Events and readings

Asians on Edge: Avant Garde Poets of the Diaspora

My pleasure to be hosting this event at Surrey City Centre Library this Friday. Registration information is below and at the link:
Asians on Edge

“‘Asians on Edge: Avant-Garde Poets of the Diaspora’ invites you to witness a quintet of poetic forces who excavate language as material and shapeshift the landscape of traditional verse. 

Come celebrate emerging Valley poet Winston Le’s new chapbook,”translanguaging” alongside acclaimed poets, Surjeet Kalsey, Penelope So, Rahat Kurd, and Shazia Hafiz Ramji.”

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Lunch Poems at SFU

Lunch Poems at SFU: Joseph Dandurand and Tawahum Justin Bige

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: April 18, 2018 at 12:00pm

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Update: Unfortunately, Joseph Dandurand is unable to attend. Instead Billeh Nickerson will join Tawahum tomorrow at noon. Hope to see you there.

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

Lunch Poems at SFU

Lunch Poems at SFU: Carleigh Baker and Aidan Chafe

Lunch Poems Carleigh Baker and Aidan Chafe

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: March 21, 2018 at 12:00pm

Learn More Here