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.

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

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.

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 for further information.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Announcing our Spoken INK readers for April

APRIL 18:  Aidan Chafe &  Lindsay Glauer Kwan

Aidan Chafe is the author of the chapbooks Right Hand Hymns (Frog Hollow Press, 2017) and Sharpest Tooth (Anstruther Press, 2016). His poetry has appeared in a number of print and online journals including Contemporary Verse 2, Cordite Poetry Review and Scrivener Creative Review. He lives in Burnaby, BC.

Lindsay Glauser Kwan is a graduate of the Writer's Studio at SFU, where she worked on her memoir, Blues Harps. She is an editor and art coordinator for Room magazine, a feminist literary and arts magazine. She is also a past editor of the Vancouver Book Club. Currently, she is completing her master’s degree in professional communication at Royal Roads University, where she focused her thesis on the ways in which writers are adapting to social media.

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


March 21:  Monica Meneghetti & Sylvia Symons

Sylvia Symons is a graduate of TWS 2016 in the poetry genre. Her work appears in Event,  Geist and Best Canadian Poetry 2016 and is forthcoming in Room. Originally from Prince George, she now lives with her husband and sons in Vancouver where she teaches ESL at Langara College.

Monica Meneghetti is a multilingual language professional and writer with a penchant for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her work appears in print and online as well as in musical scores and on stage. Her written work has appeared in Prairie Journal, Prairie Fire, Filling Station and Canadian Alpine Journal. She has also published online with CBC Canada Writes, CBC Hyperlocal, Trivia: Voices of Feminism and Plenitude Magazine. Her first work of literary translation, The Call of the Ice, was published by Mountaineer’s Books and was a finalist for a Banff Mountain Book Award.

Incite with Janet Rogers, Rebecca Rosenblum and Lori McNulty

Rebecca Rosenblum (So Much Love), Lori McNulty (Life on Mars) and Janet Rogers (Totem Poles & Railroads) present their new books and discuss human connections—how they form, and how they break down. Rosenblum details the lives of members of a small community after a young woman is abducted; McNulty’s “raw, moving, [and] strange” stories explore the absurdities of human (and nonhuman) relationships; and Rogers’ latest poetry collection illustrates the dynamics of colonialism in Canada.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7:30pm (Doors at 7)
Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch - Alice McKay Room
Free - RSVP recommended
Additional details can be found at

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Writers Adventure Camp has announced its second annual fiction contest and third annual camp.
The contest deadline is April 10.

First prize includes full tuition to the camp, resort accommodation, and publication in The Walrus!