Thursday, December 29, 2011

Apropos Appropriation by Randy Kennedy

Apropos Appropriation by Randy Kennedy

ONE recent afternoon in the offices of the Midtown law firm run by David Boies and his powerful litigation partners, a large black clamshell box sat on a conference table. Inside were raucous, sometimes wildly funny collages of photographs and magazine pages handmade by the artist Richard Prince, works of art that have become the ur-texts of one of the most closely watched copyright cases ever to rattle the world of fine art.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reading Traffic Reports to Obama by Brian Joseph Davis

If writing and the avant-garde have a node point in 2011, it's poet and critic Kenneth Goldsmith. Over the last two decades he has popularized techniques of appropriation through his books Traffic (culled from traffic reports) and Day (one entire issue of the New York Times retyped)...Continue Reading

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Service: HTML GIANT

Sunday Service: Bookstore by Kathryn Mockler


The bookstore was on top of another store
at the corner of a busy street. I walked up the stairs
and was met by God, a middle-aged women
with blonde hair and glasses. God told me to take

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Robert Hass (former poet laureate of the United States) gets beaten at Occupy Berkeley!

Poet-Bashing Police 


Saturday, November 5, 2011

ONION MAN'S Toronto Book Launch November 17, 2011 @ 7:00pm

Tightrope's Triple Fall Launch!
 Tightrope proudly invites you to the launch of three exciting books: PRICK by Ashley Little, ONION MAN by Kathryn Mockler and HOW TO GET A GIRL PREGNANT by Karleen Pendleton Jimenez
Triple Launch Facebook Event Page
When: Thursday, November 17th at 6pm
Where: Slack's Restaurant
562 Church St
Toronto, ON
Readings will begin at 7pm. There will be free snacks and door prizes. Singer/Songwriter entertainment at 8:30pm.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

TABLE MUSIC: Ted Kooser on Too Many Poets

TABLE MUSIC: Ted Kooser on Too Many Poets: "A noted contemporary poet and critic has said we ought to keep poetry a secret from the masses. Another, the editor of a prestigious anthol...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Toronto Review of Books

From The Toronto Review of Books

An online quarterly, The Toronto Review of Books covers print and e-books, but also anything else that intrigues our writers. We’ll review websites, art, policy, cloud formations, and everything in between. Books are our inspiration, not our limit.

Our blog, Chirograph, will post updates on Toronto’s exploits. From closet dramas in community centres to outdoor film screenings, from literary festivals to illustration shows, from street parties to opera, Chirograph will be a hub for quick reports on culture of all kinds. Hosted by CBC Radio’s David Michael Lamb, our podcast will bring listeners Toronto talks and panels, our authors reading their TRB articles, and our own speakers series, City WIDEN (Workshops for Interest, Discussion, Exchange, & Novelty).
The TRB aims to combine the miscellany of blogging with the editorial rigour of traditional print media, while embracing both books on paper and new media. We’ve built the website to be a platform for ideas, and perspectives. We’re looking to collaborate, so let us know what you’d like to read about, and what you’d like to write, draw, film, design, or generally articulate.

Monday, September 19, 2011

How to be a good creative writing student: Guest Post by Kevin Chong

If you’re in a creative writing class, you will likely find yourself in a conversation with someone who insists that “writing cannot be taught.” Don’t argue with that person. Don’t talk about Gertrude Stein tutoring Hemingway in Paris, or name the many writers who come from these programs who don’t fit any set mould.

The best thing to do would be to nod agreeably. This person can’t be helped; they live in another reality. In 2011, “Can creative writing can be taught?” is a question that’s about as relevant as “Is nuclear proliferation the best way to peaceably resolve the Cold War?” or “Should I own a refrigerator?” It would be harder for anyone seeking to publish literary writing to avoid a writing workshop than to attend a class run by a university, college, or arts centre.
With this in mind, the question should be “how can I be the best creative writing student I can be?” Well, it depends. Here is some contradictory advice:

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Long Story Short: "Highway" a poem by Laura Lush

A Long Story Short: "Highway" a poem by Laura Lush: A long time ago, when I was going through a particularly difficult time, someone told me, “You need to be one with the road.” When she sai...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It’s writers v. professors in the latest war of words

