Thursday, March 30, 2006

Fiorentino, rawlings, Christie & beaulieu: the NoD #3 & book launch!

NoD magazine is proud to announce its 3rd issue celebration, featuring readings by:

Jon Paul Fiorentino
(reading from "The Theory of the Loser Class", Coach House Books)

angela rawlings
(reading from "Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists", Coach House Books)

Jason Christie
(reading from "Canada Post", Snare Books)

derek beaulieu
(reading from "fractal economies", Talonbooks)

with music from
the russian artist factory

APRIL 27th, 2006 7pm

310 - 10th St NW

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Honours Colloquium at U of C!

The Folowing is a breakdown on the conference schedule for the Honours Colloquium, 2006:

Monday, April 3.06, 10-1130: Vertue, Chastitee, Moralls and Schole: Verse of the Poets Historicall.
Room SS 1339.

Shelagh Burrowes
Kirsten Inglis
Gabrielle L'Archeveque

Moderated by: Carleigh Brady


Monday, April 3.06, 1230-1330: continued at room SS1155

Suzan Kandalaft
Erin Porter

Moderated by: Shelagh Burrowes


Monday, April 3.06, 1530-1700: Voices From the Margin: Challenging the Status Quo in America.
Room SS 1339

Nerissa Link
Kyla Connor
Sharla Swanson

Moderated by: Suzan Kandalaft

Followed in the evening by imbiblical studies.
Tuesday, April 4.06, 1230-1400: Pop Fiction: The Not So Guilty Secret.
Room SS 1339

Brandon Peters
Alison Hampshire
Colin Martin

Moderated by: Gabrielle L'Archeveque
Wednesday, April 5.06, 1100-1230: Brawns, Booze, and Broads: Attributes of Gender and Sexuality in 20th Century America.
Room SS 1015.

Carleigh Brady
Ranjene Mazumdar
John Siddons

Moderated by: Sharla Swanson


Wednesday, April 5.06, 1600-1730: Three Fathers: Postcolonialism in the Indian Context.
Room SS 1339.

Jordan Baylon
Sheba Rahim
Kyla Stott-Jess

Moderated by: Brandon Peters

Further imbiblical studies, as required.

Monday, March 27, 2006

UofC Faculty Reading!

Friday March 31, 2006...
Faculty reading at the University of Calgary!

Featuring performances by:

Aritha Van Herk
Tom Wayman
Suzette Mayr
Clem Martini
Nicole Markotic
Christian Bök

Event takes place at the Cassio Room, MacEwan Student Centre, Friday March 31 at 7:00.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Congratulations to Jordan Scott . . .

. . . who is nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize at the BC Book Prizes!!!

Thomas Wharton at UofC!



Thomas Wharton is the author of the novel Icefields (NeWest Press, 1995), which has won a Regional Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book. His second
novel, Salamander (McClelland & Stewart, 2001), has been short-listed both for the Governor-General¹s Award and for the Roger¹s Fiction Prize. Both
novels have been published in other countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands. His most recent
collection of short fiction entitled The Logogryph (Gaspereau Books, 2004) has won the Howard O¹Hagan Award for Short Fiction at the 2005 Alberta Book
Awards, and this book has also been nominated for the Sunburst Award.
Wharton currently teaches at the University of Edmonton.

DATE: Monday, March 27
TIME: 12:00 Noon
PLACE: University of Calgary, Science B, SB-142


Sunday, March 19, 2006

Calgary Poetry Slam - March 30

The Calgary International Spoken Word Festival presents:

Calgary Poetry Slam

Thursday, March 30, 2006 – 7:00 pm
McNally Robinson, 120 8 Ave SW
Hosts: Sheri-D Wilson & Mark Hopkins

The first Calgary Poetry Slam in February showcased 16 phenomenal poets in front of a sold-out crowd. Now the Slam returns in its second monthly instalment, with the same wild energy, the same dynamic hosts and 10 new slammers!

10 Competitors Only – 5 Slots Remain!

If you want to Slam, show up early, bring a $5 registration fee and 2 poems (three-minute MAX, each) and sign up with Mark Hopkins.

