Sunday, 29 June 2008

Creative Writing: From Strathcona Newsletter editor Jude Swanson

This article from Write From The Heart graduate Jude Swanson appears in the Strathcona Mental Health Team newsletter. Jude is the newsletter's editor:

Creative Writing

There are many activities that I love to do but writing is one that I enjoy while in a variety of roles. I write letters to my Grandmother in England. I do paperwork while at work. I write letters to municipal, provincial and federal government representatives advocating for changes I'd like to see. So, writing was already an important part of my life before I took Write from the Heart a creative writing group connected to the Consumer Initiative Fund.

Write from the Heart was an incredible course (for me) for a variety of reasons. I took it to improve my writing skills and I feel it did. However, it added in ways I could not of perceived before taking the course. One of my faults before taking Write from the Heart is that I thought I didn't have time to write. The course really showed some options to MAKE that time for writing. Writing is so important to me that I know I need to make time for it, just like I make time for sleeping, eating and socializing.

The Write from the Heart course is one that I would recommend to others. I had already identified writing as an important part of my life. The course helped me improve my writing and introduced me to other people (fellow Writers).

Jude Swanson

Testimony from the Braidwood Inquiry: Jude Swanson

I'm a citizen with a mental health diagnosis and a seizure disorder.

Originally, I intended to file a general services complaint via the police complaints process to have the conducted energy device's medical footprint examined. At this provincial inquiry, I have seen there has been a wide variety of people invited to share their opinions and experiences. Thank you for including mine as well.

I have shared my written submissions with my MLA's office and my Member of Parliament.

Other citizens have wondered aloud to me about heart conditions, multiple sclerosis, and

Tourettes syndrome as just some of the medical issues that could be impacted by law enforcement's use of the conducted energy device. Epilepsy has existed a lot longer than the conducted energy device. I do not feel myself or the medical community should need to prove conditions like epilepsy are impacted by the conducted energy device. I feel it is the

responsibility of the manufacturers of the conducted energy device to prove via independent

study that their product does not worsen medical conditions like epilepsy. I feel the burden of proof lies with the manufacturer because these medical conditions existed before any patents of the conducted energy device were granted anywhere in the world.

I want law enforcement to be safe, but I do not want to live in a society where citizens'

lives are put in jeopardy due to a medical condition. I feel we live in a society with

rights and responsibilities. If law enforcement wants the right to use this weapon, I submit they also deserve the responsibility to be held accountable should 'misunderstandings' result due to an innocent citizen's medical condition.

I urge this inquiry to recommend the suspension of use of the conducted energy device

while possible repercussions are studied independently. If the inquiry does choose to

recommend suspension of the use of the conducted energy device, I suggest that all current budgets allocated to this device be frozen. Then the budgets could be redirected for the continual use by law enforcement. If the conducted energy device is filling a role, then the monies currently used for filling that role should be redirected into finding other options.

I also feel law enforcement could use more extensive training in medical conditions and

mental health.

I feel it is obvious why a person with an electrically based medical condition would

be concerned about an electrical weapon.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to share my opinions and experiences.

Jude Swanson May 22, 2008 @ the Braidwood Inquiry (into the Conducted Energy Device)

The full transcript is available at braidwoodinquiry.ca (under transcripts May 22, 2008)

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Cross Cultural Mental Health Symposium - Oct 28 & 29, 2008




The 2008 Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium is presented by:

The Cross-Cultural Psychiatry Program, Department of Psychiatry, VGH / Vancouver Community Mental Health Services ~

Provincial Health Services Authority, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services ~ Vancouver Coastal Health

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia ~ Settlement Orientation Services ~ S.U.C.C.E.S.S. ~ Fraser Health Authority

13th Annual Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium

Spirituality & Well-Being

Wednesday & Thursday, October 29 & 30, 2008

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Symposium Goal:

The goal of the Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium is to promote ongoing dialogue between the mental

health and addictions system and cross-cultural communities by exploring current issues, potential solutions and

promising practices in a dynamic and interactive environment.

Participants Will:

Discover the profound role spirituality plays in health and healing

Examine the important relationship between spiritual isolation and addictive drives

Explore Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and how it can help to treat depression

Learn how Supported Self-Management can be applied across cultures in mental health care

Consider the role of spiritual care at the end of life

Experience meditation and mindfulness techniques helpful for individuals and groups

Understand how 12 Step Programs can support recovery from addictions and mental illness

Learn about innovative promising practices of community-based agency programming in churches & temples

Have the opportunity to network with the diverse cross-section of symposium participants

Who Should Attend:

All professionals providing services, formally or informally, to immigrants and refugees, and anyone else

interested in cross-cultural mental health issues. Immigrants and refugees are also strongly encouraged to attend.

Limited registration bursaries available for refugees, consumers & youth (see registration form for information).

Featuring:

Dr. Stephen K.H. Aung,

"The Vital Importance of Spirituality in Medicine"

Dr. Aung will share his compelling insights on the impact of spirituality on healing. In complementary, alternative,

and traditional medicine there are three areas called body, mind, and spirit, which have to be well-balanced,

aligned, and harmonized for a general state of well-being. The spiritual part of the human body plays a major role

in healing and health, so it is essential to understand the spiritual part of the body to achieve better and quicker

healing.

Dr. Aung seeks to blend Eastern, Western and natural medicine as a geriatric and family physician and a

traditional Chinese medical (TCM) practitioner and teacher. His primary interest is the integration of TCM and

Western biomedicine within the context of a more natural and compassionate approach to primary health care for

all. Dr. Aung's practice is based in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dr. Gabor Maté,

"The God-Shaped Void: Spirituality and Addictions"

Based on his newest bestselling book,

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Dr. Maté

will address how, at the heart of all addictions is a void, a sense of deficient emptiness, of a desperate

insufficiency. The addicted human being seeks completion from an outside source, be it through substances or

through certain behaviours or through qualities like power or lovability. Whatever the personal origins of that

sense of deficiency, the root of it is our separation from the universal. Hence there is direct relationship between

spiritual isolation and addictive drives, regardless of personal beliefs or formal religious precepts. As the French

philosopher Blaise Pascal maintained, there is 'a God-shaped void in the human being', a longing which can only

be filled by the Eternal. Despair at the experience of that God-shaped void underlies all addictions.

As the staff physician at the Portland Hotel in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Dr. Maté treats many patients

suffering from mental illness, drug addiction and HIV, or all three. He is widely recognized for his unique

perspective on Attention Deficit Disorder, and his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body

health. He is the author of four books --

When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress, and Scattered

Minds: A New Look at the Origins

, Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents

Need to Matter More Than Peers

(co-authored with developmental psychologist Gordon Neufeld) and has most

recently published

In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.

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th Annual Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium

Spirituality & Well Being

Wednesday & Thursday, October 29 & 30, 2008

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

www.ccmhs.ca Page 2

Day Two: Thursday, October 30, 2008

0815 – 0900 Registration & Breakfast

0900 – 0910 First Nations Blessing

0910 – 0925 Welcome: Chris Friesen & Soma Ganesan, Symposium Chairs

0925 – 0945 Mental Health Service Delivery System: Health Authority Perspectives, Lorna Howes (VCH), Leslie

Arnold (PHSA)

0945 – 1100 Keynote Address:

The Vital Importance of Spirituality in Medicine, Stephen K.H. Aung, M.D., Ph.D,

O.M.D.

