Friday, 30 May 2008

Pandora's News News and More News

Well I am embarrassed to say that I have never seen Heather Haley perform. Unfortunately I have to work tomorrow night so I can't make her launch but I have no doubt it will be tremendous. If you get a change to go do!!! Other than that in the next few days I will be sending out requests for Summer Dream for volunteers. Think about whether or not you can spare a few hours(or the whole day) We need you. We definitely can't put this on alone. Until next time.. Bonnie

P u N k P o E t P r I n C e S s

AURAL Heather releases "P R I N C E S S N U T" C D

Vancouver, BC, April 11, 2008—Old School and proud of it, Heather Haley and RPW Records are gearing up for a spring release of her groundbreaking AURAL Heather cd of spoken word songs, "Princess Nut."

Come celebrate at the official AURAL Heather, "Princess Nut" CD launch, Thursday, May 29, 8 PM at the Media Club in Vancouver with AURAL Heather and special guests Kate Newman, Susan Cormier, Beth Southwell and her band, Tony Bardach (of the Pointed Sticks), Kedrick James and emcee Kyle Hawke. Poet and publisher Warren Dean Fulton will be selling pooka press wares including one of Heather 's poems featured as part of their photo booth broadside series.

AURAL Heather are touring in July with dates in Ontario, Montreal and the eastern US. View the tour schedule and listen to AURAL Heather at: Heather has videopoems and lots of other information and features at her website including her Anvil Press book of poetry. "Sideways":

AURAL Heather are available for interviews and personal appearaces. Please contact pam@rpwrecords.

AURAL Heather is Heather Haley, Roderick Shoolbraid and 'a unique, sublime fusion of song and spoken word.' Shoolbraid is a dazzling guitarist, composer, sound designer and DJ. Haley is a maverick poet, singer, author and media artist often found pushing boundaries and always on the vanguard. 'A Canadian national treasure,' Haley started writing verse in high school influenced by poets like bp Nichol, ee cummings and Susan Musgrave. Her life as a bona fide artist began on the stage of the infamous Smilin' Buddha fronting the all-girl punk band the Zellots. She was a member of The 45s with Randy Rampage and Brad Kent of DOA and the Avengers. Later she formed HHZ-Heather Haley & the Zellots-praised by music critic Craig Lee as one of 'Ten Great LA Bands'. She has made a commitment to honesty, feeling, craft and a sense of the absurd. 'Supple and unusual', her work asks all the questions a nice girl's not supposed to ask.

Haley is a gutsy and compelling performer who enjoyed a stint as an official BC Transit busker and has appeared at the Vancouver International Writers Festival, Crush Champagne Lounge, the Lamplighter Pub, Rime, Thundering Word Heard, the Art Bar in Toronto, Words & Music in Montreal, the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, Red Sky Poetry Theatre in Seattle, Shakespeare & Sons in Prague, the Roar Lit Crawl with Edmonton's Raving Poets band and on CBC and Book Television.

In 2004, she teamed up with Roderick Shoolbraid to produce a series of live shows and their first cd, Surfing Season. As Haley returns to her roots, their sound has evolved into the spoken word songs of AURAL Heather . This is 'brawny, uncompromising language from a voice that demands to be reckoned with' and there is nothing precious or flowery about the poetry on 'Princess Nut.' It rocks, in more ways than one!

Praise for Surfing Season:

"Beautiful. A credit to the genre."-Ian Ferrier, Wired on Words

"Great job! An auspicious disc. One of the best albums of its kind."-Kurt Heintz, e-poets

"Important work."-Poseybeat

RPW Records is an independent label in British Columbia, Canada that showcases, promotes and sells independent music. They produce the compilation albums Violent Femmes and Coffee Music for Coffee Beings. Further information on AURAL Heather and Heather Haley is available through her website, as well as four tracks from 3Princess Nut2


Dear Friends and Supporters of Grab News,

I am pleased to support a play mounted by one of our featured artists,

Jessi Nicholson, and her friend and co-creator, Terri Lyn Storey, with

Grade 5 to 7 students at Grandview Elementary School this Friday

evening, May 30th. If you have the time, please take it in. Read more about

it below.

And, if you missed the article about Jessi that ran in Grab News a few

weeks ago, please go to with your web browser.

You won't be disappointed.