An interesting Globe and Mail article about the copyright debate: It’s writers v. professors in the latest war of words by KATE TAYLOR  

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

Saturday, September 3, 2011

In Eden by David Ferry

From Of no country I know: new and selected poems and translations By David Ferry

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing [Paperback] Craig Dworkin (Editor), Kenneth Goldsmith (Editor)

Read the Introductory Essays

Excerpt from Northwestern University Press:

In much the same way that photography forced painting to move in new directions, the advent of the World Wide Web, with its proliferation of easily transferable and manipulated text, forces us to think about writing, creativity, and the materiality of language in new ways. In Against Expression, editors Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith present the most innovative works responding to the challenges posed by these developments. Charles Bernstein has described conceptual poetry as “poetry pregnant with thought.” Against Expression, the premier anthology of conceptual writing, presents work that is by turns thoughtful, funny, provocative, and disturbing. Dworkin and Goldsmith, two of the leading spokespersons and practitioners of conceptual writing, chart the trajectory of the conceptual aesthetic from early precursors including Samuel Beckett and Marcel Duchamp to the most prominent of today’s writers. Nearly all of the major avant-garde groups of the past century are represented here, including Dada, OuLiPo, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, and Flarf to name just a few, but all the writers are united in their imaginative appropriation of found and generated texts and their exploration of nonexpressive language. Against Expression is a timely collection and an invaluable resource for readers and writers alike.

Authors include: Monica AASPRONG, Walter ABISH, Vito ACCONCI, Kathy ACKER, Sally ALATALO, Paal Bjelke ANDERSEN, David ANTIN, Louis ARAGON, Nathan AUSTIN, J. G. BALLARD, Fiona BANNER, Derek BEAULIEU, Samuel BECKETT, Caroline BERGVALL, Charles BERNSTEIN, Ted BERRIGAN, Jen BERVIN, Gregory BETTS, Christian BÖK, Marie BUCK, William S. BURROUGHS, David BUUCK, John CAGE, Blaise CENDRARS, Thomas CLABURN, Elisabeth CLARK, Claude CLOSKY, Clark COOLIDGE, Hart CRANE, Brian Joseph DAVIS, Katie DEGENTESH, Mónica DE LA TORRE, Denis DIDEROT, Marcel DUCHAMP, Craig DWORKIN, Laura ELRICK, Dan FARRELL, Gerald FERGUSON, Robert FITTERMAN, Lawrence GIFFIN, Peter GIZZI, Judith GOLDMAN, Kenneth GOLDSMITH, Nada GORDON, Noah Eli GORDON, Michael GOTTLIEB, Dan GRAHAM, Michelle GRANGAUD, Brion GYSIN, Michael HARVEY, H. L HIX, Yunte HUANG, Douglas HUEBLER, Peter JAEGER, Emma KAY, Bill KENNEDY and Darren WERSHLER, Michael KLAUKE, Christopher KNOWLES, Joseph KOSUTH, Leevi LEHTO, Tan LIN, Dana Teen LOMAX, Trisha LOW, Rory MACBETH, Jackson MAC LOW, Stéphane MALLARMÉ, Donato MANCINI, Peter MANSON, Shigeru MATSUI, Bernadette MAYER, Steve MCCAFFERY, Stephen MCLAUGHLIN and Jim CARPENTER, David MELNICK, Richard MELTZER, Christof MIGONE, Tomoko MINAMI, K. Silem MOHAMMAD, Simon MORRIS, Yedda MORRISON, Harryette MULLEN, Alexandra NEMEROV, C. K. OGDEN, Tom ORANGE, PARASITIC VENTURES, George PEREC, M. NourbeSe PHILIP, Vanessa PLACE, Bern PORTER, Raymond QUENEAU, Claudia RANKINE, Ariana REINES, Charles REZNIKOFF, Deborah RICHARDS, Kim ROSENFIELD, Raymond ROUSSEL, Aram SAROYAN, Ara SHIRINYAN, Ron SILLIMAN, Juliana SPAHR, Brin Kim STEFANS, Gary SULLIVAN, Nick THURSTON, Rodrigo TOSCANO, Tristan TZARA, Andy WARHOL, Darren WERSHLER, Christine WERTHEIM, WIENER GRUPPE William Butler YEATS, Steven ZULTANSKI, Vladimir ZYKOV

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Multiplatform Resources

On May 27, 2011, I was a panelist at Writers' Union of Canada OnWords Conference. I've included a description of the panel below and links to resources on this topic.

