March 25, 2017, 9:00pm-11:30pm
Skate the Book: serpentine loop skating party in Vancouver
Hillcrest Community Centre Rink
4575 Clancy Loranger Way
Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4
Free event, open to public. Spectators and non-skaters welcome. Rental skates available or bring your own! Bring your kids, friends, neighbours and anyone else who wants to skate for fun. We know it’s late-ish but the ice was cheap! Before we get on the ice at 10pm we’re featuring a ten-minute reading and a short off-ice talk by professional skaters Elin Schran and Douglas Webster. After that Douglas and Elin are going to demonstrate some figures and edges and then Elin is going to skate the Canadian debut of the program she choreographed of my book! Facebook invite page here (please share) and more info on this site here.
March 11, 2017, 10:30am–12:00pm
| Free | Multipurpose Room #2 @ Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver
The Only Way Out is Through: Writing About Trauma
Evelyn Lau, Christine Lowther, Sonnet L’Abbé | Moderator: Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Many of us seek to escape the traumatic memories that haunt us—to heal and move on from the things that have happened to us. Could writing be a way through? Many recommend writing as a method of healing from trauma, but it’s easier said than done. Join Evelyn Lau, Christine Lowther, Sonnet L’Abbé, and Elee Kraljii Gardiner for a powerful discussion about sitting with your memories and leaving it all on the page.
Please note: tickets are necessary.
March 12, 10:30am–12:00pm
| Free | Multipurpose Room #2 @ Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver
Writing in (the) Community
Leah Horlick, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Audrey Thomas | Moderator: Amber Dawn
In his acceptance speech for the National Book Award in 2016, Colson Whitehead said, “Be kind to everybody, make art, and fight the power.” Writing of all kinds has always been central to the fight against systemic oppression and injustice—and now, more than ever. As we move forward into an uncertain future, and fight to have our voices heard, writers and community activators Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Leah Horlick, Amber Dawn, and Audrey Thomas discuss writing against the grain and creating spaces for everyone to speak their truth.
Please note: tickets are necessary.
February 15, 2017, 12-1pm
Simon Fraser University’s Lunch Poems, Harbour Centre, Vancouver
This excellent bring-your-lunch series is in its fifth year. It will be my first time reading and I am thrilled because my co-reader is musician, spoken word, poet and beauty Jillian Christmas.
January 30, 2017, 10:30-3pm
Reading and writing with Creative Non Fiction Students at Concord Academy with Nancy Boutilier.
January 29, 2017, 5pm
River Run Book Store, 142 Fleet St., Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-431-2100
I’ll be reading with chef Evan Mallett of The Black Trumpet bistro, author of Black Trumpet: A Chef’s Journey Through Eight New England Seasons. It’s a gorgeous bookstore and I’m excited to be reading with Evan, a friend of more than two decades.
Evan, chef and co-proprietor with his wife Denise of the renowned Black Trumpet at 29 Ceres St. in Portsmouth, is a James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef, Northeast (2011, 2013, 2014). He is actively involved and sits on the boards of Chef’s Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and the Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative to join farmers, chefs and educators to identify and restore a food system native to the greater NH Seacoast.
Evan and I share an interest in how we form community- through foods, activities, geographies. Evan’s recipes and stories are an outgrowth of his extensive experience considering local New Hampshire farming, foodsheds and cuisine.
Books will be available for sale and signing. River Run Bookstore is wheelchair accessible and has single occupancy washrooms (marked by gender).
Before the reading please join us for an outdoor skating event hosted by Elin Schran and Douglas Webster at Strawbery Banke’s Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond nearby. (Details to follow) Professional figure skater Elin Schran will skate a program choreographed to the content of Elee’s book Serpentine Loop.
Elin Schran is the co-founder of Frozen Frog Productions and is the innovator of IceFlow (a yoga-inspired skating class). She is a choreographer and performer with experience in many shows including Ice Capades, and taught for five years at Dorothy Hamill’s Fantasy Skating Camp. https://www.facebook.com/frozenfrogproductions/
Kittery resident Douglas Webster is both the Artistic Director of Strawbery Banke’s Labrie Family Skate and the Maine based not-for-profit, Ice Dance International. He is one of the most sought-after professional choreographers in the world today (Ice Theatre of New York, Disney On Ice, Holiday On Ice, Stars On Ice).
