Tuesday, January 24, 2006

CALL FOR PERFORMERS - Calgary Poetry Slam

The Calgary International Spoken Word Festival & CBC Radio One Present:

Calgary Poetry Slam – CALL FOR PERFORMERS
Thursday, February 23, 2006 – 8:00 pm
Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club, 811 1 St SW (downstairs)
Hosts: Sheri-D Wilson & Mark Hopkins
$5 at the door

16 Competitors Only! – First Come, First Served – Competition Fee $10
One Poem Only!
Theme: “Irresistible” Time limit: 4 Minute MAX

The Winner:
* Will be featured on the CBC and CISWF websites
* Receives a $400 commission from CBC
* Goes on to compete in the…

CBC Calgary “Irresistible” Poetry Face-Off
Thursday, March 9, 2006 – 8:00 pm
The Auburn, #163 – 115 9 Ave SE (base of the Calgary Tower)

The Winner of the CBC Calgary Poetry Face-Off:
* goes on to compete in the 2006 CISWF Poetry Slam (April 27, 2006) and the…

CBC National Poetry Face-Off

This is your chance to perform at the launch of Calgary’s first major, ongoing Poetry Slam! We’re launching the monthly Calgary Poetry Slam – taking place the last Thursday of every month – with a CBC Bang. 16 poets will each put $10 on the line for the chance to take their work to the national stage and international exposure!

Each poet will perform one poem only, using the theme “Irresistible”, for a maximum of 4 minutes. Reserve your spot ASAP by contacting Mark Hopkins!

Not only will the Calgary Poetry Slam put up-and-coming local poets in the spotlight with celebrated artists, but it will also lead to the creation of a Calgary Slam Team, to compete at Local, National and International Slam Competitions.

Don’t miss the irresistible launch of this Calgary Poetry Phenomenon!

Contact: Mark Hopkins – 403.710.0093 – mark.c.hopkins@gmail.com
Sheri-D Wilson – 403.686.4292 – sheridwilson@shaw.ca

Sunday, January 22, 2006

a launch and a call

Hi All,

This post has two functions: the first is to let you know that NōD Magazine is launching its second issue on Friday, February 17th at 7:30 pm at The Lazy Loaf and Kettle (#8 Parkdale Crescent NW Calgary). Our lineup includes Andre' Rodrigues, Felicia Pacentrilli, Jason Christie, S-J Krahn, the music of Some Dirty Hobos and a live performance from Mexico by Danielle Arsenault. Hope to see all or most of you there!

This is also the official call for submissions for Issue 3 of the magazine. This issue, tentatively called Speaking in Tongues, will be our first non-English language issue. We are seeking work in any other language but English, even if those languages are "fictional". Poets and graphic artists, please send a maximum of 8 poems/pages of work; screenplay and prose writers, we will consider work up to 1500 words as a general rule. Having said this, we are flexible, so if you have a special piece that operates outside these strictures, let me know; I'll be glad to take a look at it. Please include an English language translation with any written work: we will not publish anything that has not been translated. Anyone whose work is accepted for publication in NōD will receive a free copy of the issue they are published in. Our commitment to publishing beginning artists alongside veteran practitioners has thus far resulted in an excellent publication.

Finally, because we are a small magazine just starting out, I would be delighted if all of you forwarded a copy of this email to anyone you know who might be interested in submitting work to us or who might just want to know more about what we do. If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them and answer them if I can. If you don't want to receive any more emails from me regarding the magazine, let me know and I'll remove you from the email list. We can always be contacted at elss@ucalgary.ca.

I look forward to seeing or hearing from all of you!


Colin Martin,
ELSS VP Publications
NōD Magazine

Friday, January 13, 2006

FreeExchange call for papers

i'm chairing a panel at the FreeExchange conference at the University of Calgary (March 18 & 19), so submit some papers to me.

the call for my panel is on my blog here

visit the conference web site here for the other panel calls

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The January Flywheel Experiment!

In what has become a stunning example of what can happen when writers take the risk of putting their work into the hands of another performer and what can happen when a performer takes up that highwire position to interpret another writer's carefully crafted material, this thursday is the fourth FLYWHEEL EXPERIMENT. Come see four of Calgary's most interesting writers put themselves into the vulnerable position of reading another person's work. Past experiments have seen great results, left audiences surprised, and have deeply affected the work of those who have participated.

Our performers:

derek beaulieu
Christopher Blais
Colin Martin
and Julia Williams

Who will read who? What will happen? You'll only truly know by coming to this month's installment of filling Station's flywheel reading series!

This Thursday, January 12, McNally Robinson Bookseller, 7:00pm sharp.

Be there or what.