Next Generation Genres: Writing at the Edge - Panel Description
New platforms change how narratives are written. No longer the lone artist struggling in solitude, the literary creator becomes a collaborator working with other creators in different media, or a co-creator with readers who are invited to change the narrative. The panel will address who creates, who curates, funds and supports and who disseminates these narratives. Moderated by author and first-vice chair Greg Hollingshead. Panelists are Alex Jansen from Pop Sandbox, a producer of innovative storytelling across platforms; Kathryn Mockler who writes poetry, fiction, and screenplays, and collaborates with artist, David Poolman, on experimental film and videos; and Caitlin Fisher who holds the Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture at York University. Sponsored by Cormorant Books and the University of Guelph's Creative Writing MFA.

The Multiplatform Environment: Resources

Further Reading
The Digital Flood: You'd Better Start Swimming' or You'll Sink Like a Stone by Kenneth Goldsmith, American poet and founding editor of On the Poetry Foundation's blog, Harriet, Goldsmith responds to Stephen Burt's post on drowning on digital deluge by arguing that we will never write the same way again.
Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy By Lawrence Lessig (Penguin Press HC) The author of Free Culture shows how we harm our children--and almost anyone who creates, enjoys, or sells any art form--with a restrictive copyright system driven by corporate interests. Lessig reveals the solutions to this impasse offered by a collaborative yet profitable "hybrid economy".
Stacked Podcast The Art of Immersion by Frank Rose: A discussion on how technology is changing storytelling (and in particular publishing).
The Tiny Book of Stories This first-edition of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is a 64-page hardback tiny book. Featuring 31 favorite tiny stories and illustrations by 45 writers and artists from the 2,312 contributions to wirrow's endlessly popular Tiny Stories collaboration; plus a special introductory interview by RegularJOE & wirrow.  
Transmedia Across Disciplines at National Association of Broadcasters Leaders in the field of transmedia storytelling converged at the National Association of Broadcasters Show to discuss its potential for engaging audiences as well as best practices for the creation process. Moderated by USC’s Henry Jenkins, the academic who initially popularized the term, the panel featured experienced producers in the film, television and videogaming industries.

Artist Projects
Darren Wershler and Bill Kennedy's Status Update Project
Christine Leclerc's Enpipe Line collaborative protest poem
Madeleine Thien's website for Dogs at the Perimeter
Vanessa Place's Statement of Facts

Connecting with Other Writers
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors.
American Zoetrope In March of 1998 Francis Coppola launched a website where writers could submit their short stories to his magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story. A community of writers quickly formed around the website. It became so popular so quickly that a few months later he created sites for novellas and screenplays. The Virtual Studio, which launched in June 2000, brings together the original sites as departments, plus includes new departments for other creative endeavors. Members can workshop a wide-range of film arts, including music, graphics, design, and film and video, as well as access some of the best e-collaboration tools. This site is the culmination of more than four years of work.

Connecting with Other Readers
Goodreads allows you to get recommendations of books and authors from people you know.
Library Thing is a book sharing site.

Online Archive Sites
UbuWeb the online avant-garde archive founded in 1996 by Kenneth Goldsmith.
Internet Archive offers permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Creative Commons provide individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to keep their copyright while allowing certain uses of their work — a “some rights reserved” approach to copyright — which makes their creative, educational, and scientific content instantly more compatible with the full potential of the internet.

Contemporary Literary Journals (Online or Multiplatform)
At Length is a venue for ambitious, in-depth writing, music, photography, and art that are open to possibilities shorter forms preclude.
CellStories is mobile-only storytelling.
DIAGRAM is an electronic journal of text and art.
Electric Literature's mission is to use new media and innovative distribution to return the short story to a place of prominence in popular culture. EL is quarterly anthology of five top-notch short stories, delivered in every viable medium.
La Petite Zine is an online journal, founded in 1999, that publishes poetry and short prose 1000 words or less.
The Adavist is a boutique publishing house producing original nonfiction stories for digital, mobile reading devices. 
Thought Catalog A digital mag for culture. A catalog of thought.
See left panel for a list of more journals on this blog.