Rod Drown

Grab News




SATURDAY MAY 31st, 7PM, 123 -1208 Homer Street

(work by Iraqi artist Hana Malallah)

Hadani Ditmars reads from Dancing in the No Fly Zone: a Woman's Journey

Through Iraq and discusses Iraqi culture under siege. Her critically acclaimed

book documents the old secular culture in Iraq that survived sanctions and

Saddam, but not invasion and occupation. Iraqi visual artists Riad Hashim, Nbil

Ali and Jabbar al Janabi will also discuss their work.

Not just another batch of war stories, Ditmars' fine reports from Iraq reveal

aspects of the country - both pre- and post-invasion - that the battlefield junkies

overlook. From the comic actor who adores Mr. Bean and the conductor who

brings Berlioz to Baghdad to the artists and cabaret stars, she seeks out Iraq's

dogged creative spirits, and touches places in the nation's soul that horrorheadlines

never reach. Boyd Tonkin London Independent Review

Media Inquiries: 604 733 8593


Attention all fans and participants of Vancouver's Finest Open Mic.............

Special Attention upcoming Features---- Jess Hill... Ms. Spelt... Blackberry Wood & Brendan McLeod ......

-----Thundering Word-----

At the Cafe` Montmartre, 4362 Main street, Vancouver, B.C. ( at 28th ave. )

Beginning on June 15th Thundering Word will be starting at our new "Summer Hours"

As you all know the original Signup time was 7:30 and the show began at 8pm sharp

From June 15th to sometime in the September that will be changed to:

-----Signups at 8:30---Show at 9pm sharp!!-----

The reason for this is simple. It's just silly to try and compete with the Summer Sunshine!

No kidding, folks, the people of this city are starved for the sun and we understand!

But good food, good drinks and great Entertaiment are still required

So to accomodate both needs we are starting an hour later.

Nothing else will change.

We are still on the 1st, 3rd and, if there is one, 5th Sunday every month

This Sunday we will have our last 7:30 signup/8pm start ( until the Fall )

Our featured performer will be, from Toronto:

====Electric John====

We are not 100% sure what he does or will do....

But we have been assured that he IS electrifying!

This might just be one of those things that you'd best turn out for!!

And not just the feature... as usual we'll have some terrific Open Mic

We are wide open to Music, Comedy, Poetry and what ever else you have...

You never know what you're going to get at Thundering Word!!

Hosted By: Wanda-Sue Nowicki & Bill McNamara T-Paul lives!!


Kwantlen University College



Monday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m.

Room G1205 (Conference Centre)

Kwantlen University College

12666 - 72nd Ave.


A FREE EVENT - All Welcome

CHRISTOPHER DEWDNEY is a poet who has also written extensively about science, technology, language, culture, and media. Winner of the 2007 Harbourfront Festival Prize, he is the author of four books of non-fiction and eleven books of poetry. A four-time nominee for the Governor-General's Award, he has won first prize in the CBC Literary Competition for poetry. In 2005 his book _Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark_ was nominated for both a Governor-General's Award and the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction, and was published in seven countries. Dewdney lives in Toronto, where he teaches writing at York University. This spring HarperCollins published his newest non-fiction title, _Soul of the World: Unlocking the Secrets of Time_.

Mr. Dewdney will read selections from both his poetry and his non-fiction prose works.


Top of Form

Bottom of Form

RC invited you to "Lipsmacker Crackerjack Youth Slam #6 featuring

Jessica Lohafer" on Monday, June 23 at 8:00pm.

Event: Lipsmacker Crackerjack Youth Slam #6 featuring Jessica Lohafer

Bring the noize girlz and boyzzz you could win MONEY!"

What: Performance

Host: RC Weslowski

When: Monday, June 23 at 8:00pm

Where: Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive



Volunteer/Intern Needed

Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine

Responsibilities will include data entry and contest sorting.


Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Digest Vol 2, No 13

Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Digest
Volume 02 : Number 13
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Preparations for Post-Conference Publications:

The organizers are excited to announce that plans are underway for producing post-conference publications based on selected contributions to Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice:

1) Bruce Arrigo, Editor-in-Chief of the book series Critical Perspectives in Criminology (University of Illinois Press) and Criminal Justice and Psychology (Carolina Academic Press), has expressed interest in publishing edited volumes under one or both of these labels that will: (1) reflect the broad contours of the MCSJ conference; or (2) highlight particularly compelling themes addressed by various conference participants. Dr. Arrigo will be in attendance throughout the conference to discuss the plans for these envisioned book projects.

