Friday, October 20, 2006

Calgary Poetry Slam Returns!

The Calgary International Spoken Word Festival presents:

Calgary Poetry Slam – Season Opener!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 – 8:00 pm
Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club – 811 1st St SW
Hosts: Sheri-D Wilson & Mark Hopkins

Last season, over 40 Calgary poets competed in the monthly Calgary Poetry Slam, wowing audiences with dynamic performances and heart-piercing words. At the Slam Finals in July, the 2006/07 Calgary Slam Team was chosen – and Wakefield Brewster, Jordan Dack, Kirk Ramdath and Sabo just returned from Toronto, where they competed with teams from Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and Winnipeg in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

But now it’s autumn, a time of change, and we’re starting it all over again!

The Calgary Poetry Slam returns on October 26th with the same wild energy, dynamic hosts and focus on local poetry. With unmatched enthusiasm and sold-out audiences month after month, this poetry phenomenon is not to be missed!

10 Competitors Only!

If you 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. Sign-up will be first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early!

The winner receives a $50 cash prize! Selected winners from the monthly Slams will have a chance to compete in the 2007 CBC Poetry Face-Off and/or join the 2007/08 Calgary Slam Team to perform in national and international Slam competitions! For Slam procedures and rules, please visit

NEXT SLAM: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 – 8:00 pm
Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club – 811 1st St SW

Sheri-D Wilson – 403.686.4292 –


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Your Creative Process & PlayWorks Ink

Your Creative Process & PlayWorks Ink

Getting Around Your Writer’s Block
with Wendy Lill
How do you move a story forward when the words just won't come, the scenes don’t fit together, and the brilliant monologues seem to belong to another play? There are some basic steps to take and questions to ask to help get you moving again. Bring your stories – and your blocks. Suitable for all ranges of experience.

Writing the Real Story
with Wendy Lill
We all know that truth can be stranger than fiction, but how can we scale down and frame a current or historical event to give it the power and resonance we think it deserves? Bring an event, and some thoughts about why it interests you. We'll discuss research techniques, getting behind the headlines and tackling the question of how to make the local global, and the specific universal. Everyone welcome.

Wendy Lill has written for stage, film, radio and magazines. Four of Lill's plays – The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, All Fall Down, The Occupation of Heather Rose, and Corker – have been nominated for the Governor General's Award. Her plays Sisters and Memories of You have been adapted for television. Lill was the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth, Nova Scotia between 1997 and 2004. Her new play, Chimera, will premiere at The Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in January 2007.

You’ve Written the Final Draft: Now What?

with Caroline Russell-King
This workshop is for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to make the transition from part-time to professional playwright. Participants will discover what happens between first draft through to closing night and beyond, with strong emphasis on viewing the playwright not only as an artist but as an entrepreneur. Get tips on how to see your script as a product, negotiate commission and royalty contracts, get professional development, find other forms of income, and market your play! Some playwriting experience is recommended.

Caroline's plays have been produced across Canada in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario. Theatre companies that have premiered her plays include: The Glenmore Dinner Theatre (Scrooge - The Female Version, Scheme-a-Dream Christmas, From Here to Insanity and Moments of Madness), The Marquee Dinner Theatre (In the Cards), CBC radio (Search for the Stampede) and Lunchbox Theatre (A Butler Did It and Mounting Sex in the Afternoon Zone). In 1997 her plays Lucky Four and Pigeon Among the Cats each won Honourable Mentions in the National Playwriting Competition. Other awards include The Alberta Playwriting Competition (First Prize, One-Act), the New Play Development Program (two-time winner) and three Alberta Foundation for the Arts senior writers grants. She wrote Strategies: The Business of Being a Playwright in Canada (with Rose Scollard), the first book of its kind, which was published by Playwrights Canada Press.

