This is a reminder of "Like Light Off Water," a free reading/performance by Daphne Marlatt, Robert Minden and Carla Hallett on Thursday, October 29th at 8 pm in University College 224 (Conron Hall), University of Western Ontario. Reception follows.
All are welcome!
Open to youth, 14-18 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2010
Entry Fee: Free for members, $5 non-members
Prizes: 1st - $100, 2nd - $50, 3rd - $25
THE RICHARDS PRIZE - $500
For a collection of short stories, a short novel, or a substantial portion of a longer novel (not to exceed 30,000 words). Work must be unpublished although some individual stories may have been previously published.
Manuscript Entry Fee: $35
THE ALFRED G. BAILEY PRIZE - $500
For poetry manuscripts not previously published, in whole or in part, in book/chapbook form (individual poems published or accepted for publication in periodicals may be included).
Length - at least 48 pages. Manuscript Entry Fee: $35
“Just give me one more day,”
he says. “I will eat a tiny piece of bread,
maybe stare out the window.
Yeah, I will lie in this unmade bed,
this one more day. It’s not
like I have big plans.
“I’ll rub my chin, won’t shave.
Look how thin my fingers
have become. Just one more day
to think of her, the way
she turned to look at that heron
swooping over the water.
And then cram me into the earth.
“The way she turned
and what she wore,
and the thing she said. I don’t
remember the thing she said.”
It is Thursday.
He gazes at the ceiling,
feels the mattress against
his limbs. This is what it is like
to feel the mattress against his limbs.
He sees the crack in the ceiling
he’d meant to caulk. He sees
a crow fly by his window,
hears a car horn below.
“Just Friday,” he says.
Calling all students! Arc is searching for the brightest and most insightful poet minds in the country. Send us your “How Poems Work” essays and win a subscription to Arc, publication online, and mentorship with our Poet-in-Residence. The judging will be done by Arc's own 'How Poems Work' Editor, Chris Jennings
What You Do:
Check out the How Poems Work webzine
If you have a chance, pick up the Arc Poetry Annual 2009, which contains the Best of How Poems Work 2003-2008
Choose a Canadian Poem about which you would like to write a How Poems Work essay
Write a maximum 500-word essay deconstructing a published poem by a Canadian poet, including publication information regarding the poem (in case we need to seek reprint permission later)
In order to be eligible for consideration submissions cannot be published or be under consideration for publication.
Submit your entry on-line through our submission manager (please do not email your submission)
THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE REQUIRED FOR THIS CONTEST
What We Do:
Judge the entries and select a winning essay from each province.
Publish each provincial winner in the How Poems Work webzine.
Give each provincial winner a free, one-year subscription to Arc.
Select a national winner to contribute two new How Poems Work essays for publication in Arc’s print magazine (for which you will be paid) and also the opportunity to participate in an online mentorship with Arc’s Poet in Residence for 2009-2010, Elise Patridge.
Jan Horner was born in Galt, now Cambridge, Ontario, and moved to Winnipeg in 1963. Mama Dada: Songs of the Baroness’s Dog is her 3rd book of poetry. She won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the YearAward in 1989 for Recent Mistakes (Turnstone Press),and was a finalist for same award in 1999 for her second book Elizabeth Went West (also Turnstone Press).
She has a B.A. Hon (English) and M.A. (English) from the U. of Manitoba, where she wrote a thesis was on Ursula K. LeGuin. She works as a librarian at the U. of Manitoba where she is presently Acting Associate Director, Collections, and has an M.L.S. (Master of Library Science) from the U. of Toronto. She was a member of the editorial collective of CV2 magazine (with Di Brandt, Pamela Banting & Jane Casey) from 1984-1990. She has served on the boards of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the League of Canadian Poets. She was writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario in 2001/2002 (jointly sponsored by the University of Western Ontario & the Canada Council) during which time she worked on Mama Dada.
Workshop & Reading Sponsored by Poetry London
Wednesday October 21, 2009
All Events at Fred Landon Branch Library
London Public Library
167 Wortley Road
Wed. Oct. 21, 2009
George McWhirter is Vancouver’s first Poet Laureate. McWhirter’s Catalan Poems (Oberon, 1971) won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Ovid in Saskatchewan, the 1998 League of Canadian Poets’ Chapbook Competition. He was editor and principal translator of José Emilio Pacheco: Selected Poems (New Directions), which won the 1987 F.R. Scott Translation Prize. His latest poetry books are The Incorrection (Oolichan Books, 2007) and The Anachronicles (Ronsdale Press, 2008), as well as a book of translation, Los poemas solares/The Solar Poems by Homero Aridjis, coming out from City Lights in San Francisco in 2009. A Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia, he was awarded the Killam Prize for Teaching, 1998; the first UBC Killam Award for Mentoring, 2004; and the Sam Black Award for Service to Creative and Performing Arts in 2005.
Wed. Oct. 21, 2009
Sue Sinclair has published four books of poems, the latest of which is Breaker (Brick Books, 2008). Her first poetry collection, Secrets of Weather & Hope (Brick Books, 2001) was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, and her second, Mortal Arguments (Brick Books, 2003), was a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. The Drunken Lovely Bird (Goose Lane, 2005) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and winner of the American Independent Publishers Association Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Canadian Literature, Grain, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, and in anthologies such as Coastlines and Breathing Fire II. Sue is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Toronto.
Poetry Is Dead Magazine is looking for submissions for its premier issue. We are looking for Canadian poets with a style for the current, relevant, topical, political, smart, hilarious and brilliant. Exactly in that order. Please submit by following the guidelines on the "About" page.
London poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp presents her eclectic literary show of readings, interviews and writing practices, Gathering Voices. Penn is the James A. and Marjorie Spenceley / Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at Western for 2009-10. If you're in the London area, come visit with your writing. For more information, contact the Secretary of the English Department at 519-661-3403, firstname.lastname@example.org.
See also the Writer-in-Residence website