Monday, November 27, 2006

Calgary Poetry Slam!

The Calgary International Spoken Word Festival presents:

The Calgary Poetry Slam!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 – 8:00 pm
Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club – 811 1st St SW
Opening Performer: Wakefield Brewster
Hosts: Sheri-D Wilson & Mark Hopkins

In October, the Calgary Poetry Slam kicked off its second year! Riding the momentum of the recently-returned Calgary Slam Team, who competed in Toronto’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, the season’s first Slam was an intense and energetic poetry experience! Wakefield Brewster – a.k.a. ‘da lyrical pitbull’ – took home the prize: cash, a shot at the 2007 CBC Poetry Face-Off and the 2007/08 Calgary Slam Team, and the chance to perform at this month’s Slam!

Next Slam: November 29! 10 Competitors Only!

If YOU want to Slam, bring a $5 registration fee and 3 poems (three-minute MAX, each), and sign up with Mark Hopkins. Sign-up begins at 7:00 pm SHARP, first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early! For Slam procedures and rules, please visit

Upcoming Slams: December 28, 2006
January 25, 2007

Contact: Sheri-D Wilson – 403.686.4292 –

Thursday, November 23, 2006

dANDelion 32.2 Launch Party!

Join dANDelion as it celebrates the release of issue 32.2 with three rocking performances!

When: December 1st, 2006. Doors open at 7pm.

Where: Carpenter's Union Hall 301-10th St. N.W. Kensington.

Who: The evening features a musical performance by the mysterious Jay Coda Walker, as well as readings by the illuminous Weyman Chan and the unparalleled Shane Koyczan.

Admission: $5 gets you entry into the event and and a cash bar will keep you there (not to mention the incredible performers). The latest issue of dANDelion is totally pants, so come on out and rock the launch!

Jay Coda Walker: Learning to play traditional country music with his grandfather, Jay Coda’s distinctive sound has evolved from many influences. His winsome, haunting voice has entertained fans in stadiums, at clubs and festivals. This prolific songwriter has also performed on Nashville’s Grand Ole Oprey Stage and toured North America, opening for artists such as Fred Eaglesmith and America.

Weyman Chan: Living and working in Calgary, AB with his wife and two daughters, Weyman Chan has published poetry and short stories in a variety of literary journals and anthologies. In 2002, he was awarded a silver prize in the poetry category of the National Magazine Awards for his poem "At work." His first collection of poetry, Before a Blue Sky Moon, was published by Frontenac House in 2002.

Shane Koyczan: Born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Shane attended the Creative Writing program at Okanagan University College. He is the first international performer to win the highly coveted Individual Championship title at the National Poetry Slam 2000, making him the only non-American Slam Champion in the history of the competition. His list of awards is extensive, including winner of CBC's National Poetry Face Off, the Leonard Cohen Award for Best Song, the James Elroy Award for Best Voice and the W.B. Yeats Award for Best Poem, all while working in a video store to support his writing habit. Shane has performed with such notables as Maya Angelou, Quincy Troupe, Utah Phillips, sage francis, and has opened for Ani Difranco, Spearhead and Saul Williams.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

CALGARY INK a.k.a "Fiction with Stu #2"

a.k.a "Fiction with Stu #2"

Thursday, November 30, 7pm
McNally Robinson's (120 8th Avenue SW)

Join host Mark Hopkins for Calgary Ink #2.

Andrew Wedderburn (The Milk Chicken Bomb, Coach House 2007),
Julia Williams (The Sink House, Coach House 2004),
Jonathan Ball (completing a novel entitled Kanada)
and Jane Thompson (author of the chapbook "Special Occasions")
will share their stories to create a night of fantastic fiction.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Call for Submissions


What? NōD Magazine's Fifth Issue

When? Deadline for submissions is Dec. 19th, 2006

How? Send prose, poetry and visual art to

This is our non-themed issue, so send us absolutely anything. We still have lots of copies of Issue 4 left as well so get 'em while you can. They're flying out of here like hotcakes!!! (Which is why we still have 100 copies left….ahem) You can grab your copy at the ELSS office located at SS1025 or at the English office.