2) Brenda LeFrançois, Editor of the Radical Psychology, reports that the journal's board is interested in publishing a special issue featuring papers from the conference. Dr. LeFrançois will also be attending in June to participate in the conference program and confer about the options for this special issue.

Below you will find brief descriptions of these two book series, along with journal details on Radical Psychology. For further information, or to express interest in contributing to one or more of these ventures, please contact the editors or direct an email to Robert Menzies at

Critical Perspectives in Criminology:

The Book Series, Critical Perspectives in Criminology, publishes volumes on a wide-range of enduring or emerging topics in socio-legal studies; philosophy of crime or punishment; clinical criminology; social and economic justice; and political or global violence. The Series especially welcomes projects that articulate the relevance of cutting-edge or radical theory for promoting social change and human welfare in the policy arena. Recent books in the Series include:

L. Presser, Been a Heavy Life: Stories of Violent Men (2008).
M. Hallet, Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective (2006).
B. A. Arrigo & C. R. Williams (Eds.), Philosophy, Crime, and Criminology (2006).

For more information about the Book Series, please send all inquiries to Bruce A. Arrigo, Editor-in-Chief, at

Criminal Justice and Psychology:

The Book Series, Criminal Justice and Psychology, publishes volumes that explore current problems at the intersection of law, psychology, and justice. This includes more conventional topics in mental health law and police or correctional psychology, as well as novel issues in therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, psycholegal ethics, and institutional/programmatic reform The Series especially welcomes projects that examine the relationship between the mental health and justice systems in their everyday (and ideological) contexts. Recent books in the Series include:

C. J. Vitello and E. W. Hickey The Myth of a Psychiatric Crime Wave (2006).
N. L. Claussen & B. A. Arrigo, Police Corruption and Psychological Testing (2004).
M. C. Bardwell & B. A. Arrigo Criminal Competency on Trial (2002).

For more information about the Book Series, please send all inquiries to Bruce A. Arrigo, Editor-in-Chief, at

Radical Psychology:

Radical Psychology,
a journal of the Radical Psychology Network, provides a forum for scholars interested in social justice and the betterment of human welfare but dissatisfied with the manner in which mainstream psychology has addressed these issues. Subjects addressed by the journal include, but are not limited to: anti-psychiatry, qualitative methods, political psychology, feminism, anti-racism, multiculturalism, radical clinical theory, critical theory, critiques of mainstream psychology, and history of psychology.

The Radical Psychology Network seeks like-minded psychologists and others to help create a society better able to meet human needs and bring about social justice. We want to change society's unacceptable status quo and bring about a better world.

And we want to change the status quo of psychology, too. We challenge psychology's traditional focus on minor reform, because enhancing human welfare demands fundamental social change instead. Moreover, psychology itself has too often oppressed people rather than liberated them.

No attempt has been made to define the word 'radical'. We believe that our diversity is our strength; no single approach to psychology has a monopoly on the truth nor exclusive claim to the term 'radical'.

Poetry with Shauna Paull

Here are some wonderful opportunities to study and practice poetry:

  • the poetry studio, shadbolt centre for the ARTS, Burnaby: this is a similar format although we will be meeting at the shad every two weeks from February through to April. We will have two guest poets join us for two of the classes & a weekly cyber writing exercise just to help keep us going. the last session will constitute the second annual poetry bash at the shad (april 26, 2009) and we are hoping the guest poets will join us.

DATES: Feb 1, 15; Mar 1, 15, 29; April 19, 26

TIME: 1:30 - 4:30

COST: we are costing this out at the shad and it is looking like it will be around $200 -- to be confirmed

  • [Breaking] the Writing Habit, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (with the grand & beloved Ingrid Rose) - most of you have already taken this at least once but this is just a reminder should you wish to engage with some writing support during the summer. DATES: Wednesday Evenings: June 25 onwards for 8 weeks, Time: 6:30-9:30
  • Summer Writing at the SHADBOLDT Centre: a week long morning writing course for emerging writers. July 28 - August 1; 10 am -noon. This is usually a cross-genre, literature based course intended to excite writers toward a sustained practice.

shauna paull
red moon ink
research, writing & editing
vancouver, canada

words are cells of energy
jeanette winterson

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Book News Vol. 3 No. 30


Simon Winchester
7:30 pm, Friday May 30 at Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC

The bestselling author of A Crack in the Edge of the World and The Professor and the Madman will talk with VIWF Artistic Director Hal Wake about his new book, The Man Who Loved China: Joseph Needham and the Making of a Masterpiece.

