Thursday, October 1, 2015

We're moving!

Important update: For those who don't receive our newsletter and our e-reminder, we are currently looking for a new Spoken INK venue due to LaFontana caffe closing evenings.  We have had to cancel the September Spoken INK and have re-scheduled the features for November. We will be announcing our new venue soon, stay tuned for more information for October!

The  BWS is also in the process of changing meeting venues, so our fall workshop meetings will begin in October. Please watch this space for an update on time and place.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Canada Korea Literary Festival. 
The theme this year is French in Burnaby
Saturday, September 19   3:00pm to 5:00pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Ave Burnaby)
♣ French Poetry Recital, Singing, Dancing 

Free admission

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Forthcoming this fall at Spoken INK


Raoul Fernandes has been writing poetry since childhood, and is involved in both online and offline writing communities. He completed the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University in 2009. He was a finalist for the 2010 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and winner of the 2010 Sakura Award at the Vancouver International Cherry Blossom Festival. His poem “After Lydia” was recently adapted into a short film. He lives and writes in Vancouver, BC.

Bren Simmers is the author of one previous book of poetry, Night Gears (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010). She is the winner of an Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Award, was a finalist for The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize and has been twice longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan, 2013). She currently lives in Squamish, BC.

8 p.m. 3rd Tuesdays; 7:30 open mic sign-up,   Free admission
Watch this space for an announcement of our new Spoken INK venue, or e-mail 

Forthcoming October 20 at Spoken INK

Candice James, New Westminster’s Poet Laureate. Candice is the author of 4 poetry books, A Split in the Water (Fiddlehead 1979); Inner Heart – A Journey ( Silver Bow Publishing 2010) Bridges and Clouds ( Silver Bow Publishing 2011) and Midnight Embers, a book of Sonnets (Libros Libertad Publishing 2012 ).

Janet Kvammen is a versatile artist who expresses her art in poetry, graphic design and photography. In the span of the last one year, Janet has developed all three art forms with such passion that she was selected for the Writer’s International Network (WIN) 2012 Distinguished Poet and Artist Award.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Recent News from our Members

Congratulations to Dorothy Stott, whose fourth chapbook, Brevity (Beret Days Press) has been published by the Ontario Poetry Society.

John Joyce’s article “The Rolling Stones played at our School Dance” has been published in This England magazine. John says, “My article reviews the early discography of the Rolling Stones plus the social setting of that era. There is always interest in this band that is now on tour.”

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our May and June Spoken INK guest readers

May 19th

Kayla Czaga grew up in Kitimat and now lives in Vancouver, BC, where she recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Her poetry, nonfiction and fiction has been published in The Walrus, Best Canadian Poetry 2013, Room Magazine, Event and The Antigonish Review, among others. Kayla’s first collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions) was shortlisted for the 2015 BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize). From the BC Book Prizes Program: The irrepressible energy of the poems in For Your Safety Please Hold On, paired with their complex balancing act between light and dark, humour and melancholy, innocence and danger, make this collection an extraordinary first offering.

June 16th

Melia McClure's debut novel, The Delphi Room, was released by ChiZine Publications in September 2013, and she has adapted it for the stage and screen. Her fiction has appeared in The Danforth Review and been short-listed in the CBC National Literary Awards. She is also an editor of Meditation & Health magazine, which is distributed in multiple locations in the United States and Canada, as well as in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Melia grew up dancing and acting, and in addition to working extensively as a writer and an editor, she has appeared on film, television and stage and has performed at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is a graduate of The Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University.

8 p.m. 3rd Tuesdays (7:30 open mic sign-up)
La Fontana Caffe, 101-3701 East Hastings Street @ Boundary Rd

Friday, May 1, 2015

Burnaby Writers' Society has made the tough decision to put our yearly contest on hold for 2015. We would like to make some changes to our process and hope to implement these in 2016. Our appreciation to all those who have entered in the past; we look forward to hearing new work in the years to come. We continue to provide a space for established and emerging writers to come and share their work at our monthly meetings on the second Thursday of the month at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Keep writing!

Lara Varesi, President

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Our March and April Guests at Spoken INK

MARCH 17th: ELAINE WOO is the author of  Cycling with the Dragon, published by Nightwood Editions in fall 2014. She is listed for a George Ryga Award for Social Awareness and a contributor to Shy: an Anthology, which won a silver medal IPPY (Independent Book Publishers) award in 2014. Her art song collaboration with composer Daniel Marshall won a Boston Metro Opera Festival prize in 2013. Elaine contributed to V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2012. In the course of writing her book she has grown into a purposeful mouse with some learned dragon traits.

APRIL 21st - NIKI KOULOURIS  was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her poetry and prose has appeared in The Cortland Review, Space, Metro Magazine, Subtext Magazine and The Age. A beer enthusiast, she has been known to start spontaneous lists on napkins of her top India Pale Ales. Niki lives in Toronto. Shortlisted for the 2014 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and the ReLit Award, The sea with no one in it is her first book.

8 p.m. 3rd Tuesdays (7:30 open mic sign-up)
La Fontana Caffe, 101-3701 East Hastings Street @ Boundary Rd

Forthcoming readers: May 19th - Kayla Czaga; June 16th - Melia McClure (rescheduled from December)