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 www.celestesnowber.com  
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 bwscafe@gmail.com


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.  http://www.noshelfrequired.com/book-of-the-week-world-of-dawn-arise-shawn-gale/


Check out World of Dawn: Arise at www.shawngale.com 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 sheilagh_macdonald@shaw.ca

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.
Info: bwscafe@gmail.com 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Announcing our 2017 writing contest




The Burnaby Writers’ Society 2017 Writing Contest: Cooked to Death

Calling on all writers to explore a murder mystery with a culinary twist. Draw on your rage at being trapped by cable companies into watching hours of cooking competitions. Pull out a favourite activity involving food – anything goes - baking bread, making soups, exploring ethnic foods, you name it. Just be sure to kill someone off. The contest is open to all genres; we look forward to reading all the ways creative minds can play with the theme. 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 further clarification, please contact sheilagh_macdonald@shaw.ca

Our Spoken INK guest readers: May 16th


Poets Jónína Kirton and Deborah L. Kelly are featured May 16th at Spoken INK. Readings begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Readings will be preceded by a manuscript critiquing workshop, 7:00 p.m. Open Mic to follow featured speakers.

Jónína Kirton is a prairie born Métis/Icelandic poet, graduated from the Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio in 2007. Jónína received the 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Emerging Artist under the Literary Arts category. Her second collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, was released just in time for the 2017 Poetry Month (again with Talonbooks).



Deborah L. Kelly is an award winning poet who features regularly throughout the Lower Mainland. She is the author of three published books of poetry, and is currently working on her fourth. Her work has been published in India, Uzbekistan and other countries as well.
Deborah's work takes us into the duality of spirit and mortality; exploring the mysteries of humanity and Divinity. “As a poet, I feel it a part of my purpose to inspire and uplift others around me.” Among some of her awards, Deborah was awarded the (WIN) Writer’s International Network, Distinguished Poet Award, 2016, and received Honorable Mention in the Bharat Int’l Short Story Competition, 2017.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Travel Writing Workshop with Ruth Kozak



Next Thursday, April 6, Ruth Kozak will be presenting a five week TRAVEL WRITING BASICS WORKSHOP at the El Santo Restaurant 680 Columbia St. New Westminster, (down the street across from the Anvil Centre and NW skytrain station). 11.45 - 1.45 (back room). COST; $50 April 6 - May 4.
Five weeks of fun learning how to construct saleable articles about your travels.  E-mail  ruthaki1@shaw.ca for further information.