Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Carole Gray: birth portraits

Carole Gray 1986

More pen & ink drawings by Carole Gray, shared with permission:

Carole Gray 1986

Carole Gray, 1986


Carole Gray, 1993


in Mother Time there is a poem 
based on these birth portraits that my sister made for me
"Birth Sketch I" & "Birth Sketch II"


when i removed the 1986 birth images from the frame, 
i found a hidden image, the oldest of the group, 1982


face 1982
madonna & child 1986
circle of birth 1993

all images (c) Carole Gray


kicking around
 a collaborative chapbook idea, like this:

Monday, 20 October 2014

municipal elections: Henry Yao

Henry Yao

2. Be an educated voter. To further reinforce a person's effectiveness of their vote, it is important for them to be educated before they vote. Learn about the candidates' character, explore their policies and action plans, and understand current issues.

Henry's DrawMyLife

Henry would like to remind everyone about the importance of civic engagement and participation in democratic processes. Please take 3 minutes out of your day to watch the video. It is summarized in the following 5 points:

1. It is extremely important for everyone to vote. Policy makers know voters' demographics such as: age, ethnicity, economical standing, geographical living area, etc. When a person votes, he/she represents his or her connection to the community. When people don't vote, policies and rules are slowly skewed away from the non-voters. Furthermore, for an individual to combat corruption, challenge bad policies, punish ineffective politicians or even reward good governments, an individual's vote is the first and best step.

2. Be an educated voter. To further reinforce a person's effectiveness of their vote, it is important for them to be educated before they vote. Learn about the candidates' character, explore their policies and action plans, and understand current issues.

3. Do not give out random votes when voting on the ballot. When a voter is selecting members for Richmond City Council, he/she has the right to cast 1-8 votes. However, when a voter has only decided to vote for 6 candidates, it is important for the voter not to waste his/her 2 unused votes on random candidates. Random votes not just increase the chance for the person whom the voter did not know to win, but they also reduce the chance for the person whom the voter wants to win the election. Remember, in Richmond's City Council election, the top 8 candidates who receive the most votes win. Therefore vote only for the candidates you want to win and use your votes wisely.

4. It is also important for voters to find a candidate who listens. A good candidate or political party that listens will do what the voters encourage them to do. However, when money or special interests replace a voter's voice, the democratic process suffers. It is important for voters to find a candidate who listens and is not influenced by special interests.

5. As an independent candidate who is running for Richmond City Council, I sincerely hope to be the candidate whom you can trust. If there are things I can do better or if there are recommendations, please send them my way and I will read them all with a great sense of respect and appreciation.

Thank you,
Henry Yao

Civic Engagement

Throughout all his work, Henry has focused on two core principles: the value of youth, and the effectiveness of trust-based delegation and interaction. Henry’s uncompromising outlook on what it means to be a leader is tightly bound to the idea of building relationships, hearing everyone’s opinions, and placing value in the ideals of democratic decision making. Nevertheless, Henry has a powerful voice that never fails to facilitate discussion, a leadership skill he has developed through working with over 3,000 young people over the past seven years alone. He also has a real admiration towards the effectiveness and dedication of the community. If elected, Henry will seek ways to increase government efficiency, empower the community, and foster a brighter future for Richmond.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Milestone: The Woodcock Fund

Realities of the Writing Life

Despite his successful writing career, George Woodcock was well aware of the difficulties faced by those who have chosen to devote their lives to literature. Not only is writing a solitary profession with no health benefits or pension plans, not only is little or no income generated during the long pre-publication period when a book is being born, there is no guarantee that even when a book is published it will generate enough income to provide a decent standard of living. A number of factors contribute to a book’s financial success (quality being only one of them) and almost all of these factors are impossible to control.

What We Have Been Able to Accomplish

Established in 1989 by George and his wife Ingeborg, the program has to date distributed more than one million dollars and supported more than 200 Canadian writers, a number of them prominent and established in their respective fields.
video from the website + youtube
images from Writers' Trust of Canada newsletter, Fall Update 2014

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Resurgence ~ 2 October 2014

SFU Department of English &
Department of First Nations Studies are proud to present:


Resurgence: New Directions in Indigenous Literary Studies
in the 21st Century

A roundtable discussion, book launch and reception

Celebrating the recent publication of:

Anahareo, Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl. Ed. Sophie McCall.
Winnipeg: U Manitoba P, 2014.

James H. Cox and Daniel Heath Justice, eds. The Oxford Handbook of
Indigenous American Literature
. Toronto: Oxford UP, 2014.

Neal McLeod, ed. Indigenous Poetics in Canada. Waterloo ON: Wilfrid Laurier
UP, 2014.

Books For Sale! Cash Only Please

Date: October 2, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 9:30 pm:

5:30 – 7:00 pm: Roundtable discussion
7:00 – 8:00pm: Reception
8:00 – 9:30pm: Book Launch

Place: Room 1900, Harbour Centre Campus, SFU
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Light refreshments will be served

Free and open to the public

This event will bring together leading writers and scholars whose recent publications are charting new critical directions while drawing upon complex and varied historical contexts.

Each of the publications represents notable "firsts." 

Neal McLeod¹s edited collection of essays, Indigenous Poetics in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier UP 2014), is the first book in WLUP’s Indigenous Studies series, broadening the way in which Indigenous poetry is examined, studied, and discussed in Canada. 

