Events and readings

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

thecanadaproject readings

November 11 @ Project Space: reading the dead

on November 11th, 2012 from 3-5 PM at Project Space.  Vancouver poets read the dead:

Robin Blaser (1925 – 2009), read by Daniel Zomparelli
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834), read by Susan McCaslin
Robert Hayden (1913 – 1980), read by Renee Saklikar
Glyn Hughes (1935 – 2011), read by Pam Galloway
Roy Kiyooka (1926 – 1994), read by Wayde Compton

As always, entry will be by donation. You can RSVP via Facebook here.

check out the Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series for more information.

about doing the work

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