TUESDAY, September 30th, 2014
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MUSIC by Glen Foster
October 28, 2014
Yvonne Blomer was born in Zimbabwe and came to Canada when she was two years old. Her first collection a broken mirror, fallen leaf was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Yvonne has also published two chap books Landscapes and Home: Ghazals (Leaf Press, 2011) and Bicycle Brand Journey (JackPine Press, 2012), and is the co-editor of Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press, 2013) out of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series, of which she is the Artistic Director. In 2014 her third collection of poems As if a Raven was released with Palimpsest Press. She’s currently working on a cycling memoir called Sugar Ride.
Barb Day a.k.a. Jaded is a spoken word artist from Paris, Ontario whose poems range from humorous to getting the word out on serious social issues. She has competed nationally at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word for the past three years and performs regularly at various events, festivals and competitions across the Province. She is a member of the Cambridge Writer’s Collective and has just completed her first children’s book, a 25 chapter novel.
Future Featured Readers/Performers
November 25, 2014
Eve Joseph grew up in North Vancouver. As a young woman she traveled widely before moving to Victoria where she now lives with her family. Her first book, The Startled Heart, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. The Secret Signature of Things is her second poetry collection.
Katrin Horowitz’s new novel, The Best Soldier’s Wife, chosen as a finalist in The Great BC Novel Contest, is described by the judges as ‘gripping and well-written.’
She published her first novel, Power Failures, in 2007 following two lengthy volunteer assignments with CESO in Sri Lanka. The book, a murder mystery set in a small coastal village on the south coast of Sri Lanka, focuses on the myriad levels of betrayals in a complicated world.
In 2008 Katrin attended the Victoria School of Writing summer program, where she worked with Steven Galloway. She went on to win a prize in a Victoria competition with a short story entitled ‘Blues for a Bridge’ and has contributed short pieces to an international anthology called Saying Goodbye (Dream of Things Press, 2010) and Quadra Books’ Pathways Not Posted.
Katrin lives in Victoria, BC.
Katrin writes a blog at Quadra Books
January 27, 2015
Paulo Da 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.
Dennis E. Bolen
Dennis E. Bolen
Dennis E. Bolen has led the literary life since his late teens, experimenting with poetry in high school before taking two university degrees in creative writing. He published seven books of fiction with three different publishers over a career that saw him work as editor for sub-TERRAIN magazine, part-time editorial writer for the Vancouver Sun, and freelance literature critic for several publications. Over the years Mr. Bolen has sat on the executive of the Canadian Authors Association and assisted with the annual Summer Dreams literary Festival. His return to poetry, the largely autobiographical collection Black Liquor, was published by Caitlin Press in September 2013. Dennis is Vancouver Island born and raised; a Courtenay-Qualicum Beach-Port Alberny-Victoria trajectory, and WordStorm will be the first time in a thirty-odd year writing career that he's had the opportunity to read on his native ground.
Black Liquor, poems, Caitlin Press, Halfmoon Bay, 2013.
Anticipated Results, short fiction, Arsenal/Pulp, Vancouver, 2011.
Kaspoit!, novel, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 2009.
Toy Gun, novel, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 2005.
Gas Tank and Other Stories, short fiction, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 1998.
Krekshuns, novel, Random House, Toronto, 1997.
Stand In Hell, novel, Random House, Toronto, 1995.
Stupid Crimes (revised), novel, Vintage, Toronto, 1995.
Stupid Crimes, novel, Anvil Press, Vancouver, 1992.
Photo by A. Tsabari
Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle that includes poetry, fiction, and essays. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary journals, newspapers, and anthologies, including, ti-TCR / a web folio (The Capilano Review), Literary Review of Canada, The Vancouver Review, Geist, Poetry is Dead, SubTerrain, Arc Poetry Magazine, The Georgia Straight and Ryga, a journal of provocations. The first completed series from thecanadaproject is a book length poem, children of air india, (Nightwood Editions, 2013) about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, 2014.
February 24, 2015
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 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.
Andrea McKenzie Raine
Andrea McKenzie Raine earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Victoria. She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series (formerly known as Mocambopo) in Victoria, BC since 1997, and participated in the Glenairley writing retreats led by Canadian poet and novelist Patrick Lane in Sooke, BC. In 2005, she published her first book of poetry, titled A Mother’s String, through Ekstasis Editions. Andrea lives in Victoria, BC with her husband and two young sons. Turnstiles is her debut novel.
