Sunday, 20 September 2009

Betsy Warland's new book, and a free download!

Betsy Warland ~ Author


Betsy Warland's UPDATED Site...

I am pleased to announce that Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing will be published by Cormorant Books in the spring of 2010. This collection of twenty-four essays investigates the materials we collaborate with as writers – such as the alphabet, the computer, the page, the table – and introduces a number of new writing concepts about the forces we encounter, in the act of writing, that throb beneath the language of craft. Twelve years in the making, Breathing the Page is a map of my writing quest as a writer, a creative writing teacher, and a manuscript development consultant.

Most recently, two of these essays (“Table” and “The Line”) were published in grain, Vol. 36, No. 4.

I invite you to download the final essay in the book, “Sustaining Yourself as a Writer.” As I would have been eager to read this essay earlier on in my writing life, I am making it available to any writer who wishes to read it. This free pdf download will be posted for a limited duration of time.

For professional matters, please contact the Writers Union of Canada at ac.noinusretirweht@ofni OR ac.ufs@dnalrawb

Pandora's Collective News

The changing air makes me realize that fall is here despite the few warm days left. It has been a long while since I have been back east for a true fall and I am missing it. So send me your poems, thoughts, lyrics, rants, pictures of fall and I will send them out in a special e-news dedicated just to the changing colours, wool sweaters and fireplaces.


We kick dying leaves

to the side of the road,

while dividing time into the colours

of here, there and maybe when.

Silhouettes of trees reach out,
stone cathedrals drawn in evening shade,
church bells sing

a north wind breathes

vibrant conversation

down the long laneway home.

Our whispered thoughts touch

beneath the warm quilt

of your tiny limestone apartment.

We listen for the rising moon

with half closed eyes.

B. Nish

What do you remember of fall?

PS Thanks to Bill McNamara for pointing out a huge error in my last email. Apologies to all you hosts as you deserve your due (not do). I really have to stop doing this at 3am.

PSS Anyone care to join me on the 30th at the ANZA Club for Talon's Night of Poetry with Fred Wah and Friends? See below for details. Bonnie

Pandora's News

The Summer Dream Poetry Contest:

Deadline Sept 15, 2009 Deadline extended until Oct 1, 2009

For Details:

Pandora's Collective Presents

This coming Tuesday

Tuesday Sept 22nd: Guest Host: Maureen Egan

Tuesday Oct 27th: Guest Host: Christy Hill
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten - fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni.
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room,
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC
or visit

Thursday Oct 1st

Pandora's Collective Presents


In the spirit of Vancouver all poets are welcome. Come out and bring your best, favourite, newest, oldest poems, and share in an evening of literary surprises. 1st Thursday of every month.

Hosts: Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni

Time: 7-9pm

Upcoming Features:

Oct 1st: Shannon Rayne and Warren Dean Fulton

Nov 5th: Art Joyce and Christy Hill

Dec 3rd: Diane Tucker and Mary Duffy

Jan 7th: Don Simpson

Feb 4th: Jen Currin and Christine LeClaire

Location: Cambie Bakery and Cafe - a fantastic selection of fine vegetarian foods, teas, coffees and pastries!
312 Cambie Street (North of Hastings), Vancouver B.C.

Other News




It includes 24 live tracks, selected from 16 of Vancouver's best spoken word artists as they competed to make the 2009 Van Slam Poetry Team.

Performers include: RC Weslowski, Nora Smithhisler, Chris Gilpin, Johnny MacRae, Steve Miller, Spillious, Lisa Slater, Scruffmouth, Zaccheus Jackson, Ed Word, Relevant, Fernando Raguero, Shannon Rayne, Clint "Father Goose" Wilson, and Lucia Misch.
There will also be a short open mic to start evening. Any poets who show up early (ie. at around 8pm) will have the chance to get up and perform one poem. Come out and show us your stuff!

$5-$10 sliding scale


Thundering Word

Vancouver's Finest Open Mic

At The Montmartre Cafe`

4362 Main street @ 28th ave, Van, B.C.


Matt Liechty (Leek-Tea)

Yes, a singing, songwriting comedian...

You get the whole package with this fellow!


A whole evening of wonderful Open Mic!

Music, Comedy, Poetry..... and more

You never know what you'll get at TW!

Signup @ 7:30--Show @ 8pm

Hosted by:

Wanda Nowicki & Bill Mc.

No Cover--- Pass th' hat

Good Food, Good Drinks, Great entertainment at th' Mont!

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

The Word on the Street

From ComedyFest acts on the Literally Funny Mainstage, to poetry, prose, and visual exhibits, the 2009 Word On The Street Vancouver has something for everyone. Don't miss out on magazine demos in the Magazine Mews, informative panels at Writing Talks, and two new venues - The Word On The Screen and The Sony Reader Lounge. Check out all the details on The Word On The Street Vancouver's new website. Watch for the printed program guide available in your local bookstore, library, and café.
Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Library Square, Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia

Visit for details.

