7 Days in New England

It’s easier and faster to get to Europe from Vancouver than it is to travel to Boston. That said, when I found a $330 all-in flight I jumped on it. While I was there the Muslim travel ban flared. Watching Logan airport fill with people who believe in the right to religious freedom and the democratic right to communicate with the government was double-edged. I felt angry at my country and proud of it at the same time.

On Friday Jan 27 I drove pre-dawn to Phillips Academy Andover to visit Lou Bernieri’s 10th grade poetry class. Lou was not only my 12th grade English teacher (responsible for assigning Clash lyrics, Noam Chomsky and Paolo Freire) but he taught me again as an adult through the excellent Andover Bread Loaf Program (ABL) after I began facilitating classes at Thursdays Writing Collective.

The two week ABL residency brings public school teachers to campus and opens the mental doors on how best to connect with kids through a fire for literacy. A crucial arm of the larger student-based Andover Lawrence Bread Loaf Project, this teachers’ residency decenters classical pedagogy.

The meat of the program happens a few miles away in Lawrence, an old mill town and cradle for the union movement (bread and roses!), which is home to waves of immigrants, most recently from Central America. The ABL program engages hundreds of schools kids in a paired residency during the summer but facilitates earth-shaking spoken word and writing events, many taking place at El Taller, a restaurant/community space in Lawrence.

The program trains up kids to take the mic, continue their studies and pass on guidance through assuming leadership roles. Found out more here. And throw any amount of money at them. This is where the goodness is happening and we can protect and nourish it.

Lou taught me in 1987/8 and on Friday morning we met again in the archway of the same building, Bulfinch, where I was his student. I sat down at one of the writing desks, probably the same one I sat at decades ago. Good to see the graffiti is consistent. Lou and I hadn’t rehearsed what would happen – just a friendly “read a few poems and let’s do some writing.” I remember the novelty of having a visitor. img_2004Especially at 8am. These 10th graders were so sharp. Shy, sharp, clever, observant, bold.

I told them about a workshop I had taken with Jericho Brown when he came to stay with me when I co-hosted the now-dormant Cross Border Pollination Reading Series with Rachel Rose.

Jericho, whose viral poem the students might have seen on BuzzFeed, years ago had led us through an exercise based on antonyms where he prompted us to create a mirror image poem and then revise it until it made sense.

I decided to try that with the students with two poems: William Carlos Williams’ “This is Just to Say” and Juliane Okot Bitek‘s “Day 23”.

Their surrealist responses, written without affectation or the pursuit of smoothness, were incredible. The reversals of “Day 23” were particularly eerie and/or magnificent. Juli’s book is a poem-a-day work about the Rwandan Genocide, an event that began about a decade before the students were born. I’m hoping to share their responses with her.

During the pause before the 12th grade class I meandered through the Addison Gallery, appreciating the scale and scope of this small museum. I love the early American pieces in the collection that are rotated so often but particularly admire the connection with social justice the contemporary art exhibitions demonstrate.

I used to come here to escape when I was a student. I also took a live-model life-drawing class down the hall from this beautiful fountain.

Here is an imp so beautifully carved I swear he moved.


The major exhibit at the Addison was Ansel Adams’ Manzanar photos of the Japanese Internment Camp in California. Timely. And infuriating.

Another favourite was Triple Candie’s “Throwing up Bunnies” exhibit. I love the colours and chaotic mixed media but primarily I love the subversion of official history/representation. Lots in common here with Wayde Compton’s Hogan’s Alley Project.

I loved this room filled with scenes of Black American history:

img_1999Look at all those lines! What a great installation site for this.

The second class of Lou’s was at 2pm and we tried the same writing exercise with the seniors. Different tempo, different ideas and equally beautiful response.

The next night I read at The Skating Club of Boston at the inaugural Alumni Network Event. I had literally laid the manuscript out at the Club while my sister was skating so it felt rather fitting to read overlooking the ice.img_3901

Reading to a room full of skaters was interesting – the poems opened in a different way. My introductory comments were of a different nature, completely avoidant of definitions any other audience has needed. Many of the attendees were a few decades older than I and were friends with the members of the 1961 plane crash carrying the US Worlds’ Team, most of whom had ties to the Club.

