Friday, 21 March 2008

Poetry Anthology: deadline 15 May

WANTED: B.C. POETRY ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS FOR:

ROCKSALT

An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry

Edited by Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch

Deadline:

Postdated May 15th 2008

Notification:

Summer 2008 Publication:

Book Launche(s) Fall 2008

- Open to all poets living in B.C.

- Send 1- 3 of your best unpublished poems, max 62 lines a poem.

- Include your name on each page.

- No entries will be returned.

- Email submissions accepted: send as attachment (Word, Appleworks,

.rtf, or Pages)

Confirmation email will be sent. EMAIL:

- For SNAIL MAIL submissions, enclose a SASE for reply.

- Include 100 (max) word bio and 300 word statement (max) on your

- Include a covering letter with full address, postal code, name,

phone number and email address.

- Copyright remains with the poet.

Not since 1977, the year Western Windows; A Comparative Anthology of

Poetry in British

Columbia edited by Patricia M. Ellis - CommCept Publishing, and New:

West Coast; 72 contemporary

british columbia poets, edited by Fred Candelaria - Intermedia Press

was published, has there been a

comprehensive anthology of B.C. poetry. We will address the long

absence of an anthology in B.C. by

gathering poetry's presence here on the edge of Canada. ROCKSALT will

feature new and previously

unpublished poems as well as each poet's statement on poetry or

poetics. It will be varied, inclusive,

and transformative.

EDITORS:

Mona Fertig edited A Labour of Love, an anthology of poetry on

pregnancy and childbirth, published

in 1990 by Polestar Press, and has published many books of poetry.

She runs the new Mother Tongue

Publishing company and has been active in the west coast literary

scene since 1972.

Harold Rhenisch is the author of twenty-one books, including the

George Ryga Award-winning "The

Wolves at Evelyn:", a past winner of the ARC Poem of the Year Prize,

and the winner of The Malahat

Review Long Poem Prize for both 2005 and 2007. His new book is

"Return

to Open Water: Poems New & Selected.

MAIL: Editors, ROCKSALT- 290 Fulford-Ganges Rd. Salt Spring Island

B.C. V8K

2K6

EMAIL: submissions@mothertonguepublishing.com

www.mothertonguepublishing.com

Pandora's Collective News


Pandora's Events

Saturday March 29th

1:00-4:00pm

Pandora's Collective Presents

VOICES VANCOUVER

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
Contact:
blinish_pandoras@yahoo.ca

Upcoming Rendezvous:

POETS & PAINTERS SHOW
COME TO AN EXCITING EXHIBITION OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY THE WORKS OF TWO LOWER MAINLAND POETRY GROUPS
Where: Tsawwassen Longhouse Gallery at 1710 – 56th Street in the Village of Tsawwassen adjacent to the Recreation Centre with ample free parking. Bus stop across the street.
Why: To hold a collaborative show with members of the South Delta Artists Guild and poets from both "Pandora's Collective" and "World Poetry" societies in Vancouver. Poems and images were individually drawn from sealed envelopes by participants from which they had to produce either a poem or painting and each painting will be exhibited next to the relevant poem, both with the same title. There will be close to 80 paintings and poems on display. This is a premier event in the Tsawwassen art community with many poets and artists in attendance where they will gladly discuss their works. All paintings are original and for sale for the duration of the show. This is a rare opportunity for the public to interact with two art forms at the same time and in the same venue making it an event well worth attending.
When: Show runs from March 27th to April 27th. For further info call 604-948-2252 or 604-535-7507
Opening Reception is on Saturday, March 29th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM with wine and appetizers.

Other Events of Interest

March 21-22nd

Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre

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. There are volunteer opportunities available

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

Contact: Elly - 604-688-1556 or elly@whoscrazynow.com

Web: www.whoscrazynow.com

Poet Kim Minkus will be reading from her new book, 9 Freight, on March

25, 2008 at the Short Line Reading Series:

The Short Line Reading Series, a free literary event, takes place monthly at the Railway Club

(579 Dunsmuir Street, on the corner at Seymour).

The event runs from 6:30-9:00pm

Tuesday, March 25:

Sonia Capriceru

Jacqueline Turner

Kim Minkus

Kim Minkus is a Vancouver poet, her first book of poetry 9 Freight

was published by LINEbooks in the fall of 2007.

She has published poems in Bywords, West Coast Line and ottawater.

Dear Friends,

I've decided to make my book launch on April 1 a fundraiser for my dear friend Emmett (Sarah) Race. As some of you know, Emmett is a talented photographer, and last week her computer and hard drive were stolen. She lost her entire life's work as a photographer.

