Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Calgary Poetry Slam - Fundraiser Extravaganza!

The Calgary International Spoken Word Festival presents:

Calgary Poetry Slam - Fundraiser Extravaganza!

Help send our Calgary Slam Team to compete in Toronto !

Thursday, June 29, 2006 – 8:00 pm
Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club, 811 1st St SW (downstairs)
Hosts: sheri-d wilson & Mark Hopkins

The Calgary Poetry Slam, on the last Thursday of every month , puts up-and-coming local poets in the hotbed and the spotlight. With wild energy, dynamic hosts and sold-out audiences month-after-month, this poetry phenomenon is not to be missed!

With a special performance by sheri-d wilson and a silent auction!

In July, winners of the monthly Slams will compete for a spot in the Calgary Slam Team, to compete in October's Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto! All proceeds from this fundraiser go toward their plane tickets.

For Poets Who Want to SLAM:

Arrive by 7:00 pm, bring a $5 registration fee and 3 poems (three-minute MAX, each) and sign up with Mark Hopkins.

For Slam procedures and rules, please visit

Thursday, July 27, 2006 – 8:00 pm
Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club – 811 1st St SW

sheri-d wilson – 403.686.4292 –

Monday, June 26, 2006


filling Station Magazine is proud to announce:

Blow-Out 2!!

filling Station's 2nd annual festival in celebrating Calgary's literary talent over 3 explosive days of poetry, prose and community.

August 24-26, 2005

all events are completely free and open to the public.
all events are held at : Motel -- Centre Court, Epcor Centre for the performing arts (205- 8th Ave SE), Calgary

Thursday August 24 7:00pm
Jordan Scott
Jonathan Ball
Kevin McPherson-Eckhoff
ryan fitzpatrick
(break, featuring short films by emerging Canadian directors)
Shone Abet
Natalie Simpson
Andrew Wedderburn

Friday August 25 7:00pm
Jocelyn Grosse / James Dangerous
Samuel Garrigo Meza
Richard Harrison
Natalee Caple
(break, featuring short films by emerging Canadian directors)
Natalie Walschots
Rajinderpal S. Pal
Melanie Little

Saturday August 26 2:00pm
two very special events:
- a special chapbook making workshop hosted by Jill Hartman (more news to follow)
- an open mic! (more news to follow)

Saturday August 26 7:00pm
Chris Ewart
Jane Grove
Christian Bok
Neil Scott
(break, featuring short films by emerging Canadian directors)
Jason Christie
Nikki Reimer
Jessica Grant

for more information on the festival, filling Station Magazine, or on the performers - please contact
derek beaulieu, managing editor, filling Station
phone 234-0336
this event has been sponsored by The Calgary Region Arts Foundation, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and The Canada Council for the Arts. filling Station also thanks Pages Books on Kensington -- the festival's official bookseller, and Bubonic Tourist.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

eleventh.transmission call for submissions; mandate

the mandate part is at the end.

(All rights retained by the artist. Please include a short biography with your contribution. Send your submissions or questions to

Open Call
eleventh.transmission is a space for Calgary's diverse artists and thinkers to showcase their craft. We welcome poetry, fiction, photo, and art submissions at all times. We also welcome article contributions, book/movie/music reviews, and commentaries/criticisms of media, war, environment, etc.

We are pleased to showcase emerging as well as established artists. The number of artists showcased per issue will be limited so that the artist's work is truly featured. Currently, material suitable for publication will be showcased within 1–3 months of submission. We will let you know the status within 2 weeks of receiving your work. Article submissions will be published the next issue. Please include a short biography with your work, and www if applicable. Send your work (and questions) to

Comic Books
Deadline June 26, 2006 -coming up!
Eleventh Transmission is seeking comic book related submissions for the July 3 issue. All genres of text and images are welcome as long as they are related to comic books. Any length of submission is fine. Comic books are rarely considered high art in North America, and reading them is often considered a childhood activity. Fantasy and escapism are definitely aspects of the genre, but pigeonholing this art form is a denial of the many serious literary works it has produced that have challenged societal norms and provided valuable social commentary, in addition to being outstanding works of art. Share with us your defenses/criticisms of… The Comic Book as High Art.

