On the Radio

We've slunk into rainy season here on the west coast, and to say I'm not a little sad about it would be untrue. But! September also brings with it some killer literary events. (That's "killer" as in awesome, just in case anyone was concerned.) Here are a couple nifty events at which you can see/hear yours truly. And don't forget to check out the Vancouver Writers Fest from October 20th to 25th - I'll be there as a fan (I recommend the Poetry Bash).


On the Airwaves

I will be joining brilliant novelist Chelsea Rooney on the Storytelling Show this coming Sunday, September 19th, to discuss all things literary. The Storytelling Show is a Co-op Radio program that covers "women's storytelling in all its variations: novels, short stories, mythology, and people with experiences they want to give voice to." We'll be chatting about poetry, books we loved as kids, and anything else that strikes our fancy.

Tune in: Sunday at 9:00pm, CFRO 100.5fm

The program will stream the following day at coopradio.org.


On the Streets

I'm pleased as punch to be reading at this year's Word Vancouver festival, which runs September 23rd to 27th. There are myriad incredible readings to catch during the festival's schedule of panels, so be sure to check out the program guide. For me, I'll be at the Vancouver Public Library Main Branch to read from the The City Series: Number One - Vancouver chapbook alongside my fellow contributors.

Join us: Sunday, September 27th, at 11:00am Event: The Chapbook: For Love or Money? Location: The Alice McKay Room, VPL Main Branch (Inside, Downstairs)

That's the latest and greatest! Happy September, everyone.


Frog Hollow Smash Success

Hello, folks! Last night's launch of Frog Hollow Press's "The City Series: One - Vancouver" chapbook was just the loveliest! We had stunning weather on the patio at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and there was so much talent at the mic! Impossible to pick a favourite. Thank you to hosts Dina Del Bucchia and Sean Cranbury for the great night, and to editor Michael Prior for bringing us all together. Photos below, credits to Sean Cranbury and PRISM international.



Coming Up: The City Series Chapbook Launch

Newsflash! I have finally remembered to post about an event before it happens! Frog Hollow Press is launching their new chapbook "The City Series: Number One - Vancouver" this coming Monday, June 29th, at 6:30pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery Café. (Seriously one of my favourite places in the whole city. How great that we get to enjoy poems and cheesecake at the same time?) The chapbook features a collection of emerging Vancouver writers, and I'm thrilled to have a piece amongst its pages.

So maybe see you on the patio?


Details below, pulled from the event Facebook page!

The Deets:

Do you like poetry events with long event names? Do you like sipping and snacking on patios? Do you want to hear from the freshest poetic voices in Vancouver? Then this is the literary event for you.

Join Real Vancouver Writers' Series and Poetry Is Dead at the Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe as we celebrate the release of The City Series: Number One - Vancouver from Frog Hollow Press.

Featuring these fine readers: Laura Ritland Ruth Daniell Emily Chou Emily Davidson Shazia Hafiz Ramji Megan Jones (and maybe more!)

Hosted by Dina Del Bucchia & Sean Cranbury.

Read about the book here:

"Wunderkind Michael Prior assembles together ten Vancouver poets who are all unpublished in book or chapbook form. He has sought out talented people whose verse somehow represents his city's poetic and introduced that poetic in personal prose. The poets in The City Series: Vancouver constitute a cross-section of poetry that is diverse, brainy, and emotional, upending stereotypes about Vancouver as a poetry-town."

Books will be for sale (bring your cash) and copies of the Youth Culture issue of Poetry Is Dead will be there too.

Book Launch: The Mystics of Mile End

I love promoting my brilliant friends, and let me tell you, Sigal Samuel is amongst the brilliantist! You don't know Sigal, you say? Well then lucky you, because tonight, in Vancouver, the amazing Ms. Samuel is launching her debut novel The Mystics of Mile End! I was lucky enough to see early drafts of this book, and can tell you that it is beautiful, smart, and contains just the right amount of magic. Sigal is a force. Come to the launch, buy her book, get her to sign it, and bask in the wonder that is this up-and-coming Montreal-via-New-York novelist. (It should also be noted that the rest of the roster for the evening is pretty darn stacked! Amazing writers galore!) Details below.



International Women's Day: Making Room

Dear readers: I did that thing again where I forgot to tell you about a fantastic event until it was already over. Self-promotion makes me anxious and then I miss things! Bah! In terms of events, the launch of Room Magazine's Issues 37.4 and 38.1 this past Saturday was a good one. It dovetailed with a celebration of International Women's Day, and the readings from the stage at the Heartwood Community Cafe were an incredible reminder of the plentitude of voices to be found amongst women writers.

Such a huge thank-you to Room, the Heartwood, and the lovely crowd on Saturday. You are all the nicest.