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.”

More Details Here

Events and readings

Sep 30: Word Vancouver 2018 Sessions

I’ll be participating in the following sessions this Sunday at Word Vancouver 2018 – Come say hello!

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1:20 pm The Planet Earth and Everything on It
Ian Hanington – Just Cool It: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do (Greystone
Books), Renée Sarojini Saklikar and Mark L. Winston – Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions), Geoff Dembicki – Are We Screwed?: How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change (Raincoast Books)

3:40 pm The Collective Voice
Sara Graefe – Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories (Caitlin Press), Renée Sarojini Saklikar – Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food (Anvil Press), Jianna Faner & Abeer Yusuf – Whenever I Find Myself, Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women (Caitlin Press)

About Word Vancouver:

“The main festival day takes place at Library Square, located at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Enjoy free readings, panel discussions, and live performances. Activities include writing workshops as well as a variety of literacy activities. Canadian authors and book and magazine exhibitors will also gather to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age!”

Full Schedule Here

Events and readings

Sept 25-27: Thin Air – The Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Thin Air Winnipeg Writers Festival
Image source: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Delighted to be attending Thin Air, this year’s Winnipeg International Writers Festival, and doing a few events as well:

Mainstage: Poetry Bash
September 25, 2018, 7:30 pm to 10:00pm
The Mainstage
Featuring Arleen Paré, Basma Kavanagh, Caity Curtis, Stephen Sim, Di Brandt, Mikko Harvey, and Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP), The Forks
Admission: $12/$10 pass

Campus Program (CMU) and Reading with Mark Winston
September 26, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Chapel, Canadian Mennonite University, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd.

Big Ideas: Listening to the Bees
September 26, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street

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Events and readings, Listening to the Bees

May 11: Listening to the Bees – Surrey Book Launch

Listening to the Bees Book Launch Surrey

If you can’t make it to the Vancouver launch for Listening to the Bees, my latest collaboration with Mark Winston, we’ll also be launching the book at the Surrey City Centre Library on May 11!

“Listening to the Bees is a collaboration between two writers who share a common passion for bees and for language. It combines Winston’s personal essays based on thirty years as a scientist in the field with the honey bee and Saklikar’s poems created in response to a rich scientific archive.”

Click here for Book Details

Listening to the Bees

Poetic Licence: An Interview with Read Local BC

Poetic Licence is a special Read Local BC column for National Poetry Month. Each column features one poet and a snapshot into their bookish world. 

Renée Sarojini Saklikar is the current Poet Laureate for Surrey and her forthcoming book, Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions, 2018) is a book of essays and bee poems written in collaboration with Dr. Mark Winston:renee-saklikar_listening-to-the-bees

A few excerpts:

“How do you write your first draft of a poem? – Almost always, first drafts are in pencil; although, these days, composition occurs in my head while walking/running, or dancing, or doing yoga. Then I have to race to my device (less than ideal), or better, home to my desk, or to a café to scrawl out lines on pages in my notebook.

How much do you edit or rewrite a poem, and how do you decide when it’s done (or good enough)? – I confess to compulsive editing and revision, even after book/chapbook publication. I’m obsessed with sound and syntax, less to description, so until the form and structure and sound feel right, I keep trying different combinations. May the poem never be done!”

Read the Rest of The Interview Here