Looking forward to receiving your submissions,

Felicia Pacentrilli
NōD Editor

Our mandate is to provide a nexus for creative communities in the literary and visual arts, on campus and off. To make a place where both new and experienced artists can publish and perform their work in a professional journal that encourages efforts to replace their creative boundaries.

The magazine is currently published as a 5x8 perfect bound codex on white stock with a glossy cover. Interior work is black and white.

Submission guidelines for poetry: 6-8 pages/poems. Electronic submissions are acceptable as attached files, preferably but not necessarily Word files, jpegs, or pdf's with a density of 300dpi or greater. For fiction/prose, submissions under 1500 words will be given preference; they may be complete pieces or self-contained excerpts from longer works. Hard copy submissions are acceptable provided they are print-ready. If you want them returned, please include a SASE and be aware that hard copy submissions may be defaced in the editorial process. Any work submitted in languages other than English must include an accurate English translation.

Visual work follows essentially the same guidelines: 6-8 pages worth of material max, 300 dpi resolution for e-files, SASE with hard copy. Please note, that while we endeavor to alter submissions as little as possible, some reformatting may be required to publish submitted works.

Calls for submissions will be communicated periodically on this site and elsewhere with appropriate deadlines. Any work accepted for publication will be published with a 3 line author/artist's biography and a contributor copy will be sent to the artist. Any work that is deemed hateful or hurtful will be refused: NōD Magazine has a strict fuck hate policy.

We publish 3 times a year: in fall, winter, and spring. Individual copies are $6, subscriptions (three issues) are $15, plus a $1.50 shipping charge per copy. To purchase issues, contact us here, email us at or mail a cheque/money order made out to ELSS (English Literature Student's Society) c/o department of English, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW , Calgary AB T2T 1N4.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Protest Against Unfair Bylaw: Mon Nov 20 Noon City Hall

CHAI (Calgary Housing Action Initiative) is asking all of our friends in the arts community to join us on the steps of City Hall on Monday, November 20 at noon to protest against injustice.

Those who accept the Public Behaviour Bylaw clearly don't understand the ramifications of it. The media has been concentrating on the innocuous aspects that we can all agree on: don't spit, don't fight, don't carry a knife.

The truth is, the parts of the bylaw about loitering and obstructing, putting feet up on a bench or public structure, and urinating or defecating on public property are designed to put the homeless in jail. When you look closer, you see that they make it illegal to huddle, panhandle, sleep outside, and use the bathroom when no public washrooms are provided. The fines carried for these items ($300-$10,000) would be impossible for those most affected by the Bylaw to pay; instead, they would face a jail sentence of up to six months.

In a time of extreme crisis, when there are not enough shelters or affordable housing and not enough being done by the City to provide these necessities, it is without conscience for City Council to decide that the solution to these problems is to create a bylaw that effectively gets rid of the homeless by putting them in jail.

As citizens, we can do much better for the poor in our community than to allow the City to do this to them. We must put a stop to it, and demand that the City move more quickly to provide more shelters and more affordable housing in this time of crisis. Let's make our voices heard.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

bill bissett tribute!

The Calgary Spoken Word Society proudly presents
a tribute to a Canadian icon and a lifetime of art!

th spektacular tribute 2 th brilliant
bill bissett
dansing in a hurricane uv stars

bill bissett is one of Canada’s most prolific and influential poets, painters and musicians. For over 40 years, his work has challenged traditional notions of grammar, language and politics, and he has been a guiding influence for countless artists in multiple generations.

The week of November 13-17, bissett will present his work in schools and traverse the city with a film crew in tow, meeting people, sharing his poetry and speaking about his luminous career. Every night, he will update a special online BLOG inviting dialogue with the community. He is also available for interviews!

Then, on the weekend, the city explodes with an extravaganza tribute to bill bissett! Ten influential and prominent poets from across North America will gather to read poems about bissett, accompanied by a live band and a historical multimedia presentation of his paintings, photos, music and videos.

Don’t miss this massive tribute to one of Canada’s strongest artistic voices!

