Friday, June 5, 2015

Recent News from our Members

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)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Workshop meetings Winter & Spring 2015

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Studio 104, 7:30 p.m.  February 12; March 12; April 9; May 14; June 11

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Latest members' news

Mary E. Choo’s story, "That Brightness," will appear in the anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick, to be launched in Canada by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing in April, 2015.

Sophie, in Shadow by Eileen Kernaghan is shortlisted for the 2015 BC Book Prizes Sheila A. Egoff award.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Our forthcoming guest speakers at Spoken INK

 FEBRUARY 17 : Mystery writer DEBRA PURDY KONG

Debra has a diploma in criminology and has worked in security as a patrol and communications officer. She is the author of Alex Bellamy mysteries: Taxed to Death (1995) and Fatal Encryption (2008). The Opposite of Dark, (available from Touchwood Editions March 2011) is the first in a series featuring transit security officer, Casey Holland. Debra’s 4th Casey Holland mystery, THE DEEP END, is now available through bookstores, Amazon, and Kobo. Debra has also published over one hundred short stories, essays, and articles in publications that include Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, Dandelion, NeWest Review, The Vancouver Sun, and several anthologies.

Forthcoming at Spoken INK: March 17: Elaine Woo; April 21: Niki Koulouris; May 20: Kayla Czaga; June 16: TBA

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

JANUARY 20: Pam Galloway and Susan McCaslin

PAM GALLOWAY’S upcoming book, Passing Stranger is a memoir in poetry covering the years of her long marriage, the desire for children, issues of fertility and infertility, pregnancy and loss, motherhood ultimately achieved and eventually a divorce. Its themes will speak to all women who have experienced the joys and the tribulations of married life and motherhood in all their complexities. The interweaving of its story of divorce after many years of marriage reflects a new reality for many women of middle and past middle-age. Pam’s first book of poetry, Parallel Lines, was published in 2006. She collaborated with four other poets on the book Quintet: Themes and Variations (Ekstasis Editions, 1998). Her poems have also been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies and twice on the website of the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Pam lives in Vancouver. She recently participated in the successful Han Shan Poetry Project (initiated by her Inanna partner, author Susan McCaslin) to save an endangered rainforest in Langley, BC.
Photo: Patrick Jandak

SUSAN MCCASLIN’S upcoming spiritual autobiography, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna Press, Oct. 2014) is a mixed-genre work of creative non-fiction and poetry that explores the poet’s apprenticeship with an elderly mystic who lived in Port Moody, B.C. Olga Park shared with Susan her profound interior experiences and contemplative practices during sixteen of the author’s most formative years (age 21-37). The book centres on the relationship of seeker to teacher and its continuing legacy. Susan is nourished by wilderness and by the world’s global mystics and contemplatives of various spiritual traditions.

Susan is also the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including The Disarmed Heart (The St. Thomas Poetry Series, Toronto, (May 2014), poems on the roots of violence and of peace-making. Her previous volume, Demeter Goes Skydiving (2012) was short-listed for the BC Book Prize (Dorothy Livesay Award) and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award) in 2012.

Living in Fort Langley, British Columbia with her husband, she recently initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project as part of a successful campaign to protect an endangered rainforest along the Fraser River in British Columbia.