Arrival: A Special Public Lecture by Rawi Hage & Madeleine Thien

In this special public lecture, Rawi Hage and Madeleine Thien explore the nature of arrival through essay, film, and fiction, and the malleable borders between these forms.
Friday, May 8, 2015
7:00 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
SFU Woodwards, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Madeleine Thien is a past SFU Writer-in-Residence, and Rawi Hage is the current SFU Writer-in-Residence. Read more details about the event as well as author bios.
Co-presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Writer-in-Residence Program at Simon Fraser University. This event is sponsored by the Dean of Arts, Simon Fraser University, and the Writer in Residence Program in the English Department at SFU.


The Dance Current Seeks Editor


Date Posted: April 14, 2015
Application Deadline: May 8, 2015
Start Date: May 25, 2015
Compensation: $32,000 annually
City/Town: Toronto
Term: Contract – Full-time

Organization Description:
The Dance Current is a niche consumer title published by the not-for-profit multi-platform education and media company Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Média. We produce print, online and live content and programming that serves to educate the dance sector and the general public, cultivating literacy and critical discourse about the art, culture and practice of dance in Canada. We envision a Canadian public and a broad-reaching dance sector that are: critically engaged with dance art and practice as a part of the Canadian cultural experience, better able to appreciate dance/movement as cultural and aesthetic expression, literate in the current and historical context that shapes the field, alive with robust conversation, and inclusive of diverse perspectives. We aim to be the authoritative magazine leading and developing critical discourse and engaged conversation about the art, practice and culture of dance in Canada. We do this by commissioning, curating and publishing original Canadian content by dance artists, educators, scholars, writers and photographers, as well as arts and culture journalists and writers from beyond dance. The Dance Current is the only publication of its kind for dance in Canada, publishing a bimonthly print magazine and content-based website: thedancecurrent.com

Job Description:
The Dance Current is seeking an Editor. This is a full-time contract position, commencing May 25, 2015 and is the senior editorial position at the organization, reporting to the executive director and board. The Dance Current maintains a small, shared office space at 401 Richmond St. in Toronto and operates with an annual budget of approximately $190,000.

The Dance Current publishes six regular print issues per year, and produces online content streams including ongoing listings; daily videos; weekly news; and monthly reviews, features, columns and galleries. Working collaboratively with the small team, the Editor curates, develops and edits all print and most online content, working within the overall organizational vision and strategic objectives. The Editor undertakes substantive, style, fact-checking and proofing responsibilities in all content areas. The Editor leads the editorial team and works with the full-time Publisher to set schedules, policies and procedures to meet the editorial goals within the financial resources available. The Editor works closely with the Online Editor to develop online content and ensure effective print-digital integration and cross-referencing. The Editor works with the Publisher, Online Editor, Executive Director and other editorial advisors and contributors to ensure effective and representative coverage of the field. The Editor manages editorial calendars, schedules, processes and production workflows, and ensuring communication among the editorial/production team, among other non-editorial organizational responsibilities. The Editor consults at regular monthly intervals with the executive director and board to discuss editorial strategy and objectives. Reporting to the Editor are several Regional Editors, a Translator, Copy Editor and Designer.

This is a full-time contract position requiring an average of 40 hours per week contingent on the production cycle. Workflow fluctuates around bimonthly print production periods, intensifying over a three- to four-week period each cycle. The Editor works primarily in the office but may complete some work off-site so long as communication during regular office hours is maintained with the office staff.

