Saturday, December 30, 2006

January flywheel - The Collaboration Experiment!

filling Station magazine presents:

January flywheel – The Collaboration Experiment!

Performances by:

Jason Christie – Weyman Chan
Bronwyn Haslam – Samuel Garrigo Meza
Natalie Walschots – ryan fitzpatrick


... and hosted by Mark Hopkins!

Thursday, January 4 – 7:30 pm
McNally Robinson – 120 8th Ave SW


Three pairs of poets were given a task: collaborate! Over the past month, they’ve been working together to create a collaborative performance – whatever that means to them. Will they co-write brand new poetry? Will they read each others’ work? Will they create a harmony of dual voices? Find out what these creative powerhouses have cooked up at the first-ever Collaboration Experiment!

PLUS: The return of the flywheel prize draw! Not only will attendees get to hear top-notch literature, but they’ll also have the chance to win swag from filling Station magazine and McNally Robinson Booksellers. Don’t miss out!

EXTRA BONUS: Come out for your first glimpse of Sandy Lam’s limited edition flywheel poster, up for auction in June 2007!

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: February 1, 2007
McNally Robinson – 120 8th Ave SW


CONTACT: Mark Hopkins
403.710.0093 – mark.c.hopkins@gmail.com

Friday, December 22, 2006

filling Station / NoD launch January 5th!

update on news on the filling Station / NoD launch coming January 5th!

January 5th, 2007 7:30pm
Carpenters' Union Hall
310 10th st nw
cover $5 (or $10 for admission & 1 mag, $15 for admission and both mags!)

featuring readings by
JACQUELINE TURNER (launching her new book Seven into Even),
NATALIE SIMPSON (launching her new book Accrete or Crumble),
FRANCES KRUK (reading from her new work),
GARRY MORSE (launching his new book Transversals for Orpheus & the untitled 1-13),
REG JOHANSON (launching his new book Courage, my Love),
ROGER FARR (launching his new book Surplus),
and musical sensations HOTLITTLEROCKET!

((please note, that due to another commitment, Jordan Scott will be unable to read))

this promises to be the reading of the year -- yes, only 5 days into 2007, and it will be the reading of the year...

mark your calendars, and bring your dancing shoes!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Eleventh Transmission Fiction Contest

Calgary's arts, culture, media, and activism magazine is having its First Annual Fiction Contest!

http://eleventhtransmission.org/fictioncontest.html

The contest is open to national and international authors, but we hope that the bulk of entries will come from the Calgary writing community.

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.

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

Prizes:
-First Place: $200, $20 Pages Gift Certificate, and a Pages in bag.
-Second Place: $75 and a Pages bag.
-Third Place: $50 and a Pages bag.
-Fourth Place: Sportswriter (paperback, new), by Richard Ford

Thanks to Pages in Kensington and McNally Robinson for offering prizes.

Check out website for more details! www.eleventhtransmission.org.

-Kirk

Saturday, December 16, 2006

WATCH THIS SPACE!

WATCH THIS SPACE!
for news on the filling Station / NoD launch coming January 5th!

details so far:

January 5th, 2007 7:30pm
Carpenters' Union Hall
310 10th st nw
cover TBA

featuring readings by
JACQUELINE TURNER (launching her new book Seven into Even),
NATALIE SIMPSON (launching her new book Accrete or Crumble),
JORDAN SCOTT (back in Calgary and reading from new work),
FRANCES KRUK (reading from her new work),
GARRY MORSE (launching his new book Transversals for Orpheus & the untitled 1-13),
REG JOHANSON (launching his new book Courage, my Love),
ROGER FARR (launching his new book Surplus),
*more readers to be announced shortly*,
and musical sensations HOTLITTLEROCKET!

this promises to be the reading of the year -- yes, only 5 days into 2007, and it will be the reading of the year...

mark your calendars, and bring your dancing shoes!

WATCH THIS SPACE!

Friday, December 15, 2006

New MARTIAN PRESS Chapbooks!

I am very pleased to announce SIX new(ish) MARTIAN PRESS chapbooks:

Aberrant Lounges by Kimmy Beach
on stealing lips by Lars Palm
acts of barbarity and vandalism by Daniel Tysdal
Document 1 by kevin mcpherson eckhoff
Of Quixote’s Lap by ryan fitzpatrick
generations by rob mclennan

Some of these have been out for a while but I haven't had time to promote them, and others just came out. If you want to know anything about the books, ask me. If you want to know anything about the authors, Google them.

