Dandelion and other fine publications.
About Elena: Elena Johnson is a Vancouver poet whose work has appeared in literary journals across Canada and in the UK, as well as in four anthologies. Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra is her first published collection.
– Ray Hsu is a poet, social entrepreneur, and co-founder of Art Song Lab, a collaborative institute for poets, composers, and performers; and the Medici Group, which provides art scholarships for aspiring painters in developing countries.
– Susan Steudel is the author of New Theatre (Coach House Books, 2012, poetry). Her work has been published in many literary magazines and journals in Canada. She has worked as a deckhand in the past and earns her current living as a court reporter in British Columbia.
Cafe Deux Soleils offers delicious food and drink in a warm, friendly, wheelchair-accessible environment. There is no cover charge. Books will be for sale at the event (please bring cash if you’d like to buy a book or two).
Alex’s phenomenal new book of prose poems is out with Nightwood. I can’t recommend this enough. I’ll let Jen Currin’s great blurb spell it out:
“Prose poems, soundtracks, minifictions—the lyrical, multi-faceted pieces in The things I heard about you record the ways in which language makes and unmakes us.”
Buy the book here (or at your local bookshop!):
and follow Alex here:
Congratulations to Rachel Rose, Vancouver’s new Poet Laureate! Amazing! Looking forward to the great work I know she’ll do.
The uber-talented and clever Mr. Morse wrote a series of “meta-texts”looking at different themes and ideas through the lens of many different poets. It veers from writer to artist to musician and composer with a dextrous hand. Well worth a read.
you can find Mr. Morse here:
“My antagonism toward conventional religions of all kinds is focussed on the patriarchal structure. I don’t want to become more involved with that, thank you. I want to become less involved.”
Thanks for all those who tuned in to the radio show yesterday. Was a lot of fun! Thanks also to Matt Granlund for doing a great interview and letting me read some poems into the airwavvves…here’s the podcast in case you missed it and would like to hear it. Word!
Mariner reading at launch, April 10 2013
towers spreading out
bursting like cosmic rays
running through the city like faultlines
waiting to come down
like so many paper planes
the absence of light
was the real damper
clothes air-laundered and fresh
but with a heavy layer of monoxide
and coffee and piss
Ok, trying not to come apart at the seams here – launching The Monument Cycles at the Anza Club this coming Wed 10 April at 7:30pm. Promises to be a wild event – other folks launching include Daphne Marlatt, Stephen Collis, Dina Del Bucchia, and Wanda John-Kehewin. Event details here. Would love to see you, whoever you are.
Neil Benson reading at ROCK THE BLOCK (March 28th, 2013). Well done Neil – a great reading.