Events and readings

November 23 : A Reading with Chris Turnbull

Delighted to be reading with former Vancouverite Chris Turnbull at the People’s Co-op Bookstore on November 23 at 7PM:

“Chris Turnbull is the author of Continua (Ottawa: Chaudiere Books 2015; Picton: Invisible Publishing 2019) and [ untitled ] in o w n (Vancouver: CUE Books 2014), one of a trio of poetry books alongside work by Heather Hermant and angela rawlings. Chapbook publications include Shingles (Vancouver: Thuja 1999); continua 1-22 (Ottawa: above/ground 2010); and The Great Canadian (Buffalo: Low Frequency Press 2015), which combines images from Turnbull’s site-specific rout/e project and text from rawling’s forthcoming echolology. Undertones, a collaborative chapbook with text/artist Bruno Neiva, is emerging with Low Frequency Press in 2019.

In addition to new work, Renee Saklikar will read from her sci-fi epic chapbooks (highly collectible!): the first chapbook 2016 by the late Martha Reed (Nous Zot Press); the second, ‘After the Battle of Kingsway. The Bees’, (2016; 2019), above/ground press (finalist for the 2017 bpNichol award); the third, by Nomados Press (2017); and the fourth, ‘from The Book of Bramah'(2019), above/ground press.”

The launch is a free event, and gets underway at 7:00 pm. Located at 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, V5L 3X5. See you there!

Events and readings

Play about wartime nurses returns to Museum of Surrey

Ishbel Newstead (left) and Renee Sarojini Saklikar will perform the poem-play “Canadian Nurses In Wartime” after the Remembrance Day ceremony concludes in Veterans’ Square in Cloverdale. (Photo: Surrey Now Leader)

“A play about war-era nurses is returning to the Museum of Surrey.

Canadian Nurses in Wartime will run at approximately 11:45 a.m. in the museum’s theatre—right after Remembrance Day services end at the Cloverdale Cenotaph Nov. 11.

Written by Renee Sarojini Saklikar and researched by Ishbel Newstead, the poem-play will feature both women playing different roles.

‘A poem-play is a seated reading that incorporates historical research into the narrative,’ said Saklikar. ‘We take documentary work and we merge it with imagination.’ She added she uses poetic license for dialogue, but not history.”

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Nov 16: Museum of Surrey Guided Writing Reflections

Join me in experiencing a wonderfully rich exhibit and then creating a word-quilt:

Gather, write, share and create with multiple artforms inspired by the feature exhibit.

Join Surrey’s former poet laureate, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, as she leads a guided writing reflection on the latest exhibit, Being: Punjabi – Unfolding the Surrey Story. After an inspired session of writing, attendees will choose a quote to write on a square of sari fabric. The squares will later be sewn into a quilt which will be displayed at the museum. 

The event is on Saturday Nov. 16, 2-3:30pm at the Museum of Surrey. Free but please register HERE:

Guided Writing Reflections Museum of Surrey

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March 29: Ottawa VERSefest 2019



Excited to be attending VERSefest 2019, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival, with Dr. Mark Winston to read from Listening to the Bees!

“VERSeFest is Ottawa’s annual International Festival of Poetry. Built on a mandate of fostering creative crossroads and community, we feature English and French poetry of all traditions, styles, and forms. Since 2011, we have showcased the best local, Canadian, and international poets performing in both spoken and written word genres. As one of Canada’s largest and most successful poetry festivals, our stages have featured readings by Griffin, Governor General, and Pulitzer Prize winners.”

Reading Event Details Here

Events and readings

March 17: Pop Up Dances and World Poetry Day

Poetry and Dance VPL March 2019

“Celebrate World Poetry Day with New Works and the Vancouver Public Library. The second edition of Pop Up Dances at the Central Library brings some of Vancouver’s most exciting literary and performance artists under one roof. This year we are thrilled to feature new collaborations by:

  • Alexa Mardon & Stacey Ho
  • Carmen Rodríguez & Zahra Shahab
  • Salomé Nieto & Renée Saklikar
  • Nyla Carpentier & Shazia Hafiz Ramji
  • Barbara Adler & Juan Carlos Villegas

This free public event is open to everyone and aims to create unique settings for artists and audiences to create and experience dance and poetry.”

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