Publishing Platforms
Lulu allows users to publish, design, and promote their own books.
Simple Note allows users to keep their notes and writing on their computer, mobile device, and the Web and to share or publish.
Muumuu House (est. 2008) is a publisher of poetry, fiction, Twitter selections, Gmail chats online and in print. Content is published online every 2 to 30 days. Books are published every .2 to 6 years and made available in the store. 

Collaborative Creative Platforms
Neovella allows users to write stories with multiple authors. allows users to collaborate in a variety of mediums (audio, text, video, image)
Massify filmmakers platform
JuntoBox Films filming and funding platform 
Kickstarter film funding platform
IndieGoGo film funding platform

Amazon Sales Rank Tracking Sites
Novelrank (no account required)


Friday, May 6, 2011


Collecters Bill Kennedy and Darren Wershler have constructed a book of poetry by creating a web-surfing robot that explores the net and pilfers facebook status updates which it then attributes to the accounts of dead poets. Update merges computer geekdom with poetry specialization. Bibliophile Priscila Uppal is in to share her thoughts on the collection.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 is an online public archive of the works of bpNichol and his collaborators. Here you will find audio, digitized print materials, photographs, links and eventually video, critical articles and curated exhibitions. The site was developed by the Artmob project in collaboration with Ellie Nichol, and is designed as a not-for-profit community initiative.

Monday, April 4, 2011

University Magazines

R.I.P. Silliman’s Blog, 2002-2011?

R.I.P. Silliman’s Blog, 2002-2011?

Poetry Everywhere: PBS, Poetry Foundation

WGBH and David Grubin Productions, in association with the Poetry Foundation, undertook this project in order to expose a diverse audience to a broad spectrum of poetic voices, build an appreciation and an audience for poetry, and increase the presence of poets and poetry within the two most ubiquitous media in American popular culture–the Web and TV. In addition to presentation on this Web site, the videos will appear on local public television stations at unexpected moments during their broadcast schedules. The partners hope that poetry will become a permanent part of the PBS landscape, offering moments of meditation and even revelation throughout the day.

The poetry films of Seamus Heaney, Philip Levine, and Charles Simic were created by Leita Luchetti.

Independent of the videos created for PBS, 34 animated films were created by students working with docUWM, a documentary media center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the university’s creative writing program, in association with the Poetry Foundation. Aiming to focus a new generation of filmmakers on poetry as subject matter, the project encouraged film students to read widely from the canon of contemporary poetry and, working closely with poets and scholars, effectively translate poetry to the screen using an array of film and animation techniques. The student-produced films were supervised by Liam Callanan, a creative writing professor at the UW-Milwaukee School of Letters and Science, and Brad Lichtenstein, a Peck School of the Arts film instructor.

Inmates seek justice for Philip Larkin poem that won second place

A prisoner who copied a poem by Philip Larkin in a bid to win a poetry competition was caught out after fellow inmates spotted the plagiarism.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Stacked Podcast

Episode 1 – The Art of Immersion by Frank Rose: A discussion on how technology is changing storytelling (and in particular publishing)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yay Poetry Month!

History of National Poetry Month
Established in Canada in April 1999 by the League, National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture. Communities and businesses participate through readings, festivals, book displays, and other events.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Julie Berry and Evelyn Lau - Poetry London Reading: Wednesday April 6 @ 7:30pm

Join us for the last event in the 2010-2011 Poetry London season with readings by JULIE BERRY and EVELYN LAU on April 6 at 7:30pm.

Landon Branch Library
167 Wortley Road
London, ON

Prior to the readings, Poetry London's Michelle Doege will be facilitating a writing workshop and discussion of poetry by the evening's featured poets and two workshop participants. Our readings and workshops are free and open to all members of the public, and offer encouragemen...t to developing writers, as well as provi...ding an opportunity for writers in the group to exchange work and discuss poems by that night’s visiting poets. Those interested are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 pm. No registration required.

