WordStorm - April 29, 2014

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TUESDAY, April 29th, 2014

Come early for coffee and a snack, if you like.

Program starts at 7:00 with the open mic

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Bob Enns... a local singer / songwriter currently recording a CD.
Musicians will share some music at 6:30 and during Intermission as well a couple of songs or musical pieces where we ask the audience to treat the music as a peformance.

April 29, 2014
This evening is our AGM. The AGM will be at the beginning of the evening at 7:00 PM. We traditionally have that portion of the evening over in lass than a half-hour. Come out an vote your new executive slate into office for the new year. If any one wishes to be on the executive please email David Fraser at ascentaspirations@shaw.ca and he will put you on the slate.

Lorne Daniel

Lorne Daniel

Lorne Daniel is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Drawing Back to Take a Running Jump (Weedmark, 2012). In the years since he was featured in Al Purdy’s Storm Warning 2: The New Canadian Poets he has served as writer-in-residence at the University of Lethbridge, published extensively and edited literary periodicals and anthologies. He has also written for newspapers across Canada and won the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize. Lorne lives in Victoria BC.

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Emilia Nielson

Emilia Nielson

In 2013-2014, Emilia Nielsen is a Teaching Fellow at Quest University in Squamish, BC. She holds a BFA from the University of Victoria, a MA from the University of New Brunswick and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. During her studies, she was the recipient of several British Columbia Arts Council Senior Scholarships and two Canada Graduate Scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for Masters and Doctoral research and writing. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals across Canada including The Antigonish Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Event, Descant, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prairie Fire, Room Magazine, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry by Prism International. Surge Narrows, published by Leaf Press in 2013, is her debut collection of poetry.

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Future Featured Readers/Performers

May 27, 2014

Derek Hanebury

Derek Hanebury

Derek Hanebury is a poet who also writes fiction and creative non-fiction. His first book of poetry Nocturnal Tonglen was released in 2006. His poems and stories have been published in many magazines and broadcasted on CBC radio; and his first novel, Ginger Goodwin: Beyond the Forbidden Plateau, went to a second printing. He has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from UBC and has been instructing at North Island College in Port Alberni since 1988 where he currently teaches English and creative writing.

Peter Such

Peter Such

Peter Such was born in England and came as a youngster to Canada in 1953. He worked loading freightcars for the Canadian National Railways and in uranium mines, Elliot Lake. He graduated from Victoria College, University of Toronto and was a working class member of "the group that revitalized Canadian Literature in the '70s...no one in Canadian Literature is as eclectic as Peter Such." (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature) He has written tv series, film documentary, drama, opera librettos, academic works, poetry, short stories, nonfiction and novels. He is a founding member of The Writers' Union of Canada and founding vice-president of CMPA. He is also a founder/publisher of Impulse magazine and a former editor of Books in Canada. He has been a writer-in-residence at U. of T. (Erindale) and instituted the first Can. Lit. courses offered at Ryerson, U. of T., and York University, where he founded the Centre for Distance Learning and Teaching Technology. He is an international lecturer and consultant on Canadian Studies and Internet Learning. He is married to artist Joyce Kline. After many years of working in other genres he is currently completing a new novel, Forevering, while living in Finland, courtesy award from Finnish Academy.

September 30 2014

Naomi Beth Wakan
Kate Braid
John Trepstra

October 28, 2014

Douglas Isaac
Yvonne Blomer
Barb Day

November 25, 2014

Eve Joseph
Katrin Horowitz
Kathryn Para
Pat Smekal – Lightning Reader

January 27, 2015

Paulo Da Costa

paulo de costa

paulo da costa, born in Angola and raised in Portugal, is a writer, editor, and translator living on the West Coast of Canada. paulo’s first book of fiction, The Scent of a Lie, received the 2003 Commonwealth First Book Prize for the Canada-Caribbean region and the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. His fiction and poetry have been published in literary magazines around the world and have been translated to Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Serbian, Slovenian, German, and Portuguese. Web Page

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Dennis E. Bolen
Renee Saklikar

February 24, 2015

Andrea Routley

Andrea Routley

Andrea Routley's work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including the Malahat Review and Room Magazine, and in 2008, she was shortlisted for the Rona Murray Prize for Literature. She is the founder and editor of Plenitude Magazine, Canada's queer literary magazine. She edited Walk Myself Home: An Anthology to End Violence Against Women (Caitlin Press, 2010), which continues to receive praise from magazines like Bitch, Herizons, Prairie Fire and the Vancouver Sun. In 2012, she completed a degree in writing from the University of Victoria. Jane and the Whales is her first book of short fiction (Caitlin Press, 2013).