The Winner:
* Receives $50 cash prize
* Goes on to compete in the April 27 Slam as part of
the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival

The Calgary Poetry Slam, on the last Thursday of every month, puts up-and-coming local poets in the spotlight. Selected competitors from the monthly Slam will create a Calgary Slam Team to compete at October’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto, then go on to represent the city in Slams across the continent!

NEXT SLAM: Thursday, April 27, 2006 – 8:00 pm – Auburn Saloon – #163 115 9 Ave SE
part of the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, April 25

Sheri-D Wilson – 403.686.4292 –

Calgary International Spoken Word Festival: Line-Up and Schedule Announced

(Full festival schedule and artist bios available at or by request)

The 3rd annual Calgary International Spoken Word Festival takes place April 25-30, 2006. This year’s festival celebrates National Poetry Month with a focus on Canadian artists, presenting diverse performances by over 30 electrifying poets, storytellers and multidisciplinary artists from across the country. This youth-oriented, world-class festival brings the page to the stage with Hip Hop, Jazz and Dub Poetry, rejoicing in all forms of the Oral Tradition.

New additions to the festival include Queer Conscience, honouring Canada’s queer voices, and Bravo!FACT Video/Poems, a thrilling foray into electronic poetry. The festival teams up with Coach House & Snare Books for the Open Minds book launch/open mic and with MC/poet Wakefield Brewster for the Floetry Poetry Hip-Hop Workshop. Big Bang Poetry & Music, the audience favourite from last year’s festival, returns with a mind-blowing line-up that features George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate, and a poetry party that will last ‘til daybreak. Champagne & Jalapeños winds things down with a fiery finish that will leave you wanting more.

The 2006 CISWF happens in the heart of downtown: the Jack Singer Concert Hall Lobby and Motel in the EPCOR CENTRE; the Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club; the Auburn Saloon, Calgary’s official theatre bar; the Glenbow Museum, Western Canada’s largest historic archive; and the Art Gallery of Calgary, home to cutting-edge contemporary art.

Shone Abet (Calgary), Michelle Biden (Regina), bill bissett (Toronto), Christian Bök (Calgary), George Bowering (Vancouver), Wakefield Brewster (Calgary), Jason Christie (Calgary), Xstine Cook (Calgary), T.L. Cowan (Edmonton/Vancouver), Ivan E. Coyote (Vancouver), T. Crane (Calgary, Vancouver), Emily Elder (Vancouver), Jon Paul Fiorentino (Montreal), Catherine Kidd (Montreal), Shane Koyczan (Vancouver), Dale Lee Kwong (Calgary), Suzette Mayr (Calgary), Sean McGarragle (Vancouver), Motion (Toronto), Billeh Nickerson (Vancouver), Robin Poitras (Regina), Robert Priest (Toronto), Angela Rawlings (Toronto), Gregory Scofield (Calgary), Donald Stein (Regina)

Tickets range from $5-$15 – reserve by calling 403.686.4292

$50 – call 403.686.4292

Sheri-D Wilson - Artistic Director
403.686.4292 -

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Stephen Collis at UofC!




Stephen Collis is the author of Mine (New Star, 2001), Anarchive (New Star,
2005), and a handful of chapbooks, including most recently Blackberries
(Bookthug, 2005). His poetry has appeared in numerous journals throughout
Canada and the United States, and his essays on contemporary poetics have
appeared in West Coast Line, Mosaic, Jacket Magazine, and in the book The
Question of the Gift (Routledge, 2002). Collis has also edited the anthology
Companions & Horizons (West Coast Line, 2005), and his critical study,
Phyllis Webb and the Common Good, is forthcoming from Talonbooks (2007). He
teaches American Literature and Contemporary Poetry at Simon Fraser

DATE: Thursday, March 16
TIME: 1:00 PM
PLACE: The University of Calgary, Science Theatre, ST-59


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

March flywheel

filling Station magazine presents:

March flywheel!

with readings by:

Wakefield Brewster
Ethan Cole
Bronwyn Haslam
Micah Stone

and hosted by Mark Hopkins

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 7:00 pm
McNally Robinson, 120 8 Ave SW

CONTACT: Mark Hopkins
710.0093 -

Monday, March 06, 2006

CBC Poetry Face-Off


The Fifth Annual CBC Poetry Face-Off

Thursday, March 9, 2006 – 7:30 pm
@ The Auburn – 163, 115 9 Ave SE
(at the base of the Calgary Tower)