Douglas is also the Creative Director of Shall We Dance on Ice airing Saturday, February 11th on ABC.
January 28, 2017
Skating Club of Boston, 1240 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02135, 617.782.5900, 7:30pm
I’ll be reading at the SCOB Alumni event for twenty minutes before dinner and skating. This is a bit of homecoming since many of the poems are situated here and I actually laid the manuscript out on the floor by the boards as I was sequencing poems for the book. Also, the first time I am reading to a community of skaters!
January 27, 2017
I’ll be reading and leading writing exercises for two classes of English students at Phillips Academy Andover with Lou Bernieri‘s tenth and twelfth graders.
January 20, 2017, 7:30pm
Planet Earth Reading Series, 1633 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC
The evening begins at 7:30 with an open mic, followed by a featured reader(s). Planet Earth Poetry is located at Hillside Coffee and Tea, 1633 Hillside Ave (across from Bolen Books). Between 7 and 7:15, put your name in the hat to read at open mic.
I’ll be reading with Pamela Porter. Her work has earned more than a dozen provincial, national, and international awards, including the inaugural Gwendolyn MacEwan Poetry Prize, the 2013 Malahat Review 50th Anniversary Poetry Prize, the Our Times Poetry Award for political poetry, the 2012 FreeFall Magazine Poetry Award, the 2011 Prism International Grand Prize in Poetry, the 2010 Vallum Magazine Poem of the Year Award, as well as the CBC, Raymond Souster and Pat Lowther Award shortlists. Her novel in verse, The Crazy Man, won the 2005 Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and other prizes. Both The Crazy Man and her 2011 novel, I’ll be Watching, are required reading in schools and colleges across Canada and the US. Patrick Lane has called her “a poet to be grateful for.” Defending Darkness is her 9th volume of poetry. Pamela lives near Sidney, BC with her family and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs, and cats.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7pm
PulpFiction Books, 3233 Main Street (at 8th), Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Hall
419 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA
Serpentine Loop Reception, Reading & Meet the Author!
Free event, light refreshments, wheelchair accessible.
All book sales to benefit the Youth Programs http://www.ssypboston.org/
Meet your neighbors, see the newly-renovated hall, and give our youth a boost!
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Hall
419 Shawmut Ave
between West Dedham & West Newton St.
Boston MA 02118
Silver Line Newton stop/Street parking limited
Public transit or taxi recommended
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Come skate for an hour in celebration of a book of poems about ice, frozen rivers, skating and edges.
Elin Schran will perform a short piece based on the book and set to music prompted by the book of poems.
And this is the debut of “Funnel Cloud”, a string piece for everyone to skate to created by Chris Gainey, recorded by University of Iowa New Music Ensemble!
Rental skates available or bring your own. All ages and abilities welcome. Snacks and beverages served. Books for signing and sale. This is not a poetry reading, but a skating party.
Elin Schran founded the Boston Ice Theater, a professional ensemble skating company, in 1999, to create new movement possibilities for the ice and to convey the joy of skating to the audience. As a choreographer and director, she designed the company’s numbers and also performed in every show. The ensemble of up to sixteen skaters worked together for five years performing in a wide variety of venues, including the Opening Ceremonies of the 2001 US Figure Skating Championships in Boston, MA.In 2004 Elin co-founded Frozen Frog Productions which specializes in developing high-energy shows for audiences all ages. Frozen Frog is known for its polished “wow factor” custom shows for corporate, as well as private clients who want to bring an added element of excitement to their events. Elin choreographs, directs and performs for all of the company’s projects. Elin was a coach at Dorothy Hamill’s Fantasy Skating Camp for 5 years, helping adult skaters of many skill levels feel comfortable and confident on the ice while being challenged in a positive way.
She has created a unique edge class for all ages and skill levels called IceFlow in order to bring a gentle, yoga-inspired approach to skating. IceFlow aims to connect movement with the breath while incorporating twisting, stretching, and gliding choreography. Main objectives of IceFlow include awareness and control of weight transfer, increased comfort with shifting balance points, and a celebration of the joy of skating.
Elin also works as an Independent Choreographer, sought out for her creativity and positive attitude. Her multi-faceted approach to skating is fed not only by practical experience as a skater in many shows, including Dorothy Hamill’s Ice Capades, but also by a theoretical understanding of the creative process evidenced by her Master’s degree in Critical and Creative Thinking.