In The Man Who Loved China, Simon Winchester brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country. Both epic and intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life, an unforgettable tale of what makes men, nations, and mankind itself great.

Tickets will be available at the door or at Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 604.280.3311 or Information: or call 604.681.6330.

To read a recent interview with Simon Winchester and a review of his book follow these links:

The Vancouver International Writers Festival presents the sixth annual

A Dram Come True
Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sampling
Tickets are still available! Sample a variety of single malts, including rare bottlings not otherwise available in BC. Limited edition bottlings of rare malts and other select items will be available at auction. 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday, June 6 in a Shaughnessy heritage home.
Tickets: $75 Order on line at or call 604 681 6330 ext 104.

Donate Your Aeroplan Points!
Bring internationally renowned authors to the 21st annual Vancouver International Writers Festival by donating your points.

This week in Writers' Rooms poet and novelist Andrea MacPherson explains why her office is an anomaly in her house.

Novelist, screenwriter and playwright Hanif Kureishi blames creative writing programs for setting up "false expectations among students that a literary career will inevitably follow.",,2282239,00.html

BookExpo America takes place in Los Angeles this weekend and while the environment will be the topic of several panel discussions, the convention organizers admit that improvement can still be made in their green-related efforts.

Filming has wrapped on the movie version of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road. The NY Times talks to the cast and crew about the process of adapting the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel.


Montreal writer Andrew Hood has won the fourth annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award for his collection of short stories Pardon Our Monsters.

Barbara Gowdy and Dennis Lee are among those shortlisted in the English category for the Trillium prize.

Anna Porter's Kasztner's Train is one of eight winners of the 20th annual Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards. For the full list follow this link:

The winners of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards have been announced:


Critics all around are calling Joseph O'Neill's novel Netherland the book that finally gets the texture and intimacies of the world post-9/11 right.,,2282150,00.html

Robert Wiersema writes that Paul Quarrington's latest novel The Ravine "will make you laugh, as well as think and feel."

John Burns reviews the latest in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith, The Miracle at Speedy Motors.

What makes Ma Jian's novel Beijing Coma controversial is that it focuses not on the 1989 government crackdown in Tiananmen Square but on the "collapse that precedes the crush."

Sadie Jones' first novel The Outcast is nominated for the Orange Prize, the winner of which will be announced next Wednesday. In this interview in the Globe & Mail she talks about her experience as a screenwriter, her decision to set the book in the fifties, and why she feels misunderstood.
The Georgia Straight reviews The Outcast and tributes the author's technical skill to her training as a screenwriter.

The NY Times interviews Salman Rushdie upon the US release of The Enchantress of Florence.
Although Enchantress is being dubbed a "historical" novel, Joyce Carol Oates says that readers expecting a "conventional 'historical novel' should be forewarned: this is 'history' jubilantly mixed with postmodernist magic realism."

Haruki Murakami talks about how translating classics like as J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," improved his own writing.


Appearance by the author/illustrator of the Scaredy Squirrel series. Thursday, May 29 at 7:00pm at St. James Community Square (3214 10th Ave. W.). Ticketing and information at

Author reads at a launch of his new book of poetry, Bowling Pin Fire. Thursday, May 29 at 7:00pm. Little Sisters Bookstore (1238 Davie).

Reads from his book Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver. Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact VPL at 604-331-3603.

Launch of The Echoing Years: An Anthology of Poetry from Canada & Ireland. Featuring readings by Gary Geddes, Susan Musgrave, Joanne Arnott, George McWhirter and many others. Saturday, May 31 at 7:00pm. Cedar Room, Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall, UBC.

Gala launch/reading of West Coast Line, The Roy Miki issue. Readings by Marie Annharte Baker, George Bowering, Colin Browne, Jeff Derksen and many others. Thursday, May 29 at 8:00pm. The Anza Club, 3 West 8th (between Main and Cambie). See for more information.