As The Dance Current is a small, not-for-profit organization, the position involves a wide variety of responsibilities and the ideal candidate will enjoy working within a closely collaborative and responsive context. Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

•Developing and maintaining multi-media editorial strategy and long-term planning
•Curating, planning and integrating print and online content for existing readers and new target markets
•Developing innovative and efficient editorial concepts and cross-platform elements that enhance editorial excellence while contributing to organizational sustainability

•Editing and preparing print, online and cross-platform content including substantive and style editing, fact checking and proofing

•Working with writers on photo sourcing and with the designer on layouts

•Writing a monthly online column, requisite un-credited writing and other supporting copy for print and online including an editorial for each print issue

•Approving final copy and print/digital files for publication

•Managing the editorial budget; hiring, commissioning and contracting contributors

•Setting style processes and guidelines in collaboration with the Copy Editor

•Working with the staff team to communicate editorial objectives and line-ups, and contributing ideas and hands-on support to the organizational strategy in sales, circulation, marketing, sponsorship and fundraising

•Supervising, developing and mentoring editorial staff, emerging writers and interns by providing guidance and offering feedback

•Collaborating on organizational vision, grant writing, implementing strategic plans and playing a role in the stewardship of the organization

The successful applicant will be a visionary individual, capable of supporting the current programs of the organization through long-term growth. The Editor’s priority will be to maintain and develop the editorial excellence of the magazine, in print and online. They will possess:

•A bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or a related field (required)

•Significant editorial experience in periodical publishing, both print and online. Alternatively, significant editorial experience in digital, book or e-book publishing may be considered. Curatorial/dramaturgical experience in dance, theatre or performance with the requisite exceptional language and editing skills may also be considered.

•Hands-on experience working collaboratively with writers, photographers and art directors to realize an editorial vision

•Applied knowledge and hands-on experience with digital media and online editorial models, with the proven ability to realize innovative cross-platform editorial solutions for a small-scale, niche publication

•Ability to work independently and as part of a small, dedicated staff team, providing leadership, communicating a vision and motivating staff to achieve it

•Excellent time management skills with ability to multi-task and meet deadlines without fail in a fast-paced environment

•Proven ability with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat and high comfort level with digital technologies, including websites, apps, social media and cloud-based workflows, with the capacity to regularly and easily adapt to and integrate new digital tools.

•Knowledgeable and passionate about dance, art, culture and community practice

•Experience with not-for-profit resource management and culture

•Ability to work some evenings and weekends during production periods or events

•Bilingual English-French highly desirable

How to Apply:
Individuals interested in applying should forward their résumé and cover letter, combined in one Word or PDF document to:

The Dance Current
15 Case Goods Lane, Studio #312
Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4
By e-mail: hiringcommittee@thedancecurrent.com (please make the subject heading Job Posting – Editor)

The Dance Current is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline for applications – Friday May 8 at 5 pm

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Vancouver Poet Laureate calls for submissions: Food & Poetry

“We are a city of diverse cultures, belief systems and economic backgrounds,” says Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose. “Food is personal, political, sensual, and powerful.”

Rachel Rose is calling on Vancouver poets, writers, and foodies to send submissions for a curated website and/or in the future anthology, Sweet Verse: Celebrating Vancouver’s Culinary and Literary HeritageThe project seeks to join writers in collaboration with local chefs, urban farmers, food bank workers, beer makers, bakers, cafe owners, beekeepers, etc.

Full project details and instructions on how to submit are available on Rachel Rose’s blog.

On the official poet laureate website, Rachel Rose writes, “There are many subjects and causes worthy of interest of a Poet Laureate, though few that engage us all. But all of us break bread together, or cook beans, or fry noodles. All of us carry memories of those foods that taste like home, whether it is the activist challenging the cruelties of conventional farming, the exile remembering the waft of spices on lost streets, or the child writing about the sockeye salmon she buys at Granville Island. Poetry inspired by food invites poets to write provocative work about the environment, class, immigration, and occupation, but it also allows us to celebrate our city’s strengths in a way that brings us together.”

P.S. If you’re interested in reading more about the connection between food and poetry, check out the League of Canadian Poets. Inspired by Rachel Rose’s inaugural speech as Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, they embraced the theme of Food & Poetry for this year’s National Poetry Month celebrations (April 2015).

City of Vancouver invites submissions for 2015 Book Award

Authors and publishers of books that contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character or the achievements of its residents are invited to submit entries for the annual City of Vancouver Book Award.