September 25, 2016, Sunday
WORD Vancouver, Library Square, Vancouver, BC
1:10 pm to 1:25 pm: Reading of serpentine loop at Sunrise Suite, the tent closest to Georgia Street.
3:40 pm to 4:40 pm: Panellist on Inclusive Magazine Publishing: Barriers and Strategies for Writers & Publishers at The Lions (tent midway between Robson and Georgia Streets) with Chelene Knight (Room magazine) and Jonina Kirton (Aboriginal Writers Collective). Moderated by Jen Sookfong Lee.
In between readings I’ll be at Thursdays Writing Collective‘s table outdoors – come visit!
September 22, 2016
Twisted Poets as part of WORD Vancouver, Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main St, Vancouver, 7pm
September 11, 2016
Dead Poet’s Reading Series, VPL Main branch, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, Alice MacKay Room, 3-5pm.
This series has poets read the work of other poets who are gone and it is always eye-opening. It is very well-attended and the readings are across-the-boards great. I read Mexican essayist and poet Rosario Castellanos in a previous session and have come to love the buffet aspect of the series. At this meeting I will be reading my friend John Asfour’s work – he and I worked on V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and we were thickly entwined in each other’s editing. I’m excited to visit with him through selections of his books of poems and his translations of Faraj Bayrakdar’s poems from Syria, Mirrors of Absence.
John Asfour (1945 – 2014), read by Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Mahmoud Darwish (1942 – 2008), read by Rahat Kurd
Hafez (1325 – 1390), read by Nina Mosall
Nizar Qabanni (1923 – 1998), read by Ray McGinnis
Rumi (1207 – 1273), read by E.D. Blodgett
August 19, 2016
Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 W64th Ave, Vancouver,7-9pm
Ali Blythe and Adrienne Gruber and I are going to do an outdoor reading in the backyard of Historic Joy Kogawa House. We’ll read each other’s poems in a sort of round-robin. We’ve decided to only read the poems we have never read at our own readings. There will be coconut cake and lemonade. Blankets, pillows, folding chairs.
August 16, 2016
The Paper Hound, 344 W.Pender St, Vancouver, 7pm
August 4, 2016
Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Rd, Newton Center, Massachusetts 02459, 7pm-8pm
This is the Boston-area launch of serpentine loop! Join me for a one hour event – a 20 minute reading followed by book signing and mingling.
There is generally full access to the store: there is a ramp that leads to the entrance. We do not have automatic doors, but certainly assist carts, walkers, etc. We have a single bathroom which is gender neutral and has a baby changing table.
June 25, 2016
I’ll be reading at a house party with US/Canadian poets Jen Currin and Broc Russell and the band Scarlet Locomotive in Vancouver. It’s a private event but if you really want to come, email me.
June 9, 2016 Burnaby
Spoken Ink series, Wings Pub, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, 8 pm
Chelene Knight and I are going to read for 20 mins each and then have a Q&A. If you arrive wearing skates (with skateguards) you get a copy of serpentine loop and if you come wearing braids, you get a DISCOUNTED copy of Braided Skin. It should be a lovely night – we’ll be out on the patio and there is an open mic, too.
May 19, 2016 Vancouver
Real Vancouver Writing Series Untitled art space 436 Columbia street, Vancouver, British Columbia
Reading with Michael Prior, Model Disciple, Véhicule Press, 2016; Fraser Nixon, Straight to the Head, Arsenal Press, 2016; Matthew Walsh, works in progress; Andrea Warner, We Oughta Know, Eternal Cavalier Press, 2015; Elena Johnson, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra, Gaspereau Press, 2015
Hosted by Dina Del Bucchia and Sean Cranbury
Doors at 7PM
Admission by donation, pay what you can. Nobody turned away for lack of funds
Beers generously provided by Phillips Brewing
Books for sale, authors take 100% of proceeds from every sale
The wonderful people at Anvil Press made a Facebook page for the serpentine loop eastern Canada tour below where I will post from April 25-May 5. Details are below, too.
May 3 Montreal, PQ
Resonance Cafe, 9 pm, 5175 Av du Parc
Reading with Amanda Earl, Alison LaSorda, Jacob McArthur Mooney and Alison Strumberger.
May 2 Kingston ON
Novel Idea, 7 pm-9pm, 156 Princess St, Kingston
With Ashley-Elizabeth Best and musician Erika Lamon, a wonderful Kingston singer/songwriter whose EP will launch later this year.