I was standing in front of vitrines packed with their medals, photos and memorabilia. Although I had considered leaving the poem “Final Flight” permanently unread as a monument to the skaters who died I was conscious of being in a room with a unique group of people who were deeply involved. Coupled with the fact the anniversary of the crash, February 15, was just two weeks away, these thoughts prompted me to consider this was the time to let it surface from the page. Afterwards several people said it brought them comfort to hear the poem. I’m profoundly relieved. (Copies of serpentine loop that will be sold at SCOB will benefit the Memorial Fund which supports young competitors in the memory of the Worlds Team.)

These dressing rooms at the SCOB are what I picture when I read “Once a Month.”

And this newspaper clipping is a pretty accurate representation of me from that time (front row, second from left) My sister Elin is behind me in a matching skirt and our sister Rhys is in the back row second from right:


Elin skated a new edited version of her program Serpentine Loop, based on her reading of the book. She gave an impromptu artist’s talk by the boards before she began that was conceptualizing and interesting. Her embodiment of the words/ideas is something I never get tired of witnessing. Each time she skates it is slightly different – a loop, a cycle- and this heightens the intensity. I wish every author could have the experience of seeing their writing interpreted like this – it gives me so much to think about. She’s an exceptionally intuitive and open skater and choreographer! After she finished we all skated a little more. (Thanks, Aurelia Hall, for the shots!)

Elin wrote my name for me as in “Learning to Read and Write”!:img_2021-2

The next day Elin and I drove up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to skate at Puddle Dock Rink at Strawbery Banke.img_2044 Elin and Doug Webster, the artistic director of the rink and head of Ice Dance International, demonstrated figures as I read a poem. Elin and Doug not only demo’d figures but they did a few passes from edge class that are so evocative of swallows in flight to me. Thanks to everyone who stuck around for this mini show!

Plans are happening to have a similar demonstration in Vancouver this March. Here’s a clip filmed by Nancy Boutilier. Don’t skip over Doug’s excellent historical context! And look for Elin’s zoomy entrance at 1:21.

After the show we walked over to River Run Books where Evan Mallett and I read together. Evan is the chef and owner of The Black Trumpet and is a frequent James Beard award nominee who is involved with the slow food and local food movements. img_2048His book is salted with narrative essays that play off the recipes.

btbookcoverHe and I zippered an impromptu reading together, alternating between my poems and his stories. You probably couldn’t find more disparate topics yet the interplay was extremely on point. We had a convivial Q&A before a group of 16 of us walked over to the restaurant.

The menu was delicious. It capped off a pretty perfect day.

My final day of events was at Concord Academy – a boarding school with a beautiful tradition of storytelling/ self-declarative all-school talks by the seniors. Here’s the old, old chapel.img_2053


I was invited by Nancy Boutilier to talk with her 11th/12th grade creative non fiction students. Nancy and I have known each other since 1986 when she was my brand new dorm counsellor. img_2056-2Nancy is a writer with two Black Sparrow books, Lambda nods and a ton of educating experience who has changed literally hundreds of lives with her educational skills. She also plays bass and basketball. We decided to riff off each other’s work, trading poems one for one and answering questions from the students in between. For us to get together and read like this was tremendously exciting.

Here I am clinging to her:img_2058-2

Interspersed with these events were family visits, beautiful meals, reconnections, phone calls, errands and a lot of driving. I arrived back in Vancouver exhausted but gratified, and grateful to have this blog to capture the action.


Anthology Call for Submissions

I have been working with Vancouver poet laureate Rachel Rose as one of her poetry ambassadors for the last two years. Her legacy project is an anthology on the theme of food. Would you like to submit? We’d love to read your ideas!

Sustenance: 150 Writers from B.C. and Beyond on the Subject of Food.

Writers are invited to submit short essays or poems on the subject of food. We welcome collaborative pieces. We also welcome individual submissions on subjects as diverse as exile, hunger, food scarcity, bulimia, fat shaming, urban beekeeping, rural hunting, community gardening, foraging, feeding a baby, waitressing, dumpster diving, butchering, eating vegan, or reflections on family feast days.