Superheroes have values, but are we wary of Spiderman if he drapes himself in the U.S. flag? (or reveals his identity because the government wants superheroes to register as living weapons of mass destruction) Or is that a heavy burden to place on the Web slinger, when he has enough trouble paying his bills! The comic book can be high art, but it’s also FUN, even for two strangers in paradise. Please share your comic book story with us. Tell us about your favourite character and what he or Shi (or it) has done for you. Tell us about storylines that have shocked and awed you. Tell us about lesser known/independent titles that are worth reading. Share with us your drawings of original characters or fan art. Please submit by June 26, 2006. If you have questions regarding the form/content of your submission, please email (and send submissions to)

Deadline July 28, 2006

Buy it, use it, break it, fix it,
Trash it, change it, mail- upgrade it,–“Technologic” - Daft Punk

By changing the world and changing our relation to it, technology alters not only what we create but our very selves. Whereas once epic poems were remembered and spoken aloud, now a seven digit phone number is too lengthy to recall – not when we have a cell phone to do it for us.Does technology bring us together? When you consider two strangers passing in the night, each talking on their cell phones (or new weapons technology), a case can be made for how technology is, literally, tearing us apart.

Then again, e.t. exists only in digital form. And you are reading this on an electronic forum. New technology and new methods of communication create the possibility of new strategies of struggle and resistance, and of new forms of art. Eleventh Transmission is seeking words and art related to the topic of Technology for the August 7 issue. Original poems, fiction, essays, visual, and audio art are welcome. Deadline for submission is July 28.

The Mandate/Request Part

Hi. I'm Kirk Ramdath. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I registered the domain, but serendipity has played it's part, and every issue seems to be getting better. eleventh.transmission now has a mandate. This is as follows:

Eleventh Transmission is a Calgary arts, culture, media, activsm e-zine that exists for three purposes:
-To showcase local artists and thinkers, in all genres of the written word and visual art.
-To deconstruct the borders that delineate the genre distinctions and class divisions of poetry (and other forms of art). To bring T.S. Eliot into the street and Tupac into the classroom.
-To be socially aware and engaged.

This magazine is not intended to compete with anything already existing elements of the Calgary arts community, but rather to add to our wonderful city vibe. I have a special request for those of you who are reading this and agree with the above stated mandate. If you have a website, please add a link to I will be happy to reciprocate. Just drop me a line to let me know ( It would be very nice to have the support of the portion of Calgary's artistic community that views this website. That is all. thankyou.

Friday, June 09, 2006

AMPA Reading: Office Party

Office Party
Pages Books on Kensington, 1135 Kensington Rd. NW, Calgary
Thursday, June 22, 2006
7:30 pm

Editors and publishers from seven of Alberta’s finest cultural magazines will unite at Pages on Kensington for the first annual Office Party, a celebration of the creative, multi-talented individuals in Alberta’s magazine community. The Office Party is the latest installment in the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association’s reading series, with performances by Karen Neudorf (Beyond); Natalie Walschots (dANDelion); derek beaulieu (filling Station); Lynn Fraser (FreeFall); Tom Tait (Galleries West); Naomi Lewis (Legacy) and Anne Burke (Prairie Journal). Hosted by Julia Williams.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

eleventh.transmission June Issue: Hip Hop, Photo Tapestry, Mark Hopkins, Ghana

Hi there,

Just a quick note to let you know that the June issue of eleventh.transmission is online.

This issue features a Spotlight on Hip Hop, including some amazing Wood-Burnings by Nyasha Shonhai, a powerful essay on graffiti, and an excellent photo essay by Vincent Joachim.

As well, the Featured Artist is Linh Ly, who has contributed some stellar images of her photo tapestries. The Featured Writer is Mark Hopkins, and from Correspondent Lia Robinson we have Part 1 of a 3 part Ghana report.

We are accepting words and art for future Spotlights on Comic Books (deadline June 26), and Technology (deadline July 28). Check the Submissions page for more information.

Other submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, photos, and paintings are welcome at all times.

Check out the new events listing and expanded links section. Comments are greatly appreciated. Don't be afraid.. Join the mailing list! :)