Wednesday, February 28, 2007

TorkStar - issue two

The second issue of TorkStar has arrived!

This month, we've got the blues.

D.B. Cox kicks off the issue with "A Few Good Things", read by Jeffrey Kafer. As if this story isn't good enough, Colin Martin also interviewed Cox, in TorkStar's first author Q & A. It's a fantastic first interview. Don't miss it!

Our cover artist, Al Satoor, follows up with some art work inspired by the early days of jazz.

Then, Joel Van Noord gets all trippy on us with "Game Theory", read by Tom Dheere. Clay McCann shows us the gripping irony of childhood innocence with "A Dirge For Boys", read by Donovan Corneetz. After checking out Travis Lawrence's art this month, you'll want some of what he's taking when he conjures up his sketches. Don't miss his art feature. And we wrap up issue two with Corey Mesler's "What Lemmy Found In The Woods", read with style by Rob Ellis.

So read, listen, view, and enjoy issue two of TorkStar. And don't forget to visit the TorkStar forum ( to comment on this month's issue, and send your love to your favorite contributors.


Roxfam at the Marquee room upstairs at the Uptown
612 8th Ave SW
Thursday, March 8, 2007
7-11 pm

The recently revived Calgary chapter of Oxfam Canada is pleased to announce their first awareness raising event Roxfam: Artists in support of women in poverty coinciding with International Women's Day Thursday, March 8.

Women produce 60 percent of all food, run 70 percent of small-scale businesses and make up one third of the official labour force according to, yet they own a mere one percent of the world's resources and earn only 1/10th of the world's income. The event hopes to draw awareness to current women's issues while also celebrating some of Calgary's incredible female artists.

The eclectic evening will feature performers and speakers who will be touching on the myriad ways women in poverty are coping under extreme conditions both here and abroad.

Featuring performances by Urban Curvz Theatre, Sheri-D Wilson, Shone Abet and enlightening talks from Louise Gallagher of the Calgary Drop in Centre Society along with Doreen Spence of the Canadian Indigenous Women's Resource Institute..

The night will wrap up with the ambient, piano infused music of Consonant C and the high energy antics of Seven Story Redhead.

This is a non gender specific event and is open to anyone over 18-years-old.

The Marquee Room is located on the second floor of the Uptown Stage and Screen at
612 8th Ave. SW.

Media Contacts:

David Wilson
Community Development Facilitator
Phone: 272-9310 ext. 256

Charles Netto
Oxfam Emcee
Phone: 403.397.8559

Hayley Redpath
Oxfam Emcee
Phone: 403.831.4187

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Free Haiku Contest!

Free Haiku Contest!

Magpie Haiku Poets and Eleventh Transmission are currently having a free haiku contest. Publication and some excellent haiku books are the prizes.

The deadline to enter is March 3. Full contest details are available at

Tell your friends about this great FREE contest!


Single Onion #50

WHO: The Single Onion Poetry Night #50
WHAT: A night of poetry, prose, music and mayhem. With poets: Weyman Chan, Leif Baradoy and Jocelyn Grosse. Hosted by Panty Melter, Laurie Fuhr With music by Juanita Brandt.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, at 7 PM

WHERE: The Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts 104, 800 Macleod Trail SE

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


CANADIAN POET: Weyman Chan he has published 1 book of poetry, Before A Blue Sky Moon (2002), which won the Alberta Poetry Award that year. Weyman’s other book of poetry, A Leaf That Darkens will be published by Talonbooks in Vancouver in spring, 2008. He's currently revising the first draft of a third book of poetry, entitled Rain & Doubt.

SINGLE ONION READER: Leif Baradoy is our newest Onion. Leif performs regularly in Alberta, including at the 2006 Amnesty International Arts Jam and the 2006 South Country Fair. His recent chapbook, The Late Teacher and Other Poems. His work is influenced by the likes of H. D., Eliot, Ginsberg, and Thom Yorke. Leif works as an editor at a small publishing house.

LOCAL POET: Jocelyn Grosse. Her poems have appeared in (orange), filling Station and various chapbooks, and have been performed for Calgary‘s Take Back the Night, International Women‘s Day (with the Raging Grannies), The Comfort Zone (with musician Megan Emmett), The Ross Shameless Promotion of Family and Friends House Concert Series (with Dynarouge‘s Erin Ross and James Dangerous)

MUSICIAN: Juanita Brandt. She's a great singer-songwriter-guitarist. When she sings the songs she's written about those times ­ horse back riding, big skies and a peace that¹s unlike any you find in the city. Were sure you'll get a kick out of her!