Forthcoming with Anvil Press in September, 2017, Sustenance will bring to the table some of Canada’s best contemporary writers, celebrating all that is unique about Vancouver’s literary and culinary scene, as well as British Columbia’s food producers. Punctuated by beautiful local food photographs and recipes from some of our top chefs, each of these short pieces will shock, comfort, praise, entice, or invite reconciliation, all while illuminating our living history through the lens of food.

Sustenance is also a community response to the needs of new arrivals or low-income families in our city. Profits from this book will provide both a symbolic and practical welcome to the hundreds of refugees who will be arriving in B.C. over the coming months. As it is a fundraiser, all writers will be donating their honoraria to the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program. Every $15.00 in sales profit will provide a refugee or low-income family with fresh, locally grown produce for a week, and at the same time will support B.C. farmers, fishers, beekeepers and gardeners.

Not only will this anthology celebrate our writers, it will also showcase Vancouver’s local food heritage, while simultaneously affirming our reputation as a city that welcomes new citizens to the table and supports those who are struggling. As a city, as a nation, let us stop to consider who sustains us, where our food comes from, and what the cost of that sustenance actually is.


Deadline: April 15th, 2017

Sustenance will be published by Anvil Press September 1, 2017.

Please submit to sustenanceanthology@gmail.com

One piece of writing per person.

No multiple submissions.

Your name and contact info must be on each page.

12 point Times New Roman

Prose should be double-spaced.

Handwritten submissions (handwriting must be legible and neat) may be dropped off at Vancouver Public Library’s Carnegie Community Centre Branch at Hastings and Main.

Original work preferred. Previously published work considered, but author must secure permission for republication.

1-2 pages maximum (550 words)

Please include a short bio (no more than 50 words) with submission.

Please Note: Your submission is confirmation that you agree to have your work considered for publication in SustenanceAll works will be read with care and appreciation. However, only those whose work has been selected for publication will be contacted by May 15, 2017.

Follow Sustenance on FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1745970222318846/

#WritersResist in Vancouver

I can’t go to the Women’s Marches in protest of the Trump inauguration but I can do something to mark my dissent. I heard about the #writersresist idea and decided not to wait for someone else to organize. I made a Facebook event.

Please join us for a #writersresist write-in on Jan 15 at the Main Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6B1) at 4pm-5pm at the cafe tables outside the main entrance above the “moat”. We have no agenda other than spending time writing in community with people. Bring paper and a pen, bring friends. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world!

Everyone is welcome. This is a self-guided and peaceful event for all to enjoy. Kids welcome.

The Writers Resist event, which is taking place throughout North America uses a general form. We Vancouver writers can decide if we would like to pursue this when we meet. Everyone is welcome to participate in this event to their own levels of interest and comfort. The focus is on spending an hour together that is positive, protective of democracy, unifying, focused on social good.

From Writers Resist :

We ask local communities of writers to organize themselves using our Writers Resist framework (described below.) This framework deliberately leaves room for local groups to address issues of their choosing consistent with our shared goals. We invite local groups to title their event accordingly by filling in the blank: Writers Resist: ________.

To ensure our most widespread and effective impact, this inaugural theme should be reflected in the setting and tone of the events, with writers reading their own works as appropriate, but particularly highlighting relevant readings from a selection of diverse writers’ voices throughout history that speak to the ideals of democracy.

Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy. In order for us to heal and move forward, individually and as a nation, we believe people need something to be for in this anxious moment. The only thing we “resist” is that which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles of freedom and justice for all.

We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting “anti” language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.
We believe these events will coalesce and energize a widespread network of writer-activists throughout the United States and in other countries capable of becoming a consistently potent voice and force for social good around the world.


95 Books

I did the #95books challenge again this year and only just squeaked by, making it to 96 by the skin of my teeth on December 31, 2016 with Notes from a Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker. This was the right book to end the year with and I will read it again. (Side note from this feminist killjoy: the TSA searched my carry on bag because of dubious shapes inside. What they found was this pair of books and they offered no explanation about why books (BOOKS!) triggered a nine minute search. They assured me it wasn’t the titles.)img_1814

For those of you who don’t know, #95books was started by Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Ball as a “no way!” reaction to Karl Rove’s claim that George Dubya Bush read 95 books in 2006 while holding the office of the presidency. Read about the impetus and the guidelines here.

