Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Cascadia Poetry Festival Nanaimo

Cascadia Poetry Festival 

Small Press Fair 

April 30–May 3, 2015

Make It True Poetry Anthology of Cascadia – Groundbreaking new anthology from Leaf Press featuring dozens of the most influential and engaged poets writing from and about the Cascadia bioregion, 300+ pages. Editors: Paul Nelson, Nadine Maestas, George Stanley, Barry McKinnon.

An Invitation to the
in Nanaimo 
April 30-May 3 2015

Dear Poets, Writers and Friends:
I and many friends have been working to organize and to bring the 2015 Cascadia Poetry Festival to Nanaimo-- a truly grass roots festival and cultural investigation of the bioregion we know as Cascadia, stretching from Cape Mendocino, CA to Mt. St.Elias, Alaska.
We have four days of some of the most amazing poets from Cascadia and one Griffin Award-winning poet/political activist who can help us understand more deeply the place in which we live and how to negotiate the challenges inherent in this time of whole-systems transition. Robert Bringhurst, Brenda Hillman, Sam Hamill, Susan Musgrave and Barry McKinnon are among the heavyweight poets who you can hear, converse with and share a drink and discussion about the poetry of here.
You can read your own work at Living Room, take a workshop from our esteemed poets and attend the late night (party!) programming led by one of the up & coming curators in Seattle's poetry scene. Meet your neighbor poets, transcend boundaries and understand the deeper autonomy of nature herself and the unique culture of this place. 

The festival lineup and schedule is here:

You can get free gold passes and many amazing perks by donating:
 https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cascadia-poetry-festival-nanaimo-2015-apr-30-may-3 ... Apart from the perks, donations of $40 or more will also include a gold pass if you can make it to the festival!"
more details:

Cascadia Poetry Festival III
in Nanaimo April 30, May 1-3, 2015

You can buy your Gold Passes now!
Be an early bird and help to spread the word.

The Living Room See poster at www.wordstorm.ca

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Oscar's Salon: Delicacy

Betsy Warland is writing a novel new book, Oscar of Between. 
Each month she publishes a portion of a chapter, an excerpt, alongside a responsive piece by a guest writer or guest artist, on her online space, Oscar's Salon
The Salon is full of these call & response type postings: all are thought-provoking, disturbing, not like reading a novel at all: an anthology of artists and readers evolving over time. 
I was invited to be guest writer for February, + 
the collaboration went up today:
Photo credit: Clare Gomez
From an installation piece: Don’t Let Then See You Coming

Oscar, Part 20A Excerpt with Guest Writer Joanne Arnott

From Oscar of Between, Part 20A

[Betsy writes]
– 1 –
The head is found.
(his head)

[Joanne writes]

Delicacy is what is needed,
given the topic of loss of a child, and love generally.

I lost my head.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Road Forward @ PuSH

Photo of Chief George Manual, courtesy of Doreen Manuel, Constitution Express

Marie Clements and Jennifer Kreisberg’s The Road Forward is a tribute to the Aboriginal women murdered or vanished on the Highway of Tears and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It debuted as the closing performance of the Aboriginal Pavilion of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. And now, as presented by red diva, it’s been adapted into a multimedia blues/rock musical—inspired by the groundbreaking movement of the Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood of British Columbia and their Native Voice newspaper. It’s a hybrid work of First Nations tradition and contemporary practice, with breathtaking singing, pulsing drums and images from historical archives. The Road Forward follows a long tradition of coming together to raise a collective voice and answer the call for change. Raw, rollicking and powerful, this is a musical evening you won’t forget.
An amazing performance…entertainment at its best.
—Review Vancouver
February 5–7, 2015

PuSh Conversations
February 6, post-performance

Writer, Director & Producer: Marie Clements | Lead Composer & Performer: Jennifer Kreisberg | Assistant Director & Producer: Valerie Sing Turner | Guest Composer, Performer, Guitar: Wayne Lavallee | Contributing Composers & Vocals: Latash Maurice Nahannee, Delhia Nahannee | Performers: Cheri Maracle, Michelle St. John, Ostwelve, Russell Wallace | Vocals & Guitar: Jj Lavallee | Vocals & Keyboardist: Murray Porter | Vocals & Drummers: Michel Bruyere | Vocals & Base Guitarist: Shakti Hayes | Traditional Dancer: Nyla Carpentier | Set Designer: Connie Watts | Lighting Designer: Paul Armstrong | Multimedia Designer: Jamie Griffiths | 3d Specialist: Rob Scharein | Production Assistant: Richard Wilson | Stage Manager: Sam Rose | Tour Producer: Paul Armstrong • Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council

Monday, 15 December 2014

Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters

This year, due to circumstances beyond their control, the Revue will attempt to fill the largest room in its history for a “star-studded” charity event to raise awareness for missing and murdered aboriginal women, which will also serve as the launch of a significant new anthology featuring many of the country’s finest writers. It is the most ambitious – and important – show in the Revue’s history. “We’ve never done anything quite like this before,” Collett says. ...

