Thursday, January 11, 2018

Spoken INK : our Januuary 2018 guests

SPOKEN INK presents 
Tuesday January 16, 2018  8:00 p.m.

AT The Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery
 6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Burnaby

Chelsea Comeau  is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Maynard, CV2, and Room magazines. In April 2017 she was the artist in residence at the Anvil Centre. She was the 2017 first prize winner of the Glass Buffalo Poetry Prize, and is currently the poetry editor of WordWorks magazine

Lara Varesi is the president of Burnaby Writers' Society, and co-ordinates Spoken INK. She has read at many events including Mashed Poetics, Poetry New West, Poetry in the Park, as well as hosting various readings. Lara has been published in the RCLAS Anthology 2014, and has been working on a poetry manuscript for publication.


On the same night at the Gallery:  Burnaby Writers’ Society Annual General Meeting (6:30 to 7:00 p.m.) followed by a Critiquing Workshop (7:00-7:45 pm) 

Free admission: visitors welcome


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Our Spoken INK Special Guests for November 21

Spoken INK


Heidi Greco and
Kyle Hawke

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. at The Burnaby Arts Council's Deer Lake Gallery
6584 Deer Lake Avenue

There will also be a Burnaby Writers' Society workshop meeting at the gallery prior to the readings (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.). Feel free to attend one or both portions of theses events.

Heidi Greco has lived in Surrey or White Rock since the mid-1970s, but previous to that she was a resident of Burnaby, and a member of the BWS. She feels she still owes a debt to the writing workshops she attended in Burnaby, especially for the guidance and encouragement extended by Eileen Kernaghan. Since those Burnaby days, her poems, fiction, reviews and essays have been published in books, magazines, newspapers and in a range of online publications. Her most recent book is Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart (Caitlin Press, 2017). Another collection of poems, Practical Anxiety, is forthcoming from Inanna Publications in 2018.

Kyle Hawke has been performing spoken word for over twenty years in a variety of formats and venues. Preferring to work with musical accompaniment, he has fronted various bands over the years, switching easily between singing and spoken word. He founded the Bohemian Caress interdisciplinary series which presented spoken word, improvised music, and live painting concurrently. Kyle is a partner in Three Ocean Press, which just launched their first title in October. He has also been screenwriting, and is shopping an animated series pilot.

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers' Society on the second Tuesday of each month (except July and August).

For more information, visit: or contact

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Awards Night Tuesday, October 17

This month Spoken INK hosts Awards Night for the winners of the 2017 Burnaby Writers' Society Contest. On the theme Cooked to Death, the winners are:

First Place- Chelsea Comeau - Potential
Second Place - Judy Millar - What's Good for the Goose
Third Place - Julie Griffith - The Secret Ingredient
Honorable Mention - Janet Kvammen - Dinner for One

Our winners will read their entries, and then all entrants are invited to read theirs at our open mic. Refreshments to follow.

Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. at Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby. See you there!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Our Spoken INK Guests for September 19

Linda King is the author of Dream Street Details, Reality Wayfarers, No Dimes for the Dancing Gypsies and most recently – Ongoing Repairs to Something Significant. Her work has appeared in
numerous journals in Canada and internationally. She lives and writes on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.


Celeste Snowber PhD is a dancer, poet, writer and educator who is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has written over 50 publications in the area of embodiment and arts-based research and her books include  Embodied Prayer and Landscapes of Aesthetic Education. Her book, Embodied Inquiry: Writing, living and being through the body and a collection of poetry, Wild Tourist were both released in 2016. Her newest book of poetry, Blue Waiting is co-authored with Sean Wiebe, and will be launched in September, 2017, by Acorn Press. Celeste is presently the Artist in Residence in the UBC Botanical Garden, creating and performing poetry and dance out of each season. She can be found at  
Photo by Michele Mateus

8 p.m to 9:30 p.m

The Deer Lake Gallery/Burnaby Arts Council

6584 Deer Lake Avenue

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers' Society on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August). For more information,  contact

Friday, September 15, 2017

Our members' latest news

Shawn Gale’s novel World of Dawn: Arise, was recently picked by NSR (No Shelf Required) as Book of the Week.

Check out World of Dawn: Arise at or Facebook. You can follow Shawn’s Book Tour Sept. 18-22.

At the Sept 9 Community Theatre Coalition Awards Elizabeth Elwood’s romantic comedy Body and Soul won two of the four awards for which it had been nominated. The nominations were for best sound design, best lighting, best set decoration and best significant achievement. Body
and Soul won the first two - Miles Lavkulich for best lighting design, and Elizabeth for best sound design along with co-designer Jacqollyne Keath.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Our COOKED TO DEATH contest: deadline approaches

Reminder: the deadline is July 31 (postmarked) to enter our 2017 Writing Contest: Cooked to Death

Calling on all writers to explore a murder mystery with a culinary twist. The contest is open to all genres; e. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50, plus a year’s newsletter subscription/membership for honourable mention. Please have your submissions in by July 31st, Entries are to be one page in length and formatted in Calibri 12. The entry fee is $10 for 1 entry and $25 for 3 entries. Your name, email address or phone number should be clearly identified on the reverse side of your submission, not on the front. Please mail your entry along with a cheque to Burnaby Writers’ Society 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby BC V5G 3T7.  For more information see our earlier post, below.

For further clarification, please contact

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Our Spoken INK guest readers for June 20

Jude Neale is a Canadian poet, vocalist, spoken word performer and mentor. Jude has collaborated over eighteen times in the last two years with dancers, jazz trios, guitar, percussion and tabla, piano, slam poets, visual art and the viola. These performances have included singing with poetry and have been recorded in a viola/poetry EP called Places Beyond. She publishes frequently in journals, anthologies, and e-zines.
Jude has written five books. Her last book, A Quiet Coming of Light, A Poetic Memoir (leaf press), was a finalist for the 2015 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, several of its poems were shortlisted for The Magpie Award, judged by George McWhirter, Vancouver's first Poet Laureate and three of its poems were nominated for the coveted Pushcart Prize (US) by three different publishers. One of Jude's poems from her forthcoming manuscript, Splendid in its Silence, was chosen by Britain's Poet Laureate to ride with other winners around the Channel Islands on public transit for a year.

Paul F. Butler is the author of nine novels, including The Widow’s Fire (May 2017) and The Good Doctor (2014). His work has appeared on the judges' lists of Canada Reads, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards shortlists, and he was on the Relit Long List for three consecutive years. Between 2003 and 2008, he won the annual Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards four times. He currently lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Susan McCaslin has published fourteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne (Quattro Books, 2016). Her upcoming volume, Into the Open: New and Selected Poems (Inanna Publications), will be launched in Toronto on Sept. 2017. Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2011) was short-listed for the BC Book Prize (Dorothy Livesay Award) and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award in 2012. Susan has also published a memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna, 2014). She resides in Fort Langley, British Columbia where she initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project as part of a successful campaign to protect an endangered rain forest along the Fraser River.

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery
6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Burnaby

Readings will be preceded by a manuscript critiquing workshop, 7:00 p.m. Open Mic to follow featured speakers.