I’m a fast reader but factor in a hectic spring of book tours, the US government shocker, ongoing and disturbing CanLit debates, and a new Netflix account: by September I had only read 45 titles. That was a wake up call. But binge watching Netflix got me thinking about narrative arcs and serialization in a new way in terms of poetry vs prose. That will be an essay, perhaps.)

My biggest problem in this year’s attempt, aside from mental space, was sourcing the books – it’s impractical to buy them all, difficult to get them from the library and borrowing from friends is a scheduling headache for returns. I really do read more if I have a book literally in my hand or on my body at all times. This year I will begin holding #95book swaps where we each show up with a dozen books, document the swapper-swappee and go home with book bags filled with enough titles to keep the motors churning for three months or so.

I used a simple Excel sheet, the same one as last year that Nikki Reimer shared with me. I don’t know Excel well but appreciate the automatically generated pie charts. Below the charts I list the book titles. The first pie is the genre breakdown. No surprises here.screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-4-30-09-pm

While I did read more diversely than last year I am still surprised by the tallies in my reading. As I mentioned, I read 96 titles, 60% by self-identifying women, 37% by self-identifying men, 2% non binary and 1% co authored.screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-5-26-39-pm

The next two charts below are irritating. I would like to reverse the percentages this year and read more authors in the blue. Clearly, I am missing out on a lot. Side note: Ayelet Tsabari write a 2015 blog post about reading only writers of colour for a year. You can read it here.



This last chart is less riveting but fun to consider: US vs Canadian. It probably skews Canadian because I live in Vancouver and am friends with so many local writers. I derive a deep pleasure from reading my friends’ books.screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-5-25-22-pm

I only read two books in Spanish. But I did watch the entire two seasons of Narcos without subtitles!

Here are the books I read in 2016. As before, rereading the list pulls me right back into definite moments of the past year. What a lovely trick!