James H. Cox and Daniel Heath Justice’s reader, The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature (Oxford UP, 2014), is the first comprehensive study to fully take into account the last fifteen years of critical dialogues in the field, emphasizing resurgence and recovery. 

The new critical edition of Anahareo’s memoir, Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl, originally published 1972, is the first in the series, First Voices, First Texts (U Manitoba P 2014), reintroducing readers to a very important but largely forgotten memoir by one of Canada’s most talented Aboriginal writers.

The event aims to create a lively discussion and dialogue in a roundtable format that critically engages with the vibrant field of Indigenous literary studies. Each of the invited speakers will talk about their respective book projects, focusing on questions of resurgence in Indigenous literary studies in the 21st century, before opening up the floor to questions and comments.

Following the roundtable, there will be a book launch with authors and contributors present.

Invited Participants:
Joanne Arnott is a Métis poet and author of 10 books of poetry and children’s literature. Her most recent publication is Halfling Spring (Kegedonce Press, 2014). She is a contributor to Indigenous Poetics.

Sarah Henzi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the First Nations Studies Program (UBC) and a Sessional Instructor in the Department of First Nations Studies (SFU). Her research focuses on Indigenous literatures and New Media, pop culture and alternative genres. She is a contributor to The Oxford Handbook.

Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee) is Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Literatures and Expressive Culture and Associate Professor of First Nations Studies and English at the University of British Columbia. He is the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature.

Neal McLeod (Cree) has two books of poetry: Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow (2005) and Gabriel’s Beach (2008). Cree Narrative Memory (2007) was nominated for book of the year at the Anskohk McNally Aboriginal Literature Awards. He teaches Indigenous studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. He is the editor of Indigenous Poetics.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is the co-editor of the award-winningManitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013). He is a contributor to Indigenous Poetics.

Katherine Swartile (Mohawk) is the daughter of Anahareo. She wrote the preface to the new edition of Devil in Deerskins.

Many Thanks to:English Department (SFU), First Nations Studies Department (SFU), Office for
Aboriginal Peoples (SFU), First Nations Studies Program (UBC), U Manitoba P, Oxford UP, and Wilfrid Laurier UP.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts: Lee Maracle & Cherie Dimaline

Lee Maracle reading at NEC Lunchtime (Jason Brawn photo)

Cherie Dimaline reading at NEC Lunchtime (Jason Brawn photo)

Lee Maracle, Cherie Dimaline win Ontario Premier’s Awards

Aboriginal talent was honoured at the eighth annual Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, which were handed out last night at a gala ceremony held at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.
Poet, author, and playwright Lee Maracle, who is a member of the Stó:lō Nation, received the Individual Artist award, which comes with a $35,000 purse.
Cherie Dimaline, the Ojibway-Métis author of Red Rooms and The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy (both Theytus Books), was presented with the Emerging Artist of the Year award and a $15,000 cheque.
Both women have ties to First Nations House at the University of Toronto, where Maracle is a traditional teacher and Dimaline is writer-in-residence and editor of FHN Magazine.
Quill & Quire (source)
pictures source from the NEC Lunchtime readings, NIWC
Congrats to Lee & Cherie!

WORD Vancouver 2014

Many fine writers and publishers of all kinds coming together on the 28th of September: VPL Downtown & Homer Street between Georgia & Robson, Vancouver.

A few of the many offerings:

Poetry on the Bus

11:00 am The World Poetry Reading Series presents A Taste of China
Hosts Elaine Woo, Yilin Wang. Featured poets Laifong Leung, Synn Kune Loh. The World Poetry Woven Word Tapestry multilingual segments introduced by Tommy Tao and presented by Ariadne Sawyer (English), Anita Aguirre Nieveras (Tagalog), Jaz Gill (Punjabi), and Bong Ja Ahn (Korean).

11:30 am Elaine Woo
Cycling with the Dragon (Nightwood Editions $18.95)

12:30 pm Nilofar Shidmehr
Between Lives (Oolichan Books $17.95)

12:45 pm Catherine Owen
Designated Mourner (ECW Press $18.95)

1:00 pm Phinder Dulai
dream/arteries (Talonbooks $16.95)

2:00 pm Janet Rogers
Peace in Duress (Talonbooks $16.95)

Magazine Words

11:40 am Connor Doyle and Juliane Okot Bitek
Presented by subTerrain. Hosted by Peter Babiak.

1:00 pm EVENT Magazine with Joanne Arnott and Russell Thornton
Presented by Douglas College. Hosted by Shashi Bhat.

Words on Chapbooks

4:00 pm Chat About Chapbooks
With Leah Horlick, Warren Dean Fulton, Kevin Spenst, and Jennifer Zilm. Moderated by Heidi Greco.

Word Talks

3:15 pm The Importance of Diversity in the Publishing Industry
With Jordan Abel, Anna Ling Kaye, Raymond Nakamura, Jane Eaton Hamilton, and Sirish Rao. Moderated by Andrea Routley.

4:15 pm Creating Outside the Box
With Barbara Adler, Rick “Big Love” Kumar, Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu, Sebastien Wen, and Andrew Warner. Moderated by R.C. Weslowski.

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