1100 – 1130 Networking & Refreshment Break

1130 – 1215

Application of Supported Self-Management for Mood Problems Across Cultural Boundaries, Dan

Bilsker

1215 – 1315 Lunch (provided)

1315 – 1330

Soma Ganesan Spirit of Hope Award Ceremony

1330 – 1445

Spirituality & End of Life Panel Discussion, Chair: Marjorie Girard, Panel Members: TBC

1445 – 1515 Networking & Refreshment Break

1515 – 1600

Mindfulness, Meditation & Healing for Anyone: Experiential Workshop, Adrienne Ross

1600 – 1645

Clinical Applications of Mindfulness, Andrea Grabovac

1645 Reflections & Comments on the Day

Day Two: Thursday, October 30, 2008

0815 – 0900 Registration & Breakfast

0900 – 0915 Opening Remarks: Chris Friesen, Symposium Chair

0915 – 1030 Keynote Address:

The God-Shaped Void: Spirituality and Addictions, Gabor Maté, M.D.

1030 – 1100 Networking & Refreshment Break

1100 – 1200

Twelve Step Programs: Spiritual Awakening & the Path of Recovery

, Larry Depow & 12 Step Group

Member

1200 – 1300 Lunch (provided)

1300 – 1330

Video: Aboriginal Journey in Mental Health – Walking the Path Together

1330 – 1430

Indigenous Spirituality & Chinese Medicine Used in the Health Practice, Leoncio Ventura Tebalam

1430 – 1445 Refreshment Break

1445 – 1515

Local Promising Practices Working in Churches & Temples,

Sherman Chan, Kelly Ng & Chris

Friesen

1515 – 1615

Cultural Lens on Mental "Illness", Perry Omeasoo & Leoncio Ventura Tebalam

1615 Closing Remarks

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Provincial Health Services Authority & Vancouver Coastal Health

Lundbeck Canada, Novartis & AstraZeneca

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th Annual Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium

Spirituality & Well Being

Wednesday & Thursday, October 29 & 30, 2008

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

www.ccmhs.ca Page 3

PROGRAM CONTENT:

Application of Supported Self-Management for Mood Problems Across Cultural Boundaries - Dan Bilsker:

One of the most exciting recent developments in mental health care has been the introduction of Supported Self

Management (SSM) as a crucial component of the spectrum of care for depression, anxiety and other common

mental health problems. A discussion of the issues of applying SSM across cultural boundaries will be presented,

together with the introduction of a free self management workbook for depression, developed in British Columbia,

that is available in Punjabi, French, and both written forms of Chinese.

Video: Aboriginal Journeys in Mental Health: Walking the Path Together - Introduction by Frank Fung

:

This compelling documentary provides personal insights from Aboriginal people recovering from depression,

bipolar illness and schizophrenia. The important balance between conventional and spiritual approaches to

assessment, treatment, and healing for Aboriginal People is well-captured. The documentary's goal was to

provide a powerful tool to reach out to this population - one that would assist with education and inspiration along

the journey of recovery.

Spirituality & End of Life Panel - Marjorie Girard, Chair:

Join our panelists from differing spiritual backgrounds

as they consider important issues around spiritual care at the end of life.

Mindfulness, Meditation & Healing for Anyone: Experiential Workshop - Adrianne Ross:

Experience the

techniques that may be used with individuals and groups. Useful techniques for specific clients and a brief

introduction to Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) will be provided followed by a "body scan" exercise, a

short sitting meditation, ending with a discussion session.

Clinical Applications of Mindfulness - Andrea Grabovac:

Explore a technical definition and neurobiology of

mindfulness, and learn about Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

Twelve Step Programs: Spiritual Awakening & the Path of Recovery - Larry Depow & 12 Step Group

Member:

We witness daily the impact of mental illness and addiction on individuals and their families. Damage to

physical health, self-esteem, ability to function, relationships and the very "spirit" of those who suffer can be

devastating. In Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland there are thousands of people who have found

new hope and support through various 12 Step Programs. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous,

Gamblers Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Dual Recovery Anonymous are examples of such programs. When health

care professionals have an understanding of these programs, they are better able to provide information to clients

and support those who are "working the steps" in recovery.

Indigenous Spirituality & Chinese Medicine Used in the Health Practice - Leoncio Ventura Tebalam:

Examine the relationship between the body and the mind and how and imbalance in the physiology of the viscera

may be the cause of the "chemical imbalance" that is often associated with mental conditions. By understanding

the relationship between these two aspects of a being as well and recognizing that a human being is as much

physical as he/she is spiritual, and taking into account all of this aspects, true healing can occur.

Local Promising Practices Working in Churches & Temples

Sherman Chan, Kelly Ng & Chris Friesen:

Learn about local programs bringing mental health support to churches and temples in the Lower Mainland,

fostering the connection between mental health and spirituality.

Cultural Lens on Mental "Illness": Case Study Exercise - Facilitators: Perry Omeasoo & Leoncio Ventura

Tebalam

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OR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Janey Chang / Symposium Coordinator / symposium@shaw.ca / Fax: 604.676.2660

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Spirituality & Well Being

Wednesday & Thursday, October 29 & 30, 2008

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

www.ccmhs.ca Page 4

R E G I S T R A T I O N F O R M

STEP 1: PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

Please type or print

clearly!

First Name: Last Name:

Organization: Profession:

Address:

City: Province: Postal Code:

Telephone: Fax:

E-Mail:

E-Mail is our primary method of contact. If you have an e-mail address, please provide it.

Special Dietary Requirements:

We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs but cannot guarantee it.

STEP 2: REGISTRATION FEES

BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2008:

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$155 – Regular Registration Fee

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$105 – Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority & Fraser Health Authority Employees

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$65 – Reduced Rate (students, not-for-profit organizations registered with the BC Societies Act, sponsorship agt holders)

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Bursary for refugees, consumers, and youth

*A limited number of bursaries are available for refugees, consumers, and youth on a first-come-first-served basis. You will be notified of

your acceptance. Those who are not accepted will be required to pay the $65 Reduced Rate.

AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2008:

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$170 – Regular Registration Fee

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$120 – Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority & Fraser Health Authority Employees

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$80 – Reduced Rate (students, not-for-profit organizations registered with the BC Societies Act, sponsorship agt holders)

Cancellation Policy:

Full amount less a $25 administrative fee will be refunded if cancellation is requested, in writing, prior to

October 14, 2008. No refunds will be granted after October 14, 2008, however substitute registrants are welcome.

A $25 fee

will be charged for NSF cheques.

STEP 3: SUBMIT REGISTRATION FORM & PAYMENT

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Cheque Enclosed 􀀂Cheque/Cash On-Site 􀀂 Cheque to be Mailed 􀀂 Please Send Invoice

Cheques payable to

CROSS-CULTURAL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM, VGH

c/o Janey Chang, Symposium Coordinator

#103 – 240 Mahon Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3H4

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OR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Janey Chang / Symposium Coordinator / symposium@shaw.ca / Fax: 604.676.2660

Book News Vol. 3 No. 34



BOOK NEWS

Donate Your Aeroplan Points!
Bring internationally renowned authors to the 21st annual Vancouver International Writers Festival by donating some or all of your points.
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/supportus/airmiles


This week in Writers' Rooms Anne Giardini describes the aural representation of what she strives for in her writing.
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

The Queen has knighted author Salman Rushdie.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/06/25/rushdie-knighthood.html

Best-selling detective novelist Ian Rankin has joined the Scottish Labour Party's Commission on improving child literacy standards. The party's vision is for Scotland to become "the first country in the world to become fully literate".
http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,2287234,00.html

The CBC has announced a new, as yet untitled radio program, hosted by Shelagh Rogers, focusing on books and literary matters-in addition to Eleanor Wachtel's ongoing Writers and Company. This fall's new endeavour will feature Rogers interviewing writers and talking about issues affecting Canada's literary scene.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2008/06/25/cbcradio-newshows.html