So, although we can't get the photos back, I'm hoping to raise a little money for Emmett to get a new computer.

All proceeds from books sold at the event will go to the "computer fund," and in addition, there will be a jar on the book table for donations. If you have some extra scratch burning a hole in your pocket, please don't hesitate to donate it to this worthy cause.

Thanks! And looking forward to seeing you at the event, which is:

APRIL 1 (Tuesday)

7 p.m.

At the Railway Club

579 Dunsmuir Street

Please pass this on to anyone who you think might be interested.

Cheers,

Jen

SOUNDS OF CONTEMPLATION

FRI. APRIL 4, 2008, 7:00 PM
SAFFRON FOURTH AVENUE, 2836 WEST 4TH AVENUE, VANCOUVER, BC

Join us for a café-style evening of music and poetry with poets Br. Paul Quenon, Susan McCaslin, Doug Beardsley and Sheila Rosen. Minimum donation: $5.

This is a Thomas Merton Society event. It should be an interesting evening. McCaslin, Beardsley and Rosen are BC poets. Brother Paul Quenon has been a monk for 50 years, and received his formation under Thomas Merton. He has published three collections of poems, Monkswear, Laughter My Purgatory, and Terrors of Paradise, and a CD of poetry Hooded Sentinels. He is cantor, cook, and photographer for his monastery, the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky.

Sheila

Hello kindred spirits ……. can you believe it? It's Grind writing time again – this Saturday Mar. 22nd—plunk in the middle of the Easter weekend.

Plunk in the middle of Spring springing. The cherry blossoms are beginning – and the winners of the Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku contest (not me nor a few others in the group who entered) are posted on their website: http://www.vancouvercherryblossomfestival.com/2008/. That was the contest with the serious posterity prize – winning entry is to be carved in stone in Van Dusen Gardens. Hope to see you blooming in the Grind this Saturday. I'll be the mushroom in the back room…..

regards……….Margo

10 AM at the Grind – 4124 Main Street (at King Edward Ave /25th)

Please bring something to write with.


Upcoming meeting dates:

Sat Mar 22 Sun Apr 6
Sat Apr 19 Sun May 4

7–9 pm, third Friday of the month

Unitarian Centre, 949 West 49th Ave (at Oak Street)

Everyone welcome. Pre-registration is not required. Admission is $5.

As the evening are becoming lighter and spring is almost here, it's time to come out and enlighten others with your ideas and conversely to get enlightened by your co-participants. We are projecting ourselves well into the future this time and it should produce some lively thoughts and discussion.

The evenings are as warm as our fireside, as welcoming as our carpet, as comfortable as our new chairs and as interesting as the diverse, intelligent people we attract. There is a supportive, friendly atmosphere to encourage you to participate actively and share your unique and interesting thoughts and perspective.

Moderator: Randall MacKinnnon has a Masters in Social Policy and Planning and is an "IDEASage" with MackINNOVATION, a service consultancy.

This Week's Cafe

Friday March 21, 7 pm to 9 pm

Sending a message to 2108 – most of us won't make it to the Twenty Second Century. What message or post card would we like to send to the people of 2,108? If we could put items into a time capsule or load a website to be opened in 2108, what would we choose to sum up the essence and character of our age with our decendants?

Philosophers' Fireside Cafe

"we dialogue therefore we are......."

Randall MacKinnon - Moderator

604 - 582 - 4651

Fireside Room, Unitarian CV Centre

949 W 49th Ave Vancouver

WANTED: B.C. POETRY ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS FOR:

ROCKSALT

An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry

Edited by Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch

Deadline:

Postdated May 15th 2008

Notification:

Summer 2008 Publication:

Book Launche(s) Fall 2008

- Open to all poets living in B.C.

- Send 1- 3 of your best unpublished poems, max 62 lines a poem.

- Include your name on each page.

- No entries will be returned.

- Email submissions accepted: send as attachment (Word, Appleworks,

.rtf, or Pages)

Confirmation email will be sent. EMAIL:

- For SNAIL MAIL submissions, enclose a SASE for reply.

- Include 100 (max) word bio and 300 word statement (max) on your

- Include a covering letter with full address, postal code, name,

phone number and email address.

- Copyright remains with the poet.

Not since 1977, the year Western Windows; A Comparative Anthology of

Poetry in British

Columbia edited by Patricia M. Ellis - CommCept Publishing, and New:

West Coast; 72 contemporary

british columbia poets, edited by Fred Candelaria - Intermedia Press

was published, has there been a

comprehensive anthology of B.C. poetry. We will address the long

absence of an anthology in B.C. by

gathering poetry's presence here on the edge of Canada. ROCKSALT will

feature new and previously

unpublished poems as well as each poet's statement on poetry or

poetics. It will be varied, inclusive,

and transformative.