Author reads from her best-selling book, Dancing in the No Fly Zone: A Woman's Journey through Iraq. Saturday, May 31 at 7:00pm, free. Yaletown Gallery (123-1208 Homer St.). More information at

The woman who first brought the issue of spousal abuse to the forefront in Canada presents her memoir No Laughing Matter: Adventure, Activism and Politics. Monday, June 2 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

The evening of Monday June 2nd will see Governor-General's Award finalist, poet Brian Henderson reading from his latest collection, Nerve Language. Monday, June 2 at 7:30pm. Location: #90-1959-152nd Street - in the 'south arm' of Windsor Square Mall. Parking is at the back of the building. Hosted by the White Rock and District Community Arts Council. To register and for more information:

Readings by poets Karen Houle (Ballast) and Rob Winger (Muybridge's Horse). Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street). More info:

Reading by the author of queersexlife: Autobiographical Notes on Sexuality, Gender & Identity. Wednesday, June 4 at 7:00pm, free. Little Sister's Books (1238 Davie St.). For more information: 604.687.4233.

The author reads from his most recent book, Soul of the World, which deals with time in all of its multi-faceted aspects, from physical properties to metaphysical dimensions. Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

How does literary culture and our perception of history change as the world grows smaller? Author discusses his new book, The Afterlife of Culture. Thursday, June 5 at 6:30pm, free. Refreshments will be served. Pulpfiction Books (2422 Main St.).

Jack Christie will be presenting photos and a wide range of road-tested tips for summer adventuring, taken from his new book Best Weekend Getaways from Vancouver. Thursday, June 5 at 7:00pm, free but space is limited. Pre-register at the McGill Branch Information Desk or phone 604-299-8955. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert Street).

Governor General award-winning Manitoba novelist Miriam Toews stars in a film about a couple and their children in a Mennonite community outside Chihuahua.Thursday, June 5 at 7:00 & 9:00pm. Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street). Info at

New York Times bestselling author John Connolly reads from his new thriller, The Reapers. Thursday, June 5 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Join author and North Vancouver native Joanna Van Der Gracht de Rosado as she shares her stories of moving to and then living in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for more than 30 years. Thursday, June 5th at 7:00pm. No charge but please pre-register at 604-929-3727. Parkgate Branch Library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Info: 604.929.3727.

Peter Hallward's
book Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment examines the unceasing hostility that the Lavala movement has faced from Haiti's wealthy elite and their foreign backers. Saturday, June 7 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Elizabeth George fans rejoice! The CBC Radio Studio One Book Club welcomes Elizabeth with her new Inspector Lynley novel Careless in Red on Sunday June 8, at 11:30 am at the CBC. This is your chance to join the conversation with the writer The New York Times calls "A master of the British mystery". Sheryl MacKay will be joined by guest co-host John Burns of Vancouver Magazine. To win tickets, go to


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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Music Workshop

Free Workshop with the Highs and Lows Choir

If you enjoy singing, love music and having fun, come check out our free workshop. The Highs and Lows Choir is offering a workshop to anyone wanting to find a new social and creative outlet. At this workshop you'llh ave a chance to sing with a choir and meet new people. We accept all singing levels.

Music lightens our heart and gives us a new way of seeing the world. Anyone with a fear of music will have the opportunity to relax in this experiene.

There are no auditions, just music, music, music! So come out and have some fun.

June 24, 1-2pm
4088 Cambie Street
(corner of King Edward)
Suite 200 - 2nd Floor - turn right off the elevator

For more information call 604-482-3744

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

New Consumer Initiatives Project - Computer Tech Program

Computer Technician Program

    · Would you like to learn how and become internationally certified as a Computer technician?

    · Would you like to work as a computer technician?

If you have a mental illness and answered 'yes' to these questions then sign up for the A+ Computer Technician program.

This 52 week program will be taught from 1:30 to 3:30 Wednesdays at the Coast Clubhouse which is located at 295 East 11th.

To register email:

This is a Consumer Initiative Fund project and brought to you by The Consumer Initiative Fund and Coast Mental Health.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Lots of News

Word Whips will have a new date and location as of June. We have found a new home at the Vancouver Public Library Britannia Branch in the gallery area. We are very excited about this and hope you will be able to come out and bring your words to do some writing with us on Tuesday June 24th. It will be the last Tuesday of the month from now on from 7-8:30 pm. We want to thank the library for giving us this space.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our scholarship fund. This year's recipient is so talented and deserving - Julian Legere. You may have seen him at the Poet's and Painters show. He was the teen who contributed. Look for his information soon.

On Wednesday we will be heading out to the Revisions Reading Series. If you would like to join our poetry troop and head out there with us and would like to meet a head of time to car pool please let me know. Bring your words and be prepared for a fun evening.

See you somewhere soon. Bonnie

PS I started to put this in order but have given up. So sorry….

