31 July 2009

DECLINING AMERICA is a series of long poems which depict
“america” not as a nation but as a linguistic strategy. The long
poems range from overtly political (“my american movie”) to
language-based (“software tracks”). Many of the poems were
written while traveling America (the nation) and while reading
Jean Baudrillard’s America (the book). The poems here hold
the view that the cultural imperialism of the united States has
essentially rendered Canada ‘America’ (the regime).

Advance orders welcome here.

30 July 2009

16 July 2009

Richard Van Camp in PG

July 21, 2009
10:30am - 11:11am
Family Storytelling with Richard Van Camp

Families, join us at the library for an hour of Storytelling with reknowned author and storyteller, Richard Van Camp! Richard is a member of the Dogrib Nation and was recently recognized as the Wordcraft Storyteller of the Year. He has written 3 children's books (as well as novels and short stories for adults) and will share oral stories with us.

"An opportunity not to be missed!"

Ages: Families
Free Drop-in
July 23, 2009
7:00pm - 9:00pm

For Adults: Meet Author & Storyteller Richard Van Camp
Calling all aspiring teen and adult writers! Come out to hear author and storyteller Richard Van Camp. A lively interactive session on developing the skills you need to be a writer including writing graphic novels. Richard currently teaches creative writing with an aboriginal focus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. As an author and storyteller, Richard has presented at many festivals and workshops across the country including the Vancouver Storytellers’ Festival and the Winnipeg Writers’ Festival. This presentation is a great opportunity for writers and those interested in the writing process to hear a dynamic speaker.

"Don't miss your chance to meet a dynamic and charismatic writer and storyteller!"

Ages: Teens and Adults
Free Drop-in


15 July 2009

The Line Has Shattered

Revisiting Vancouver’s Landmark 1963 Poetry Conference

George Bowering / Pauline Butling / Clark Coolidge / Judith Copithorne / Maria Hindmarch / Robert Hogg / Lionel Kearns / Bernice Lever / Daphne Marlatt / Michael Palmer / Jamie Reid /
Fred Wah

The 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference was actually a three-week credit summer course offered by the University of British Columbia and organized by UBC English professor Warren Tallman and poet Robert Creeley. It featured lectures, readings, panel discussions and writing workshops by Charles Olson, Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov and Margaret Avison—in Roy Miki’s words, some of “the most influential voices of the generation described as the ‘new American poets.’” The Conference marks the beginnings of a truly transnational “North American” poetic avant-garde: many of the “student” participants have gone on to have far-reaching impact on Canadian and American poetry, as they include figures such as George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, Fred Wah, Michael Palmer, Clark Coolidge, and Phyllis Webb. Consistently referred to as “landmark,” “monumental,” and a “defining moment in the history of North American poetry,” The Line Has Shattered brings together 12 original participants 46 years later for a day of discussion and readings.

Friday August 14 2009

SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings), room 1700 (Labatt Hall)

Panel discussion: 1-3pm

Readings: 7-10pm

Moderated and Hosted by Stephen Collis

Sponsored by the SFU Department of English