EDITORS:

Mona Fertig edited A Labour of Love, an anthology of poetry on

pregnancy and childbirth, published

in 1990 by Polestar Press, and has published many books of poetry.

She runs the new Mother Tongue

Publishing company and has been active in the west coast literary

scene since 1972.

Harold Rhenisch is the author of twenty-one books, including the

George Ryga Award-winning "The

Wolves at Evelyn:", a past winner of the ARC Poem of the Year Prize,

and the winner of The Malahat

Review Long Poem Prize for both 2005 and 2007. His new book is

"Return

to Open Water: Poems New & Selected.

MAIL: Editors, ROCKSALT- 290 Fulford-Ganges Rd. Salt Spring Island

B.C. V8K

2K6

EMAIL: submissions@mothertonguepublishing.com

www.mothertonguepublishing.com

From Margo of the Grind Writers

Where to get rid of your stuff
- and make a BIG difference to a woman in Vancouver !


(furniture, clothing, household items, etc... pretty much anything)

Real 100% Charity Centers for Women (not Value Village 10% of net profits poo poo)
Please pass this on to women you know in Vancouver .
Thank you!

Furniture - Home Start - Kasey Burchette 604 708-9556
They come pick it up!
It is for women who've been abused with no where to live.Your furniture will help them get started to set up their new home.

Clothing - 512 East Cordova 604 254- 2250
This one you have to drive the stuff down to, but nothing but extreme gratitude and a chorus of "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Household Items - Gather and Give 604 637-2250
Any household items, pillow cases, sheets, etc

Please pass this on to women you know in Vancouver .
Thank you!

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com


Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Conference

Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Digest
Volume 02 : Number 07
Wednesday, March 19, 2008


This is the latest in a series of listserv digests for Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice: A Human Rights Conference, an event hosted by the Simon Fraser University Institute for the Humanities and scheduled for the SFU downtown Harbour Centre campus on June 12th-15th, 2008.

There are a number of further developments to announce since our last digest circulated in early February, as the momentum continues to build toward June.

Preliminary Program:
First and foremost, I am happy to report that the Preliminary Program is now assembled and ready for distribution. Pending its uploading to the conference website http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/, I am appending a file copy in MS Word. In addition to the program, the attached document includes a Detailed Sessions Schedule, and a complete list of Participants and Affiliations. To say the least, we are nothing short of delighted about, and tremendously impressed by, the quality, depth and range of the more than 100 contributions to this event. We have done our best to combine papers and append titles in imaginative and enabling ways, and to develop sessions that highlight the unique qualities of all your fine contributions. Please make note of your position(s) in the schedule. Days and times are specified; Barbara Smith is currently wrapping up the room assignments, which we will incorporate into the final program. In addition, Kathy McKay is hard at work in preparing a detailed list of paper and session abstracts, which will circulate shortly.

Sessions Format and Preparation of Papers:
Please note, as specified in the program, that the majority of sessions will run for 105 minutes. To reiterate instructions included in the February digest, we are asking paper presenters in regular panels to prepare 20-minute talks, to ensure that we have sufficient time available for audience participation and general discussion. We will supply a-v equipment and technical support. If you are intending to use PowerPoint software, you should plan to bring your file(s) on a cd/dvd and/or flash drive/usb key. We will be printing and posting the final version of the program toward the end of May, for on-site distribution of hard copies in delegate kits.

Chairs Still Needed:
While some assignments are now in place (with many thanks to those who have stepped forward), we are still sorely in need of session chairs/moderators (11 in total, by my count). So please consider volunteering to chair an event. You may do so by emailing a brief note to this effect, to menzies@sfu.ca or MadConference08@shaw.ca. If any particular session strikes you as being an especially comfortable fit for you, do let us know. We will most gratefully welcome your contributions!

