Events and readings

Dec 8: 2018 Vancouver Book Award Ceremony

Celebrate the four shortlisted books that reflect Vancouver’s unique character, rich diversity and culture, history and residents. The 2018 winner will be announced at the event.”

Vancouver Book Awards 2018

I’ve been asked by Former Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver, Rachel Rose, whose anthology, Sustenance, is one of the finalists, to represent her/the book at this free and public event…all are welcome.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

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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.”

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