WordStorm September 27th Event
The Red Martini Grill
75 Front St, Nanaimo. Starts at 7:00
Naomi Beth Wakan has written/compiled over thirty-five books, including Haiku – one breath poetry, (Heian International), an American Library Association selection. Recent titles are Segues; Late Bloomer – on writing later in life; Compositions: notes on the written word; and Book Ends: a year between the covers; all from Wolsak and Wynn; Double take – response tanka from The Modern English Tanka Press; and Sex After 70 and other poems from Bevalia Press. Her writing workshops inspire and empower the novice writer. Naomi is a member of Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, and Poetry Gabriola. Her poetry and essays have been printed in numerous magazines including Geist, Room of One’s Own, Moonset and Red Light and been read on CBC. She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan.
Clea Roberts lives in Whitehorse, Yukon on the Takhini River. Her poems have appeared in The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Dalhousie Review, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, Lake: A Journal of Arts and the Environment, The Malahat Review, Prism International, and Room. Roberts has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Centre, the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, and is a three-time recipient of the Yukon Government Advanced Artist Award. Her work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and her poem, “When We Begin to Grow Old,” won the After Al Purdy Poetry Contest. Clea is the former co-organizer of the Whitehorse Poetry Festival.
Susan McCaslin is a poet, educator, scholar, workshop facilitator, and author of fourteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Lifting the Stone (Seraphim Editions, 2007). She has edited two anthologies of poetry, Poetry and Spiritual Practice and A Matter of Spirit, and is on the editorial board of Event: the Douglas College Review. Susan lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia. After twenty-three years as a professor of English and Creative Writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C., Susan is now a full-time writer, giving poetry workshops, talks, and readings. She has a new volume of poetry called Demeter Goes Skydiving forthcoming from the University of Alberta Press in the spring of 2011.
Elizabeth Rhett Woods’ professional writing debut was “A Way of Loving”, broadcast on CBC Radio’s “Introducing” in 1968. Her 90-minute verse drama, “Maya”, was featured on CBC Radio’s Tuesday Night, in 1974, and a verse vignette, “Life and Death Along The Gorge”, was on “Out Front”, in 2000. Her first novel, The Yellow Volkswagen, was published by Simon & Schuster, Canada, in 1971, followed by The Amateur (PaperJacks, 1980), Double Entry Death (serialized in the short-lived tabloid, The Victoria Literary Times, 2004), and Beyond the Pale, about temptation and consequences (Ekstasis Editions, 2006). After a chapbook, Gone, was published by Ladysmith Press in 1971, her first book-length collection, Men, was published by Fiddlehead Poetry Books, in 1979, followed by Bird Salad (Moonstone Press, 1990), Family Fictions (Wolsak & Wynn, 2002), The Absinthe of Desire (Ekstasis Editions, 2004), and 1970: A Novel Poem (Ekstasis Editions, 2007). Woman Walking: Selected Poems, was published by Ekstasis Editions in 2009.
Please visit the web site for further details, future readers and for reservations for a seat at the event and also for a table for dinner prior to the show.
Show Reservations: Mary Ann Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner Reservations: Phone The Red Martini Grill and tell them that you are coming to the show and you also want to eat something before the event. The Red Martini Grill is not open to the public for WordStorm, so we have the place to ourselves.
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