Submissions can be of any genre and will demonstrate excellence in content, illustration, design, and/or format. To be eligible, books must be published in 2015 or 2014 and meet the application criteria.

An independent jury will choose the winner of the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award and the $3,000 prize. The award will be presented in November by Mayor Gregor Robertson at the Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Entry forms and guidelines are available on the City’s website.

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Bookbinding workshop: bind and take home a beautiful book

The Alcuin Society is announcing a workshop to take place on two consecutive Sundays, May 24 and May 31, at Creekside Community Centre, on 1 Athletes Way in Vancouver. The workshop participants, taught by Adele Shaak, will have the opportunity to bind and take home their own exquisite copy of Flowers in Heraldry, a book illustrated and designed by Vera Ibbett between 1971 and 1974. It showcases the artists botanical painting and calligraphy skills. For more information about the book and the artist, visit Quiet Fire Design.


The Alcuin Society got the reproduction rights for this gorgeous book and published it in 1977, both as a bound and a loose page version. Now it offers a copy of the latter to the participants to the workshop, who will learn how to bind them in a two-day workshop. On the first day they will sew the book onto five tapes, create the endpapers and self-headbands, prepare the spine edge of the text block, and prepare the boards. On the second day they will create the contrasting spine piece and complete covering the boards, case in, and apply the label.

The price for this workshop is $129 for the Alcuin members, and $139 for non-members, with an additional $20 for materials. These include book board and book cloth cut to size by the instructor, sewing tapes, thread needles, cord for headbands, glue and glue brushes. The seats are limited to 8, and at the date of the post half of them had already been filled up, so make sure you sign up early. For more information or to register please contact Gina Page at 604.274.0919 or gpage[at]sd38[dot]bc[dot]ca

Honey, Hives, and Poetry in the City

The Vancouver Public Library and SFU Centre for Dialogue are co-presenting an event for National Poetry Month in April.

Honey, Hives, and Poetry in the City” investigates food and poetry as a means of cultural and social activism and community building.

Monday, April 27, 2015
7:00–8:30 pm
Alice Mackay Room
Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia Street

The free, public event includes:

  • Rachel Rose, Poet Laureate of Vancouver
  • Collaborative reading by scientist Mark L. Winston (Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive) and poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar (children of air india).
  • Readings from Elee Kraljii Gardiner and the Thursdays Writing Collective
  • Presentation and honey tasting with Hives for Humanity

Robert Bringhurst Exhibition in SFU Library Special Collections

An exhibit about Robert Bringhurst is currently on display at SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Special Collections (7th floor). Bringhurst is a celebrated poet, typographer, translator, cultural historian, and linguist.

“The Robert Bringhurst fonds consists of his research into printing history, type and book design, linguistics, poetics and aesthetics. The exhibition draws from his unpublished lectures, essays, reviews, translations, exhibitions, bibliographies, and correspondence dating primarily from 2000-2013.”

More details about the exhibit available on the SFU Library website. The exhibition will be on display until late April 2015.

New website Literary Hub includes Canadian publishers

According to Quill & Quire, “Canadian publishers House of Anansi Press and Arsenal Pulp Press have partnered with Literary Hub, a new U.S. website aiming to promote literature and book culture.”

“A joint initiative of Grove Atlantic and the online books magazine Electric Literature, LitHub launched Wednesday with more than 100 content contributors, including publishers, small presses, booksellers, and literary publications. Both Arsenal Pulp and Anansi were approached directly to be part of the project.”

The LitHub website describes itself as being “in the service of literary culture, a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary literary life.”

“There is more great literary content online than ever before, but it is scattered, easily lost. With the help of its partners—publishers big and small, journals, bookstores and non-profits—Literary Hub will be a place where readers can return each day for smart, engaged, and entertaining writing about all things books.”

MPub Magazine Projects Hit the Rack


 On March 6, 2015, the Master of Publishing candidates presented their final magazine projects to faculty and industry guests. This year’s batch of magazines included a digital-first news magazine for young urbanites, a wedding magazine for men and an bsurdist cultural satire magazine.


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