All chapbooks are $5 plus postage ($2). You can have 5 for $20, and I'll pay the postage in that case. I might even throw in something special, for free.

Just because I'm feeling generous, and in the holiday spirit.

And you can always order older books. I'll give you the same 5 for $20 deal. Older books include:

Film/making by Jonathan Ball
The Martian Press Review, Volume I
The Road to Power: Taking Control of Your Life by Barbara Berger by Aaron Mauro
oppidum by Norah Bowman
Call & Response by derek beaulieu & Jonathan Ball

If you want anything, e-mail me: JONATHAN at JONATHANBALL dot COM.

Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Dangerously Christmas Party! Dec 14, Soda

This Thursday, Dec 14 at Soda, 211 - 12th Ave SW (next to Drum & Monkey)
Featuring:

* James Dangerous
w/ guests Jocelyn Grosse & Church of the Very Bright Lights!

* Jocelyn Grosse
w/ guests James Dangerous & Church of the Very Bright Lights!

* Church of the Very Bright Lights
w/ guests James Dangerous & Jocelyn Grosse!

(& if you're going flywheeling first, c'mon down after! Lotsa time for everything...)

December flywheel!

filling Station magazine presents:

The December flywheel reading!

Readings by:

Nathan Dueck
Kevin McPherson Eckhoff
Mike Roberson
Tyler Hayden


... and hosted by Mark Hopkins!

Thursday, December 14 – 7:30 pm
McNally Robinson – 120 8th Ave SW


It’s an all-University flywheel! Running the gamut from undergrad to PhD, this month features the freshest work by four creative writing department prodigies. PLUS: Be the first on your block to snatch a copy of filling Station #37, hot off the presses!

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: The First Thursday Collaboration Experiment
January 4, 2007

CONTACT: Mark Hopkins
403.710.0093 – mark.c.hopkins@gmail.com

Friday, December 08, 2006

December Lullaby

(not strictly literary-related... but come see me act, dammit!)

The Swallow-A-Bicycle Performance Cooperative presents:

December Lullaby

December 15-16, 2006, 8:00 pm
birds and stone, 204 16th Ave NW
$10.00 at the door

Why should theatre be expensive? Come see new work by some of Calgary's hottest emerging theatre artists for only $10!

featuring:

Ben Charland
Anton DeGroot
Ryan Hildebrandt
Mark Hopkins
Michaela Jeffery
Mat Mailandt
Charles Netto
Dan Perry
Julia Rigaux
Jessica Robertshaw
Jordan Schartner
Kyle Scroter


Five groups of local artists were given a task: create short works using a white sheet, music, and the theme 'lullaby'. The result: adventurous collaborations, undeniable craft and exciting new theatre! Don't miss your chance to intimately experience five never-before-seen projects by up-and-coming creators.

CONTACTS: Charles Netto – 403.397.8559 – swallowabicycle@gmail.com
Mark Hopkins – 403.710.0093 – mark.c.hopkins@gmail.com

Monday, December 04, 2006

Eleventh Transmission issue 9 online!

The 9th Issue of Eleventh Transmission is now online!

www.eleventhtransmission.org

Tons of socially conscious material, including articles on Homelessness, Global Warming, and a Calgary organization striving to eradicate global poverty!

Also featuring the aware poetry of Gord MacLennon, Karina Ramdath, Wakefield Brewster, and S-J Krahn! Also, Photos by Vincent Joachim.

Interview and music with James Dangerous, exclusive house set by James Funkdub, an article on haiku by Joanne Morcom, and more!

Don't forget to check out the Fiction Contest. New prizes added! www.eleventhtransmission.org/fictioncontest.html

p.s. Next issue in **2** months.

Thanks!

-Kirk

Friday, December 01, 2006

Carousel Magazine - call for submissions

Thinking of submitting your work to CAROUSEL #22?
...Go for it! CAROUSEL welcomes all contribution proposals of text, artwork, comics etc; our next deadline is Dec 29, 2006... so get those packages together soon! REMEMBER: When preparing to submit your work to our magazine, remember to always look to our website for our latest guidelines. Read all about it at: carouselmagazine.ca/submit.html
Good luck!
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RECENT PRAISE: "Carousel Magazine presents ideas using the full spectrum of print communication. Poetry, prose, comics, drawing, photography and graphic design are all given equal space to commingle and breed new mongrel modes in a single evolving language."
- Marc Ngui (creator of the graphic novel, The Unexpurgated Tale of Lordie Jones, Conundrum Press, 2005)