Ashley-Elizabeth Best lives in Kingston and is from Cobourg, Ontario. She has been published in a number of anthologies including ‘That Not Forgotten’, ‘529’, ‘Lake Effect 5’, and ‘The Changing Image’. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Fjords, CV2, Berfrois, Grist, and Ambit Magazine. She has received an honourable mention in the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards. Her poetry was shortlisted for the 2011 Matrix Litpop Awards, Prism’s Poetry Prize 2012, and the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her chapbook ‘Now You Have Many Legs to Stand On’ (above/ground press) was published in 2015. Slow States of Collapse (ECW Press, 2016) is her first collection of poetry.
Elizabeth Greene will be reading from ‘The Dowager Empress: Selected Poems of Adele Wiseman’ which she is currently editing as well as some new poems of her own. Elizabeth is the author of three books of poetry. She edited and contributed to ‘We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman’ (Cormorant, 1997) which won the Betty and Morris Aaron Prize in 1998.
Erika Lamon is a bilingual singer-songwriter-interpreter from Kingston. Her genre ranges from folk, acoustic pop to indie tunes. She performed at the FrancoFolies de Montréal, Skeleton Parks Arts Festival and the Kingston Artfest. She’s a member of the French band, Les Soliloques, and her solo English debut EP will be released in September 2016. A single, ‘Strangers Know’ is set to launch in April 2016.
May 1 Ottawa, ON
Railroad, 3:00-5:00pm at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa.
Reading with Mike Caesar and Jeff Blackman.
MIKE CAESAR was born in Little Current, Ontario, and lives in Ottawa. His poems have been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead. He opened for Peter Richardson at the Tree Reading Series and his work was chosen by judge Phil Hall as a past winner of the Sawdust Reading Series’ monthly poetry contest.
JEFF BLACKMAN’s poetry has appeared in periodicals such as Blacklock’s Reporter, In/Words, and the Steel Chisel, the anthology Five (Apt. 9 Press), and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 (Tightrope Books). He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with his growing family. Visit https://jeffblackman2001.wordpress.com/ for poems, videos, and chapbooks.
PLUS THE REGULAR RAILROAD OPEN MIC!
RailRoad’s conductor and engineer are, in no order, Rona Shaffran and Rod Pederson.
April 29 St. Catharine’s, ON
In the Soil Festival, Niagara Artists’ Centre at 354 St Paul St in downtown St Catharines. The doors will open at 7:00 pm, the reading will begin at 7:30pm sharp. The whole event will be done by about 10:00 pm. http://www.nac.org/contact/ Reading with Margaret Christakos, Adrienne Gruber, Shannon Maguire, John Nyman, Mark Laliberte, Eric Schmaltz & Kasia Smug.
There are two sets of readers (see names above) and I’m reading second to last. Books will be for sale, but CASH ONLY!
April 26 Toronto, ON
Art Bar, 8 pm, Black Swan, 154 Danforth
Reading with the last ArtBar regular event. They are closing after two decades. Madhur Anand and Jennifer Zilm!
Madhur Anand’s debut collection of poems is A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada, April 2015). Newer poems appear in The Rusty Toque (Fall 2015) and The Walrus (Spring 2016). She is a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph.
Jennifer Zilm is a Vancouver-based author who received a B.A. and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of British. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio and the Humber College School for Writers, Zilm’s writing has been published in numerous journals, including Prism International, Prairie Fire, Grain, CV2, The Antigonish Review, Vallum, and Women in Judaism and Poetry. Zilm is the author of two chapbooks: The whole and broken yellows (2013) and October Notebook (2015). A draft of Waiting Room was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Waiting Room is her debut book of poetry. Learn more at www.jenniferzilm.com
Plus 10 people on the open mic – please share one poem under 3 minutes.
April 23 Victoria, BC
Multi-stop one-day poetry scramble with Kevin Spenst. Details forthcoming! Locations for Kevin’s 50 stop poetry tour are here.
April 20 Vancouver, BC
Launch of Kevin Spenst’s second book of poems, Ignite (Anvil Press) and my book serpentine loop at The Heatley, 696 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC. 7pm and onwards. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms are gender neutral and accessible.