The Competitors:

David Bateman
Xstine Cook
Michael Green
Stuart Ian McKay
Angela Simmons

Host: Jeff Collins
Judges: Leslie Greentree, John Spittal and Sheri-D Wilson

CBC Radio One Broadcast: One poem per day, March 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Winner announced on Friday, March 17

Poetic punches will fly during CBC Radio's fifth annual Poetry Face Off! This popular Canada-wide competition brings together 70 primed poets in 14 cities stretching from Victoria to Dawson City to St. John's. From January to March, five poets in each locale, commissioned by CBC regional producers to reflect local voices and traditions, will face off before a live audience and deliver their words on this year's theme - 'Irresistible'. At each sporting event, the spectators vote for their favourite, and the winner goes on to compete in the national final.

For more information, please visit:

The Competitors

David Bateman is a highly-respected performance artist who has drawn accolades across North America; his debut book of poetry, Invisible Foreground, traces a journey through life fraught with tenderness and terror.

Xstine Cook is the Founder of CAOS and the International Festival of Animated Objects. She also Co-Founded Green Fools, through whom she created original performances for over 13 years using stilts, whips, fire, masks, puppets and poetry. Currently she makes short puppet films. Poetry is a long-standing unrequited passion, now coming to bloom. Xstine won the right to compete in this yaer’s Poetry Face-Off at the first monthly Calgary Poetry Slam. Her poem was chosen out of 16 competitors by judges Allan Boss, Kirk Miles and Ali Riley.

Michael Green is a co-founder and co-artistic director of One Yellow Rabbit, and a member of the permanent performing ensemble. His book of plays, Dreams of a Drunken Quaker – Two Plays and a Rant, was published by AB Press in 1992.

Stuart Ian McKay is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the League of Canadian Poets. His first book, Stele of Several Ladies – a long poem, was published last year. Recently, he won CBC’s Alberta Anthology for the second time. Stuart plays well with others.

Angela Simmons’ writing career spans over thirty years. Poetry has remained her most consistent genre, although she works as a freelance writer, photographer, publisher and editor of YouthInkIT Magazine, a publication written by and for youth in Calgary. She facilitates journalism workshops with youth in schools throughout Alberta.

Chapbooks! DIY!

Look! Chapbooks!

I am teaching a chapbook workshop on March 18th at the Alexandra Writers' Centre:

Whoever said small press was small potatoes? Sure, a chapbook rarely nets you more than beer-and-nacho money when you sell a few after a reading, but chapbooks can serve as impressive calling cards, literary ephemera to trade for other books or chapbooks, and a valuable textual link between you and a potential reader.

Bring 1-5 poems or a short short story (postcard) and we’ll use paper, scissors, glue, string, staples, typewriters, stamps and paper cutters in assembly-line-production-style to produce chapbooks under the imprint Alexandrite Press in editions of 30. Lots of examples of chapbooks will be provided for inspiration, and you’ll leave with 20 copies of your own chapbook and 10 different chapbooks from each of the participants (based on a 10 person class size)- an instant collection! While we’re working, you’ll learn lots of handy small press skills as well as tidbits and tips about being part of the small press community.

It will be fun! So fun! Register today!


Saturday, March 04, 2006

Darren Wershler-Henry at UofC




Darren Wershler-Henry is not only an Assistant Professor of Communication
Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, but he is also the former, senior
editor at Coach House Books. Wershler-Henry has written two collections of
poetry: Nicholodeon (Coach House Books, 1997) and The Tapeworm Foundry
(Anansi Press, 2000)‹the latter shortlisted for the Trillium Prize. He is
also the author of six books about the culture of technology, including the
bestselling Internet Directory 2000, Free as in Speech and Beer, and
Commonspace: Beyond Virtual Community (with Mark Surman). His most recent,
academic treatise is The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting
(McClelland & Stewart, 2005). His next book of poetry, Apostrophe (with Bill
Kennedy), is forthcoming from ECW Press in April, 2006.

DATE: Tuesday, March 07
TIME: 1:00 PM
PLACE: The University of Calgary, Science A, SA-121