Pandora's Events


Visit cultural venues with other Pandora's Collective members. Bring your words, your journals, your sketch books. We'll drop in on literary events, go to art galleries, participate in readings, support local bands and more. Membership is free. Coordinators: Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni (

Upcoming Rendezvous: Wednesday May 21, 2008 - REVISIONS READING SERIES - please see their press release below and bring poetry to read as part of the Pandora's Collective Poetry Troop during their open mic. RSVP for car pooling details.

Wednesday May 21, 2008
(and 3rd Wednesday of every month)
ReVisions Readings are run by the Burnaby Writers' Society, which has been publishing its famed market newsletter and running workshops, contests and readings in Burnaby for over a quarter century. ReVisions, a monthly September through June open mic, remains one of the friendliest reading venues in the Lower Mainland. If you've never read in public before, this laid-back open mic is a great place to begin.
Hosted by: Sheila Rosen
Time: 8-10pm
Location: Myles of Beans
1-7010 Kingsway Ave. Burnaby


Other Events of Interest














SWEATER VEST is the poetry/prog-alt-country group headed up by the Chipotle Brothers, Tiger and Rasputin.

They are orphans who adopted each other after their polygamous parents died in the Hope Slide.

Music has been the only thing that has kept one of them from going insane.

This is the 3rd reunion tour for the both of them.







This night will also be a fundraiser in honour of Iris Semczyszyn-Mercier.


Here is the listing for Story Slam Wednesday 28th May.

Story Slam at Our Town Cafe 245 E. Broadway, Vancouver

every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month @ 8.30pm.

Eight storytellers competing for prizes and a place in

the finals. First come, first served. Sign up from

7.30pm. Hosted by Ivan Penaluna.

For more info visit


"Spillious Speak 'n Sing - May 21 - featuring KATIE

F-S" on Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00pm.

Sean says, "If any of you have heard my Omaha poem, come out and meet

the inspiration doing her own work. If you haven't, please come out to

hear one of the most beautiful powerful out of town voices we've heard

in vancouver in a long time. ".

Event: Spillious Speak 'n Sing - May 21 - featuring KATIE F-S

What: Jam Session

Host: Spillious Speak & Sing

When: Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00pm

Where: Cottage Bistro


Hi Friends,

Steve Duncan & I are featuring at Music & More this Thursday along with dancer Natalie Hobbs (details below). I think it'll be a fun evening -- it would be a pleasure to share it with you!



Literary: Poets Norwich & Duncan Explore Duality

Creation. Destruction. Light and dark. Join Commercial Drive poets Steve Duncan and Marni Norwich and dancer Natalie Hobbs as they explore the theme of duality in a performance that combines spoken word and improvisational movement.

Take Eve's Eden and the fickle wishbone of relationship and juxtapose them with the gritty substance of modern urban life

Music and More on Main
Thursday, May 22nd
Featured performance: 8:45 - 9:15 p.m.
Doors: 7:30pm
Open Mic: 8pm
By Donation
Hosted by Rick Keating

Little Mountain Neighborhood House
3981 Main Street
For more information call 604-788-8340
or email


Events From Far and Away

Hello Everyone,

My time in Turkey is coming to an end, and I will be back in San Francisco by Wednesday evening.
We attended many concerts in this tour, including a gypsy festival where Nancy Wakeman and I
pushed through a crowd of thousands to get from one stage to another; and a magical cave concert
where we recited poetry. I also attended the first Istanbul International Poetry Festival, where poets
from Greece, Iran, Spain, France, Canada, etc. came together to read in historical venues like the underground
cisterns and on a boat touring the Bosphorous. The food is of course amazing, especially their yogurt
and honey and the baklavas...mmmm, mouth watering!

Getting back to business, we still have a few spaces for the upcoming Poetry Salon with Tureeda Mikell.
Please e-mail me if you would like to join us this Sunday (May 25) at 4pm. This is a potluck event so
bring some food to share. I'll cook something Turkish.

Mark your calendar for the Poets with Trees picnic reading on the following Sunday June 1. Can you
believe this is the third year? Come and have fun with us:

Share your words and eat your sandwich among
people, birds, trees, and, one hopes, with the sun.

Sunday JUNE 1, 2008 (11am - 3pm)

Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco.
At the end of Clement Street by the ocean.
Geary #38 bus final stop (THE ONE THAT SAYS

Bring poems of your own or poems by your favorite poets.
Multiple reading stations.

