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VanCulture: Meet the 2016 Vancouver Book Award Finalists Series

Great interview by VanCulture with Wayde and I around The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Around Them, as part of their “Meet the 2016 Vancouver Book Award Finalists” series:

the-revolving-cityQ. Can you tell us a bit more about the process of inviting the poets to write reflections on their poems, and why you decided to include these reflections?

A. Wayde and I, along with our wonderful managing editor Monica Miller, would meet and reflect on the work of the poets and in our discussions. We were reminded that poets don’t often get an opportunity to talk about “the story behind the poem” and indeed, sometimes, we poets, actively resist doing so! We wanted, I think, to take a look at the process behind the writing and we thought that doing so would offer readers a rare opportunity to “see inside the poet’s mind”: the reflections are intimate and you almost feel as if you are reading a letter the poet’s written, just for two…”

Also featuring Lorimer Shenher’s That Lonely Section of Hell and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Karen Duffek and Tania Willard’s Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories.

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Vancouver Book Award Nominee: The Revolving City


Delighted that The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them which I co-edited with Wayde Compton is on the shortlist for the 2016 Vancouver Book Award, so honoured to be in the company of the other two nominees: Larimer Shenher’s That Lonely Section of Hell, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Karen Duffek and Tania Willard for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories.

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Events and readings

Dec 10: Twisted Poetry Literary Salon Christmas Fundraiser

the-revolving-cityTWISTED POETS LITERARY SALON is running their annual Christmas fundraiser for children in need this Thursday, Dec 10th from 7-9:30pm at The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street.

Featured Readers:

Poets will be reading from the Revolving City Anthology (Anvil Press, 2015),  with music by Patsy Thompson. Cash donations are accepted at the door. Hope to see you there!

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The Revolving City: An Interview with Joseph Planta

the-revolving-citySince August 2004, thecommentary.ca has featured audio interviews with unique and diverse guests from renowned bestselling and prize-winning authors, Canadian newsmakers and political figures, internationally known print and broadcast journalists, prominent academics and public intellectuals, as well as noted artists and personalities.

Wayde Compton and I spoke with Joe Planta Planta’s radio show regarding The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them.

Have a listen:

Events and readings

Word Vancouver 2015 – Poetry on the Bus

Word Vancouver 2015
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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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