Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Open Text Reading Series: Spring 2009

Tuesday Feb. 10 11:30-1 LB321

Originally from Coquitlam, British Columbia, JORDAN SCOTT now wanders between the Pacific and the Shield. Jordan’s first book of poetry, Silt (New Star Books), was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In the fall of 2006, Jordan worked on the final sections of blert while acting as a writer in residence at the International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre in Rhodes, Greece.

Thursday Feb. 26 11:30-1 LB 321
DAPHNE MARLATT After moving from Malaysia to Vancouver in 1951, Marlatt attained her BA from the University of British Columbia in 1964, MA in Comparative Literature from Indiana University in 1968, and LL.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1996. After publishing poetry for many years, she published two novels, Ana Historic (1988) and Taken (1996), and numerous critical articles. Most recently Marlatt has edited Mothertalk: Life Stories of Mary Kiyoshi Kiyooka by Roy Kiyooka.

Thursday March 5 11:30-1 LB 321

ROY MIKI is a writer, poet, and editor who lives in Vancouver. He is the author of Justice in Our Time (co-authored with Cassandra Kobayashi) (Talonbooks 1991), two books of poems, Saving Face (Turnstone 1991) and Random Access File (Red Deer College Press 1995), and a collection of critical essays, Broken Entries: Race, Subjectivity, Writing (Mercury Press 1998). His third book of poems, Surrender (Mercury Press 2001), received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His two most recent publications are Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast 2004), and There (New Star Books 2006), a book of poems. He received the Order of Canada in 2006.

Thursday March 12 11:30-1 AR 314
ROGER FARR is the author of SURPLUS (LINEbooks, 2006), a co-author (with Reg Johanson and Aaron Vidaver) of N 49 19. 47 - W 123 8.11 (Recomposition Books, 2008), and the editor of PARSER: New Poetry and Poetics. Recent poetry, micro-fiction, and critical writing appears or is forthcoming in Anarchist Studies, Boog City, The Capilano Review, The Encyclopedia of Protest and Revolution, Fifth Estate, Matrix, Magazine Minima, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, The Poetic Front, The Rain Review, W, West Coast Line, and XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics. In 2005 he edited the “6 Cities” issue of The Capilano Review; currently he is editing a three-volume anthology of contemporary Canadian poetry and poetics, Open Text: Canadian Poetry in The 21st Century (CUE, 2008). His work has been heard on the airwaves of Anarchy Radio in Eugene, Oregon; Free Radio Olympia and KAOS FM in Washington State; and Tree Frog Radio, Denman Island, BC.

Thursday March 19 11:30-1 LB 321

PHINDER DULAI is the author of two books of poetry: Ragas from the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp Press 1995); and Basmati Brown (Nightwood Editions 2000). His work has been published in various journals: West Coast Line, The Capilano Review, Memewar Magazine, Rungh, Ankur and Matrix. His work is also found in a number of anthologies: Making a Difference – Canadian Multicultural Literature (OUP 2006) and Companions and Horizons – Anthology of SFU Poetry 40th Year anniversary (2005). As a South Asian Canadian writer interested in post colonial Diaspora perspectives, Dulai works in diffusing and exploring these roots through the contemporary poetics.

Thursday April 2 11:30-1 LB 321

The author of a book of poems entitled Virgin Bones (McGilligan Press, 2007), SHIRLEY BEAR is a multi-media artist, writer, activist, and native traditional herbalist. Born on the Tobique First Nation, she is an original member of the Wabnaki language group of New Brunswick, Canada. Shirley Bear was the 2002 recipient of the Excellence in the Arts Award from the New Brunswick Arts Board.

Contact: Reg Johanson, Creative Writing Convener

The Open Text Series is brought to you by the Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing, The English Department, The Humanities Division, The Dean of Arts and Sciences, and the Canada Council.

For information on the Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing, see


Friday, January 23, 2009

KinderText Reading: Bill New, Jan 29

William New, University Killam Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, 2003-d., will read from and discuss his works for children, among other things, at Capilano University on Thursday Jan. 29th, in LB321, at 11:30 am. Free. His work for kids includes Vanilla Gorilla, Llamas in the Laundry, Dream Helmet, and his latest, The Year I was Grounded. Sponsored by the Writers’ union of Canada and Canada Council for the Arts, this is 2009’s first Kinder Text reading.

Contact: Crystal Hurdle
604-984-0353 local 2420