April 18 Vancouver
April 16, 2016 Vancouver, BC
Kevin Spenst’s 3rd Annual Poetry Crawl
Kevin has organized a blitz of readings in the downtown of Vancouver. Run from one to the next or drop in!
10:30 GRUNT GALLERY– JORDAN ABEL and Shazia Hafiz Ramji
11:15 WINSOR GALLERY –Ray Hsu and Matea Kulić
1:00 Hogan’s Alley – Timothy Shay and Elena Johnson
1:40 221 E Georgia St: “Vancouver Especially” – Bren Simmers and Jeff Steudel
2:10 EL KARTEL – Jennifer Zilm
2:30 Untitled Gallery – Geoffrey Nilson and Shannon Rayne
3:05 Gallery Gachet – Leah Horlik and Elee Kralji Gardiner
3:40 Artspeak – Cecily Nicholson and Mariner Janes
4:10 Skwachàys Lodge – Jónína Kirton and Joanne Arnott
4:40 OR GALLERY Ben Rawluk and Margret Bollerup
7:00 THE PAPER HOUND Kevin Spenst and Raoul Fernandes
April 4, University of British Columbia, Green College
Reading at 5pm with Raoul Fernandes in celebration of the launch of Ngwatilo Mawiyoo’s Dagoretti Corner! A Callaloo Fellow from Nairobi, Kenya, Ngwatilo’s recent poems have been published or are forthcoming in “Kwani?”, “Obsidian”, and “One Throne Magazine”. Ngwatilo is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and was shortlisted for the 2015 and 2016 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. She is the author of two chapbooks, “Blue Mothertongue” and the forthcoming “Dagoretti Corner”. She received her MFA from the University of British Columbia. Special congratulations to Raoul who was just nominated for the Gerald Lampert award!
March 31-April 4 Los Angeles, CA
AWP Conference attendance and book signing at the Anvil Press table on Friday April 1, 2016 at 3pm.
Feb 18, 2016 Guest on Wax Poetic, Coop Radio Vancouver. Listen to the archive here.
Dec 1-5, 2015 First Annual Writers Conference University of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
November 14, 2015 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, Launch of Rachel Rose’s Marry or Burn. I am thrilled about this because Raoul Fernandes (Transmitter and Receiver) and Renée Sarojini Saklikar (Children of Air India) and I were all at The Writer’s Studio at SFU when Rachel Rose was the poetry mentor.
June 23, 2015 Reading at Strangers on a Train
The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, 7pm
Strangers on a Train is a monthly reading series, hosted by the Langara College English department, devoted to creating dialogue between writers and writing groups that would not typically interact with one another. Each event features writers from a variety of genres and backgrounds: from spoken word to highbrow prose – the up-and-coming, the student, and the venerable. The goal of the series is to encourage discussion and promote collaboration within Vancouver’s diverse literary community (or with members of other Canadian literary communities). All events are free to attend and are open to the public (19+).
Featuring readings by:
Jacqueline Turner – The Ends of the Earth; Seven into Even
Donato Mancini – Loitersack; Snowline
Shashi Bhat – The Family Took Shape
Elee Kraljii Gardiner – V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Karol Pasciano – Langara Student Writer
Tracy Lissner – Langara Student Writer
On May 21, 2015 Thurs at 7pm I will join a group of Elise Partridge‘s friends in launching her third book, The Exiles’ Gallery. Elise passed away in January and her book, published by House of Anansi, is beautiful. I’ll be reading one of her poems with Aislinn Hunter, Miranda Pearson, Rob Taylor, Caroline Adderson and others. Heartwood Community Cafe, Broadway and Kingsway, Vancouver, BC.
On April 28, 2015 with Thursdays Writing Collective at Verses Festival at Havana Gallery on Commercial Drive, Vancouver. 6:30pm, $5 entrance. We read selections from Voice to Voice, our (forthcoming) seventh anthology!
On April 27, 2015 I will be reading with Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Mark Winston, Patrick Foley and Anita Lo at Honey, Hives and Poetry in the City. This event is part of National Poetry Month and supported by the League of Canadian Poets. Join us on Monday at 7pm in the Vancouver Public Library’s Alice McKay room for readings about food and bees – event includes a honey tasting!
April 2, 16, 2015 World premieres of Voice to Voice art songs, 11 original new music compositions by UBC graduate composers and performers based on texts by Thursdays Writing Collective.