November 18, 2006
Big Secret Theatre, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts
8:00 pm $14.99

MC: Billeh Nickerson (Vancouver)
FEATURING: bill bissett (Toronto), Christian Bök (Calgary), Seth-Adrian Harris (Toronto), Adeena Karasick (New York City), Steve McCaffery (Buffalo), Susan Musgrave (Victoria), Jamie Reid (Vancouver), Linda Rogers (Victoria), sheri-d wilson

November 19, 2006
Auburn Saloon, foot of the Calgary Tower
8:00 pm $10.00

MC: Seth-Adrian Harris (Toronto)
FEATURING: Adeena Karasick (New York City), Steve McCaffery (Buffalo), Susan Musgrave (Victoria), Linda Rogers (Victoria)

Tickets available at Pages Books, 1135 Kensington Rd NW

Contact: Sheri-D Wilson

Eleventh Transmission Fiction Contest

The First Annual Eleventh Transmission Fiction Writing Contest

Sponsored by Pages.

Contest closes: January 31, 2007.
Cost to enter: $10
1st Place gets: $200 and prizes. 1st to 3rd receive cash and prizes.

Complete Details and Conditions:
(also available in .pdf; great for walls, refrigerators, random flat surfaces)

Eleventh Transmission is proud to announce our first fiction writing contest. We are seeking submissions from local, national, and international authors. Stories will be assessed based on quality of writing as well as originality. There is no required theme or topic and we eagerly anticipate a wide variety of submissions.

Submissions will be blind reviewed by our illustrious panel of judges, comprising Vivian Hansen, Chris Ewart, Mark Hopkins, and Karina Ramdath (see bios below).

Stories should be:
-Of excellent quality.
-Previously unpublished.
-Not longer than 3000 words.
-Not currently submitted elsewhere.


First Place: $200, $20 Pages Gift Certificate, and a Pages bag.
Second Place: $75 and a Pages bag.
Third Place: $50 and a Pages bag.

Stories finishing from First to Third in the contest will receive publication in Eleventh Transmission within 6 months following the close of the contest and notification of contest winners. Stories finishing outside the top three are still eligible for publication at the discretion of the authors of the story and the editors of Eleventh Transmission.

How to Enter:

Email your submission in MS Word (.doc, .rtf) or .txt format to Include author name, complete mailing address, and phone number on the first page only.

The entry fee for this contest is $10 CAD ($10 USD outside Canada). Payment is accepted via cheque or money order made out to "Eleventh Transmission".

The contest closes January 31, 2007. Cheques or money orders must be postmarked by this date to ensure consideration. Entries from outside Canada should send the entrance fee in US funds

Payment should be mailed to:

Eleventh Transmission Fiction Contest
301, 2507 17 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2T 4M9

Confirmation of contest entry will be sent via email once the entry fee has been received. Winners will be announced in the April issue of Eleventh Transmission. All prizes will be sent via surface mail within North America and via air mail elsewhere.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the contest. Good luck!

(Please forward this to interested parties. Thanks!)

Judge Biographies:

Vivian Hansen is a Calgary poet and freelance writer. She has served as VP Publishing and Editor of Forum Magazine (a journal of the Calgary Women's Writing Project), and editor of FreeFall Magazine. She has been a judge for the Calgary Writers Association and contest coordinator. She has also judged for the Hamilton Region Arts Council. Her poetry has appeared in many Canadian journals, including Descant, Jones Av, and Room of One's Own. Her nonfiction has been published recently with Legacy Magazine and The Fieldstone Review. Her books include: Never Call it Bird - the Melodies of Aids, Angel Alley - the Victims of Jack the Ripper' and Leylines of My Flesh.

Chris Ewart recently completed an MA in English at the University of Calgary, where he teaches in the Faculty of Communication and Culture. He also teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design and is a frequent contributor to the Calgary Herald's Books and the Arts section. He received the Kathleen and Russell Lane Canadian Writing Scholarship in 2004, and his play, Billy's Drums, is in development with Calgary's FireBelly Theatre for 2007. His first novel, Miss Lamp, is a local-bestseller and he is currently working on a collection of poems and a second novel, Sunny Day.