Margaret Thompson

Margaret Thompson

Margaret Thompson came to Canada from England in 1967, and taught English at secondary and post-secondary institutions for many years until her retirement in 1998. She is the author of seven books, including a BC2000 Book Award winning YA novel, Eyewitness (Ronsdale, 2000), two collections of personal essays, Knocking on the Moonlit Door (NeWest, 2004) and Adrift on the Ark: Our Connection to the Natural World (Brindle & Glass, 2009) and most recently a novel, The Cuckoo’s Child (Brindle & Glass, 2014). She is a past president of the Federation of BC Writers. She now lives in Victoria, BC.

The Cuckoo's Child

March 31, 2015 –Spoken Word Night

April 28, 2015

Christine Smart
Niki Koulouris

May 26, 2015

Pat Smekal
David Fraser

September 29, 2015

John Beaton

John Beaton

John Beaton is a retired actuary who was raised in the Highlands of Scotland. He lives on an acreage in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, where he and his wife have raised five children.
John was a moderator of The Deep End poetry workshop at Able Muse Press’s Eratosphere website for almost four years. His poetry and prose have been widely published in literary and non-literary newspapers, journals, and websites and he performs regularly at a wide range of spoken word events.

WordStorm Society of the Arts

Your Current Executive for 2013 - 2014

President: David Fraser
Vice President: Judy Mayhew
Treasurer: Harvey Jenkins
Secretary: Ursula Vaira
Members at Large: Mary Ann Moore, Andrew Brown, Patricia Smekal, Madeleine Nattrass, and Ann Graham Walker

Hazelwood Writers' Festival August 11th

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See Photos by Kim Goldberg

The Winners
The Winners of the March 2013 Open Mic
Kim Goldberg (second), Winona Baker (third), and Mary Ann Moore (first)

Performers of the Past

Lorna Crozier

Lorna Crozier

Missy Peters

Missy Peters

Reservations can be made via email to WordStorm! So far the trend has been for each WordStorm to almost reach capacity by reservations alone. If you can't reserve, come early and take your chances at the door. Reserved seating will take place before 6:30. Walk-in seats will be available after 6:30. Music starts at 6:30 and the program begins at 7:00.


WordStorm is an on-going reading series that focuses on all types of the spoken word: poetry, short fiction, storytelling, improv, music, song. There are two components of WordStorm - a prearranged reading series, and an open mic. (Reserve by telling us you are coming and ask to be an open mike reader or sign up at the door.) The readings will always be a mix of genres, and the sign-up for WordStorm can be either poetry or prose or song. The key elements will be quality writing and entertainment. Material read must be the reader's own work, and be read without props. The sign-up for WordStorm Open Mike will be at the door between 6:30 and 7:00. Admission is $5.00 at the door. The money collected will go entirely towards mimimal operating costs and to the costs for apllications fees for funding and honorariums to featured readers. Demeter's Coffee Vault has a capacity of about 50 people, so don't be disappointed, reserve ahead by email, or take your chances at the door. Come out to just listen and be entertained, or sign up to be part of the entertainment. Everyone is welcome!

From its beginning WordStorm has played to packed houses with a full slate of readers-some coming from as far away as Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Courtenay, Comox, Bowen Island, Saltspring Island, Qualicum Beach, Duncan, Ladysmith, Prince Rupert (via Shawnigan Lake), Protection Island, Gabriola Island, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Lasqueti Island, Saskatoon, Errington, Yellow Point, Sooke, P.E.I., Penticton, The Yukon, and Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.


Blaine Marchaud


Kendall Patrick

Blaine Marhaud

Kendal Patrick


Linda Crosfield


Liz McNally


Linda Crosfield


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Come on out to WordStorm and set the writing/performing world of Vancouver Island on FIRE!

Everyone is welcome to get involved and participate.

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Open Mike Sign-up
(Guidelines: You have three minutes to read one poem, or sing one song or five minutes for a prose piece. It is all in good fun, so bring out your new or old stuff and try it out on our audience. You must sign-up before the program begins or you will not be on the sheet.)

We are always looking for local talent to read/perform as lightning readers for 5 minutes maximum, unless you are featuring a recent publication of a book. In that case you will have a double lightning spot of 10 minutes

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