Accommodation Information Now Posted:
Thanks to Trish Graham's ongoing facilitation, we have now uploaded information on the four conference-sponsored accommodation options http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/hotel.htm. We have opted for a diversity of styles and rates, from residential housing on the Burnaby campus of SFU (about 45 minutes from the Harbour Centre conference site by public transit); to the atmospheric, landmark Sylvia Hotel (on English Bay, a 10-minute drive, or 30-40 minute walk from HC); to the conveniently situated Ramada Downtown Vancouver (two blocks distant); to the rather more 'upscale' Delta Vancouver Suites (also in very close proximity to the conference). The website provides residence/hotel contact numbers and URLs. We advise that you book early, to guarantee conference rates (our block bookings are limited in number, and in the case of the Ramada, the listed rates apply to May 2nd). Refer to the Institute for the Humanities Conference when booking. Should you be interested in putting your name forward for shared accommodation, please email MadConference08@shaw.ca by March 31st with a contact email and any room-mate/arrangement preferences; I will then circulate a list of interested delegates via the conference listserv during the first week of April (after which you can proceed to make the connections and subsequent bookings, based on that list).

Request for Billeting:
We have received the following request for billeting during the conference. Assistance in securing accommodation for the wonderful Friendly Spike players (who will be performing on the evening of Thursday, June 12th) would be hugely appreciated! (the contact email address appears below)
Three Guest Artists from
The Friendly Spike Theatre Band
One Male, Two Females
Need lodging
From June 11th to 15th
If you have questions about this email RuthRuth, friendlyspike@primus.ca

Registration Reminder:
This is a reminder that all delegates must register for the conference by completing the on-line registration form http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/register.htm. Fees are payable by either credit card or cheque. The early registration rates apply through to May 2nd, after which on-line registration at the full rates will continue to June 4th. On-site registration will be available during the conference. Please consult the website for registration instructions, along with a breakdown of fees (separate fees apply to the Thursday Night of Mad Culture and the Saturday Evening with Frederick Wiseman). Once again, please be sure to register early for the Thursday and Saturday evening festivities (seating will be limited). Any questions regarding the registration page and procedures can be directed to Conference_Services@sfu.ca .

Thursday Keynote Lecture:
The organizers are both elated and honoured to announce that David Oaks has consented to deliver the keynote address for the conference, scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, June 12th. David Oaks will be a familiar and respected name for many of you. Over more than three decades, he has been a leader in the international psychiatric survivors human rights movement. A resident of Eugene, Oregon, David directs MindFreedom International http://www.mindfreedom.org/, a non-profit coalition that unites 100 grassroots groups to win human rights and alternatives for people affected by the mental health system. The title of David's lecture is "Prospects for a Nonviolent Revolution in the Mental Health System During a Time of Psychiatric Globalization." Further details on David's address (including an abstract), along with a brief biography, will be posted shortly on the conference website. We could not have been blessed with a more knowledgeable, dynamic and eloquent keynote speaker for this event.

Titicut Follies at Pacific Cinémathèque:
More good news. Thanks in large measure to the expert facilitation of its Executive Director Jim Sinclair, the Pacific Cinémathèque theatre (200 - 1131 Howe Street, about 10 city blocks from the conference site) will be the setting for the Friday evening (June 13th) screening of Titicut Follies. As many of our local delegates will know, Pacific Cinémathèque http://www.cinematheque.bc.ca/index.html is a Vancouver cinematic institution. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to view Frederick Wiseman's landmark film in this wonderful venue. Needless to say, we encourage all delegates to attend this screening, both as an extraordinary experience in its own right, and preparatory to the Saturday conference events involving Frederick Wiseman as our distinguished guest. Information on the entire Friday evening line-up (a companion film to Titicut Follies is planned) and on ticket availability and pricing will be forthcoming in short order.

CPS Congress and Madness: Probing the Boundaries:
William Massicotte, Chair of the National Scientific Program Committee for the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (CPS), has asked us to disseminate details on their annual congress, which will be taking place in Vancouver immediately prior to our MCSJ conference (specifically, June 6th-8th, 2008). The CPS program and other event information are posted at http://www.psychoanalysis.ca/sites/cps/images/AGM2008_download_e.pdfAdd . Further, at least some of you will be interested in details on the conference Madness: Probing the Boundaries, scheduled for September 8th-10th, 2008 at Mansfield College, Oxford University. To view their Call for Papers, see http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/ptb/persons/madness/m1/cfp.html.

Website Revisions and Publicity Material To Follow:
Please look for additional website updates and listserv announcements as we finalize the facilities set-up, continue to work on local arrangements, and accelerate the publicity activities through to the conference dates in June.

Please Publicize:
As always, we will be most grateful for all efforts to recruit delegates, and to spread word about the event, in whatever form and fashion you deem fitting.

With thanks to all, and all best from here, for now,

Bob

************************************************************************

Robert Menzies
Professor of Sociology
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Canada
Tel: +1 778 782 4552 Fax: +1 604 299 4396
Email: menzies@sfu.ca or rjmenzies@shaw.ca
Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Conference: http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/