About the poets:

JULIE BERRY is the author of two collections of poetry: worn thresholds (Brick Books, 1995) and the walnut cracking machine (Buschek Books, 2010). Her poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2009). She lives outside of St. Thomas, Ontario, with her partner, Jonathan and their dog, Guinness. Her four sons have grown and flown.

EVELYN LAU, a Vancouver writer, has published ten books, including five volumes of poetry. Her poetry has won the Milton Acorn Award, been nominated for the Governor-General's Award, and appears in Best American Poetry and Best Canadian Poetry. Her most recent collection of poems is Living Under Plastic (Oolichan, 2010). Her prose books have been translated into a dozen languages, and Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid (Harper Collins, 1989), was made into a CBC TV movie.

Books will be available for sale following the reading.

***Poetry London's Poetry Contest Winners will also be announced this evening***

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

LEMON HOUND: The Gatekeepers and the Glass Ceiling, Notes Towar...

LEMON HOUND: The Gatekeepers and the Glass Ceiling, Notes Towar...: "“The gatekeepers of literary culture—at least at magazines—are still primarily male.” If these gatekeepers are showing a gender bias, there..."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

InDigest WikiLeaks Centos E-Chapbook Anthology

The InDigest WikiLeaks Centos project began in early December 2010, shortly after WikiLeaks began releasing the 251,287 leaked cables from US embassies around the world. InDigest put out a call for submissions of centos (poems constructed from the work of other authors) based on the cables. There was an immediate response to the prompt and as the poems kept rolling in. We decided to create an anthology to give away for free. This anthology was released as a part of issue no. 19 of InDigest on February 1st, 2011.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

DAVID O'MEARA and GREGORY SCOFIELD at the Landon Library in Wortley Village, London, Ontario.

Join us
Wednesday February 16, 2011
at 7:30 pm
for a poetry reading with
at the Landon Library in Wortley Village, London, Ontario.
Prior to the readings, Poetry London's Michelle Doege will be facilitating a writing workshop and discussion of poetry by the evening's featured poets and two workshop participants. Our readings and workshops are free and open to all members of the public, and offer encouragement to developing writers, as well as providing an opportunity for writers in the group to exchange work and discuss poems by that night’s visiting poets.
Those interested are encouraged to attend the workshop at 6:30 pm.
No registration required.

About the featured poets:

DAVID O'MEARA’s The Vicinity (Brick Books, 2003) won the Archibald Lampman Award and was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Storm Still (McGill-Queens Press, 1999) was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award, and most recently, Noble Gas, Penny Black (Brick Books, 2008), won the Lampman-Scott Award. Born and raised in Pembroke, Ontario, he has lived in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Montreal, as well as Japan and South Korea.
GREGORY SCOFIELD's fifth collection of poems, Kipocihkan: Poems New & Selected (Nightwood Editions) was published in 2009, and both I Knew Two Metis Women with companion CD (Gabriel Dumont Institute) and Love Medicine and One Song (Kegedonce Press) were re-released in the same year. He is the subject of a feature-length documentary, Singing Home The Bones: A Poet Becomes Himself (The Maystreet Group, 2007), and currently lives in Maple Ridge, B.C.
Books will be available for sale following the reading.
All readings take place in the lower level of The Landon Library
167 Wortley Road
London Ontario
N6C 3P6

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tightrope Books: Tightrope Books is seeking two interns

Tightrope Books: Tightrope Books is seeking two interns: "Tightrope Books is seeking two interns (marketing & editorial/admin) to begin January 31, 2011. Interns are required to bring their own ..."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise (1980)

Sun Ra (1914-1993)

Title: Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Country: USA

60-minute portrait of visionary artist Sun Ra and his avant-garde jazz Arkestra filmed in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in 1978 and 1980.

