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FEATURED READERS NOVEMBER  2013

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Friday, November 29, 2013

HOW TO EXPECT WHAT YOU'RE NOT EXPECTING:
Stories of Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Loss

Join us for the launch of this anthology. Featured readers are Cathy Stonehouse, Fiona Lam, Janet Baker and Yvonne Blomer.

One size fits all does not apply to pregnancy and childbirth. Each one is different, unique, and comes with its share of pleasure and pain. But how does one prepare for an unexpected loss of a pregnancy or hoped-for baby? In How to Expect What You're Not Expecting, writers share their true stories of miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility, and other, related losses. This literary anthology picks up where some pregnancy books end and offers diverse, honest, and moving essays that can prepare and guide women and their families for when the unforeseen happens. 

See more at Touchwood Editions.

 Elizabeth Bachinsky (photo: David Ellingsen)

Elizabeth Bachinsky (photo: David Ellingsen)

Friday, November 1, 2013

ELIZABETH
BACHINSKY
& MALEEA ACKER

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of five collections of poetry: Curio, Home of Sudden Service, God of Missed Connections, I Don't Feel So Good and The Hottest Summer in Recorded History (Nightwood Editions, 2013). Her poetry
has been nominated for awards including the Pat Lowther Award, The Kobzar Literary Award, The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, the Governor General's Award for Poetry and the Bronwen Wallace Award, and has appeared in literary journals, anthologies and on film around the world. She lives in Vancouver where she is an instructor of creative writing and the Editor of EVENT magazine.

 Maleea Acker

Maleea Acker

Maleea Acker is the author of The Reflecting Pool, with Pedlar Press (poetry), and Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast, with New Star Books (non-fiction). Her second book of poetry, Air-Proof Green, will appear with Pedlar this Fall. Her poetry and interviews have also been published in journals such as Fiddlehead, Other Poetry, The Malahat Review, Prism International, Descant, Event, Ascent and the anthologies Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2008, Rocksalt, Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press, 2013), Force Field (Mother Tongue Press, 2013) and the forthcoming I Found it at the Movies (Guernica Editions, 2014). Maleea holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Victoria. She works as a writing instructor, freelance writer and for the non-profit, Veterinarians without Borders. She lives on Vancouver island.

  day moon rising  by Terry Ann Carter

day moon rising by Terry Ann Carter

Friday, November 8, 2013

TERRY ANN CARTER & CATHERINE GREENWOOD

Terry Ann Carter recently moved from  Ottawa to Victoria. She is the author of four books of poetry: day moon rising, Waiting for Julia, Transplanted, and A Crazy Man Thinks He’s Ernest in Paris, which was nominated for the Archibald Lampman Award. She is a member of the Canadian League of Poets, The Canadian Authors association, Haiku Canada, and the Haiku Society of America. She has also performed extensive volunteer work, serving as the Canadian chair of Tabitha, an organization providing aid to the impoverished people of Cambodia.

day moon rising has been nominated for the Acorn-Plantos Award.  Read more at Black Moss Press.

 Catherine Greenwood

Catherine Greenwood

Catherine Greenwood reads from The Lost Letters. Find out more at brickbooks.ca

Catherine Greenwood’s poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies; her first book, The Pearl King and Other Poems (Brick Books, 2004), was a Kiriyama Prize notable book. She works for British Columbia’s Ministry of Justice in Victoria, where she lives with her husband, the writer Steve Noyes.

The Lost Letters creates a world of wonder tinged with sadness on behalf of so much that goes unnoticed, whether it’s a bin of severed sows’ ears, a lizard tethered by its tail who severs it by self-amputation, or a down-and-out old schoolmate.
“…at her best like Elizabeth Bishop on caffeine.”—Marilyn Bowering

 Marilyn Bowering

Marilyn Bowering

Friday, November 15, 2013

MARILYN BOWERING
& DENNIS E. BOLEN

Marilyn Bowering is a Canadian poet, novelist and playwright. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, grew up in Victoria, BC, and currently lives in Sooke, BC. Marilyn Bowering is married and has one daughter. Her most recent collection of poems is Soul Mouth (Exile Editions, 2012).

 Dennis E. Bolen

Dennis E. Bolen

Dennis E. Bolen has led the literary life since his late teens, experimenting with poetry in high school before taking two university degrees in creative writing. He published seven books of fiction with three different publishers over a career that saw him work as editor for sub-TERRAIN magazine, part-time editorial writer for the Vancouver Sun, and freelance literature critic for several publications. Over the years Mr. Bolen has
sat on the executive of the Canadian Authors Association and assisted with the annual Summer Dreams literary festival. His return to poetry, the largely autobiographical collection Black Liquor, was published by Caitlin Press in September 2013.

 Wendy Morton (photo: Rhonda Ganz) 

Wendy Morton (photo: Rhonda Ganz) 

Friday, November 22, 2013

WENDY MORTON & SANDRA LYNN LYNXLEG

Wendy Morton believes that poetry is the shortest distance between hearts. For the past four years she has focused on the books of poetry in the Elder Project, connecting Aboriginal youth with their Elders. She has five books of poetry, and a memoir, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, in which her adventures as a corporate-sponsored poet are revealed. She is the founder of Canada’s Random Acts of Poetry project, and was the recipient of the 2012 Colleen Thibaudeau Outstanding Contribution Award from the League of Canadian Poets, the 2010 Spirit Bear Award. Wendy lives in Sooke, BC, where she spent 30 years as an insurance investigator. Learn more about her here.

 

 Sandra Lynxleg

Sandra Lynxleg

Sandra Lynn Lynxleg was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1961. She is a status member of the Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve No. 4 in Manitoba. Her father is of Scottish-Irish heritage and her mother is Saulteaux (Ojibwe-Cree). She is thrilled to launch her first book of poetry, Glass Beads, published by Black Moss Press in November 2013. She currently resides and works in Vernon, BC for School District 22 (Vernon) as a District Principal, Aboriginal Education. Sandra holds a UBC B.Ed. degree through UBC’s Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP) and a UBC MFA, Creative Writing. Sandra has been published in Fiddlehead, Leaf Press, Our Canada Magazine, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, and Ricepaper Magazine.  Her work was anthologized in Force Field – 77 Women Poets of BC, published by Mother Tongue Publishing.