Museum exhibits and television documentaries are being shown, in anticipation of next year's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, along with the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. This week in Writers' Rooms, Darwin's writing room:
http://books.guardian.co.uk/graphic/0,,2286850,00.html

AWARDS

Margaret Atwood has been awarded Spain's most prestigious award, the Prince of Asturias Prize for Letters. The prizes are named for Crown Prince Felipe
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/06/25/atwood-asturias.html

Anne Simpson of Antigonish, N.S. has won the $1,000 Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her latest collection, Quick. The award celebrates the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year. The $1,000 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, which recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian during the past year, went to Toronto's Alex Boyd for Making Bones Walk.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/06/23/poetry-awards.html

BOOKS AND WRITERS

Justin Cartwright finds Damon Galgut's latest novel, The Imposter, compelling; William Skidelsky says the novel proves Galgut is a worthy heir to Gordimer and Coetzee.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,,2285451,00.html
http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,,2286936,00.html
An extract from the book can be found here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/book-extract-the-impostor-by-damon-galgut-850578.html

The June 30 issue of The New Yorker will contain Deep-Holes, Alice Munro's latest short story.
http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2008/06/30/080630fi_fiction_munro

The Globe and Mail's Karen Luscombe finds Louise Erdrich's The Plague of Doves "a deeply moving novel".
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080621.BKDOVE21/TPStory/Entertainment/Books
An excerpt from Chapter 1 can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/arts/20080429_EXCERPT.html?ref=books

Alma Lee is impressed by The Withdrawal Method, Pasha Malla's debut collection of stories, and says that the freshness of his voice bodes well for the future of new Canadian writing.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080621.BKPASH21/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Tim Winton's latest novel Breath focuses on the lives of two teenaged boys shaped by risky behaviour and the long shadow early actions casts into our adulthood. Kevin Chong is particularly impressed by Winton's eloquent writing and his careful portrayals of his characters.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080621.BKWINT21/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

EVENTS

GORDON BITNEY
The author will read from his new book Provence, je t'aime in which he describes buying a villa in Provence, and living there with his wife and two cats. Thursday, June 26 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level Central Library 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES LAPINSKY BOOK DISCUSSIONS
Join author Karen X. Tulchinsky for a lively and intimate discussion of this year's One Book, One Vancouver selection, The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky. Thursday, June 26 at 7:00pm, free but registration required. Kitsilano Branch 2425 Macdonald Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

WORLD POETRY READING SERIES
Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea host readings by Jaye Lowe, Judith Neale, Kyle Christensson, Victoria Pascha, and Dr. Lucia Gorea, with music by Pancho and Sal. Monday, June 30 at 7:30pm, free. Alma Van Dusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

STEVE LOCKE AND COLIN J. STEWART
New Vancouver authors celebrate the release of their respective novels. Two Mile Road is a tale of a young man trying to find himself in a post-9/11 world, while A Question of Extremes tells the story of a group of utilitarian extremists who believe they can better the world by killing the right people. Wednesday, July 2 at 8:30pm, free. Café Montmartre (4362 Main St). More info:
http://www.myspace.com/twomileroad and http://www.aquestionofextremes.com.

FEDERATION OF BC WRITERS LITERARY WRITES COMPETITION
This Year's Category: Short Fiction, any genre (literary, mystery, romance, science fiction, etc.) First Prize: $500 and publication in WordWorks, Second Prize: $300, Third Prize: $150. Blind jury. Judge: Pauline Holdstock. Deadline: Postdated July 1, 2008. Web:
http://www.bcwriters.com/literary.php. Visit website for guidelines.

MEET THE AUTHOR
A program for teens. Want to get together with other teens and talk about a book with the writer? Meet local writers Meg Tilley and Julie Burtinshaw. Registration begins June 1. Saturday, July 5 and Saturday, July 12 at 11:00am. Free but registration required. Learning Centre, Level 3 Central Library 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Children's Library at 604-331-3663.

Upcoming

DENMAN ISLAND READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL
The 6th annual festival features Sharon Butala, Maggie de Vries, Jack Hodgins, Brian Payton and many more. July 17-20, 2008. Complete information at:
http://www.denmanislandwritersfestival.com.

KOOTENAY BOOKWEEKEND
The 5th Annual Kootenay Bookweekend will be held in Nelson, B.C. on September 19, 20 & 21st. The celebrity author in attendance will be Jack Hodgins, Governor General's Award winner and bestselling author. His book to be discussed is Broken Ground. The other selections for this year are: To All Appearances a Lady by Marilyn Bowering, The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullens and Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. Come join other passionate page turners for this stimulating event. For more information visit our website at www.kootenaybookweekend.ca, email kbw@kootenaybookweekend.ca, or call Victoria at 250-352-6197.

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Take a look at what is going on at the festival. If you want to volunteer there is still time just let me know. Bonnie

The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival

The 5th Annual Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival will take place on Saturday July 26, 2008 from 12-8 pm at Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park. Bring a picnic and blanket and stay for the whole day!

This event is an annual, engaging, outdoor festival established to raise public awareness regarding the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. We will be incorporating 20 literary groups, including multi-cultural readings in various languages, a poetry slam and a story slam competition. Entertainment will also included dancers, musical performances, panel discussions, open mics and a children's area with puppet shows, music, story tellers, face painting and craft tables. There will also be workshops and information tables showcasing community groups and resources such as the Vancouver Public Library and The Federation of BC Writers. Author and poet, Evelyn Lau will open the festival with a twenty minute reading on the Main Stage and Vancouver Poet Laureate George McWhirter will open the Community Stage. Further schedule details are below.

Main Stage:


Evelyn Lau

(click here for performers bios)

http://www.pandorascollective.com/2008PerformersBios.html

12:00 – 12:10 Announcements

12:10 – 12:30 Guest Reader: Author and Poet, Evelyn Lau

12:30 – 12:45 Poetry Readings: Word Whips North Shore Edition (Christy Hill)

12:45 – 1:00 Story Telling: Telling Tales (Allice Bernards, Lisa Shatzky, Bernice Lever)

1:00 – 1:15 Performance Poetry: Main Street Slam (tba)

1:15 – 1:30 Multicultural Readings: World Poetry Reading Series (Alejandro Mujica-Olea, Ariadne Sawyer, Sumter Freitag)

1:30 – 1:45 Announcements

1:45 – 2:15 ♫♫ Local Band Hi Rise Dex and the Stellar Jays (Kempton Dexter -vocals, guitar, banjo, Michel Drouin -vocals, bass, Bryan Siiver -percussion, drums)

2:15 – 2:30 Poetry Readings: Burnaby Writers' Society (Kersti Cull, James Lewis)

2:30 – 2:45 Poetry Readings: Word Whips Writing Series (Bonnie Nish, Sita Carboni, Joyce Statton)

2:45 – 3:00 Featured Reader: Poet, Jen Currin

3:00 – 3:15 Performance Poetry: Wax Poetics (Irene Livingston)

3:15 – 3:30 Announcements

3:30 – 4:00 ♫♫ Local Band Melic Thrum (Chad York -vocals, bass, Mike Peacock -vocals, piano)

4:00 – 4:15 Performance Poetry: Thundering Word (Bill McNamara, Eva Waldauf)

4:15 – 4:30 Featured Reader: Californian Poet, Jabez Churchill

4:30 – 4:45 Poetry Readings: North Shore Writers (Wayne Smith)

4:45 – 5:00 Story Telling: Vancouver Storytellers (Mary Gavin)

5:00 – 5:15 Announcements

5:15 – 5:45 ♫♫ Local Band Farm Team (Matt Kennedy -guitar, mandolin, vox, Hugh Ellenwood -fiddle, vox, Cam Salay -banjo, bass, vox)

5:45 – 6:00 Poetry & Story: Bluemoon Reading Series (Shelley Haggard)

6:00 – 6:15 Performance Poetry: Vancouver Poetry Slam (Emily Snee, Shannon Rayne)

6:15 – 6:30 Author Readings: Canadian Authors Association (Ben Nuttall-Smith, Gordon Mumford, Bernice Lever)

6:30 – 6:40 Announcements

6:40 – 7:00 Dancers: Story Dance Performance by Night and Day Dance - Diane Garceau & David Yates (dancers), Trina Ferguson (narrator)

7:00– 7:15 Poetry Readings: Poetry Around the World (Lucia Gorea, Godwin H. Barton, Ibrahin Honjo, Kyle Christensson)

7:15 – 7:35 Story Slam Competition (Audience Judges): (Host - Ivan Penaluna, Competitors - Sue Cormier, Ross Bragg)

7:35 – 7:50 Poetry Readings: High Altitude (tba)

7:50 – 8:00 Announcements

Community Stage:


George McWhirter

http://www.pandorascollective.com/2008PerformersBios.html

1:00 – 1:20 Opening Reading: Vancouver Poet Laureate George McWhirter

1:20 - 2:00 Panel Discussion: Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary; Mediator: Poet Jen Currin, Panelists: Joelene Heathcote, Jordan Scott, Marni Norwich
2:00 – 2:20 Poetry Readings: Joelene Heathcote, Jordan Scott

2:20 – 2:40 Open Mic: sign up on site

2:40 – 2:50 Announcements

2:50– 3:10 ♫♫ Music & Spoken Word: Speak and Sing: Trevor Spilchen and guests

3:10 – 3:50 Panel Discussion: Most poetry nowadays is just prose broken into shorter lines, has all the rhythm and rhetoric gone to rap? Mediator: Vancouver Poet Laureate George McWhirter. Panelists: Elizabeth Bachinsky, Jabez Churchill, Heidi Greco, Zoe Landale

3:50 – 4:10 Poetry Readings: Heidi Greco, Zoe Landale

4:10 – 4:30 Open Mic: sign up on site

4:30 – 4:40 Announcements

4:40 – 5:20 Panel Discussion: The Future of Canadian Publishing mediator: Fernanda Viveiros, Executive Director of the Federation of BC Writers. Panelists: Fiona Lehn, Brian Kaufman, Anthony Dalton
5:20 – 5:40 Poetry Readings: Marni Norwich, Anthony Dalton

5:40 – 6:00 Open Mic: sign up on site

Children's Stage:


Tickle Trunk Players

http://www.pandorascollective.com/2008PerformersBios.html

1:00 – 1:15 Announcements

1:15 – 1:45 Puppets on Parade: Mary Duffy, The Vancouver Public Library

1:45 2:15 Tradewind Books: Tiffany Stone & Christina Leist

2:15 – 2:45 ♫♫ Music: David Campbell

2:45 – 3:15 Author: K.C. Dyer

3:15 – 3:45 Author: James McCann

3:45 – 4:00 Announcements

4:00 – 4:30 Puppets on Parade: Mary Duffy, The Vancouver Public Library

4:30 – 5:00 ♫♫ Music: Max Tell accompanied by Chris Kelly

5:00 – 5:30 Performers: Tickle Trunk Players (Kari Winters & Lori Sherritt)

5:30 – 6:00 Readings: Vancouver Public Library Book Camp Readers

6:00 – 6:30 World Poetry Young Writers Open Mic: sign up

Additional Activities…

Info Tables:

Find out what's happening in the literary arts community. Meet the people that make it all happen. Brochures and displays will be available from a variety of groups including the following...

Canadian Authors Association

Cwill

Grind Writers

Federation of BC Writers

MSA Poets Potpurri Society

Pandora's Collective

Poetry Around the World

Vancouver Poetry House

Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Storytellers

World Poetry Reading Series

Workshops:

(Pre-register with workshop instructors!- Space is limited)


BASIC CHAPBOOK

DESIGN & MARKETING

Facilitated by poet, performer, and long-time graphic designer, S.R. Duncan

Contact: srduncan@shaw.ca

Time: 12:30 -2:00pm Cost: $25.00

Be your own publisher. Join the ranks of literary giants like Hunter S. Thompson, and Ray Bradbury and learn how to create a chapbook (your very own professional-looking published booklet) step-by-step, from editing through basic graphic design, right through to distribution.

We go on to look at the benefits and pitfalls of self-publishing, offer various modern and rare examples of this ancient type of publication, give you tips for marketing and publicizing your book on a shoestring budget!

A basic knowledge of computers and word processing programs like Microsoft Word is required. Reference material provided.

CREATIVE DREAMING

Facilitated by Ariadne Sawyer, Co-founder of The World Poetry Reading Series and Radio Show.

Contact: ariadnes@uniserve.com

Time: 2:00 - 3:30pm Cost: $25.00

This 1 ½ hour workshop will provide: Techniques for creating a Dream Poetry/Writing Journal. Focused creative dreaming techniques for poetry, music, art and writings. Using focused dreaming to create. Using day dreaming as a bridge to the unconscious. Day dreaming poetic/writing exercise. Bring paper, pens and your imagination! Ariadne Sawyer, MA, C.P. has spent 12 years studying the brain and human behaviour. She specializes in creativity and has worked as a consultant to musicians, writers, painters, poets, dancers and even photographers. She is the host and producer of the popular short radio program Creativity Rocks on the World Poetry Café, CFRO. 102.7 FM which is heard around the world by internet and satellite. Currently, she is facilitating a Creative dreaming Research Project.Her latest book is: The Best of Creativity Rocks! Answers to Your Creative Questions by World Poetry Publishing.

WRITING IN THE PARK

Facilitated by Ruth Kozak, member of The BC Association of Travel Writers

Contact: ruthaki1@shaw.ca

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 Cost: $25.00

Ruth Kozak is a travel journalist and member of the B.C. Association of Travel Writers. She teaches travel writing for the VSB Continuing Education.


PANDORA'S COLLECTIVE

FACE PAINTING & ARTS & CRAFTS

(For Young Writers)

Express your inner self! Free face painting and crafts.

WORLD POETRY

"POETRY TREE" WRITING TABLE

(For Young Writers)

The World Poetry Readings Series invites you to write a poem and add it to the "Poetry Tree". Then, if you like, you can read it during the World Poetry – "Poetry Tree" Readings. Volunteers will be at the table for support and suggestions. Children can write a poem, decorate it and hang it up to create a poetry forest. Twice during the day, they will have the opportunity to read their work or have a friend or family member read it for them. Cost: FREE

KIDS WRITE NOW!
(For Young Writers)

Facilitated by Frontier College, a national, non-profit literacy organization.
Kids can come and enjoy an amazing voyage of discovery through words and language, writing and imagination! Various activities will be held for children between the ages of 8 and 12 at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm . Activities will include guided imagery where kids are taken on an imaginary journey and complete the ending themselves through writing, creating a group story, fun and energizing word games, and other activities designed to inspire, motivate and excite kids and their creative abilities! Contact: jaames@sfu.ca. Cost: FREE



Festival Sponsors:

(The sponsors list will be updated shortly. Thanks to all our sponsors for their support.)

Grants:

2008 Celebrations Grant c/o The City of Vancouver

and The Office of Cultural Affairs - $4000

Financial Donations:

Burnaby Writers Society $75

Industrial Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company $500

Irene Livingston $50

James McCann $100

Joyce Statton $125

Gifts in Kind:

Performers Gifts:

Army and Navy (saddle bags)

BC Poetry (gift bags & CDs)

Capilano Review (magazines)

Event Magazine (50 complimentary issues)

Kempton Dexter (3 CDs)

Geist (magazines)

James McCann (books)

Ben Nuttal-Smith (4 chapbooks)

Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine (magazines)

Room (books)

Stepping Stone Cafe (gift certificates)

subTerrain

Telling Tales (books)

Three Day Novel Contest (books)

Vancouver Review (magazines)

Site Equipment:

Industrial Pacific Alliance (tents)

Tendu (tent)

Vancity (tent)

Supplies and Misc:

BC Poetry (balloons)

Industrial Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company (printing)

Nesters Market (complimentary water bottles for performers)

Volunteers:

Alex Augustyn, Phyllis Bassett, Gwen Barkauskas, Mary Duffy, Ruth Kozak, Rhonda Milne, Trevor Spilchen, Lorraine Strand

Location: Lumberman's Arch, in beautiful Stanley Park

Concession stands, public washrooms, the children's water park and the sea wall are all just steps away!


Parking lots close to Lumberman's Arch


The following Information was referenced from the Vancouver Aquarium's web site.

Parking Lots

Pay parking is in effect in parking lots and on roadways throughout Stanley Park. Pay parking is operated by Central Parking Systems: Info line: 604-684-8922, Office: 604-684-6634 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm). Address: 1440 West Pender Street

Parking rates:

April-September - $2/hr or $7/day.

Rates in effect 6 am to 9 pm daily.

Meters accept coins, Visa and Mastercard.

Public Transportation

Translink Bus and Skytrain Routes. For your convenience the most common routes are listed below:

1. Take the #19 Bus to Stanley Park, it runs along W. Pender.

2. Take the #135, running along West Hastings, to Burrard Street and connect to the #19 bus on W. Pender & Georgia.

3. Take the Skytrain to Burrard Station and connect to the #19 bus on W. Pender & Georgia.

A one-zone ticket is $2.25 (subject to change). Check the Translink website for other rates, planning your route, and general service information.

Other Transportation Options

Express Bus to Stanley Park (Operating Daily March 15th - October 31st) This convenient service operates between downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. All passengers boarding the bus will be charged $3.00. It's free of charge to all Horse-Drawn Tour

and Vancouver Aquarium customers. View the Express Bus Schedule.

Stanley Park Shuttle

A fun and free shuttle bus service stopping at 14 of Stanley Park's most popular locations:

From June 20 to September 23, 2007.

From 10am to 6:30pm every 15 minutes.

Double Decker Tours

For a bird's eye view of Vancouver's city streets and Stanley Park take a Double Decker Tour. Between April 21 to October 5, the bus boards every 40 minutes from most major tourist attractions and hotels. For rates and schedules visit www.grayline.ca/vancouver/

The Vancouver Trolley Company

Arrive in classic style aboard a trolley.

From March 15th - October 31st every 30 minutes.

Every 60 minutes for the remainder of the year.

Experience 15 stops around Vancouver, including stops at some of the major downtown hotels. No reservations are required. For rates and more schedules visit www.vancouvertrolley.com

For more information regarding Stanley Park, please visit the Vancouver Park Board Stanley Park website.

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com

The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival

The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival

Performers Bios:

Elizabeth Bachinsky was born in Regina and was raised in Prince George and Maple Ridge, BC. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and the United States and has been translated for publication in France and China. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and lives in Vancouver where she teaches creative writing, co-hosts the Robson Reading Series, and is the poetry editor for Event magazine.

(3:10 - 3:50 Community Stage)

Godwin H. Barton - A First Nations poet, originally from the Kincolith community in B.C. A writer of poetry and prose, Godwin has published inspirational stories in the much acclaimed CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL series and poetry in several anthologies. His blog: http://eagle-stalker.blogspot.com

(7:00– 7:15 Main Stage)

Allice Bernards, a professional storyteller, is a co-founder & co-host of Telling Tales monthly storytelling/poetry series, now in it's fifth year on Bowen Island. She loves to journey into the varied worlds of story ... where anything can happen ... and she welcomes listeners as her trusty companions. www.storysalt.com

(12:45 – 1:00 Main Stage)

Ross Bragg has been a storyteller ever since he had to explain to his teachers what happened to his homework. After attending Etobicoke School of the Arts, he went on to study Theatre and History at the University of Waterloo. He is currently a writer and producer for CBC Radio in Vancouver; a published short story writer, and regular at the Vancouver Story Slam.
(7:15 – 7:35 Main Stage)

David Campbell: 29 cd's made...5 books published...many radio and television appearances including Mr. Dressup several times...international concert appearances...extensive singing in schools experience. Currently...112 videos on YouTube...and counting...accessible by putting "David Campbell Pretty Brown" into YouTube Search. Is a songwriter...poet...picture maker...videographer...singer...guitar player...and story teller. Has received two Life Time Achievement Awards.

(2:15 – 2:45 Children's Stage)

Sita Carboni is Executive Director and founding member of Pandora's Collective Outreach Society. She has been featured throughout the Lower-mainland at various events including The World Poetry Readings Series, Word on the Street and The North Shore Writers Festival. Her poetry can be found in literary journals and e-zines including, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, The Blueprint Review and goodgoshalmighty.com. Her love for life has made her a mainstay in the local poetry community as a writer, reader and promoter of the arts.
(2:30 – 2:45 Main Stage)

Kyle Christensson - Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, he moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 2000. He began writing as a hobby, which transcended into poetry. He has two published books, including IN SOLITARY CONFINMENT: REDISCOVERING THE MEANING OF LIFE.

(7:00– 7:15 Main Stage)

Jabez Churchill was born in California and educated in Argentina and the U.S. He has worked as a mariner and charter skipper, a teacher of Spanish at Santa Rosa Junior College and a creative writing teacher with the California Poets in the Schools. He's been writing poetry since 1975 and has published four books: Songs of Seasons, Controlled Burn, and most recently Sleeping With Ghosts/Durmiendo con Fantasmas and The Veil by Kulupi Press. In August 2007, The Artist's Embassy International recognized Jabez Churchill's excellent work in contributing to understanding and good will between different cultures and peoples, and awarded him the Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan Multicultural Award.

( 3:10 - 3:50 Community Stage & 4:15 - 4:30 Main Stage)

Sue Cormier: Metis multimedia writer Susan Cormier has won or been shortlisted for such awards as CBC's National Literary Award, Arc Magazine's Poem of the Year, and the Federation of B.C. Writers' Literary Writes. Her writing has appeared in publications including Blood and Aphorisms New Fiction, Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, West Coast Line, Arc, and two provincial anthologies. Susan has been artist-in-attendance at the herland feminist film festival, a founding editor of Rain City Review magazine, and a Western Canada representative on the SlamAmerica national performance poetry tour. Current works-in-progress include "Three on the Tree", a screenplay examining memory and identity.
(7:15 – 7:35 Main Stage)

Kersti Cull has written two books of poetry, Thorns in the Wind and Singing Cactus. She has written humour and was a regular on Pause for Poetry on cable TV. Kersti has had her poetry published in magazines such as Bitterroot.

(2:15 – 2:30 Main Stage)

Jen Currin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She did her schooling at Emerson College, Bard College, and Arizona State University. Currently, she lives in Vancouver, B.C., where she teaches at Vancouver Film School and for Langara College's Continuing Studies program. She has published two books of poems: The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press, 2005) and Hagiography (Coach House Books, 2008).

(1:20 - 2:00 Community Stage & 2:45 - 3:00 Main Sage)

Anthony Dalton , FRGS, is co-Vice-President of the Canadian Authors Association. He is also Past-President of the Vancouver branch. He is an accomplished public speaker and author of four non-fiction books, plus co-author of two others. His hundreds of illustrated non-fiction magazine articles have been published in 20 countries and 10 languages. His first book, WAYWARD SAILOR, in search of the real Tristan Jones, was long-listed for the Welsh Book of the Year Award in 2004. A professional expedition leader for many years, Anthony is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Explorers Club. He is also a member of The Writers Union of Canada, the Federation of BC Writers, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Welsh Academi.
(4:40 - 5:20 Community Stage)

Mary Duffy was born in Dublin, Ireland, her mother's home but grew up on Red Island, Newfoundland which had been her father's family home for generations. She has two daughters, works as a librarian in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside/Chinatown and volunteers as a Doula. Her poetry has been published in "Luluzine", "Quills", "Benches" and "The Return of the Downtown Eastside Poets". She reads with the "Twisted Poets" and the "The Downtown Eastside Poets" and works as a board member for "Pandora's Collective". In April, 2006 she worked as one of a number of community writers on a shadow puppet play on addiction in the downtown eastside under the direction of Savannah Walling (Vancouver Moving Theatre) and Rosemary Georgeson and Marie Clements (Fathom Labs). She is currently working on "Red Island Rocks"; a book of linked story-poems about Newfoundland's outport resettlement.

(1:15 – 1:45 & 4:00 – 4:30 Children's Stage)

K.C. Dyer was born in Calgary, and has lived and worked in Toronto, Seattle and Vancouver. For many years she was a teacher in public, private and Montessori schools. Currently, she lives with her children and other animals just outside Vancouver, British Columbia. Her books include SEEDS OF TIME, SECRET OF LIGHT and SHADES OF RED. While awaiting the publication of two upcoming novels, (MS. ZEPHYR'S NOTEBOOK and A WALK THROUGH THE WINDOW) kc is hard at work on the first novel in a new series of stories set in the United Kingdom.

(2:45 – 3:15 Children's Stage)

Farm Team (Matt Kennedy -guitar, mandolin, vox, Hugh Ellenwood -fiddle, vox, Cam Salay -banjo, bass, vox)

(5:15 – 5:45 Main Stage)

Trina Ferguson (performing with Night and Day Dance): In recent years, Trina Ferguson has spent time in the spoken word and open mike community. She has had several poems and stories published and is now taking on the guitar. This year Trina also performed with Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre and is continuing with acting classes. In the fall of 2007, with the help of a few friends, she made a short film about the time she ran for mayor of Vancouver. Trina is happy to be a part of the Summer Dream Reading Festival once again this year.

(6:40 – 7:00 Main Stage)

Mary Gavin: Raised in the Celtic countries of Scotland and Ireland, I wanted to be a singer but my family threatened to disown me if I sang in public. Thus, I learnt the traditional stories from my grandparents. I weave Celtic traditions with currents events and lace them together with humour.

(4:45 – 5:00 Main Stage)

Lucia Gorea, Ph.D. - Originally from Transylvania, she is the founder and creator of the award-winning group POETRY AROUND THE WORLD. An award-winning poet and a widely published writer, Lucia is the author of several books, including JOURNEY THROUGH MY SOUL and SPEAK ENGLISH FOR SUCCESS.

(7:00– 7:15 Main Stage)

Heidi Greco lives in South Surrey and works as an editor, instructor, and organizer of readings. Poetry books from Vancouver's Anvil Press include Siren Tattoo and Rattlesnake Plantain. Her poems, reviews and fiction have appeared in many magazines and anthologies -- most recently in Crossing Lines (Seraphim Editions). She lives in South Surrey, and is the mother of adult sons.

(3:10 - 4:10 Community Stage)

Shelley Haggard has had several poems published in anthologies and e-magazines. She won second place in the poetry.com's 2002 convention in LA. She has had a poem turned into a skit performed by the Abbotsford Children's Theatre. She won second place in the 2008 Elora Writer's Festival Writing Competition and has two poems currently short-listed in the West End Writer's Contest. She is secretary, event coordinator and web-minder for the MSA Poets Potpourri Society in the Fraser Valley . She works as a house painter and enjoys photography and water-colour painting. View her video poems at www.youtube.com/shelleyhaggardpoems. Read more at www.poetspotpourrisociety.com

(5:45 – 6:00 Main Stage)

Joelene Heathcote has an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Published internationally, she has received many awards for writing including ARC Magazine's Poem of the Year; THIS Magazine's Great Canadian Literary Hunt; and most recently, The Florida Review Editor's Choice Award. Her book of poetry titled What's Between Us Can't Be Heard (Ekstasis Editions, 2002) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award. She is at work on a new collection titled, The Alienation Effect.

(1:20 - 2:20 Community Stage)

Hi Rise Dex and the Stellar Jays is a Vancouver roots country jazz influenced group formed in 1995. The core of the band is the leadership of Kempton Dexter, aka Hi-rise Dex, the band's writer, singer and guitarist. The band's choice of cover and original songs ranges from rollicking up-tempo country stomps to quiet jazz influenced songs about the wonder of love and attraction, love found and love lost. Dexter's songs present an honest look at life lived, the complexities of relationships and the absurdities of the human condition. Hi-Rise Dex and the Stellar jays have played many of Vancouver's original music venues including the WISE Hall, the Railway Club, the Press Club, the Pic, El-Cocal, the Whip, and the Silvertone. The group's CD was independently released in April 2000. (Kempton Dexter -vocals, guitar, banjo, Michel Drouin -vocals, bass, Bryan Siiver -percussion, drums.)

(1:45 – 2:15 Main Stage)

Christy Hill - Originally from the Eastern Townships in Quebec , Christy grew up in a rustic log cabin in a remote landscape where only a few channels flickered on a black and white screen. Combined with an alternative education this way of living provided Christy with ample time to look inward and develop creatively which she holds close to her heart today. Writing continues to provide the perfect outlet for her ambitious imagination and combines her love of sound and language. She is constantly searching for the depth that literature provides. In her extra time Christy can be found writing short fiction and poetry. She participates in The Word Whips Writing Series, Word Whips The North Shore Edition and also runs a bi-weekly writing group, The Cellar Door. She can be found making her foray into the Vancouver writing scene at open mics and readings. Writing ties in nicely with Christy's small business, Chill Factor Communications. She creates editorial illustrations, graphic design and web sites. Her illustration work has graced many fine North American newspapers and magazines. (12:30 – 12:45 Main Stage)

Ibrahin Honjo - Originally from the former Yogoslavia, he has published nine books including, DO NOT WRITE THIS DOWN and ROOTS IN THE STONE. He won several prizes for his poetry and worked as a journalist. Ibrahim is the founder and host of the POETRY PLANET group in Port Moody.

(7:00– 7:15 Main Stage)

Brian Kaufman is a writer, editor, and publisher and has been active in the

publishing community for twenty years. He was a founding board member of BCAMP

(B.C. Association of Magazine Publishers), and has also served as a director of

the ABPBC (Association of Book Publishers of B.C.) and the Literary Press Group

of Canada. Mr. Kaufman has mentored numerous publishing interns over the years,

given his time freely as a guest speaker and a participant at countless

publishing seminars, classes, and public events.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Kaufman has seen over 80 books and 50 issues

of subTerrain into print and has served as the Executive Director of the

subTerrain Literary Collective Society since its inception in 1988.

(4:40 – 5:20 Community Stage)

Zoë Landale divides her time between Vancouver and Pender Island. She has six books out. The most recent book of poetry, "Once a Murderer," is published by Wolsak & Wynn Press. She teaches creative writing at Kwantlen University College. Her work has won significant awards in three genres, including a National Magazine Gold for memoir and first in the 2003 CBC Literary Competition for poetry.

(3:10 - 4:10 Community Stage)

Evelyn Lau, poet, short-story writer, novelist (b at Vancouver 2 July 1971). An award-winning student, Evelyn Lau's first work was published when she was in her early teens. Parental objections to her choice of pursuing a career as a writer led her to run away at age 14. She spent 2 years on the streets of Vancouver, during which time she twice attempted suicide and became involved in prostitution and drug abuse. At 17, Lau recorded her experiences in her first book, the bestselling Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid (1989), later made into a CBC movie called The Diary of Evelyn Lau. Similar territory is covered in her first collection of poetry, You Are Not Who You Claim (1990), recipient of the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award. A second memoir, Inside Out, was published in 2001. Like much of her poetry, Lau's short fiction, Fresh Girls and Other Stories (1993) and Choose Me (1999), depicts a dark world of sexual obsession, dominance and dependency. Lau's novel Other Women (1995) recounts a young artist's unconsummated love affair with an older married man, and its aftermath. In 1992, Lau became the youngest poet ever to receive a GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD nomination, for Oedipal Dreams. She has published two subsequent collections of poetry, In the House of Slaves (1994) and Treble (2005).

(12:10 - 12:30 Main Stage)

Fiona Lehn is a Vancouver-based writer, teacher, musician and editor. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and years of experience in teaching English, writing, and ESL. Over the past 15 years, Fiona has performed her original music across the U.S., produced 5 independent CDs, and consulted with independent artists via her record label/artist support company, Droidfingers Music. In her native California, Fiona co-founded the feminist street theatre group Hermits and Guerrillas and worked with at-risk teens in arts-based alternative education settings. Fiona is currently acting Associate Editor of online magazine Suite101.com. She volunteers with Room Magazine and the Editors Association of Canada's BC chapter. Her first novella, The Assignment of Runner ETI, won third place in the 2008 Writers of the Future international speculative fiction contest.

(4:40 – 5:20 Community Stage)

Bernice Lever of Bowen Island is a prize winning poet & has a dozen poetry & prose books. Many are narratives. www.colourofwords.com

(12:45 – 1:00 & 6:15 – 6:30 Main Stage)

James Lewis is President of the Burnaby Writers Societ. James has written poetry and performed his poetry with music, Oceandrums. He has written and produced a play, Mud Man, that was well received. James has written one novel, Lake Else, and has just finished his second, Light in the Shining Heavens.

(2:15 – 2:30 Main Stage)

Irene Livingston received the Leacock Award for Poetry, and her novel/memoir is being considered for publication. She has two Finklehopper Frogs books out (Tricycle Press) with the possibility of a third upcoming. www.irenelivs.com

(3:00 – 3:15 Main Stage)

James McCann: Growing up on the icy plains of Manitoba, James McCann spent most of his time as a teen reading comics and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Both of these hobbies taught him his storytelling tools that he now uses as an author and creative writing instructor. He is the author of Rancour (first released in 2005 with a second edition due in 2008), Pyre (2007), and Dawn (Christmas 2008). Before turning to mentoring youth in creative writing, he worked in a children's bookstores for seven years. Unlike the creatures of the night of which he writes, he lives peacefully in the daylight with his Shih Tzu, Conan. You can learn more about him at www.jamesmccann.info.

(3:15 – 3:45 Children's Stage)

Bill McNamara is a Storyteller and Poet from Vancouver. He was the Story Slam Champ of Vancouver from '05 to '06 and is presently the city's oldest Slam Poet. He is also the host/organizer of Thundering Word, Vancouver's Finest Open Mic. Since the passing over a year ago of it's originator, the late, great T-Paul Ste.Marie, Bill, and his co-host Wanda-Sue Nowicki have kept this wonderful event going strong. He still performs at various events and festivals around town and in the Fraser Valley.

(4:00 – 4:15 Main Stage)

Melic Thrum (Chad York -vocals, bass, Mike Peacock -vocals, piano, Ryan Drolet - guitar, Alex McFarlane - drums) "This crew blends funk, soul, rock, jazz and every other thing into its 12-song disc and it's classy. Besides knowing how to write songs, both writers are fine singers too. ", Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Province. www.melicthrum.com

(3:30 – 4:00 Main Stage)

Alejandro Mujica-Olea, ex-political prisoner, originally from Chile, Poet Laureate nominee for New Westminster. Author of six books and co-founder of The World Poetry Reading Series and Radio Show.

(1:15 – 1:30 Main Stage)

Gordon Mumford

(6:15 – 6:30 Main Stage)

Night and Day Dance: Diane Garceau & David Yates (dancers), Trina Ferguson (narrator). Night and Day Dance is a husband and wife duo that has been teaching and performing dance at corporate and community events since 2005. Their insatiable curiosity for all things movement means you never know what to expect. You might see anything from swing, ballroom, the circus arts, martial arts or all of those combined and you might suddenly find yourselves dancing. In recent years, Trina Ferguson has spent time in the spoken word and open mike community. She has had several poems and stories published and is now taking on the guitar. This year Trina also performed with Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre and is continuing with acting classes. In the fall of 2007, with the help of a few friends, she made a short film about the time she ran for mayor of Vancouver. Trina is happy to be a part of the Summer Dream Reading Festival once again this year.
(6:40 – 7:00 Main Stage)


Bonnie Nish
is Executive Director and founding member of Pandora's Collective Outreach Society. A captivating storyteller, Bonnie allows us to see the world in a slightly unique way, presenting a refreshing view of life through her poetry. Published widely throughout North America you may view some of her work (both poetry, prose and book reviews) in the anthologies, "Undercurrents," and "Quills," and on-line at luluzine.com, hackwriters.com and greenboathouse.com. In September 2001, Bonnie's poem "Don Quixote's Love Song," a grand prize winner in the Artist's Embassy International Dancing Poetry Contest, was performed at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Bonnie has her BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto.

(2:30 – 2:45 Main Stage)

Marni Norwich has been presenting her poetry on Vancouver stages for the past five years, sometimes with the accompaniment of an ensemble of dancers, choreographers, and musicians called Bad Poetry. She works as an independent journalist and writer/editor with her business, Inkcat Media (inkcatmedia.com). Marni recently published her first collection of poetry, Wildflowers at my doorstep (Karma Press, Vancouver).

(1:20 - 2:00 & 5:20 – 5:40 Community Stage)

Ben Nuttall-Smith

(6:15 – 6:30 Main Stage)

Ivan Penaluna: Host of the Vancouver Story Slam, Ivan Penaluna, takes his proud Lancastrian heritage and turns it into a series of disturbing stereotypes for rooms full of comfortable Canadians. Ivan Penaluna, originally from Preston, Lancashire - home of the black pudding & indiscriminate drunken beating-, now lives in Vancouver with his wife, Anna & son, Otto. Ivan started out as a performance poet, before branching out into comedy in 1999. Penaluna had a glittering career in the Intelligence Services ahead of him, until a scandal involving a girl with a bare botty in a Bogota hotel ended it abruptly. Since then he has been traveling the world divulging state secrets for sometimes the price of a large brandy.
(7:15 – 7:35 Main Stage)

Shannon Rayne is a performance poet and story teller approaching the stage with a softer touch than what is traditionally associated with Spoken Word Poetry. Known for her 'quiet fire', Shannon passionately discusses difficult subjects with a sensitive and feminine sensibility. Her writing topics range from messy kitchens and messier love, to drug addictions and her own addictive obsession with 80s pop star Corey Hart. She was a member of the 2006 Winnipeg Poetry Slam Team and of the Young Lungs Dance Exchange contributing improvised spoken word to collaborative performances of music, dance and poetry. Shannon is the author of 'Letting it Pile', a one-act poetic play about her ongoing relationship with her dirty dishes, produced by Sarasvati Productions. She has recently relocated to Vancouver from the prairies and can be found facilitating and running various
writing/performance workshops in the DTES and through Word Play.
(6:00 – 6:15 Main Stage)

Ariadne Sawyer, Creativity and creative dreaming consultant, ghost writer and promoter. Author of three books and seven CDʼs, Co-founder of The World Poetry Reading Series and Radio Show, World Poetry and Jazz events.

(1:15 – 1:30 Main Stage)

Jordan Scott: Originally from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Jordan Scott now wanders between the Pacific and the Shield. Jordan's first book of poetry, Silt (New Star Books), was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In the fall of 2006, Jordan worked on the final sections of blert while acting as a writer in residence at the International Writers' and Translators'Centre in Rhodes,Greece. Jordan spends the spring and summer slinging canoes at Pitt Lake, the largest freshwater tidal lake in North America.

(1:20 - 2:20 Community Stage)

Lisa Shatzky: Lisa Shatzky's poetry has been published in chapbooks, anthologies, and magazines across Canada and the U.S. . Most recently, Shatzky's poetry has been accepted for publication in The Sun (U.S.), Prairie Fire, and Ascent (U.S.), and has been published in The Dalhousie Review (2008), The Antigonish Review (2008), B.C. Insight(2007), Canadian Woman Studies (2007), Cahoots Magazine (2006), and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine (2006). Shatzky's vivd and energetic work offers the reader an entrancing view of the existential questions that weave themselves into the fabric of our lives. Shatzky's first poetry book "Wandering in Yesterday's Rain" was self published in 2005 (First Choice Books) and widely sold across British Columbia. A second poetry book is being considered by a Canadian publisher for 2009. When not writing, Lisa Shatzky works as a family therapist on Bowen Island where she lives with her family and a large assortment of animals. She can be reached at wolfsong@telus.net

(12:45 – 1:00 Main Stage)

Wayne Smith has written about 50 short, true, recollections of his past. He has has lived in Deep Cove all but five of his fifty-seven years and is a member of the North Shore Writers Association and co-host of Dare To Be Heard open mike at Mollie Nye House in Lynn Valley. He enjoys meeting new people and welcoming the ideas they bring.
(4:30 – 4:45 Main Stage)

Emily Snee has been telling stories since she could speak, frequently "lying" to all those who would listen to her. Since she started performing slam poetry in January of this year she has found a great many more people are listening to her. As time has passed her writing style has changed and "hopefully", she says, "improved." Emily has many dreams and aspirations for the future, but she is convinced that her life will continue to include Slam poetry and other forms of written expression.

(6:00 – 6:15 Main Stage)

Trevor Spilchen

(1:00 - 1:15 Main Stage & 2:50 - 3:10 Community)

Joyce Statton poetry has appeared in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Room of One's Own and the 2005 & 2007 Surrey International Writers' Contest anthologies. (2:30 – 2:45 Main Stage)

Tiffany Stone is a children's poet from Maple Ridge, BC. Her first collection of humorous verse, Floyd the Flamingo and his flock of friends (Tradewind Books, 2004), received critical acclaim from, among others, Helen Norrie of the Winnipeg Free Press who declared "…Stone has a delightful sense of the ridiculous…." Tiffany's newest book of poetry, Baaaad Animals (Tradewind Books, 2006), is full of rhymes about sheep that steal, sneaky slugs and other naughty creatures. When she isn't busy playing with words, editing picture books or visiting schools and libraries, Tiffany can be found hanging out with her three kids and sometimes even her husband. You can visit her online at www.tiffanystone.ca.

(1:45 – 2:15 Children's Stage)

Addena Sumter-Freitag, 7th generation Afro Canadian, World poetry Life Time Achievement Award Winner and World Poetry Ambassador to Jamaica. Poet, writer and actress who has performed across Canada including Women in Film.
(1:15 – 1:30 Main Stage)

Max Tell: Dubbed the international troubadour by the Vancouver International Children's Festival, Robert Stelmach, a.k.a. Max Tell, has toured the Pacific Rim five times as a singer and storyteller. In 2007 his story, Fiezo, the Book Burro, was runner-up for the Writing for Children Competition sponsored by the Writers' Union of Canada. Max's fourth CD and audio book, Little Johnny Small and Other Stories, in English and with Spanish translations, is now available. Recently, he conducted workshops at the Williams Lake Young Writers' Conference and the Burnaby and Surrey Historica Fares. www.maxtell.ca.

(4:30 – 5:00 Children's Stage)

Tickle Trunk Players (Festival performers: Kari Winters & Lori Sherritt): The Tickle Trunk Players have been delighting audiences in BC for five years with the support of ING Direct! Their unique blend of theatre and education is highly engaging and interactive. The Players are skilled storytellers, writers, performers and educators. Whether singing about being 'Hooked on Hockey', telling stories about chickens who compete in the Olympics or presenting plays featuring 'Meaning Messers' and 'Cowboy Wizards', the Tickle Trunk Players are sure to capture your imagination! They have performed at more than 300 schools and festivals including the Vancouver International Children's Festival, the Word on the Street Festival, the Esquimalt Storytelling Festival and CelticFest. The Players feature Kari-Lynn Winters author of the picture book "Jeffrey and Sloth" (Orca Book Publishers 2007) and PhD student at UBC , Lori Sherritt-Fleming who has performed on international stages as Anne in "Anne of Green Gables" and the Snow Queen in "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," and Maryse Schembri who has been a professional musician and puppeteer for over two decades. For more information see www.tickletrunkplayers.com.

(5:00 – 5:30 Children's Stage)

Fernanda Viveiros: Executive Director of the Federation of British Columbia Writers, Fernanda has worked in journalism, editing, magazine design and book publishing for nearly twenty years. She was the founding publisher and managing editor of The Steveston Phoenix, and continues to freelance for a number of Portuguese-Canadian publications. A co-organizer of the RAW Exchange Reading Series, Fernanda has provided publicity services to dozens of publishing houses across Canada and is committed to highlighting the achievements of BC authors.

(4:40 - 5:20 Community Stage)

George McWhirter: On March 8, 2007 George McWhirter, Professor Emeritus of UBC's Creative Writing Program, was named the City of Vancouver's inaugural Poet Laureate. A Vancouver resident since 1968, George McWhirter was born in Belfast where he received his B.A. from Queen's University. His extensive teaching experience has taken him from Kilkeel, Bangor, County Down to the University of Barcelona's Escuela de Idiomas, to Port Alberni and finally to UBC, where he was Head of the UBC Creative Writing Department from 1983 until 1993 and where he earned a Killam Prize for teaching. An author of six books of poetry, two poetic works in translation, five short stories and three novels, McWhirter has been the Advisory Editor for PRISM international magazine and has edited several anthologies.

(1:00 - 1:20 & 3:10 - 3:50 Community Stage)

Eva Waldauf: In 2004 Eva started reading at open mic events. One of her first poetry reading experiences was at Chapters First Tuesdays Assembly of Poets hosted by Shulamit Joffre. Eva has read at Pandora's Collective's Twisted Poets Literary Salon and at open mics at: the Mutanabbi St. Memorial on August 24 (Crow Upstart Books), at AfricaDey on Sept 2 and at the final Upstart Crow Reading Series January 25, 2008. Eva was a scheduled reader at Summer Dream Reading Festival in 2006. She was interviewed and read her poetry on Coop Radio's World Poetry Café Sept 4, 2007. She had a poem chosen for the Poets and Painters Show March 29- April 27 2008. Eva continues to create visual art, curate exhibitions and exhibits her art regularly in Vancouver. She reads at the Poetry Slam Monday evenings and at Thundering Word at the Café Monmartre every 1st /3rd Sundays. Eva will have a poem published in the upcoming poetry compilation Immortal Verses.

(4:00 – 4:15 Main Stage)

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com