One of jazz music's most entertaining and eccentric figures is profiled in Robert Mugge's hourlong, 1980 profile of the late bandleader-keyboardist-composer Sun Ra. "I don't consider myself one of the humans," he once said. "I'm a spiritual being," who was reputed to eschew the usual jazzman's indulgences of drugs and sex and who, despite the weird trappings (he and his big band, the Intergalactic Omniverse Arkestra, usually performed in glittery costumes that combined African, alien, and thrift-shop styles), infused his music with a strong sense of discipline and precision. Here we see Ra and the band rehearsing and performing; their "joyful noise" is free, sometimes chaotic, but also clearly blues-based, somewhat reminiscent of Monk or Mingus (there's even a rendition of "'Round Midnight"). Ra is also interviewed surrounded by the Egyptian artifacts and antiquities that were an important element of his "mythocracy." He clearly loves having an audience-and how can you not enjoy listening to a guy who also chooses the White House as a backdrop for solemn pronouncements like "I'm not a part of history-I'm more a part of mystery, which is my story"? -- Sam Graham

Ubu Web: Sun Ra on WXPN, Christmas Day, 1976

Sun Ra reading his poetry to the accompaniment of the Arkestra.

On Christmas Day 1976, Sun Ra read a selection of his poems accompanied by music on the program "Blue Genesis" over the University of Pennsylvania's radio station WXPN. The choice of poems and their sequencing offers what Sun Ra thought was most important in his writing. Here are key words like "cosmos," "truth," "bad," "myth," and "the impossible,"; attemtion to phonetic equivalence; the universality of the music and its metaphysical status; allusions to black fraternal orders and secret socities; biblical passages and their interpretation; and even a few atuobiographical glmipses. The poems were read softly, with little expressions, the music punctuating the words, with the heavy echo and delay in the studio sometimes reducing the words to pure sound without meaning. -- from "Space is the Place: The Life and Times of Sun Ra" John Szwed.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Poetry London Reading - Wednesday January 26, 2011

Join us for the first Poetry London reading of 2011
on Wednesday January 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm
at the Landon Library in Wortley Village, London, Ontario.
Prior to the readings, Poetry London's Michelle Doege will be facilitating a writing workshop and discussion of poetry by the evening's featured poets and two workshop participants. Our readings and workshops are free and open to all members of the public, and offer encouragement to developing writers, as well as providing an opportunity for writers in the group to exchange work and discuss poems by that night’s visiting poets.
Those interested are encouraged to attend the workshop at 6:30 pm.
No registration required.
About the featured poets:
JEANETTE LYNES is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, The New Blue Distance (Wolsak and Wynn, 2009). Her earlier collection, Left Fields (Wolsak and Wynn, 2003), was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award. She also received the Bliss Carman Poetry Prize in 2001. Her novel, The Factory Voice (Coteau Books, 2009), was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, made the “The Globe 100” list of most influential books, and will be podcast on CBC Radio in 2010.
SORAYA PEERBAYE's first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009), was short listed for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her work has also been published in Other Voices, Prairie Fire, and The New Quarterly, and anthologized in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets. Born in London, Soraya now lives in Toronto, where she works in cultural administration and is also a translator and editor.
Books will be available for sale following the reading.
All readings take place in the lower level of The Landon Library
167 Wortley Road
London Ontario
N6C 3P6

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and don't forget to enter . . .
with over $300 dollars in prizes for 1st and 2nd prize winners
judged by Evelyn Lau
For more details click on the 'Contest' link on the left-hand margin of our homepage

The expurgated 'Huckleberry Finn'

Friday, January 7, 2011

Summer Literary Seminars

Join Summer Literary Seminars in Montreal, Lithuania, or Kenya next year in 2011 and work with some of the world's most dynamic writers as part of an intimate and unique cultural experience. We have two contests ongoing, an exciting Litvak Studies/Jewish Lithuania parallel program in Vilnius, an expanded Montreal program, and our registration in now open

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Art of Drowning by Diego Maclean

The Art of Drowning from Diego Maclean on Vimeo.