Mark Hopkins is a Calgary-based writer, arts administrator and journalist. He works with the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, Calgary Young People's Theatre, filling Station Magazine, Spoken Word Canada, and Swallow a Bicycle Productions, and his writing appears regularly in Avenue, FFWD and Swerve.

Karina Ramdath incorporates poetry and short stories, including writing workshops, in her community development projects because she values heart-felt and thought-provoking written expression. Karina has taught writing as a professional tutor, edited publications for Mount Royal College, and has a wide array of writing interests including letters to government ministers and students' unions, poetry, and articles. Karina's published works include, "Eradicating Blindness: Canadian Organisation Making it Happen" on Eleventh Transmission and the co-creation of the World University Services of Canada Calgary newsletter.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

November flywheel!

filling Station magazine presents:

The November flywheel reading!

Readings by:

Emily Carr
Chris Ewart
ryan fitzpatrick
Natalie Zina Walschots

... and hosted by Mark Hopkins!

Thursday, November 9 – 7:30 pm
McNally Robinson – 120 8th Ave SW

Putting the "filling Station presents" back in flywheel! In November, the editors, collective and board that keep the fS gears running make their voices heard with poetry, prose and excerpts from Miss Lamp never before read aloud. You've read the magazine, you've seen community coalesce around it, now it's time to meet the faces behind the magic!

Every month since November 2003, filling Station magazine's flywheel reading series has brought poetry, prose, music, lectures and performance to the heart of downtown Calgary. It's a place for first-time readers to share the stage with professional authors, for Calgary audiences to see their favourite writers alongside the next generation of literary superstars.

Next flywheel: December 14, 2006

CONTACT: Mark Hopkins
403.710.0093 –

Single Onion 2007: Local Readers & Musicians Wanted

Single Onion seeks expressions of interest from local poets, fiction writers, and musicians interested in participating in our 2007 performance season. Each night features a local poet, a Single Onion board poet, a poet from out of town and a musician or band. The event is free, but through funding and sponsorship, performers are compensated.

Interested parties will be added to a list for consideration as we choose our performers in upcoming meetings. Please provide a phone number. Bios or website referrals are helpful but not necessary at this stage.

If interested, please contact .



Monday, November 06, 2006

11th.Transmission Issue #8: Fiction Contest, Visual Arts Spectacular, BEST ISSUE EVER!!

Hi there,
Eleventh Transmission issue #8 is now online!

We are proud to announce our first annual Fiction Contest! Generous cash prizes! Check the website for more details.

This issue is also a Visual Arts Spectacular! Featuring the work of two painters and one photographer.

Excellent poems, socially driven articles, an outstanding exclusive DJ mix, and more. This might be the BEST ISSUE EVER.



Thursday, November 02, 2006

Poetry to a Tea!

dANDelion Magazine proudly presents...
An evening of poetry featuring
Douglas Barbour & rob mclennan
Thursday, November 16th 2006 - 6:30 pm
Oolong Teahouse 110-10th St NW
Come on out, order a damn tea and enjoy some exquisite words
from two of Canada's most notorious poets!
About the readers:
Douglas Barbour is a poet, critic, and reviewer. He is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta, where he has taught creative writing, Canadian literature, twentieth century poetry and poetics, and science fiction and fantasy. His numerous books of poetry include Visible Visions: The Selected Poems of Douglas Barbour (NeWest Press 1984), which won Alberta's Stephan Stephannson Award for poetry, Breath Takes (Wolsak & Wynn 2002), and Continuations, with Sheila E. Murphy (University of Alberta Press 2006). He has read his poetry around the globe and was inaugurated into the City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in 2003.
rob mclennan lives in Ottawa even though he was born there. The author of a dozen trade collections of poetry, his most recent are named an errant (Stride UK, 2006) and aubade (Broken Jaw Press, 2006). A collection of literary essays is due to appear in fall 2007 with ECW Press, and he is currently putting the finishing touches on There Is No Mountain: Andrew Suknaski New & Selected Poems for Chaudiere Books, a new publishing house he has co-founded in Ottawa. He often posts reviews and rants