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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Writers Festival Starts Sunday!

And here are a bunch of not to miss poetry events; I am not going to be at the festival Sunday and Monday because Ron Sexsmith, my favourite singer in the universe, is performing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. [Since I won’t be there, I expect good reports from my fellow bloggers on the poetry events.]

Sunday, April 13

4pm THE DUSTY OWL READING SERIES PRESENTS
Eliot Katz (poet) & Vivian Demuth (novelist)

6pm POETRY CABARET #1 Fred Wah, Rachel Zolf and Stuart Ross,
hosted by Michael Dennis
[it kills me not to be here. i’m a big fan of Stuart Ross, Fred Wah is a bit of a poetry
mentor for me and i’ve heard Rachel Zolf only once and would enjoy hearing her
again; and of course, i’m a big fan of Michael Dennis]

8pm MESSAGIO GALORE TAKE V curated by jwcurry
performed by Alexander’s Dark Band (jwcurry, Maria Erskine, Nicholas Power,
Rob Read) & Auxiliary (John Lavery, Carmel Purkis)
[it is wrong, so wrong to miss this one. so very very wrong.]

Monday, April 14 is a day without poetry, boo hoo
but poets Stan Dragland and Anne Simpson will be there for Writing Life 1, doing double duty as fiction writers; maybe audience members can hijack the Q&A session by asking them questions about their poetry or the poetic elements in their fiction ;) and both will be in later events for poetry.

Tuesday, April 15

1pm TIPS, TRICKS AND ADVICE ON WRITING
with Alison Pick and Anne Simpson, hosted by Sean Wilson

7pm DON DOMANSKI ON THE ROLE OF THE POET
hosted by Rob Winger
[i don’t really get this one; poets have roles? or is it like “the role of the poet will
now be played by Adam Sandler”; i’m very curious about what Mr. Domanski has
to say; for some reason i keep mixing him up with Don McKay who is also
appearing on the same day at another non writers festival event along with others,
boo hoo]

7pm SECRETS OF LITERARY PUBLISHING: Why We Publish and How To Survive
and Thrive in Today’s Turbulent Marketplace
with Stan Dragland, Beth Follett and Alan Briesmaster hosted by Sean Wilson
[i’m very keen on this one; i really admire Beth Follett and what she’s done with
Pedlar Press]

8:30pm POETRY CABARET #2
with Anne Simpson, Alison Pick and Don Domanski, hosted by Stephen Brockwell

Wednesday, April 16 is another poetry free day
except that one of the participants in WL#2 is Gale ZoĆ« Garnett who is a poet, author and actor. You can’t really have a poetry free day at the festival ;)

Thursday, April 17
6pm THE SLINGS AND ARROWS OF LITERARY TRANSLATION
Presented with the University of Ottawa’s School of Translation and Interpretation and
the Literary Translatators Association of Canada featuring Luise von Flotow, Mark
Fried, Antonino Mazza, Seymour Mayne, Marc Charron and John Woodsworth
includes readings from Pluriel, a bilingual anthology of poetry.
[i’d be there due to a former life as a translator and a graduate of STI but rob mclennan
is on at the same time either or and discussing two of my
favourite books, Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept and
Sheila Watson’s The Double Hook or launching his not yet released collection of
essays “Subverting the Lyric”]

8:30pm POETRY CABARET #2
with Steve Venright, Nathaniel G. Moore and RM Vaughn, hosted by Stephen Brockwell
[Nathaniel G. Moore is one my favourite Toronto peeps. the others i don’t know and am
looking forward to discovering.]

it’s also POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY: “Find a poem that you love, write it down and put it in your pocket. Share with friends and strangers all day long. Maybe you'll get lucky and someone will share back.” The event is listed on Facebook. i plan to do this at the festival and hope you do too.

Friday, April 18 is another day without poetry, but ME SEXY: AN EXPLORATION OF NATIVE SEX AND SEXUALITY with Drew Haydon Taylor and hosted by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm sounds like it could inspire poetry

Saturday, April 19

8pm POETRY CABARET #4
with A.F. Moritz, Elise Partridge and Kevin Connolly, hosted by David O’Meara
[we can almost say that the festival isn’t a festival until Kevin Connolly appears; he’s
a regular reader at the festival and i’m very glad he is.

after the festival, stay tuned for an entry with my updated all genders sexiest Canadian poets list.

see you at the festival! feel free to buy me a drink ;)

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