Events and readings

April 6: KPU Reads with Aislinn Hunter


…Join the the conversation about the afterlives of books with Surrey’s Poet Laureate, Renée Sarojini Saklikar and KPU faculty member and author, Aislinn Hunter as well as a special performance from the Borealis String Quartet.”

Date: April 6
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Place: KPU Surrey Main Atrium

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Surrey Poet Laureate

City of Surrey Poet Laureate

Surrey Poet Laureate

I’m honoured to be appointed Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey and look forward to meeting writers and poets at this year’s Surrey International Writing Conference at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey. I’ll be hosting a poetry open mic and a blue pencil session as well as book signing and social at the book fair.

My Schedule on Saturday Oct. 24:

  • 10-11:15am: Poetry Open Mic: Green Timbers 4
  • 3:45-5:00pm: Blue Pencil Session, Fraser Room
  • 5:30-7:00pm: Book Fair and book signing

Come talk to me about your ideas for connecting people through poetry!

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Memorials: A Review by Canadian Literature

Memorials: A Review by Canadian Literature

Canadian Literature, a fascination with juxtaposition:  poet Andrea Macpherson’s review of Maleea Acker, Karen Connolly, and Renee Saklikar: “How do we navigate the world around us? This struggle—in its many varied, nuanced forms—informs three new poetry collections…”

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about doing the work, thecanadaproject in Paris July 2012

ottawa poetry newsletter: Works from thecanadaproject, vol 2

rob mclennan, curator over at ottawa poetry newsletter, has been kind enough to feature a new installment from volume 2 of thecanadaproject:

“No language exists on the outside. Finders must venture inside.

                                    from thecanadaproject, volume two

So here we are, beetling away into a language, alone in our library corners. I will now attempt a trans-literal inscription of this note.

Scrip. No. #1

Centre Pompidou - Paris Standing Exhibit July 2012
Image by Renée Sarojini Saklikar. An installation at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, July 2012, from their standing exhibit.

The fragments are proving elusive. My Sanskriti-Romano-Celtic/Saxon is terrible.

To search for the grammatical underpinning of any hybrid…

However, I refuse to accept that even writing about Sanskriti-Romano-Celtic/Saxon in its cousin-language, English, is a kind of sacrilege.

Worldwide there are but a handful of scholars who would hazard a guess at the bastard provenance. Glad you, at least, are interested.

BTW, I refuse to believe Old Aunty’s curse.

One monsoon afternoon, over steaming surti-tea, she said: Deekrah-beti, don’t use acronyms. Use of acronyms will find you with some really bad happening-thing. This will occur on the last day of February, in any given year. “

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 Featured Image credit: Vessios Photography

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Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets

Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets

Excited to have one of my poems in Where the Nights Are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets.

Where the nights are twice as longMy thanks to editors David Eso and Jeannette Lyons along with Goose Lane editions for including me in this incredible anthology:

“Under the covers of “Where the Nights Are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets,” David Eso and Jeanette Lynes collect letters and epistolary poems from more than 120 Canadian poets, including Pauline Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Louis Riel, Alden Nowlan, Anne Szumigalski, Leonard Cohen, John Barton, and Di Brandt, and many others, encompassing the breadth of this country’s English literary history.”

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