Bring your own lunch, and an additional goodie to share.
Readings finish, clean up and disperse by 3pm.

So much for now. See you soon.

form Istanbul with love,

Clara Hsu
301 Gambier Street
San Francisco, CA 94134-1341

tel: 415-244-1317


Other Things

Greenboathouse Books: 1999-2008
Ten Years of Chapbooks

This summer marks 10 years of chapbooks from Greenboathouse Books, and we're pleased to announce the release of our latest and LAST title: Jay Millar's Woods | Pages, a meditative exploration of language and the natural world.

Jay's book marks our 23rd title, and with production now complete, we're excited to let it loose into the world as the final Greenboathouse Books project. Over the next month or two, all things Greenboathouse Books will be sorted and cleaned up, loose ends tied, and the boathouse boarded up. It's been exciting, and challenging, and rewarding, and the feedback from writers and readers alike has always made Greenboathouse Books a pleasure to produce, but it's time for new and different challenges.

If this is a surprise, or if you're curious to hear more (oh yes, there will be more), please visit the website, which will be live for another couple of months. There you'll find not only info on future plans (exciting, big plans), but you'll also be able to order your copy of Jay's book, which we're expecting to sell out quickly (advance orders have already nabbed 30% of the print run).

You might be interested in our special offer of our last two titles together at a 10% discount, or the one-shot only Super-Bundle: a collection of rare copies plucked from the Greenboathouse archive which have been unavailable, in some cases, for years. There's only one of these bundles, so if you're at all interested, grab it quickly.

It's a beautiful day here in the Okanagan, and once this press release is sent off, I'm heading out to the boathouse to spend the afternoon reading, building a new book shelf, and tidying up the beach as the lake level begins to rise. That's where all this book business started, and that's where I'm heading today.

Thank you so much to everyone who's supported our efforts over the years, and we'll look forward to crossing paths again down the road...

Jason Dewinetz
Publisher, Editor, Designer, etc.
Greenboathouse Books


Boxcar Poetry Review - Issue #14 is Up

Just a quick note to let you know that issue #14 is now up.

(We apologize for the delay -- normally we're up on the 15th, but fell

behind due to other deadlines.)

In this issue:


* Derek Henderson: "The Road Along St. Jude's"

* Tammy Ho: "Elegy to a Brother Who Wrote Autobiographical Poems"

* Mara Michael Jebsen: "Summer Office With a Small View of Grand


* Christina Kallery: "Boogie Nights: A Sestina"

* Julianna McCarthy: "How It Was"

* Michelle Menting: "The Bundling Board"

* Kevin Oberlin: "The Doctor Attempts to Heal His Sister Through Her

Own Beauty"

* Matthew Olzmann: "While Scratching My Wife’s Back, I Calculate

the Distance Between Sky and Earth"

* Doug Ramspeck: "Stillborn"

* Lafayette Wattles: "Sometimes a Deer is Just a Deer"

Interviews & Conversations

* Amaud J. Johnson & Douglas Kearney

* Jay Leeming & Matthew Thorburn


* Andrew Kozma's City of Regret reviewed by Amanda Lleshdedaj

* Purvi Shah's terrain tracks reviewed by Soham Patel


* Gabriola Island


Neil Aitken, Editor

Boxcar Poetry Review


From Randy

Below are the details to a spoken word event that I've been asked to


along. Apparently Katherine has 5 people confirmed so far and she

wants 12

poets in total.

It's on the Labour Day long weekend. I don't know if there is any pay

involved. I kind of doubt it but you would get a "words of wisdom"


It's from 2-3 in the afternoon. The content must be family friendly or


least suitable for all ages. She's looking for a variety of styles.


have tents so it will be a rain or shine event.

Please get a hold of Katherine if you are interested in participating.

Don't contact me...I'm just forwarding it along. Her email and phone


is just below.

-----Original Message-----

From: Katherine Polgrain <>

To: <>

Date: Monday, May 19, 2008 12:31 PM

Subject: "Speaking Words Of Wisdom" spoken word event

Hi I am contacting you to ask if you might be interested to perform at


spoken word event Aug 31st?

