“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 Heritage. The project seeks to join writers in collaboration with local chefs, urban farmers, food bank workers, beer makers, bakers, cafe owners, beekeepers, etc.
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).
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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.
With the assistance of a BC Arts Council Innovations grant, subTerrain Magazine will launch Line Break: the subTerrain blog of art and poetry on Monday, April 13, 2015. New poems and critiques will be published weekly until July 2015.
“Each week beginning Monday, April 13 the blog will present readers with two poems and two critiques, one poem-critique pair for each section of Line Break: The “How A Poem Reads” section focusing on a close-reading of a poem, and the “Poets Among Artists” section offering a poem inspired by art.”
Readers are encouraged to engage with the poetry, share reactions and comments on the blog platform.