1 Blood, Bones & Butter – Gabrielle Hamilton
2 15 Dogs – Andre Alexis
3 Girl in a Band – Kim Gordon
4 Red Star Tattoo – Sonja Larsen
5 Mare – Mary Gaitskill
6 What We See When We Read – Peter Mendelsund
7 Alongside- Anne Compton
8  Careen – Carolyn Smart
9 Livelihood- Phoebe MacAdams
10 Mend the Living -Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Jessica Moore
11 Come on All You Ghosts – Mathew Zapruder
12 Ignite – Kevin Spenst
13 The Heaviness of Things That Float – Jennifer Manuel
14 The Dirty Knees of Prayer – Timothy Shay
15 Waiting Room – Jennifer Zilm
16 Oscar of Between – Betsy Warland
17 Angle of Yaw – Ben Lerner
18 Skeena – Sarah de Leeuw
19 dream/arteries – Phinder Dulai
20 Meditatio Placentae – Monty Reid
21 New Index for Predicting Catastrophes- Madhur Anand
22 Conflict – Christine McNair
23 Model Disciple – Michael Prior
24 Players – John Nyman
25 Kids in Triage – Kilby Smith-McGregor
26 The Hypnotists – Gordon Korman
27 Islands of Decolonial Love – Leanne Simpson
28 Flood Song – Sherwin Bitsui
29 Thou – Aisha Sasha John
30 Wild Horses – Rob McLennan
31 Ceremony of Touching – Karen Shklanka
32 Phantom Noise – Brian Turner
33 On Motherlines, Sex, Blood, Loss and Selfies – Margaret Christakos
34 Poemw – Anne Fleming
35 The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson
36 100 Days – Juliane Okot Bitek
37 Injun – Jordan Abel
38 Shrill – Lindy West
39 Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
40 How to Cook a Wolf – MFK Fisher
41 There Devil, Eat That – Jonarno Lawson
42 Buoyancy Control – Adrienne Gruber
43 The Shoe Boy – Duncan McCue
44 Do Not Enter My Soul in Your Shoes
45 A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
46 Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner
47 Double Teenage – Joni Murphy
48 Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
49 All the Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
50 Even Birds Leave the World – Ji-Woo Hwang
51 Winter- Adam Gopnik
52 The Red Files – Lisa Bird-Wilson
53 The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman
54 I, Bificus – Bif Naked
55 Crush – Richard Siken
56 Reading Sveva – Daphne Marlatt
57 Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone – Annelyse Gelman
58 a book of variations- zygal-art facts – bpNichol
59 Love Me Back – Merritt Tierce
60 Throw the Captain Overboard – Mia Rose Brooks
61 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write- Sarah Ruhl
62 God Loves Hair – Vivek Shraya
63 SuperMutant Magic Academy – Jillian Tamaki
64 Impact – Billeh Nickerson
65 Living Things – Matt Rader
66 somewhere to run from – Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
67 Ban en Banlieue – Bhanu Kapil
68 The Predicament of Or – Shani Mootoo
69 The Waves – Virginia Woolf
70 Odes- Sharon Olds
71 Day and Night – Dorothy Livesay
72 Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antartic Names – Soraya Peerbaye
73 Tell – Soraya Peerbaye
74 Gingersnap – Patricia Reilly Giff
75 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler – E.L. Konigsburg
76 Tumour – Evelyn Lau
77 Tuco – Brian Brett
78 Twenty Seven Stings – Julie Emerson
79 Scree- Fred Wah
80 Deconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight
81 Flying Finish – Dick Francis
82 Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe – Sandra Gulland
83 Undermajordomo Minor- Patrick DeWitt
84 Repeater – Andrew McEwan
85 Water Stair – John Pass
86 Night Vision – Christopher Levenson
87 The Remedy – Zena Sharman
88 Yiddish for Pirates – Gary Barwin
89 Witness – Karen Hesse
90 Papelucho y el Marciano – Marcela Paz
91 En el Ala del Mosquito – Emilio Mozo
92 Slick Reckoning – Ken Belford
93 Dear Oxygen – Lewis MacAdams
94 Wild Horses – Dick Francis
95 The Sellout- Paul Beatty
96 Notes from a Feminist Killjoy – Erin Wunker

After Melissa

A beautiful project led by Andrea Bennett and conceived by Daniel Zomparelli, After You asks poets to begin a chain of dedicated work passing a new poem onward until the chain dies out organically. I began a chain by writing a poem inspired by/to/for/after Canadian author Melissa Bull, who now lives in England.

Melissa’s debut book of poems, Rue, was shortlisted for both the Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Award and her translation of Nelly Arcan’s Burqa of Skin from French into English is skilled and riveting.

I wrote this for Melissa and now she will choose a poet somewhere to write to/for/about/after. The poem, “Mash”, is based on this:


a fortune teller similar to the ones I made in elementary school. In the depths of an abysmal November 2016 it felt good to make something with my hands, to smell the crayons, to  use scissors, to play. The first eight lines of the poem are the fortunes written in the teller. The rest is a mash note to Melissa.

I mailed it to her in her new home. It got there quicker than the mail internally in Canada. It took five days to make it from Vancouver, BC to Norwich, England. Here’s where it landed:


One More Time With Feeling

I’m happy to share that serpentine loop is going into a second printing! Our first print run is almost dry so Anvil Press is reissuing the book eight months after its debut. While some authors take this opportunity to reframe, rewrite or re-situate their work, not much will change in the new edition.

We found two small typos and decided to change my pedantic use of “an” before a word beginning with an aspirated “h”. Other than that we updated the bio on the back, recalibrated the colour and font size on the back, and included some reviews in a page in the front.

If you want to grab one of the last first editions, The Paper Hound in Vancouver will ship globally. And other local bookstores such as Pulp Fiction have copies on the shelves for walk-ins and locals. Both of these booksellers support our literary community with extra hours and generosity so it really pays to forgo Amazon and order through them.

