Oct 14 – Your Story: Write, Draw, Share Workshop

Share your story through language, text and drawing at this free one-day workshop, led by Surrey Poet Laureate Renee Saklikar, and New Westminster Poet Laureate Alan Hill. What comes to mind when thinking of ‘home’? Is it a place where you live, work, play, sleep, eat? Is it a space we create, nurture; leave or long for? Fearlessly explore personal, cultural and creative expressions through free-form writing, brainstorming, collaborative exercises and visual art. This workshop is open to participants aged 13+ years, living in the Lower Mainland. Participants will have the opportunity to create a visual artefact displayed on New Westminster bus shelters, and included in the Canada 150 Fund “Home” exhibition in the New Westminster Museum, opening February, 2018.”

Date: Saturday October 14th
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Anvil Centre, New Westminster

To register for this FREE workshop, contact:

  • Kristina Fiedrich, Arts Programmer
  • Email: kfiedrich@newwestcity.ca
  • Phone: 604 515 3837
  • Cell/Text: 778 773 0587

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October 9: A literary sitting with Surjit Patar and Mazhar Tirmazi

On the occasion of the 70 years of Indo-Pak independence, Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) is holding an event:

 Beyond the Boundaries: A literary sitting with Surjit Patar and Mazhar Tirmazi

When: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm (sharp)
Where: Punjab Bhawan 15453 Fraser Highway, Surrey, BC

Surjit Patar is an eminent Punjabi poet. The living legend is recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, Panchnad Puruskar and Saraswati Samman and prestigious Padma Shri and recently appointed as Punjab arts council chief. Surjit Patar has published four books of poems and has translated three tragedies of Federico Garcia Lorca, the play ‘Nag Mandala’ of Girish Karnad and poems by Bertolt Brecht and Pablo Neruda into Punjabi. He has also adapted plays by Euripides, Racine and Jean Giraudoux. He has written tele-scripts on Punjabi poets from Sheikh Ghulam Farid and Shiv Kumar Batalvi.  

Mazhar Tirmazi is a renowned British Pakistani Punjabi poet, playwright and journalist. His poetry is taught in universities in India and Pakistan. Some of his poems are featured in English translation in the anthology Mother Tongues 2001.  He has been featured on poems on the Underground and Poems for the Waiting Room 2005. His poem, UmraN LangiaN PabaN Bhaar, was adapted for a Ghazal rendition by Asad Amanat Ali Khan and is widely acclaimed.

Admission is free, but donations are highly appreciated.

Organized by the Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians, (CPPC) Vancouver Chapter.

Supported by the College of Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley and the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD).

The Capilano Review’s 7th Annual Robin Blaser Contest

The Capilano Review invites entries for its 7th Annual Robin Blaser award, to be judged by Wayde Compton.

Statement from this year’s judge, Wayde Compton:

That which is “avant-garde” can be socially progressive or regressive, just as that which extends a tradition can be either as well. So “the new” isn’t necessarily the utopian key it’s often assumed to be, and “the old” is not always that which is best left behind. I’m most curious, in this time, about poetry that disregards this binary, and instead productively questions any lineage of influence.”

About the Judge: 

Wayde Compton
Photo by Ayelet Tsabari

Wayde Compton writes poetry, fiction, and essays. Three of his books — The Outer HarbourAfter Canaan, and The Revolving City — were finalists for the City of Vancouver Book Award, and the former won in 2015. His book 49th Parallel Psalm was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2002, Compton co-founded the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to the public memory of Vancouver’s historical black community, and he is a member of the Northeast False Creek Stewardship Group. Compton is the program director of Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies, where he administrates the Writer’s Studio and the Southbank Writer’s Program.

  • Revised Deadline: October 7th, 2017
  • Award: $500 + publication in the Fall issue, TCR 3.33.
  • Fee: $25 for Canadian entries, $35 for US/international entries
  • Length: Maximum 6 pages per entry.

Submit your work here

Lunch Poems at SFU: Yvonne Blomer and Kerry Gilbert


Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic ideas and cadence held the third Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 pm, in the Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre Campus.

The raison d’être of Lunch Poems at SFU is to invite and welcome everyone to enjoy poetry in a relaxed and casual atmosphere: whether you are new to poetry, or have had a long romance with it. So bring your lunch, your knitting, your kids and your grandparents whatever, whomever you wish, (unfortunately, no pets please!) We invite you to join us lunching on words and feeding your soul. No fees or registration. Just bring your lunch, curiosity, open mind, and love of words.”

Learn More Here