Friday, August 31, 2007

The Third Annual Calgary Blow-Out!

filling Station is thrilled to announce...

The Third Annual


Friday, September 14 – 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 15 – 1:00 PM

Saturday, September 15 – 7:00 PM

All Events at the Carpenter’s Union Hall

(310 10th St NW)


This explosive literary festival puts the spotlight on Calgary’s talented writing community, featuring over twenty poets, playwrights and fiction writers that are either locally-based, or who have strong ties to the city, including:

Robert Majzels

Kevin McPherson-Eckhoff

Sina Queyras

William Neil Scott

Brea Burton Chris Ewart

Emily Elder

Bronwyn Haslam

Emily Carr

Mark Hopkins

Peter Norman

Laurie Fuhr

Helen Hajnoczky

Weyman Chan

Ian Kinney

Jaspreet Singh

Ross Priddle

Aaron Giovannone

Garth Whelan

Shane Rhodes

The writers will be joined by musical guests Heather Blush and The Lonely Hunters !

filling Station Film Editor Garth Whelan will present a series of short films.

ryan fitzpatrick, derek beaulieu, and Natalie Simpson will serve as hosts for the events.

Of course, there’ll also be books, booze and the long-awaited launch of filling Station #39!

All events are absolutely FREE and open to the public. Join us in celebration of Calgary’s booming literary talent!


Natalie Zina Walschots

Managing Editor, filling Station



The Calgary Blow-Out! was founded in 2005 as a celebration of Calgary’s vibrant literary community. The former Managing Editor of filling Station, derek beaulieu, founded the event out of good-natured frustration when he realized there was simply too much happening in the Calgary literary scene to see it all, and so he created the Blow-Out! as a fête for the community at large. This is filling Station’s third annual Calgary Blow-Out!

ABOUT filling Station

filling Station is a literary magazine based in Calgary, Alberta, that is dedicated to showcasing innovative poetry, fiction, drama, film and visual art, and to promotion local and international arts communities. This year’s Calgary Blow-Out! will see the launch of filling Station’s 39th issue.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Calgary Blow-Out!

filling Station is thrilled to announce the return of the Calgary Blow-Out!

This year's Blow-Out! will be taking place on September 14th and 15th at the Carpenter's Union Hall in Kensington (310 10th St. NW). The event encompasses 3 performances taking place over 2 days: A Friday night reading at 7pm, a Saturday afternoon reading at 1pm, and a Saturday evening reading at 7pm.

All of the artists who will be performing at the Calgary Blow Out! have ties to the Calgary literary community. The event features many local artists currently based in Calgary as well as some currently out-of-town writers who are still connected to the Calgary community. The event will also feature two local bands and a series of short films.

Admission is absolutely free and open to the public. There will be a cash bar.

Authors will have their books for sale, and limited edition ephemera will be produced for the event.

Stay Tuned: a list of readers/performers is coming shortly!

Thursday, August 09, 2007


dANDelion magazine is seeking submissions for a special issue on Radical Translation. The issue will feature the proceedings of the “Translating Translating Montreal” conference at the University of Calgary, including poetry and essays by Oana Avasilichioaei, Angela Carr, Robert Majzels, and Erin Mouré.

dANDelion is seeking accompanying works (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews, and visual art) that engage with this theme of Radical Translation. Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

- existing works translated through employing radical poetics
- existing works appropriated or adapted in some radical fashion
- original works engaging in some way with the notion of translation
- original works exploring the spaces between languages or on the cusp of language

The deadline for this special issue is October 1, 2007.

Please e-mail submissions to with “TRANSLATION” in the subject field. dANDelion pays an honorarium of $50 on publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us promptly if you place your work elsewhere.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Eleventh Transmission #13: Summer issue

Hello everyone,

The new issue of Eleventh Tranmission is now online.

Featured are five great poems about Alberta by Wallace Gagne and a profile on Victoria-based spoken word trio Odditory Presence.

The stars also collided to provide two remarkably different and yet very honest travel writings by Megan Lam and Sara Ness. Megan describes her visit to Turkey and Sara details her experience walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Moe Clark also has a feast at the Folk Festival, and Kirk Ramdath describes his spiritual experience at the South Country Fair.

Dean Hetherington provides his second exclusive comic for Eleventh Transmission, and it's a great one. Calgary's Anne Sorbie writes an engaging story entitled, "Poor, Sad Pears", and you will never guess what the pears are. Or maybe you might. There are also more fabulous poems by Nova Scotia's Sean Howard and also from Kenneth Pobo and David LaBounty.

Mary Ellen Derwis showcases a five-piece photo set titled "Rendezvous" and Jeff Cruz shows us some photos with "Hidden Meanings."

Hamish Crawford decries the current state of television icon, The Simpsons, and Kirk Ramdath provides the first of what will be a new monthly series called, "Songs I Like." Kirk describes why he likes Radiohead's "A Punch Up at a Wedding."

Those of your paying attention will notice that I said monthly. Yes, the magazing is returning to a monthly format with this issue. So look for the next issue September 3. That means you have less time to read all of this one... go now!

much love and peace,