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Reading - Robert Bringhurst & Jan Zwicky

Reading – Robert Bringhurst & Jan Zwicky

It was a full house as Wendy Morton and her Planet Earth Poetry series presented Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky at the Black Stilt Cafe. Listening as Jan Zwicky reads The Open Mike that opens every reading allows newer poets, such as UVIC student Stephanie Warner, a chance to practice their craft. Robert Bringhurst reads [...]

Book Mystery - Robin Skelton - The Hold Of Our Hands

Book Mystery – Robin Skelton – The Hold Of Our Hands

A few weeks ago I picked up this book in a used book sale. It was privately printed in 1968 by the late Victoria poet, UVUC prof and wiccan priest (witch) Robin Skelton. It is titled The Hold of Our Hands and is subtitled Eight Letters To Sylvia. Sylvia was Skelton’s wife. One hundred copies [...]

Poetry Reading - Monty Reid & Dvora Levin

Poetry Reading – Monty Reid & Dvora Levin

Host and poet Wendy Morton introduced poets Monty Reid from Ottawa and Dvora Levin at the weekly Planet Earth Poetry readings at the Black Stilt cafe in Victoria. An open mike reading preceded the two main readers.  A special guest who read during the open mike and then came back to read last was sidewalk [...]

Poet Tree -Carla Funk & Glenn Closson

Poet Tree -Carla Funk & Glenn Closson

Sculptor Glenn Clossom created a sculpture to honour Carla Funk, Victoria’s first poet laureate, that was installed at the corner of Government and Broughton Streets in downtown Victoria February 2. The sculpture, a 4.5 metre metal tree, has Funk’s poem Hide and Seek displayed on metal ribbons woven in the tree branches.

From the Newspapers – A Roundup

In the New York Times, Paul Greenberg has a plan to bail out writers! The NYT also picks their top ten books for 2008. From the Seattle Times, art critic Sheila Carr writes about writing on the arts. From London: In the Independent, a collection of letters and manuscripts from Oscar Wilde are resdiscovered and [...]

Theresa Kishkan - Red Laredo Boots and Phantom Limb - Interview

Theresa Kishkan – Red Laredo Boots and Phantom Limb – Interview

LP: You’ve had two books of essays published Red Laredo Boots ( New Star Books ) and Phantom Limb ( Thistledown Press ). What is it about the essay form that interests you as a writer? tk: I have a curious and undisciplined mind. I’m interested in the details of a place, a time, the [...]

Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry - Reading/Launch

Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry – Reading/Launch

Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poets published by Mother Tongue Publishing had a launch and reading at Victoria’s Bolen Books. The anthology edited by Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch contains poems from 108 contributors from British Columbia. Posters, books and postcards for the launch. Publisher and editor Mona Fertig performed MC duties Kyeren Regehr [...]

Jailbreaks 99 Canadian Sonnets - Zachariah Wells, Steven Price, Lyle Neff, Alan Wilson - Reading

Jailbreaks 99 Canadian Sonnets – Zachariah Wells, Steven Price, Lyle Neff, Alan Wilson – Reading

Jailbreaks 99 Canadian Sonnets (published by Biblioasis) had it’s Victoria launch as part of the weekly Friday night reading series Planet Earth Poetry at the Black Stilt Cafe. Regular host Wendy Morton was out of town so MC duties were handled by Yvonne Blomer. Jailbreaks editor Zach Wells was joined by contributors Lyle Neff, Steven [...]

Jim Christy - Nine O'Clock Gun - Reading

Jim Christy – Nine O’Clock Gun – Reading

Jim Christy launched his new novel Nine O’Clock Gun, published by Ekstasis Editions as part of their Ekstasis Noir lineup, at Victoria’s James Joyce Bistro. The book is the fourth and final novel to feature private eye Gene Castle. Christy, a poet, novelist and essayist, is also a musician and is off to Australia for [...]

John Barton - Interview

John Barton – Interview

LP: You’ve just started a Writer in Residence gig at the Saskatoon Public Library. How long will you be there? JOB: The position last nine months from the beginning of September 2008 to the end of May 2009. LP: Why did you decide to go to Saskatoon? JOB: I grew up on the prairies, in [...]