Friday, 30 May 2008

Pandora's News News and More News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praise for Surfing Season:

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

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

"Important work."-Poseybeat

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


Dear Friends and Supporters of Grab News,

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

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

Grade 5 to 7 students at Grandview Elementary School this Friday

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

it below.

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

weeks ago, please go to with your web browser.

You won't be disappointed.


Rod Drown

Grab News




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

(work by Iraqi artist Hana Malallah)

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

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

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

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

Ali and Jabbar al Janabi will also discuss their work.

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

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

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

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

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

never reach. Boyd Tonkin London Independent Review

Media Inquiries: 604 733 8593


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing else will change.

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

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

Our featured performer will be, from Toronto:

====Electric John====

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

But we have been assured that he IS electrifying!

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

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

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

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

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


Kwantlen University College



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

Room G1205 (Conference Centre)

Kwantlen University College

12666 - 72nd Ave.


A FREE EVENT - All Welcome

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

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


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

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

Event: Lipsmacker Crackerjack Youth Slam #6 featuring Jessica Lohafer

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

What: Performance

Host: RC Weslowski

When: Monday, June 23 at 8:00pm

Where: Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive



Volunteer/Intern Needed

Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine

Responsibilities will include data entry and contest sorting.


Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

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

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

Preparations for Post-Conference Publications:

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

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

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

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

Critical Perspectives in Criminology:

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

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

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

Criminal Justice and Psychology:

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

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

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

Radical Psychology:

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

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

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

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

Poetry with Shauna Paull

Here are some wonderful opportunities to study and practice poetry:

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

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

TIME: 1:30 - 4:30

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

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

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

words are cells of energy
jeanette winterson