Saturday, January 9, 2016

Announcing our programs for January and February 2016


Our February readers: Janet Kvammen & Candice James

Thursday Feb 11, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. Wings Pub & Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby
 
A Burnaby Writers’ Society workshop session begins at 7 p.m. followed by the Spoken INK  readings at 8 p.m. 

Candice James, Poet Laureate (2010 – 2016) City of New Westminster, is a poet, writer, musician, singer, songwriter and visual artist. She is the author of poetry books, A Split In The Water -Fiddlehead Poetry Books 1979; Inner Heart – A Journey (2010); Bridges And Clouds (2011); Midnight Embers– A Book Of Sonnets (2012); Shorelines (2013); and Ekphrasticism – Painted Words (2014).

Candice is Poet Laureate of the City  of New Westminster; President of The Royal City Literary Arts Society; a full member of The League of Canadian Poets; Board Advisor The International Muse (India); Board Advisor Federation of BC Writers; Honorary Professor at the International Arts Academy (Greece); Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers; Past Director of SpoCan; Past President of Slam Central; creator of the long running events “Poetic Justice” and “Poetry in the Park”. She is the recipient of “Writers International Network’s Distinguished Poet Award 2013” and recipient of the Pentasi B “Woman of Prestige Award 2013” (Philippines). 

www.candicejames.com http://saddlestone.shawwebspace.ca
http://candicejames.shawwebspace.ca  www.youtube/saddlestone11
 
Janet Kvammen is a photographer, artist and book cover designer among other things; she is a poet of many passions who writes about her love of nature and the nature of love. Thinking she would never be published she has somehow ended up in multiple anthologies and hopes to get her own book out someday. The recipient of a Writer’s International Network 2012 Distinguished Poet and Artist Award, Janet has been a featured poet and host at various literary events including “Poetic Justice”, “Poetry in the Park”, “World Poetry” and more. Vice-President of the Royal City Literary Arts Society, she is also the editor/designer of their E-zine, Wordplay at Work. Check out her creative endeavours & more on the Facebook page, PlanetJanet Creations.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/PlanetJanet-Creations

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers' Society on the second
Thursday of each month (except July and August). For more information, contact bwscafe@gmail.com
 

Our January guest readers: Chelsea Comeau & Sheila Rosen



 Spoken INK welcomes poets Chelsea Comeau and Sheila Rosen at 8:00 p.m., Thursday January 14th, at our new location, Wings Pub and Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby (NW side of Kingsway @ Griffiths Drive).

Chelsea Comeau is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Quills and CV2. In 2011, Amber Tamblyn chose her piece as the winning entry in the BUST magazine poetry contest. In 2014 Chelsea attended Writing with Style at the Banff Centre with Lorna Crozier, and in 2015 she won the Canadian prize in the Leaf Press Overleaf chapbook contest.

Sheila Rosen is a Burnaby poet. In her book, Silence, The Breaking of It, she explores a vibrant childhood among the interned Japanese in small town BC, young love and loss, and a vision of the larger world that is both spiritual and deeply human. Sheila feels fortunate to have been encouraged in her writing by Burnaby Writers Society and Regent College, and by many fellow poets.

Be sure to join us at Wings Pub and Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby! (In the covered, heated patio – enter through the pub.)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Our December meeting & Spoken INK readings


Now that we’re settled into our new meeting place at Wings on Kingsway, our 2015 Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers will be held on our regular meeting night, Thursday, December 10, starting early at 6:45 p.m. The AGM will be followed by a short workshop session and/or sharing of seasonal writings, with readings by our special guests beginning at 8.m.

We’re pleased to announce that our December guests readers are poets Raoul Fernandes and Bren Simmers.

Our new venue: Wings Pub & Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby (NW side of Kingsway @ Griffiths Drive). We’re in the covered (and heated) patio – entry through the pub.

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.



Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Our Spoken INK special guests November and December



Our Spoken INK Special Guests : Thursday, November 12
Bonnie Nish & Ali Denno

At our new venue: Wings Pub &; Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

A regular workshop session starting at 7 p.m. will be followed by the Spoken INK  reading at 8 p.m. 
Info: bwscafe@gmail.com

Bonnie Nish is Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society. Published worldwide, Bonnie’s first book of poetry Love and Bones was released by Karma Press in 2013. Bonnie has a Masters in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University. In 2015 she was nominated for the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture. Bonnie will be returning to her PhD work in the near future.  
http://bonnienishexpressivearts.ca/index.html


Ali Denno is an aspiring poet who has been published on several online journals showcasing new writers. Her main focus is on mixing poetry and short film together and is working on her first short film script. She is currently studying Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.







Our Spoken INK Special Guests: December 10
Raoul Fernandes & Bren Simmers


At our new venue: Wings Pub & Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
A regular workshop session starting at 7 p.m. will be followed by the Spoken INK reading at 8 p.m. Info: bwscafe@gmail.com




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.





BURNABY WRITERS’ SOCIETY
6584 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby B.C. V5G 3T7

Monday, November 2, 2015

OUR Spoken INK Special Guests




Thursday, November 12
Bonnie Nish & Ali Denno

Thursday, December 10
Raoul Fernandes & Bren Simmers

At our new venue: Wings Pub & Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

A regular workshop session starting at 7 p.m. will be followed by the Spoken INK reading at 8 p.m.

Info: bwscafe@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

BWS is excited to present our upcoming workshop

Whittle the Bones: Editing Workshop
With Chelsea Comeau

Burnaby Writers' Society invites you to a special workshop on Monday, October 26, at 7 p.m. Please join us at the Tommy Douglas Library in Burnaby when Chelsea Comeau shares her editing expertise. Chelsea is an accomplished writer who will lead participants to learn new editing skills and present their work for feedback. Those who wish to attend with prose please limit it to one page double-spaced.

 This will be a creative and informative workshop that will help any writer look at their work in new ways with an experienced facilitator. The workshop is free to BWS members, and $5 for non-members. We hope to see you there.

 Chelsea Comeau is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Quills and CV2.  In 2011, Amber Tamblyn chose her piece as the winning entry in the BUST magazine poetry contest. In 2014 Chelsea attended Writing with Style at the Banff Centre with Lorna Crozier, and in 2015 she won the Canadian prize in the Leaf Press Overleaf chapbook contest.

Monday, October 26    7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

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.