Events and readings, Surrey Poet Laureate

Make Something: Surrey Teen Chapbook Workshop

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This July, I’ll be running chapbook making workshops for teens at the Fleetwood, Newton, Cloverdale, Guildford, City Centre, and Ocean Park Libraries!

Chapbook-making offers a unique creative experience. Teens will  cut, fold, and collage words and images. Guided by Surrey’s Poet Laureate, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, and other local poets, teens will be inspired with new ways of self-expression. Their works will be exhibited in the teen lounge of City Centre Library in October 2018.

These workshops are made possible by the City of Surrey Cultural Grants program. Thanks also go to local Surrey poets including: Winston Le, Christine Riek, Heidi Greco, and members of the Cedar Bark poetry community.”

Dates:

Listening to the Bees

SFU News: Why We Should Listen to the Bees

Mark Winston and Renee Saklikar
Image credit: Simon Fraser University News

SFU News has a nice piece up on Listening to the Bees, launching today at Surrey City Centre Library:

Listening to the Bees Book Launch Surrey

Some excerpts:

The book is a “call-and-response” collaboration between the two writers, who share a common passion for bees and language. It features a collection of essays by Winston on his 40-year career as a scientist studying bees and is interspersed with Saklikar’s eloquent poems.”

Mark Winston on the book:

The book is intended for a general audience, from those interested in bees, nature and science, to those who appreciate poetry. ‘The actual results of research, interesting as they are, are only the beginning of contemplating the mysteries that deep study of another organism can reveal,’ says Winston. ‘Listening to the bees connects us to the ineffable mysteries we will never resolve or fully understand, into the realm of wonder.’

Read the Article Here

Listening to the Bees

An interview with Joseph Planta at thecommentary.ca

My pleasure to talk again Joseph Planta over at thecommentary.ca:

In August 2004, Joseph Planta premiered feature audio interviews with unique and diverse guests from renowned bestselling and prize winning authors, Canadian newsmakers and political figures, internationally known print and broadcast journalists, prominent academics and public intellectuals, as well as noted artists and personalities.

For nearly 1,600 interviews and fifteen years now, the Planta: On the Line interview program continues as a forum for engaging, informative conversations on current affairs and a wide variety of subjects.”

Renée speaks with editor Joseph Planta on Listening to the Bees, poetry, and more on Planta: On the Line.

Listening to the Bees

Poetic Licence: An Interview with Read Local BC

Poetic Licence is a special Read Local BC column for National Poetry Month. Each column features one poet and a snapshot into their bookish world. 

Renée Sarojini Saklikar is the current Poet Laureate for Surrey and her forthcoming book, Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions, 2018) is a book of essays and bee poems written in collaboration with Dr. Mark Winston:renee-saklikar_listening-to-the-bees

A few excerpts:

“How do you write your first draft of a poem? – Almost always, first drafts are in pencil; although, these days, composition occurs in my head while walking/running, or dancing, or doing yoga. Then I have to race to my device (less than ideal), or better, home to my desk, or to a café to scrawl out lines on pages in my notebook.

How much do you edit or rewrite a poem, and how do you decide when it’s done (or good enough)? – I confess to compulsive editing and revision, even after book/chapbook publication. I’m obsessed with sound and syntax, less to description, so until the form and structure and sound feel right, I keep trying different combinations. May the poem never be done!”

Read the Rest of The Interview Here

Featured Reviews

After the Battle of Kingsway, the Bees: A Review

Many thanks to Calgary poet, editor, and Touch the Donkey contributor Nikki Sheppy for reviewing my chapbook After the Battle of Kingsway, the Bees, in the latest issue of filling Station (“the small press issue!”) A snippet:

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Bees, not moths, figure in Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s butter-coloured chapbook, After the Battle of Kingsway, the Bees—from above/ground press. The 15-page suite is an excerpt from volume 2 of Saklikar’s ongoing long work about place and identity, thecanadaproject—from which her first book, Children of Air India, un/authorized exhibits and interjections, also draws…”

You can read the review at above/ground press HERE.

 

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The 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award‏ Shortlist

Bpnichol shortlist 2017Delighted to announce that my chapbook After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees–, was shortlisted for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award‏:

The prize, awarded annually since 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – in the estimation of the judges – published in Canada in the previous year and submitted for consideration. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, mentor, and micropress publisher bpNichol (1944–1988).

The $4,000 prize purse, donated by an anonymous benefactor, makes this the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook, specified as a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

Judges Helen Guri of Montréal, Québec, and Hoa Nguyen of Toronto, Ontario, chose the finalists from more than 60 submissions from across the country.

The finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Dana Claxton. The Patient Storm. above/ground press
Doris Fiszer. The Binders. Tree Press
Stevie Howell. Summer. Desert Pets Press
Sonnet L’Abbé. Anima Canadensis. Junction Books
Nanci Lee. Preparation. FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
Renee Sarojini Saklikar. After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees. above/ground press

The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. on November 18, 2017, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, in Toronto. The Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, ephemera, and recordings generally not available in bookstores. The free event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.”

Lunch Poems at SFU

Lunch Poems at SFU: Chelene Knight and Jacqueline Turner

Lunch Poems June 2018 Knight Turner

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: June 20, 2018 at 12:00pm

Learn More Here

Events and readings

June 13: Metro Vancouver Annual Open Mic Night

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Image credit: Canadian Authors Association

I’ve put my name down and will be reading from Listening to the Bees!

Back by popular demand, CA–MV’s Open Mic night is a great way to catch up on what local authors are writing…

…Each reader is allocated a five-minute segment. This includes any comments about the work. From experience, we suggest keeping the intro to five or ten seconds to maximize reading time. The average five-minute speech consists of 650 words. Please aim for your reading to be between 625 and 650 words.

Carol Tulpar is the host. Robert W. Mackay is the moderator. He’s firm and fair. Each presenter will be advised when there is one minute left. Readers who go over their time will hear applause to indicate their time is up. The moderator’s word is final.”

  • Location: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, Suite 100, 938 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Date and Time: June 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Cost: Members no charge. Guests $10. Students with ID $5. Pay at the door.

Register here

Events and readings, Listening to the Bees

May 25: Listening to the Bees – Victoria Book Launch

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Listening to the Bees, my latest collaboration with Mark Winston, will be launching in Victoria at the Fortune Gallery this May 25!

“Listening to the Bees is a collaboration between two writers who share a common passion for bees and for language. It combines Winston’s personal essays based on thirty years as a scientist in the field with the honey bee and Saklikar’s poems created in response to a rich scientific archive.”

Click here for Book Details