September 28, 2009

World Poetry Reading Series and the Vancouver Public Library

802nd birthday and Life Celebration of Rumi
Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver
(Alice MacKaye room) 6:30-8:30 pm
World Poetry hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea
Rumi host: Dr. Meshgini PHD
Rumi-life and books.
Poetry of Rumi in English and different languages
Dance -turning demo by Tanya Evanson.
Seating is limited
Come celebrate with us!
Information 604-526-4729

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Talon Poetry Night: Fred Wah & Friends

Have a Drink with Fred Wah & Friends

Doors open at 7:30pm, Readings start at 8:00pm


Free Admission


7:30pm - 10:30pm


The ANZA Club

3 West 8th Avenue



The success of our summer poetry event has inspired us to host a new poetry event this month:

Fred Wah and Friends
Upstairs at the ANZA Club

The amazing line-up of poets features Fred Wah plus Daphne Marlatt, Colin Browne, Jeff Derksen, Roy Miki, and George Bowering, who will emcee the event.
We would like to congratulate Fred Wah on being shortlisted for the Relit Poetry Award for his title from last year, Sentenced to Light.

We would also like to thank everyone who came out for the wonderful event we held at the ANZA Club on June 10 featuring bill bissett, Adeena Karasick, rob mclennan and Garry Thomas Morse. The poets gave rollicking performances to a very appreciative packed house. After the readings concluded, the crowd used the bartenders' services and gave themselves over to conversation and libation. Julie Peters broadcast parts of these performances on her CITR show.

You can check them out by following these links:

This show features Adeena and bill:

And this one has rob mclennan:

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

Opportunity to be published

Hi there,
Thre is a website called A Thousand Voices that was designed specifically for consumers to display their art, poetry, music, videos, and any art work at all. Right now the website is built and it just needs to be maintained.

If you, or you know of anyone, who would be interested in helping out with the web design aspect of the web site please email This is an opportunity to embark upon a journey towards bringing consumers a voice.

Also, if you're interested in getting your works published and getting some recognition and exposure please submit your work to

Participants wanted in project

Please see attachments and body of message for details. You can respond directly to
:Rebecca Haskell" <>

Phone: 604.669.6943 ext 221

Toll Free: 1.800.661.1040 ext 221

Suite 325, 119 W. Pender St. Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5 T: 604.669.6943 | TF: 1.800.661.1040 | F: 604.682.6962 |

August 17, 2009

BC Yukon Society of Transition Houses (BCYSTH) is looking for volunteers to actively participate on a Working Group to guide the development and piloting of a Promising Practices toolkit for supporting women who experience violence and who have varying levels of mental wellness and substance use.

The working group will be comprised of people across British Columbia, including:

§ Women who have experienced violence and who have varying levels of mental wellness ad substance use;

(An honorarium of $20 per contact, with a maximum of $120 will be provided for service recipients who participate in this project)

§ BCYSTH Member agencies from the Violence Against Women's sector;

§ Representatives from the Mental Wellness and Substance Use Sectors (in each of the 5 regional health authorities)


We have attached an application package for Service Providers who may be interested in participating. Please circulate the enclosed information to your contacts, colleagues and networks.


All Service Recipients (women who have experienced violence and who have varying levels of mental wellness and substance use) will receive an honorarium for their participation ($20 per contact, up to $120). We have attached an application package for Service Recipients. We have also attached a PDF information sheet for Service Recipients. We would appreciate your assistance in making this information available to women who may be interested in participating. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss how this can best work for Service Recipients accessing service within your agencies.

We understand life is sometimes chaotic and that there may be challenges and barriers to Service Recipients' involvement. So, we are committed to being flexible and ensuring that their voices are heard. If a woman is interested and would like to talk about how she can be a part of this Working Group, she is welcome to contact me directly.

Please let us know if you would like hard copies mailed to your agency.

Thank you for your assistance!

Rebecca Haskell

Project Coordinator

BC Yukon Society of Transition Houses

#325-119 W. Pender Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5

Phone: 604.669.6943 ext 221

Toll Free: 1.800.661.1040 ext 221

Fax: 604.682.6962

BC Yukon Society of Transition Houses is a "Centre of Excellence" enhancing the continuum of services and strategies necessary to end violence against women, youth and children.


RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Dear colleagues,

The Writers' Trust of Canada is now accepting applications for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. For more details, read on or see the attached. Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you,

Amanda Hopkins

Program Coordinator



A prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the best work of short fiction.

Two honourable mentions will each receive $1,000 prizes.

Applicants should submit 5 - 10 pages (up to 2,500 words) of previously unpublished fiction.

To be eligible a candidate must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, under the age of 35, unpublished in book form and without a book contract, but whose literary work has appeared in at least one independently edited magazine or anthology.

The candidate's name, address, telephone number, and details confirming their eligibility must appear only on the cover sheet accompanying the manuscript. All pages must be consecutively numbered. Entries will not be returned.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2010.

Submissions should be sent to:

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

c/o The Writers' Trust of Canada

90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200

Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1P1

For further information please visit or contact:

Amanda Hopkins, Program Coordinator

416.504.8222 x 242 or