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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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

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!

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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

Events and readings

Sept 26: Women and Writing – Indigenous Perspectives

Surrey Libraries will be hosting another Authors Among Us on Wednesday, September 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Guildford Library. The theme this time is Women and Writing: Indigenous Perspective, with guest speakers Lisa Monchalin and Jónína Kirton.

I will unfortunately be out of town for the Winnipeg literary festival, but do please check out this lovely event if you have a chance:

Authors Among Us Sep 2018More Details Here

Events and readings

Sept 25-27: Thin Air – The Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Thin Air Winnipeg Writers Festival
Image source: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Delighted to be attending Thin Air, this year’s Winnipeg International Writers Festival, and doing a few events as well:

Mainstage: Poetry Bash
September 25, 2018, 7:30 pm to 10:00pm
The Mainstage
Featuring Arleen Paré, Basma Kavanagh, Caity Curtis, Stephen Sim, Di Brandt, Mikko Harvey, and Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP), The Forks
Admission: $12/$10 pass

Campus Program (CMU) and Reading with Mark Winston
September 26, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Chapel, Canadian Mennonite University, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd.

Big Ideas: Listening to the Bees
September 26, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street

Check for the Full Schedule