On Thursday, at the Basement Revue, Boyden will launch Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters, an anthology featuring the work of more than 50 writers, musicians, artists and activists. (“Kwe” is Anishinaabe for “woman” or “life-giver,” explains Boyden.) Contributors include Ondaatje, Atwood, Thomas King, Sherman Alexie, Gord Downie, Michael Crummey and Tanya Tagaq Gillis. The 100-page book is published by Penguin Canada, which covered the entire cost of production. A limited number of print editions will sell for $10, while a digital version, available from all major online retailers beginning Dec. 16, will cost $2.99. All proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International’s No More Stolen Sisters project.

“This anthology came from my absolute sadness, shock, anger and horror that this is going on and nobody’s really speaking about it,” Boyden says. The fact so many people responded to his call, he says, “gives me great confidence and faith in where we’re going as a nation.”

link to pre-order

Press release:
Penguin Releases Limited-Edition Anthology Edited by Joseph Boyden, Supporting Amnesty International’s No More Stolen Sisters

Monday, December 15, 2014—Penguin Canada is pleased to announce the publication of Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters, a 100-page anthology edited by Joseph Boyden, featuring new writing and original artwork from more than fifty contributors, including Sherman Alexie, Margaret Atwood, Gord Downie, Julie Flett, Tom King, Lee Maracle, Yann Martel, Michael Ondaatje, John Ralston Saul, and Tanya Tagaq Gillis. Conceived by Boyden as a way to raise awareness of the crisis facing Canada’s First Nations women, all proceeds from the sale of Kwe will be donated to Amnesty International’s No More Stolen Sisters initiativeThe anthology will be available in digital format for $2.99 via major online retailers beginning December 16. A limited print edition will be available at The Basement Revue in Toronto on December 18 and via the Amnesty International Book Club (amnestybookclub.ca) in January for $10 each.

“The idea for this book was born in November, from feelings of deep frustration, anger, and sorrow in the wake of yet another violent assault upon a First Nations woman,” says Boyden. “It came together quickly; within a week of the call going out, we had dozens of submissions from writers and artists eager to support the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, artists who wanted to lend their voice. This is a call for action. We're part of a rising chorus in this nation that demands that the federal government respond in a real way. I hope this collection draws much needed attention to the crisis and shows we can act swiftly when we put our minds to it.”

“I’m proud to stand alongside Joseph and Kwe’s contributors in support of Amnesty International’s No More Stolen Sisters initiative,” says Nicole Winstanley, President and Publisher of Penguin Canada. “Violence against Canada’s Indigenous women cannot be ignored. I hope this project will inspire others to raise their voice and speak out against the horrific crimes that continue occur all too often in our country.”

Penguin Canada is contributing all production and print costs to the anthology.

About Amnesty International
Founded in 1961, Amnesty International is a global movement of more than three million supporters, members, and activists in over 150 countries who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Our vision is for all people to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Violence against women is unacceptable in every instance. In the case of Indigenous women and girls, the specific patterns of violence, and the disproportionate numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, require a comprehensive and coordinated response. Beginning with the landmark 2004 Stolen Sisters report, Amnesty International has stood alongside Indigenous women’s organizations across Canada in supporting calls for a public inquiry and  a national plan of action in keeping with the scale and severity of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

About Penguin Canada
Penguin Canada (penguinrandomhouse.ca), founded in 1974 and celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is one of Canada’s pre-eminent trade publishers, publishing and distributing a wide range of literary, thought-provoking fiction, non-fiction, lifestyle, and children’s books. Penguin Canada’s imprints include Viking, Hamish Hamilton, Allen Lane, Penguin, Portfolio Penguin, Puffin, and Razorbill. Under these imprints, Penguin Canada proudly publishes an award-winning list of Canadian authors, including Scotiabank Giller Prize winners Joseph Boyden, Will Ferguson, and Johanna Skibsrud, as well as Stuart McLean, Bobby Orr, Guy Gavriel Kay, Eric Walters, John Ralston Saul, and Adrienne Clarkson. Penguin Canada also publishes and distributes a number of celebrated international authors, including Philip Roth, Zadie Smith, John le Carré, Khaled Hosseini, Kathryn Stockett, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Ken Follett.

For more information, please contact

Beth Lockley
VP, Marketing & Publicity
Penguin Canada

Stephen Myers
Marketing and Publicity Manager, Hamish Hamilton
Penguin Canada