Sense of Place: Alistair Macleod and Nino Ricci Sunday, January 30th 2011 at 2:00 P.M. Conron Hall, University College

The McIntosh Gallery invites you to a reading by Alistair Macleod and Nino Ricci in memory of Dr. Suzanne Kaufmann. Canadian author Alistair MacLeod was the 2001 winner of the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel No Great Mischief (1999). He has also published The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976), As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (1986) and Island: The Collected Stories (2000). In 2008 he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Nino Ricci won the Governor General's Award for Fiction twice: in 1990 for Lives of the Saints (also a Books in Canada First Novel Award winner), and in 2008 for The Origin of Species, which also appeared on the long list for the Giller Prize. In 1997, Ricci's novel Where She Has Gone was short-listed for the Giller Prize.
MacLeod and Ricci were guest writers for the publication Sense of Place: A Cross-Border Print Exhibition, organized by Windsor Printmaker's Forum. The exhibition is on view at the McIntosh Gallery from January 6th to February 19th 2011.

A great friend of the McIntosh Gallery, Dr. Suzanne Kaufmann (1920-2010) graduated in medicine from the University of Cape Town, where she met and married Dr. John Kaufmann. They moved to Johannesburg in 1955 where she worked in health clinics in the black townships of Soweto and Alexandria. In 1972, the family moved to London, Ontario, where she completed a B.A. Honours degree in Visual Art and French at Western. This event is held of honour Suzanne Kaufmann, to celebrate her passion for the arts, and to acknowledge the tremendous contribution she and John have made to the McIntosh Gallery over the years.

McIntosh Members: Join us at the Gallery after the reading for a private reception to meet Alistair and Nino and to tour the Sense of Place exhibition with Patricia Coates, President of Windsor Printmaker's Forum. (Memberships will be available at the door)

For more information, contact James Patten (519) 661-2111 ext. 84602,

Margaret Atwood at Western - January 19th, 2011

Margaret Atwood will be speaking on January 19th, 2011 at 7 PM in Alumni Hall at The University of Western Ontario. oors will open at 6:15pm. This event is $15 including tax for UWO students, and $25 including tax for non-students.  For directions to UWO, location of Alumni Hall, and for parking locations, please visit

Tickets are available for purchase online at  Tickets can also be purchased through the InfoSource in the University Community Centre, UWO. 

Margaret Atwood is a giant of modern literature who has anticipated, explored, satirized and even changed the popular preoccupations of our time. The Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin, Atwood is the rare writer whose work is adored by the public, acclaimed by the critics, and studied on university campuses around the world. Though her subject matter varies, the precision crafting of her language gives her body of work a sensibility entirely its own.
Based out of Toronto, Atwood has written over forty classic books, which have been translated into over thirty languages. Her novels include Alias Grace, Life Before Man, Oryx and Crake and 2008's Moral Disorder. Her major awards include The Giller and The Governor General's Award (Canada); The Booker Prize (UK); The Dashiell Hammett Award (United States); and the Le Chevalier dans l'Ordre de Arts et Les Lettres (France).

Ms. Atwood’s visit to Western will not only be an unforgettable experience for Arts and Humanities students, but is sure to draw the attention of the entire student body, university faculty, staff, and the greater London community.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Call for Submissions: RATTLE #35 - Summer 2011 - Canadian Poets

Calls for Submissions

While we're always open to regular submissions of poetry, e-reviews, essays on writing, and artwork, each issue of RATTLE contains a special tribute section dedicated to some ethnic, vocational, or stylistic group. We're also looking for essays on specific subjects. Listed below are our upcoming calls for submissions, along with their deadlines. These calls are subject to change at any time, with the more distant issues less certain. If you have any questions, feel free to email Tim Green:

Poetry: The tribute section will feature poetry written by Canadians. The poems don't have to be about Canada -- we're interested in any subject or style poem, as long as you are or have been a Canadian citizen. To submit via email or hardcopy, follow the regular guidelines, but please note in the cover letter that you are submitting for the Canadian Poets tribute.
Essays: We'd like to publish either a series of short essays on different aspects of Canadian poetry, or a longer introduction to the history of poetry in Canada, or how contemporary Canadian poetry has developed. Please query with any questions. Essays can be any length.
Artwork: We still need cover and divider art for this issue. Photography, paintings, or collages relating to the theme will all be considered. Submissions are accepted as lo-res email attachments (jpegs prefered), or by mail on a CD. Production will require hi-res images (300dpi @ 9.25" x 6.125").
Reading Period Opens: August 1st, 2010 -- Deadline for submissions: February 1st, 2011

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