Events and readings

Oct 19-21: 2018 Surrey International Writers’ Conference

 

SIWC 2018

It’s that time of the year again – the 26th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference.  I’ll once again be hosting Poetry Open Mic on Saturday from 11:30 AM -12:45 PM, so come read your poetry in front of a supportive audience. Listeners are also welcome!

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Lunch Poems at SFU

Lunch Poems at SFU: Kevin Spenst and Ian Williams

Lunch Poems 2018 Oct

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

Learn More Here

Events and readings, Surrey Poet Laureate

Oct 12: Surrey Poet Laureate Open Mic and Celebration

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:Surrey Poet Laureate Open Mic & Celebration Oct 12 2018Update: 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:

Surrey Poet Laureate Final 2 Surrey Poet Laureate Final

 

Events and readings, Listening to the Bees

Oct 4: Reading at Banyen Books

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.”

More Details Here

Surrey Poet Laureate

Sept 29: Museum of Surrey Grand Reopening

Grand Opening Museum of Surrey

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.

Click Here for the Full Q&A

Events and readings

Sep 30: Word Vancouver 2018 Sessions

I’ll be participating in the following sessions this Sunday at Word Vancouver 2018 – Come say hello!

word vancouver logo

1:20 pm The Planet Earth and Everything on It
Ian Hanington – Just Cool It: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do (Greystone
Books), Renée Sarojini Saklikar and Mark L. Winston – Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions), Geoff Dembicki – Are We Screwed?: How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change (Raincoast Books)

3:40 pm The Collective Voice
Sara Graefe – Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories (Caitlin Press), Renée Sarojini Saklikar – Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food (Anvil Press), Jianna Faner & Abeer Yusuf – Whenever I Find Myself, Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women (Caitlin Press)

About Word Vancouver:

“The main festival day takes place at Library Square, located at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Enjoy free readings, panel discussions, and live performances. Activities include writing workshops as well as a variety of literacy activities. Canadian authors and book and magazine exhibitors will also gather to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age!”

Full Schedule Here