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:Update: 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:
This July, I’ll be running chapbook making workshops for teens at the Fleetwood, Newton, Cloverdale, Guildford, City Centre, and Ocean Park Libraries!
Chapbook-making offers a unique creative experience. Teens will cut, fold, and collage words and images. Guided by Surrey’s Poet Laureate, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, and other local poets, teens will be inspired with new ways of self-expression. Their works will be exhibited in the teen lounge of City Centre Library in October 2018.
These workshops are made possible by the City of Surrey Cultural Grants program. Thanks also go to local Surrey poets including: Winston Le, Christine Riek, Heidi Greco, and members of the Cedar Bark poetry community.”
“…The long poem begins in aftermath, perhaps a broken love affair, an argument, escalated into war, has ceded into the depths of time. A fascinating play with language and concepts, the images of bees hover in the background as if painted into different dimensions of time overlapping, the poem works on different levels, as if in parallel realities. In the work, bee images surface, sometimes as if the protagonists in the story are bees and there are images of bees, the inside of nests, the making of wax enclaves for honey. A magic symbol in pagan mythology, symbolizing the productivity of the community, fertility and royal enclaves, the imagery weaves an allusion to bloodlines and the tenacity of the human spirit in adversity. As if a comment on the strained cultural way of the West during the Industrialized Economy and the ensuing violence in personal relationships with whispers of the reclaiming of Holy Spirit tenets and cultural knowledge in the New Computerized Society beginning to recreate peace…”
ABOVE/GROUND PRESS READINGS (Hosted by Heidi Greco)
4:15 pm Stephen Collis (Adopted by: book’mark, The Library Store) New Life (above/ground press $4.00)
4:20 pm Renée Sarojini Saklikar (Adopted by: Hager Books) After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees (above/ground press $4.00)
4:25 pm lary timewell Odds Are (above/ground press $4.00)
Date: September 25, 2016 Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, The Underground
OM: You seem to have come at self-promotion from every possible angle. What has been most effective in putting your work, and the work of others, in front of readers?
rm: I think the most effective thing has been the fact that I don’t rely solely on one way in which to inform people. Some might notice via my email list, others might via FB or blog, while even others via Twitter. For some, it’s the physical table of books at a small press fair, whether Ottawa or, occasionally, Toronto. I often mail chapbook handouts to book fairs in other parts of North America as well, something I’ve been doing for a decade or so now. I sent fifty copies of a new Renée Saklikar above/ground press chapbook as handout at the recent Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, and fifty copies of the new lary timewell above/ground press chapbook to Louisiana, for Marthe Reed to hand out at the New Orleans Poetry Festival. I like the idea of books making it to events that I can’t, and I know if I attempt to sell physical copies through someone else, it just becomes more complicated, especially with authors that most audiences at those events wouldn’t know too much about…”