June 22: Beckoned by the Sea, A Book Launch

Beckoned by the Sea is diverse, powerful, raw—words that describe both the ocean itself and the collective voices of two dozen women whose compelling stories Taylor brings to life in this vivid work. Taylor adeptly purses her prose to let the voices of these accomplished women drive the narrative and enrich our portrait of Cascadia. It’s an important book casts light on the long overlooked role of women in maritime industries and will hopefully inspire the next generation of female seafarers.”

—Eric Enno Tamm, author of Beyond the Outer Shores

I’m delighted to have written the foreword to this rich and beautiful book by Sylvia Taylor. Join us in celebrating the launch of Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Beckoned By the Sea Sylvia TaylorAuthor Sylvia Taylor will illuminate the myriad ways in which women have contributed to the marine industries that sustain the people and shape the culture of North America’s west coast. Enjoy musical entertainment, marine photography on display, author readings from the book, book sales & signings, and light refreshments.”

– Event details

Date: Thu, 22 June 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
Admission is free, but seating is limited.


Surrey Stories Connect: Teens and Seniors Write Surrey Photos

Friday May 12, 2017: evening, up in Room 418, Surrey City Centre public library, writers and friends celebrated the launch of this book: a time-capsule of Surrey, Autumn 2016, through the writings of seniors and youth from the Cloverdale, Strawberry Hill areas of Surrey as well as at Historic Stewart Farm. Co-edited by Meghan Savage and Renee Sarojini Saklikar:

May 12: Surrey Stories Connect Book Launch

As Surrey Poet Laureate, I’m very excited to be launching the anthology, Surrey Stories Connect: Teens and Seniors Write Surrey, on Friday May 12, 6:30-8:30 pm at City Centre Library. Here’s a bit from the official presser:

The book tells the lived experiences of Surrey residents from the Cloverdale and Strawberry Hill areas as well as from Historic Stewart Farm. ‘It’s a time capsule, a snapshot of Surrey in the fall of 2016, written by seniors and teens, during afternoon writing workshops,’ said Saklikar. ‘I am very proud that this anthology contains a chapter of the oral stories of senior citizens, many of whom are women who worked on berry farms and in sawmills. Their stories are translated from Punjabi and Gujarati into English.’

Surrey Stories Connect also includes responses to the writing prompt, ‘I remember when,’ with reminisces of the Surrey of the past as written by participants. ‘The writing captures moments in time, created in one sitting, at three different locations, with stories that reveal the deep diversity of this complex city,’ explains Co-editor, Meghan Savage.

In the Preface of the book, Mayor Linda Hepner remarks that ‘Surrey Stories Connect: Teens and Seniors Write Surrey arrives at a time when we are celebrating the history of Canada as it officially turns 150… The stories serve as an example of Surrey’s rich cultural diversity and unique heritage in Canada.’

Since starting her role as Surrey’s Poet Laureate in October 2015, Saklikar has been working to create a legacy program of poetry-outreach that is multi-lingual and inter-cultural, in partnership with local organizations in Surrey. Her interest has been in furthering grass-roots connections with youth, seniors, and community groups. She has just recently accepted an extension of her position as Surrey’s Poet Laureate for another year and will be serving into the fall of 2018.

Everyone is welcome to attend the book launch, which is part of the Surrey Poet Laureate legacy project, a collaboration between Surrey Libraries, the City of Surrey, and PICS Senior’s Care Facility. The book will be available free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 604-598-7426 to save your spot! For more information, visit surreylibraries.ca.

Pay with a Poem: National Poetry Month

Pay With A Poem

Happy to share the following fun and inclusive poetry event to kick off April as National Poetry Month!

“Pay with a Poem” is back at the Newton Espresso Café! Pay with a poem and get a free coffee, tea or pop during the month of April, 2017 at the Newton Espresso Café! The Newton Espresso Café is located at 7330—137 Street in Newton.

All poems must be original. Poems can be on any theme and in any format, but we encourage submissions on the themes of “Mugs and Conversations.” Selected poems will be published in the monthly community-led poetry publication “The Cedar Bark ‘Zine.”

This “Pay with a Poem” initiative is presented by Newton Espresso Café, Friends of the Grove, and the Cedar Bark Poets in celebration of National Poetry MonthFor more information on the “Pay with a Poem” initiative, contact David Dalley at info@friendsofthegrove.caFor more information on the Newton Espresso Café contact owner Youssif Ihab at youssif_pws@hotmail.com or (604) 590-2299.”

See here for pictures and a summary of last year’s “Pay with a Poem”