“A prodigious inheritance from a negligent, departed father, given away on impulse, generates a domino-effect of lives altered, one after another. A fascinating read.”
— Pamela Porter, Governor General Award Winner in Children’s Literature for The Crazy Man in 2005
March 31, 2015 –Spoken Word Night
April 28, 2015
Christine Smart was born in Shawville, Quebec, graduated from Queen's University with a B.Sc.N. (1976) and from UVic in Fine Arts, Writing (1997). The White Crow is her latest collection of poetry published in 2013 by Hedgerow Press. Her first book, Decked and Dancing, won the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poet Award in 2007. She lived in Montreal, Edinburgh and Victoria before moving to Saltspring Island, BC where she works as a public health nurse and a writer. Please see her Web Site
Niki Koulouris was born in Melbourne, Australia. She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT University and she has worked as a staff writer for Victoria University in Australia. Her poetry and prose has appeared in The Cortland Review, Space, Metro Magazine, Subtext Magazine and The Age. A beer enthusiast, she has been known to start spontaneous lists on napkins of her top India Pale Ales. Niki lives in Toronto. The Sea with no one in it is her first book.
May 26, 2015
Pat Smekal lives beside the sea, at Nanoose Bay. She fills her life with family, friends, poetry, yoga, hiking, travel, and as much laughter as she can find.
Pat’s poems have been dubbed “accessible”. She is happy with this description, as she wants her words to attract and captivate those who think that poetry must be dull and incomprehensible.
Since 2003, Pat’s poems have been winning prizes, and have been published in more that forty Canadian anthologies, chapbooks and magazines. In 2009, her own chapbook, Praise without Morta, appeared in print. Her latest publication, Small Corners, an Album of Poetry, (Ascent Aspirations Publishing) was launched in 2012.
A staunch member of the WordStorm Society of the Arts, Pat often reads her work at literary events on Vancouver Island and beyond.
David Fraser lives in Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island. He is the founder and editor of Ascent Aspirations Magazine, www.ascentaspirations.ca since 1997. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Rocksalt, An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry and recently in Tesseracts 18. He has published five collections of poetry; Going to the Well, 2004, Running Down the Wind, 2007, No Way Easy, 2010, Caught in My Throat, 2011 and, Paper Boats, 2012, and a collection of short fiction, Dark Side of the Billboard, 2006. In addition David has co-authored with Naomi Beth Wakan, On Poetry, an inspirational book on poetics and poetry. To keep out of trouble he helps develop Nanaimo’s spoken-word series, WordStorm. www.wordstorm.ca. In October 2009 and 2010 he participated in Random Acts of Poetry, a national poetry program that brought poetry to the streets of Canada. David is a member of the League of Canadian Poets.
September 29, 2015
Lawrence Feuchtwanger was born and grew up in South Africa. In 1976, after two years of living in England and travelling across Africa, he came to Vancouver where he has lived ever since. Now retired, he has worked as a journalist, tree-planter, baker and counsellor. His first collection of poems, Refugee Song (Signature, 2014) was long-listed for The Writer’s Studio (SFU), First Book Competition (2010).
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.
October 27, 2015
November 24, 2015
Susan McCaslin is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry, including The Disarmed Heart (The St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2014), a volume of poems on the roots of war-making and peace-making. Her previous volume, Demeter Goes Skydiving, was short-listed for the BC Book Prize and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award in 2012. Susan lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia where she organized the Han Shan Poetry Initiative to help save a rainforest in Langley. Her memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga, is forthcoming through Inanna Press in the Fall of 2014. Web Site
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
See Poster for Details
See Photos by Kim Goldberg
The Winners of the March 2013 Open Mic
Kim Goldberg (second), Winona Baker (third), and Mary Ann Moore (first)
Performers of the Past
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.
Come on out to WordStorm
and set the writing/performing world of Vancouver Island on
Everyone is welcome
to get involved and participate.
Sheri-d Performance Photos
(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.
The WordStorm Society of the Arts is grateful for the sponsorship funding from the City of Nanaimo. The grant for 2014/2015 will be used to create an intern postion and to fund applications for funding from the League of Canadian Poets and The Writers' Union of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as to subsidize the costs of workshops for everyone and pay honorariums for writers for whom funding is not available.
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