Heart of the City Festival

Each year Vancouver Moving Theatre launches the impressive and vibrant Heart of the City Festival at Carnegie Community Centre. Today was the beginning of the 12 day, 100-event, 40-venue arts and community festival. The afternoon centred on the unveiling of Richard Tetrault’s vibrant mural. DTES bard Bud Osborn, poet Sandy Cameron, poetry supporter and artist Diane Wood appear in the bottom left. You can see other familiar faces, too. It’s a massive triptych – so beautiful.14633536_1292098027515728_1376112753922489463_o

The welcome and acknowledgment of territory by Carnegie’s first ever First Nations Elder in Residence, Les Nelson, was fantastic. He sang a song with his drum and pointed out his shirt was still covered in eagle down from his appointment ceremony last week. I’d never seen eagle down before.

Heart of the City Festival Director Terry Hunter presented several people with plaques – just the kind of generous and inclusive act for which Terry and his wife Savannah Walling are known.

Ghia Aweida and Gilles Cyrenne helped present mine. 14721508_1146673358719133_5790674235440775780_nTerry brought Ghia up to read a letter she wrote to me (she gave me a copy afterwards) about how Thursdays Writing Collective has helped her develop as a w14720479_1146673362052466_4968720761622220974_nriter. Gilles presented me with a collaged folder he made on a retreat with clippings all related to writing.

img_0924Bonus: he used a first draft of one of his poems, too! Inside the folder are precious letters of thanks from several writers from the group – it will take me a long time to digest their words. The experience was extremely moving.


Throughout it all new TWC director Amber Dawn was snapping photos and clapping and being a wonderful lighthouse to the writers in their new season of writing.


img_0920I needed a picture with Carnegie director Ethel Whitty who will be leaving that position in January 2017. Ethel was responsible for bringing me, and what turned into Thursdays Writing Collective, to Carnegie back in February 2008. She and SFU’s Writer’s Studio worked together to support me and ElJean Dodge in teaching a four week course in memoir. I have huge gratitude to share for Ethel, Rika Uto and the excellent staff at Carnegie.

Two of the people who first joined us for that month of writing were there today – Tom Quirk in official capacity as a photographer and Leith Harris watched as her son presented an award. Other longtime writers were in the room, too, underlining the immense number of connections we share: Phoenix Winter, President of the Carnegie Association, Robyn Livingstone, Patrick Foley.

Tomorrow, after an interview at CBC’s North By Northwest radio show I will run to Carnegie to catch the last part of class. From there we head to Gallery Gachet for our 7pm Heart of the City gig with Jordan Abel. Come join us!14711473_1122038231213931_4867353317897476529_o

Jordan Abel + Thursdays Writing Collective at the Heart of the City Festival! 

  • Thursday, Oct 27, 2016
  • Gallery Gachet, 88 East Cordova St., Vancouver
  • 7pm-10pm

Where do the mind’s eye and poetic heart meet? To celebrate our 9th season, Thursdays Writing Collective will explore the overlap between words and images and we invite you to join us. Guest Jordan Abel, a Nisga’a experimental writer from BC, will read from his highly visual and critically compelling work, followed by writing prompts and open mic.

**Bring your pens and notebooks for this event of live reading and writing.**

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer residing in Vancouver. He is currently completing his PhD at Simon Fraser University where he is focusing on digital humanities and Indigenous poetics. Abel’s conceptual writing engages with the representation of Indigenous peoples in Anthropology and popular culture. His chapbooks have been published by JackPine Press and Above/Ground Press, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals across Canada, including Prairie Fire, The Capilano Review, and Canadian Literature. He is an editor for Poetry Is Dead magazine and the former editor for PRISM international and Geist. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award) and Un/inhabited. Abel’s third book, Injun, was released from Talonbooks in spring 2016.

13th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival runs Wednesday October 26 to Sunday November 6, 2016. More than 100 events take place at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside. Thursdays Writing Collective is thrilled to participate once again this year. Check out all the Heart of the City Festival events!

Gallery Gachet is a non-profit artist run centre located in the Downtown Eastside.
Gallery Accessibility Info:

front door: 5 feet width
front door step: 6 inch height
ramp: 34 inch width

washroom door: 33 inch width
toilet: 10 inch clearance on left side
14 inch clearance in front to sink
the washroom has a handrail