Monday, February 27, 2006

Darren Wershler-Henry at TNG!

Please join the New Gallery as we proudly present a reading by:

Darren Wershler-Henry


Sunday, March 5, 2006 7pm

The NEW Gallery
516D - 9th ave
, AB

Darren Wershler-Henry has written or cowritten five books about Internet technology and culture, including the Canadian bestseller Internet Directory 2000 (with Scott Mitchell), Commonspace: Beyond Virtual Community (with Mark Surman) and FREE as in speech and beer. He is also the author of two books of innovative poetry, NICHOLODEON: a book of lowerglyphs, the first book printed by the newly revived Coach House Books in 1997, and the tapeworm foundry, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Prize.With Hal Niedzviecki he also wrote a book of humour, The Original Canadian City Dweller’s Almanac.

His essays, articles and poems have appeared in many books and periodicals including Boundary 2, The Boston Review, Brick, Gone to Croatan: Origins of American Dropout Culture, Grain, Open Letter, Postmodern Apocalypse, Prairie Fire, Quarry, Quill & Quire, Rampike, Semiotext(e) Canada(s) and Sulfur.

Wershler-Henry's most recent book of non-fiction, The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting, was recently published by McClelland & Stewart.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Fractal Wha? Fractal Econowha?

please join Talonbooks and Pages books on Kensington as we celebrate the publication of:
fractal economies
derek beaulieu

MARCH 15, 2006 730pm
Pages books
1135 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

this launch will feature a discussion of concrete poetry by _fractal economies_ author derek beaulieu, accompanied by a series of performances from the book by Jill Hartman, Jason Christie, Jordan Scott and Natalie Walschots, each of whom will interpret and respond to the poems inside.

ABOUT fractal economies:
In fractal economies, derek beaulieu pushes the limits of poetry and poetics by grinding language through the mill of photocopiers, found material, collage, printmaking, frottage and Letraset—creating a new language for the genre. These “fractal economies,” challenge the status quo of poetry and of the politics of language itself. Letters are freed from their “normal” behavior, machines are let loose to create on their own and the borders between poetry and artwork are blurred. In an intriguing and well-argued afterword, beaulieu also theorizes ways that concrete poetry—poetry that deals with language in a physical, material way—can move forward into the twenty-first century beyond the limitations of the page, the author and even the poem itself.

“derek beaulieu folds his bountiful letters into this beautiful fractal, which, when folded, looks as bold as a bounding fountain full of glitter, letting us better see his bit of two-bit beauty (far too futile to be free to act as art at all)—until we see that all his fonts are sold to us as his found bounty, fitful in their fetters, like our litter, which is never fully useful, but is bought, like freight, to break the back of capital.”
—Christian Bök

fractal economies is the bleeding edge of the paper cut.”
—Kenneth Goldsmith

fractal economies is a map of semantic possibilities and new directions. beaulieu skillfully makes strange with previously established poetic language and, in doing so, opens up a world of subversive traces which reveal the way language manipulates and is manipulated.”
—Jon Paul Fiorentino

fractal economies
ISBN: 0889225397
$15.95 CN; $13.95 US
6 X 9 in.; 96 pp

Peter F. Yacht Club Calgary submissions call

Peter F. Yacht Club, a small press poetry magazine out of Ottawa (various editors), would like to invite submissions for a Calgary-focused issue. The issue will be edited by myself, Laurie Fuhr, a former member of the writing group the magazine sprang from. Deadline for this submissions call is March 3. Please direct innovative poetry submissions on any topic to:

or by snail mail if necessary:

Peter F. Yacht Club Sails to Calgary
#15-220 Erin Mount Crescent
Calgary, AB T2B 2B2

Please feel free to circulate this call. Thank you.

Thursday, February 09, 2006



Thursday, March 2, 2006


Nine of Alberta’s finest arts, literary and cultural magazines will unite at Pages on Kensington for Magalomania, a launch party, where they will unveil fresh issues and a new 25% subscription discount coupon. Magalomania is the latest installment in the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association’s reading series, with performances by artist Sandra Vida and poet Christian Bok. The event, featuring Alberta Views, Beyond, dANDelion, Expression, filling Station, FreeFall, Galleries West, Legacy and Prairie Journal, takes place March 2 at 7:00 pm.

Nickle & Dime: Poetry Reading

Saturday February 11th
doors 730, readings @ 8
Reeve 2ndary theatre, Craigie Hall
$2 admission

Nickle & Dime of the poetry dept shocks and thrills us with their 1st ever poetry reading. There will be 2 sets of readings:
1st set: a thrilled array of undergraduate writers!
2nd set: ryan fitzpatrick, Shari-D Wilson, Chris Ewart and Christian Bok


Sunday, February 05, 2006


filling Station magazine presents readings by:

Samuel Garrigo Meza
Kevin Isu
Kirk Miles
Caleb Zimmerman

and hosted by Mark Hopkins

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00 pm
McNally Robinson, 120 8 Ave SW

CONTACT: Mark Hopkins
710.0093 -