Writing a Producible Play
with Clem Martini
A play is a unique form of literature in that – while it may be read and appreciated on its own merits as a written text – is best and most completely understood through the vehicle of a theatrical production. What qualities will lead to the production of your script? This workshop will outline some of the characteristics of a producible play, examine previously produced plays and distil further lessons from those examples, and, finally, offer a short utilitarian clinic regarding the participants’ own work. Participants should have some experience with playwriting.

An award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist, Clem Martini is equally at home writing for adults and young people, whether for theatre, film, television or the printed page. He is a three-time winner of the Alberta Writers Guild Drama Prize (Nobody of Consequence, Illegal Entry, and A Three Martini Lunch), a Governor General’s Award nominee for his anthology A Three Martini Lunch, and the past president of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. His trilogy of novels, The Crow Chronicles, has been distributed worldwide and translated into French, Dutch, German, Swedish and Japanese. An Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Calgary, Clem lives in Calgary with his wife and two daughters.

Registrations have begun and workshops are filling up fast. For more info call 1-888-422-8160, or register online at

Online registrants save $5 off the full weekend package.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

NoD issue four launch party!

NoD issue four launch party!
Hello everybody,
Maybe some of you have already heard through the grapevine, but for those
that haven't, the grapevine is coming to you. At 7:30, on Thursday October
26th, NoD will be launching it's fourth issue at The Lazy Loaf and Kettle (#8 Parkdale
Crescent NW). The first under the editorial management of Felicia
Pacentrilli and Jane Thompson.
With readings by:
Colin Martin
derek beaulieu
Monique Fournier
Diana Lyuber
Featuring music by:
The Jagatha Christies
Dress up in your scariest costume (or strangest or silliest or most revealing) and join us for Halloween shenanigans.
Who knows, there may even be prizes in it for you (there will be prizes in it for you).

See you there,

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Jason Christie launches I Robot Poems, Oct 27 7:30 Pages

From the email by Andrea Ryer:

"My boyfriend, Jason, is launching his newest book of poems at the end of this month.

When: October 27 @ 7:30pm
Where: Pages Book on Kensington, 1135 Kensington Road NW (next to the Plaza Theatre)

Please join us to celebrate his newest book with readings, wine, and hand-knit robots!

Andrea Ryer"

Single Onion #48 featuring Christian Bok, Emily Carr, Wakefield Brewster, Danielle French


WHO: The Single Onion Poetry Night #48

WHAT: A night of poetry, prose, music and mayhem. With poetry by Christian Bok, Wakefield, Emily Carr and hosted by Paul Marshall. With music by Danielle French.

WHEN: Thursday, October 19th, at 7 PM

WHERE: NEW LOCATION Sola Cafe & Lounge, 323 - 17 Ave SW

COST: Free due to our sponsors Brew Brothers, Fitter First, Dean Stanton, The League of Canadian Poets, The Triangle Gallery, Canada Council for the Arts and

Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature that won the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows, Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon, and has earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry. His conceptual artworks (which include books built out of Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks) have appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. Bök is currently a Professor of English at the University of Calgary.

Wakefield Performing in a musical capacity since age six and writing for the past 15 years, Wakefield has made his dynamic presence on the scene known with no uncertain terms. Writing in a political yet lyrical voice and performing with an audaciousness yet unseen, he has blasted onto over 300 spoken word stages across Toronto, Canada and the U.S. throughout the past 3 years and can be experienced regularly at Coffeehouse Features and Cabarets, The Art Bar Reading Series, Red Cabaret and other feature readings, poetry slams, sharing stages with bands and fundraisers.

Emily Carr is a new Onion. She moved to Canada about a month ago with her husband, one dog, one cat & too many boxes of books. She's currently working on a PhD in poetics at the U of C, and has published in literary magazines in the US & the UK, including The Exquisite Corpse, Third Coast & Fire. Emily is excited to be in Canada, & is learning to love Calgary, though she's still afraid of the weather & misses her tin-roof back porch & beautiful backyard.

