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

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May 27: Southbank 2017 Begins!

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Happy to return as mentor for a new cohort of writers enrolled in this year’s SFU Southbank Writer’s Program:

The Southbank Writer’s Program is a part-time, three-month program for writers who are just starting to develop their work. Maybe you’re not showing your work to anyone, but you want to. Perhaps you belong to a creative writing group, but you’re looking for a more structured environment, or you want to develop your style. Whatever the case, if you’re ready to pursue your passion for writing, Southbank is for you.

…Focusing on fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, you’ll learn through creative writing courses, workshops, and an opportunity to read your work in public. You’ll also work closely with an experienced writing mentor, both one-on-one and in a group setting.”

Interested? Deadline for applications have been extended to May 22!

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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.

Read the full interview

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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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