THE ART: The Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts will be presenting a very important retrospective exhibition: Beyond Symbolism: Ceramic Sculpture by Jean LaPointe Mihalcheon one of Alberta’s most acclaimed ceramic artists based in Calgary. The exhibition will be featured from February 16 to March 9, 2007.

Single Onion happens (usually) the third Thursday of the month, ten times a year. Our event schedule can always be found at:

CBC Poetry Face-Off

CBC Poetry Face-Off

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:30 pm
Auburn Saloon - #163 115 9th Ave SE
Host: Katherine Duncan

Wakefield Brewster
Möe Clark
Jordan Dack
Rosemary Griebel
Kirk Ramdath

CBC Radio continues its tradition of battling bards with the sixth annual Poetry Face-Off! The popular Canada-wide competition brings together 70 poets in peak form to sound off in 14 cities stretching from Victoria to Yellowknife 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 - 'Made In Canada'. At each event, the spectators vote for their favourite poem, and the winner goes on to be celebrated with the other regional winners in five special Poetry Face-Off programs, hosted by Bill Richardson. Those shows will air in April 2007 during National Poetry Month.

From its inception six years ago, the Poetry Face-Off has been a cross-country event. This year, face-offs are being held in Yellowknife, Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax and St. John's.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Translating Translating Montréal!

Mark your calendars! "Translating Translating Montréal" is a colloquium featuring discussion and performance of innovative poetic translation by Montrealers Oana Avasilichioaei and Angela Carr, and ex-pat-Montrealers-and/or-sometime Calgarians Robert Majzels and Erín Moure.

Thursday, March 8
University of Calgary – Learning Commons Room, Biology 540A – 2:30pm-5pm - Free

1)Translating Translating Montréal: A Colloquium on the Theory and Practice of Poetic Translation, moderated by Calgary poet Jill Hartman

• Erín Moure – “Co-Translating ‘Nicole Brossard’: Three-Way Spectacle or Spectre de Trois?”
• Oana Avasilichioaei – “Towards a multiplied authorship and against a transparent I: in translational collaboration with the work of Paul Celan and Nichita Stanescu”
• Angela Carr: “Undercover/undiscover: Love and Eros between Languages”
• Robert Majzels: “Whittling: Translating Tang Dynasty Poets into 85 Letters”

University of Calgary – ST 147 – 7pm-8:30pm (by donation)

2)Mountroyal!: Poetry/Translation Performances by the four writers

Friday, March 9
The New Gallery – 516D - 9th Avenue SW – 7:00pm (by donation, door prizes)

3)Vacheville!: Performances by Oana Avasilichioaei, Angela Carr, Robert Majzels, and Erín Moure

Readings hosted by lovely filling Station and dANDelion personalities (TBA-- ooh mystery hosts!), book table stocked with oodles of participants' books as well as limited edition broadsheets provided by the wonderful U of C Bookstore, venues of majesty provided by the always generous New Gallery and the scholarly University of Calgary. Listen for ads on Calgary's best radio station, CJSW 90.9 FM, and see you there!

Monday, February 12, 2007

March flywheel - NōD Invasion!

filling Station magazine presents:

March flywheel – NōD Invasion!

Performances by:

Douglas Briggs
Sarah Gibbs
Diana Lyuber
Paul William Zits

... hosted by Mark Hopkins!

Thursday, March 1 – 7:30 pm
McNally Robinson – 120 8th Ave SW

It’s March Madness – flywheel style! The University of Calgary’s NōD Magazine rolls into flywheel with four fabulous readers and all the literary excitement you could desire. Join us for a jam-packed evening of wordplay, then stick around to meet the writers and explore Calgary’s cultural landscape (over a pint or three)!

PLUS: Don’t forget 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.

Sandy Lam’s limited edition flywheel poster, up for grabs in July 2007, continues to accumulate writers’ signatures in special silver ink!

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: April 12, 2007
McNally Robinson – 120 8th Ave SW

CONTACT: Mark Hopkins
403.710.0093 –

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Eleventh Transmission Issue #10 online!

Hello all,

The new issue of Eleventh Transmission is now online!

Lots of amazing content! 3 poets, fiction, articles, an amazing house mix by DJ Koolaid, visual art, reviews, and for the first time, VIDEO!!

Video poems and an interview with Andre Rodrigues, as well as a film from the Youth Animation Project.

Also, in collaboration with Magpie Haiku Poets, a FREE Haiku Contest!

Check the website for complete details.
(if you know anyone who might be interested in reading Eleventh Transmission, please tell them about it!)