Applications are now open for #ArtSongLab2019 – details below:
I hope you’ll be able to attend my Surrey Poet Laureate Farewell, next Friday October 12. There will be an Open Mic and an exhibit of teen chapbooks, generously supported by Surrey’s Cultural Grant – Details below:Update: Thank you to all who came out to this event; here are a few photos to recap the night and my writer’s journey as Surrey Poet Laureate:
Going to be doing a reading from Listening to the Bees with Dr. Mark Winston, this time at the BC Honey Producers Association AGM Conference and Tradeshow in Victoria. Looking forward to it!
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Chris Turnbull will not be able to attend this month’s Lunch poems at SFUbut Kevin Spenst will be joining us on Wednesday with Ian Williams at noon!
Lunch Poems connects the city with poets – a great place to bring your lunch and your questions about poetry. There’s always a Q & A after the reading.
The light in the Teck Gallery at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus is beautiful, the vibe is friendly and relaxed.
And we always end on time.
Where: Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver
When: October 17, 2018 at 12:00pm
Join me and Mark Winston for a free reading at Banyen Books and Sound (3608 West 4th Ave, Vancouver) next Thursday from 6:30-8:00pm:
“Listening to the Bees is a collaborative exploration by two writers to illuminate the most profound human questions: Who are we? Who do we want to be in the world? Through the distinct but complementary lenses of science and poetry, Mark Winston and Renée Saklikar reflect on the tension of being an individual living in a society, and about the devastation wrought by overly intensive management of agricultural and urban habitats.
Listening to the Bees takes readers into the laboratory and out to the field, into the worlds of scientists and beekeepers, and to meetings where the research community intersects with government policy and business. The result is an insiders’ view of the way research is conducted—its brilliant potential and its flaws—along with the personal insights and remarkable personalities experienced over a forty-year career that parallels the rise of industrial agriculture.”
Here’s an excerpt from an great Interview the Surrey Now-Leader did with Museum of Surrey Manager Lynn Saffery on the grand reopening (I’ll be attending!):
Q: What do you anticipate the museum will add to Surrey, and the historic Cloverdale town centre?
A: The Museum of Surrey tells the stories of people beginning with the Coast Salish nations who have lived here from time immemorial, to the contemporary international people who immigrated to Canada and chose to make Surrey their home. Surrey is proudly diverse, inclusive and unique.
I’m excited for Cloverdale and it’s amazing residents. The museum, Fraser Valley Heritage Railway, Surrey Archives, Cloverdale Library, and much more, strengthen this vibrant walkable town centre.
All these unique initiatives are supported by experts and volunteers passionate about their work. Cloverdale is now a heritage and cultural destination for tourists and residents. It has unlimited potential.