23 May 2008

Artists in the Park

– A Multiple Sclerosis Fundraising event.
Just a reminder to all interested artists of every and any genre:

If you are wanting to participate in this fundraising and fun event for MS, please contact Nicholas and let him know. He can help you with whatever you need such as tables, plug ins, etc. For information on some of the artists participating, take a look at the posters up around UNBC.


If you need any information regarding this event please do not hesitate to call Nicholas @ 250-612-1327 OR email [nicholas_j_sims@hotmail.com].

18 May 2008

16 May 2008

BC’s Inland Rainforest – Conservation and Community

University of Northern British Columbia,
Prince George, BC:
May 21–23, 2008

We would invite your participation in the upcoming conference to be held May 21 to 23 at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George entitled “BC’s Inland Rainforest – Conservation and Community”. This conference will look at emerging research findings on the wet forests the cover the inland mountain ranges in BC and extend southward into Idaho and Montana. BC’s Inland Rainforests are poised to assume much greater significance to the Province of British Columbia over the next decade. As wood from mountain pine beetle stands diminishes the focus of BC’s forest industry will shift increasingly to interior mountain forests. At the same we have a much greater awareness of the many unique attributes of these ecosystems and the potential threats they face from climate change and habitat fragmentation.

Conference speakers will address topics that range from the management of endangered species, to innovative forest harvesting techniques, value-added manufacturing, and development of ecotourism opportunities. The first day of the conference will be held at UNBC. First day events include oral and poster presentations by scientists, experts from non-governmental organizations, and members from local community and industry groups. An afternoon cultural forum will highlight artwork and literature that portrays community visions of BC’s inland rainforest. In the evening a public lecture will highlight the “Conservation Biology of BC’s Inland Rainforest”. On the second day of the conference the rubber hits the road. Conference participants will spend the day in the field, talking with local experts as they visit forest harvesting trials, tour new ecotourism developments, and visit sensitive inland rainforest stands. The evening will culminate in a community barbeque at Dome Creek, to be hosted by the Dome Creek Community Association. This will be a great opportunity to see firsthand innovative examples of community led sustainable development in BC’s inland rainforest. The third day of the conference will open with a presentation by invited speaker Bruce Fraser, Chair of the BC Forest Practices Board, to be followed by a panel discussion presenting future visions of the sustainable development of BC’s inland rainforest.

For more information on conference events please visit: http://wetbelt.unbc.ca/2008-conference.html or contact Al Wiensczyk (Phone: 250- 614-4354; email: alan.wiensczyk@forrex.org).

05 May 2008

Barry McKinnon Chapbook Award winners

Adam Pottle's Bereft

Pottle's poems explore a variety of experiences and tensions having to do with persons with disabilities. The cover photo is by Adam Pottle and one of the poems include a line in braille.


Lisa Close's How to Survive a Worst-Case Scenario

Close uses found passages from The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht to explore modern relationships as disaster zones. Close's book includes a waterproof bag made of duct tape.

Happy chapbooking all!

the writing down there

N 49 15.832 - W 123 05.921

AUGUST 19 - 24, 2008
VIVO Media Arts Centre
1965 Main Street
Vancouver, BC (Coast Salish Territory)

invited participants include
| Rita Wong | Tyrone Williams | Darren Wershler-Henry | Mark Wallace | Aaron Vidaver | Rodrigo Toscano | Catriona Strang | Brian Kim Stefans | Juliana Spahr | Rod Smith | Colin Smith | Kaia Sand | Lisa Robertson | Judy Radul | Sianne Ngai | Dorothy Trujillo Lusk | Kevin Killian | Reg Johanson | Robert Fitterman | Roger Farr | Laura Elrick | Stacy Doris | Jeff Derksen | Michael Davidson | Louis Cabri | Clint Burnhan | Jules Boykoff | Dodie Bellamy |

newly commissioned works
readings + talks + panels + performances

with VIVO Media Arts Centre

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thematics statements
and registration information
please visit

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