MUSICIAN: The material on Danielle's brand new CD 'Shadows' has been described as "beautiful strangeness"- cruising through the ether, as well as the underworld, with artists such Tori Amos and Tom Waits. On 'Shadows' Danielle enlisted a group of "musical soulmates" to join her on this project including the maddest of madman guitartists Martin Tielli of the Rheostatics. She is pleased to join the Onions for a night of words and music!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

bpNichol + 20

CFP: bpNichol + 20 (04/01/2007; journal issue)


Deadlines: 1 December 2006 for proposals; 1 April 2007 for finished essays
Journal: Open Letter, A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory
Guest Editor: Lori Emerson

"What often happens on the death of an author is that an institutional
group of textual custodians comes into being—scholars and editors who
present themselves as caring as passionately about that author's text
as the author once did...Much of this kind of
celebratory rather than productive or critical, even, or perhaps
especially, when it purports to offer no more than readings or
explications...Most of those interested in continuing to author Nichol
texts have been other writers. Most of these have been writers of his
own generation, and most have been his friends. There has been little
sign yet of scholars who hope to focus their careers on Barrie's
—Frank Davey

Open Letter is seeking essays for a special issue dedicated to "bp
Nichol + 20". As a follow-up to the 1998 issue of Open Letter
"bpNichol + 10," we hope to reenliven and, especially, broaden the
critical landscape of Nichol's works. The editors are particularly
interested in critical/critical-creative submissions from young and
emerging scholars/writers who are part of a generation that never knew
"Barrie" or "beep."

Submissions could address:
*Nichol's essays, sound poems, visual poems, novels, pamphlets,
broadsides, computer-poems, script writing, collaborations, ephemera
etc. and, of course, The Martyrology
*his work with Therafields, the TRG, the Four Horsemen, the Tish poets etc.
*his literary inheritors
*his literary and/or philosophical influences
*the issue of autobiography in relation to his work
*his critical reception outside of Canada and/or the U.S.

However, the above list is merely suggestive.

Please send proposals to Lori Emerson ( by 1
December 2006. Notifications of acceptance will be made no later than
15 January 2007. Finished essays will be appreciated by 1 April 2005
and should not exceed 3500 words in length.

For more information on Open Letter please visit

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Calgary Blow-Out

The Calgary Blow-Out


Alan Wearne

Free public reading by Australian author

In Calgary for a limited time, the acclaimed author of The Nightmarkets and The Lovemakers reads from his body of work at a special downtown event!

Friday, October 6, 7:30 pm

The New Gallery, 516D 9th Ave SW


Alan Wearne has been part of Australian poetry since the 1960s. His collections include Public Relations (1972) and New Devil, New Parish (1976), the latter containing the verse novella Out Here which was later presented as a radio play and republished in Britain in 1987. His award-winning verse novel, The Nightmarkets (1986), has been adapted for the stage. He has also written a prose work, the fantasy-satire on Melbourne and its football culture Kicking In Danger (1997). In 1999, he hosted Conversations With a Dead Poet a television documentary about his late friend and colleague John Forbes.

His verse novel The Lovemakers was published in two volumes. Book One: Saying All The Great Sexy Things was published in 2001 to critical acclaim, winning the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, the New South Wales Premier’s Prize Book of the Year and the Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award for Australian Poetry. Book Two: Money and Nothing was published by ABC Books in 2004.

After a working life in a variety of occupations in Melbourne, he now teaches at the University of Wollongong and was for three years a teaching fellow at Curtin University of Technology.

Jordan Nail – 510.1045

Monday, October 02, 2006

11th Transmission issue 7 online!

Eleventh Transmission issue 7 is now online.

Fantastic artwork, irresistable poetry, awesome fiction and more!

NEW: Exclusive DJ mix by Joshua vN.

We welcome your submissions in any artistic genre.

We are still hiring! Check the website for all the lovely details.

Much love,

Kirk Ramdath