I coordinate an outdoor artist market hosted by Britannia Community


called Artful Sundays. It is outside in Napier Square starting Sunday


27-Sunday Aug 31st.(6 Sundays) On the last day (Aug 31)I am organizing

"Speaking Words Of Wisdom", 12 spoken word performers, each having 5

minutes, the event will be a part of the Artful Sundays finale. Can you


me know if you might be interested? As well please pass on this Call>



Katherine Polgrain


Phone (604)255-3956


Call for submissions:

Moondance magazine, an online international women's literary, culture and art journal is looking for poetry.

The theme for the summer issue is "Woman's life and the invisible."

All poetry submissions will be considered.

Deadline for submission is: June 10

To submit your poems contact poetry editor, Lys Anzia, via:

Please title your submission email: MD Poetry Submission

Link to Moondance magazine:

For more info about Moondance magazine:


world news - book reviews - women news - stagescripts

"To accomplish anything first we must believe."

Sunday May 25, 2008

Museum of Anthropology

Artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas presents his newest book Flight of the Hummingbird. Michael will share how an indigenous parable from South

America reflects social activism in North America and has become part of a wave of environmental activism in Japan. Michael will talk about the experience of creating art as an essential aspect of being a good citizen.

2:00 pm Presentation in the Great Hall, included with admission to Museum exhibition (General $9, Students & Seniors $7, Children free) 3:15 pm Book signing and reception adjacent to the gift shop, admission is free.

A lucky audience member will win a reproduction of artwork from the book

Time: 2 – 4:30 pm

Location: Museum of Anthropology, UBC

Cost: free admission to the signing; free (children) - $9 for admission to the museum and the presentation

Contact: Tel: 604.822.5087



Talk to an indexer and you'll most likely find a person who 1) is also an editor, and 2) loves her work. Isn't indexing an item you should include in your list of services? It's so easy to say to the client whose report you have just edited, "Your report is great, but wouldn't it help if it had an index?" This session may well be your first step to developing a new skill and to increasing your income.

In this informative session, librarian Annette Lorek will address the following questions:

  • What is indexing?
  • What software do indexers use?
  • How do you learn to index?
  • What kind of clients do indexers have?
  • How do indexers charge for their services?
  • Is indexing a service you should offer?

ANNETTE LOREK is a librarian at Capilano College and principal of Infoplex Information Associates Inc., a company specializing in indexing services.

Pre-registration is not required. EAC members attend for free, but must
check in at the registration table to verify current membership. Non-member
admission is $10 at the door ($5 for students with valid ID).

Be sure to enter your name in our door prize draw. The winner will receive
free admission to one EAC-BC workshop (in 2008-2009). And please join us
after the program for mingling and networking over light refreshments. This
is our last meeting until September.

The YWCA is located on the west side of Hornby Street between Dunsmuir and
Pender, one block northeast of the Burrard SkyTrain Station. Parking for the
evening is available across the street for $4.00 after 6:00 pm. Street
parking is also available, although it is metered until 8:00 pm.

Peter Moskos and Gary Lund, Programs Coordinators
Editors' Association of Canada–BC Branch


Hi everyone,
Long time no communicate!  Just wanted to let you know that I am 
starting a new salsa dance team for local salsa shows.  Any 
accomplished dancers will get the opportunity to perform 
For more information, please contact me at 604-685-2846
New beginner salsa classes start on Monday May 26 - June 23 at Coal 
Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton St at Hastings.
For classes on Tuesday at UBC, Wednesday at SFU, Thursday at West End 
Community Centre, and Fridays at YWCA, please contact me at 604-685-
We are working on a brand new website that will be launched in a 
couple of weeks at


Hi Folks,

Well, this will be a short letter.
Let's start with an update on the concert. I am doing a solo show at Trinity
St. Paul's on Bloor St. in Toronto. There will also be a number of special
guests, some longtime musical collaborators, and some new musical friends.
As of today, tickets are available online through TICKETPRO

It would be great to play for a full house so I hope to see you there.
I know a lot of you will be there in spirit because you live far away.
I wish I could make a tour out of this, but that is sadly
impossible. I am having fun choosing repertoire for this show. There
are so many tunes I'd like to do, and it is proving hard to narrow it
down. But ultimately, that's for me to figure out and for you to enjoy.
On other fronts, I am busily whittling away

on the Stewed Tomatoes album.

By this Thursday, it will be half mixed. All the parts are
recorded, and it won't be long before it is done. The album with
Nuala Kennedy is also coming along well. Now the only thing I have to
figure out is when to sleep!

Nothing like being in a race where the starter pistol uses live ammo!
You do run faster and act more alert. You have to.

More later from the tall guy,


Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective