Sunday, 20 January 2008

HeartBeats Newsletter, January 2008

10 January 2008

Welcome to the January 2008 edition of HeartBeats newsletter, a compilation of news and events of interest to writers and readers with special interests in mental health

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in…Leonard Cohen


SFU Writing and Publishing Program
Spring courses are starting soon!
View upcoming courses by month:
Register online at
Still new to the Writing & Publishing Program?
Attend a free information session to learn more about our courses and certificate programs.
Saturday, January 5th, 10 am-3 pm
Room 1510 (no need to reserve at this point - just show up)

From Pandora's Collective... Happy New Year!!!!
Look For our events on www.
Pandora’s Events
Friday Jan 25, 2008
Upstart Crow Reading Series
Surround yourself with words. Open mic with featured readers.
Time: 7:30pm
Featured Readers: Michael Hetherington, Jen Currin and Christine LeClaire
Jen Currin is a graduate of Bard College and Arizona State University ’s MFA program. She currently teaches creative writing at Vancouver Film School and Langara College 's Continuing Studies program. Jen has been published in many North American journals including Fiddlehead, 2River View, Massachusetts Review, VERSE, Lungfull!, Salt Hill, Konundrum, subTerrain, and Event. Jen’s book of poems, The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press) came out in 2005 and her 2nd book Hagiography (Coach House Books) will be available in 2008.
Christine LeClaire is a Vancouver writer, web designer, and enviro-blogger. Her work has been published in such magazines as Filling Station, 2River View, Terry, and Christine is an intriguing performer who has graced many lower mainland stages in the last few years.
Michael Hetherington’s collection of short stories, The Late Night Caller, was published by Turnstone Press in 2003. His fiction has appeared in many literary magazines across Canada , including Matrix, Exile, and The Malahat Review, and three of the stories in The Late Night Caller are being made into short films. Michael holds degrees from Queen’s University, UBC, and the London School of Economics.
Cost: Free
Location: Upstart Crow Books
238 Lonsdale Avenue (@ 3rd), North Vancouver
(Just up the hill from the Sea-bus station and Lonsdale Quay)
Hosts: Pandora's Collective
Deadline: January 7
10th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition.


Deadline: January 15
Maisonneuve is looking for all kinds of material (ideas, essays, proposals,
short narratives, quirky profiles of little-known people, language jokes,
atrocious translations, geographic anomalies, ex-pat tales, cultural
exchange memories, and accommodation stories) for its special issue on
Deadline: January 21
All Rights Reserved is looking for poetry, short fiction, creative
non-fiction, as well as literary stories told through visual
art/photography. Theme: Heroes & Villains.

Application deadline: January 11, 2008
Banff International Literary Translation Centre ~ June 9 to 28, 2008:
The Banff International Literary Translation Centre is a three-week residency program
offering literary translators an opportunity to focus on a current project, consult with
experienced translators, network with colleagues in an international literary forum and,
in some cases, spend time with the writer whose work they are translating.
Financial assistance is available.
Boxcar Poetry Review
Seeks top quality poetry, artwork, photography, interviews, and reviews.
Search for Spirituality Anthology
Deadline: January 31
The Search for Spirituality, an anthology for Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgendered writers from
different faiths and cultures who have found a connection with spirituality, is looking for uplifting,
inspiring, healing and comforting stories between 1500-2000 words long. Send submission with
complete contact information and brief author bio to

Sicilian Anthology
Deadline: Dec. 30 2007
Co-editors Delia De Santis and Venera Fazio are accepting submissions for a sequel to the
anthology Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent (Legas, 2004). This second anthology,
to be published by Legas, will also celebrate Sicilian culture, writers and immigrant experiences.
Manuscripts may include poetry, short stories, book chapters, essays, memoirs, brief dramas,
folklore, and English translations of writings by Sicilian writers. More information and submissions:
Venera Fazio, 2377 Schafer Court, Bright's Grove, ON Canada N0N 1C0 or email, Delia De Santis, 2961 Delia Cres. Bright's Grove, ON, Canada NON 1C0 or Payment: share of royalties.

Blooming Tree Press
Blooming Tree Press is looking for picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult
submissions. Check the website for guidelines:

Call for Poetry Submissions
In response to the cultural emphasis placed on young & emerging authors, we seek submissions for
an anthology of contemporary Canadian poetry featuring "up-and-coming mature writers." Work can
be in any style or tradition, collaborative or by a single author, but please limit submissions to
twenty pages. If you feel these criteria apply to you, please send poetry as an attachment in
Word .doc or .rtf format or in the message of an email to the editors, kevin mcpherson eckhoff &
Heidi Garnett, at Be sure to include your email address, phone number
& a brief bio. The sooner submissions are received, the better, but the final deadline for work is
January 31, 2008.

Federation Vox is compiled by Fernanda Viveiros, Executive Director of the Federation of British
Columbia Writers. Established in 1976, the Federation of British Columbia Writers is BC's largest
writers organization, serving over 650 organizational and individual members throughout the province.
For information on the Federation, please visit our website at

Other Arts and Disability Events:

Now Who’s Talking Recovery Theatre is an innovative project where people bring to life their experiences recovering from mental illness and addiction. This is an opportunity for you to volunteer in an exciting community theatre project aimed at stopping the stigma. For more information please see the attached poster and read the information below then pass it on to your network of friends and colleagues.

Now Who’s Talking Recovery Theatre Update:

NWT Recovery Theatre’s goal is to teach people in recovery how to tell their stories in the context of theatre. The troupe of nine has been hard at work since last September learning acting skills from Alex Bruhanski, one of Vancouver’s most highly respected acting teachers. They have also completed classes in voice, movement and improvisation with the accomplished and talented thespian Monique Bourgois.

The troupe is currently writing their individual recovery stories which will be crafted into dramatic vignettes. Collectively, the vignettes will be tied together to show how people recover and give hope to those struggling with mental health issues. The current thought is to have some kind of recovery awards show. The play promises to be entertaining, educational and above all humorous. The show should run for about an hour followed by a Q & A session.

Performance Dates:

Friday March 21st: 1:00 Matinee, Free admission for recipients of mental health services
Friday March 21st: 7:00
Saturday March 22nd, 7:00
St. James Community Square, 10th & Trutch
$12 advance $15 at the door

For more info contact Elly at 604-688-1556 or

Thanks a big bunch for all your support!
Elly Litvak

Elly Litvak


The Unruly Salon Series will be presented by Green College at UBC, from
January 12-March 29th, 2008. We invite you to join us for these
intimate encounters with some of the movers and shakers of the global
disability arts and culture movement - scholars and performers alike!

The first event on Saturday, January 12th will feature:

- Catherine Frazee, advocate and writer extraordinaire – LIVE from
Toronto via videoconference!

- Bonnie Sherr Klein screening her film "Shameless - the ART of

- Geoff McMurchy screening documentation of his dance piece "Wingspan

Space will be extremely limited! Check out the Unruly Salon website and
register NOW for any or all of the events! (The registration deadline
for January 12th is extended to January 8th.)

Direct your browser to:
...and please forward to your contacts, if applicable. Thanks!

Frames of Mind Film Screening – Not Just a Bay Day: Living with Bipolar Disorder – December 19 [back to top]
The UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present Not Just a Bad Day: Living with Bipolar Disorder. On the surface, Mike, Erin, and Martha – a party boy, a young mom, and a divorced single mom - appear to have little in common, but all live under the shadow of bipolar disorder. Treating them all is Dr. Paul Termansen, a psychiatrist at Community Psychiatric Services on Metro Vancouver’s North Shore, where the three attend his mood disorders program. With intimate access and great sensitivity, the film details their personal struggles with the emotional highs and lows of a disorder they must learn to manage in order to lead productive, balanced lives. The screening is followed by a discussion with Dr. Paul Termansen, MD, FRCPC, a former professor at the Department of Psychiatry at UBC and founder of Vancouver Crisis Centre and SAFER, and director Gillian Hrankowski. It takes place at Pacific Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe St., Vancouver, at 7:30pm. Adult admission is $9.50 or $8.00 for seniors and students. For more information, please view the flyer at or visit

The Lobotomist Documentary on PBS – Airs January 21 [back to top]
The lobotomy was once hailed as a groundbreaking medical procedure that promised hope to the most distressed families and desolate mentally ill patients. Championed by a young and ambitious neurologist named Walter J. Freeman, what began as an operation of last resort was soon being performed at some 50 state asylums, often with devastating results. Through interviews with medical historians, psychiatrists who worked with Freeman and the desperate families who sought his help, this program tells the gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry. For more information and local listings, visit

The Women's Health Research Network & SFU Institute for Critical Studies in Gender and Health invite you to attend a public lecture series. Lectures take place Monday evenings at SFU - Vancouver Campus, Room 7000 and virtually via WebEx. To participate, contact Rodney Hunt.
February 4, 2008 - MENTAL HEALTH with presenter Jane Ussher – University of Western Australia

February 18, 2008 - BREAST CANCER with presenter Samantha King – Queen’s University

March 3, 2008 - HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY with presenter Nancy Fugate Woods – University of Washington (TBC)
hird National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


Mental Health and Addictions Research Network's 2008 Annual Research Colloquium

February 14, 2008 - Vancouver, BC

The theme for the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network's 2008 Annual Research Colloquium is Moving Upstream: Evidence for Early Intervention in Mental Health. This important event will feature leading experts from BC and beyond, including a keynote address from Professor Patrick McGorry (University of Melbourne) who is a world-leading researcher in the field of early psychosis.

Third National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

April 10 - 12, 2008 - Vancouver, BC

This conference will highlight what has been shown through the "Wisdom of Practice" to be most effective in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues in individuals with FASD, and treatment and support for their families and service providers.


19th Institute of the Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP) of the Canadian Psychological Association

June 11, 2008 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

The theme for the Institute is Determinants of Women's Health: A Holistic Approach to Understanding Women's Psychological and Physical Well-being. The Institute is being held to examine the complex interplay between physical and psychological well-being, and the impacts of the broad determinants of health, including social and structural factors, on women's health and wellness.

Participate in a Virtual Learning Community on Integrating Support on Trauma and Substance Use Issues

From January to June 2008 you can participate in a virtual community that is part of a national project entitled Coalescing on Women's Substance Use: Linking Research, Practice and Policy. This project is based on the research of WHRN Co-Leader and NEXUS Trainee Nancy Poole. More »

YOU AND ME by Debbie Sesula

Debbie Sesula

If you’re overly excited
You’re happy
If I’m overly excited
I’m manic.

If you imagine the phone ringing
You’re stressed out
If I imagine the phone ringing
I’m psychotic.

If you’re crying and sleeping all day
You’re sad and need time out
If I’m crying and sleeping all day
I’m depressed and need to get up.

If you’re afraid to leave your house at night
You’re cautious
If I’m afraid to leave my house at night
I’m paranoid.

If you speak your mind and express your opinions
You’re assertive
If I speak my mind and express my opinions
I’m aggressive.

If you don’t like something and mention it
You’re being honest
If I don’t like something and mention it
I’m being difficult.

If you get angry
You’re considered upset
If I get angry
I’m considered dangerous.

If you over-react to something
You’re sensitive
If I over-react to something
I’m out of control.

If you don’t want to be around others
You’re taking care of yourself and relaxing
If I don’t want to be around others
I’m isolating myself and avoiding.

If you talk to strangers
You’re being friendly
If I talk to strangers
I’m being inappropriate.

For all of the above you’re not told to take
a pill or are hospitalized, but I am!

Recovery Theatre Call For Volunteers!




Now Who’s Talking Recovery Theatre is a non-profit program funded by CIF and Vancouver Coastal Health where participants learn how to tell their stories of recovery from mental illness and addiction through the context of theatre. All proceeds go towards meeting the costs of the project, with remaining funds going back into the program.

Contact Elly Litvak by phone at 604-688-1556 or email

Consumer Initiative Fund

The Unruly Salon, Vancouver 2008

Left Curtain PhotoPainting of CouchRight Curtain Photo

Nothing about us without us

Welcome to the Unruly Salon Series at Green College, UBC

The Unruly Salon Series Presented by Green College at UBC January 12-March 29th, 2008

Join The Unruly Salon to further the discourse on diversity, humanity and civil society; contribute to a fundamental reshaping of the disability narrative; challenge ideas of ‘global citizenship’; and work to realize the full inclusion of all people.

In the context of a burgeoning disability arts and cultural movement in Canada and internationally, the Unruly Salon Series is an historical first at UBC. Drawing from both internationally renowned scholars of disability studies and professional artists from the visual, performing, musical arts sectors, the Salons will demonstrate a belief that the pursuit of equality and inclusion is a cultural task as much as it is an academic or political one.

Salon scholars and artists variously ask:

  • How do varied experiences of dis/ability transform and vitalize the meaning of an education, the public sphere and social justice?
  • How can disability arts, culture and struggles by people with disabilities transform and inform undergraduate and graduate education at UBC and in the wider province, Pacific Rim and internationally?
  • What can we all learn from artists and scholars with disabilities currently participating in disability scholarship and the arts locally and globally?

The Series is the inspired creation of Dr. Leslie G. Roman, Associate Professor, Dept. of Educational Studies at the UBC Faculty of Education, in partnership with Mr. Geoff McMurchy, artistic director of S4DAC (The Society for Disability Arts and Culture) and Artistic Director for The Unruly Salon Series.

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