Events and readings

Feb 7-10: Reading the Valley in Kelowna

Starting today!


Reading the Valley is a gathering of readers and writers from near and far. Celebrating the launch of this annual event, Reading the Valley welcomes a number of great writers and artists including:

Jeannette Armstrong, Corinna Chong, Joan Crate, Dina Del Bucchia, Sean Johnston, Jake Kennedy, John Lent, Evan Munday, Cecily Nicholson, Matt Rader, Harold Rhenisch, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Moheb Soliman, Margo Tamez, Sharon Thesen, Caitlin Voth, and Daniel Zomparelli.

Join us for various events throughout this gathering, meet with writers, attend panels, expand your social network, and more.”

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Events and readings

Word Vancouver 2015 – Poetry on the Bus

Word Vancouver 2015
Image from Word Vancouver

Looking forward to speaking at three events at Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading:

The main festival day takes place at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Come hear musical performances, free readings, and panel discussions. Activities include writing workshops as well as a variety of literacy activities. Canadian authors and book and magazine exhibitors are all gathered to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age.”

The first event is Poetry on the Bus on September 27 at 11:30am:

The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil Press): Featuring Daniela ElzaMercedes EngMariner Janes, and Cecily NicholsonHosted by Renée Sarojini Saklikar.”

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June events

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(This May-August, I’m part of SFU’s  Southbank Writer’s Program in Surrey – we meet evenings during the week and on Saturday’s at the Surrey Centre Public Library)

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anamnesia-unforgetting this evening @ Vivo Media Arts Centre 7pm  clip from the Vivio Media Arts Centre

VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver’s oldest media access artist run centre presents Anamnesia: Unforgetting, a series of three screenings of videos from the 1970s and 1980s, collected through the early Satellite Video Exchange program. The videos are now housed in VIVO’s Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive, a collection of 4500 titles of international video art and related ephemera. Emerging out of Intermedia, the Satellite Video Exchange collection documents important correspondence, performance and activist video collaborations in Vancouver’s art history.

The curators of Anamnesia: Unforgetting, Alex Muir, Donato Mancini and Cecily Nicholson will present their programs on November 15th, 22nd and 29th. The three events are accompanied by a publication, artist conversations, DVD box set and online component.

Nicholson has restored video documents from 1973 to 1979 that address the Oglala Sioux and American Indian Movement stand at Wounded Knee. Curated amongst them are documents of concurrent narratives on prison asylum and the civil rights movement, including a lecture given by Angela Davis at UC Berkley and a documentary on prison inmates in a San Francisco jail. A number of protests, including a gathering to stop the extradition of Leonard Peltier at the Vancouver Art Gallery will be presented. Winnipeg based Anishnabe Writer, Marie Annharte, author ofIndigena Awry, Being On the Moon, Coyote Columbus Café and Exercises in Lip Pointing, will read at the event.

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today’s readings, Autumnly

first, there is the work: in progress, “Thinking about Anna,” variations on an unrhymed glosa

later, there will be performance: with Rachel Rose, two of her poems, first published in Rattle, about [redacted]

then there are readings, to examine and confer, sound-weight: what Frost called, tone

  • “In the old neighbourhood,” Tim Bowling in Ryga No.5
  • “leave the blinds open,” Jennifer LoveGrove, in Ryga No.5
  • “Shimmer, i. place your body,” Cecily Nicholson
  • “Provenance,” Jim Johnstone (found him on the Inner/Net, via Shane Neilson via Corinna Chong via Ryga)

And arrived! from Coach House: Lip Service, Bruce Andrews. He will be for me as Robin Blaser’s The Holy Forest

(on the piano, Dante. He rests)–Pilgrim, this is purpose: from Rachel (Rose) to Rachel (Blau DuPlessis):

from Draft 81: Gap: skytrain reading with Nicholson and…

a poem to contemplate: John Barton’s on blood and the Krever Commission