Join us Wednesday, November 17 at 7:30
for Isabella Wang and RC Weslowski!
Isabella Wang is the author of the chapbook, On Forgetting a Language (Baseline Press 2019), and her full-length debut, Pebble Swing (Nightwood Editions, 2021). Her poetry and prose have appeared in over thirty literary journals and three anthologies. She is completing a double-major in English and World Literature at SFU, and is an editor at Room magazine.
RC Weslowski is the 2021 Zaccheus Jackson Nyce Memorial Award winner and the 2016 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award winner. He’s been co-host of the radio program Wax Poetic on Co-op Radio for 20 years and is the Artistic Director for Hullabaloo: The BC Youth Spoken Word Festival. RC’s first collection of poetry My Soft Response to the Wars is available now from Write Bloody North Publishing www.writebloodynorth.ca
Our September reading featured Fred Wah and Rita Wong, who just might be the most Romantic of our modern Canadian poets. The evening began with Fred reading from River Relations, his collaboration with Rita, which was printed on paper as long as the river, 8.5 inches X 114 feet, and continued with reading from Music at the Heart of Thinking. Fred comes from a jazz background, and as such his poetry has a musicality to it, and reflects a deep connection to both the land and the creatures who live on the land. Rita's readings focused on poetry as a form of protest, as she read about Burnaby Mountain, where she continues to defend the land, even after having spent time in jail for her efforts to stop the TMX pipeline. She continued with a poem called "Blueberry River" about the destructive Site C Dam which threatens Treaty 8 territory. The evening reminded us of the beauty and value of nature and the importance of standing up for the beings on the land, both human and non-human. Can poetry save us from our collective death spiral? Let's hope so. If you missed the reading, click on the title. You won't be sorry, though you may get a little angry at what we humans are allowing to happen to our beautiful landscape.
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Our One Minute Poem Series
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Welcome to our newest Poets Corner team member, Dylan Curran
Dylan Curran (she/her) is a reader, writer and impromptu adventurer. Her short stories, poems and reviews have appeared in The Absynthe, River, Yolk Magazine and Cloud Lake Literary. She holds a B.A. in English and Linguistics from Trent University and is a graduate of Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. In 2017, she was invited to study creative writing at Plymouth University in the UK. An avid traveller, Dylan collects translated copies of Le Petit Prince from each country she has visited. She currently lives in Guelph, ON (of the Attawandaron/Chonnonton, the Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit).
We are so grateful that Dylan has agreed to join us!
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Join us on December 15 for Wendy Donawa and Chantal Gibson. You won't want to miss the last reading of 2021!
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