SFU well represented at Word Vancouver 2015

Word Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest free literary festival, which expanded to 5 days a few years ago. Word Vancouver takes place September 23-27, 2015 around Vancouver. There are a lot of programming events that SFU is involved in, and even more that SFU alumni, staff, and teachers are taking part in. Let’s round up a few events!


Launch Party for The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them
Segal Conference Room, SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings Street) | 5:45pm
A book launch party presented by SFU Public Square and Anvil Press. Readings by Joanne Arnott, George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, George Stanley, Fred Wah, and Betsy Warland.


On Saturday, there are free professional development workshops for writers and publishers at Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia Street).

Children’s Publishing Workshop with Robin Mitchell Cranfield
Workshop presented by Publishing@SFU
11:00 am | Peter Kaye Room

Non-Fiction Editing Workshop with Scott Steedman
Workshop Presented by SFU Publishing
Scott Steedman is an instructor in the SFU publishing department
12:30 pm | Peter Kaye Room


The main festival day takes place at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library on Sunday, September 27.

Digital Publishing Strategies with John Maxwell
Presented by Publishing@SFU
John Maxwell is the director of the SFU Publishing Program
Writing Talks | 11:00 am

Emily Davidson, Shaun Robinson, and Shazia Hafiz Ramji read from The City Series: Number One—Vancouver (Frog Hollow Press $10.00)
Shazia Hafiz Ramji is currently in The Writer’s Studio at SFU and received the inaugural Yale Road Scholarship for The Writers Studio 2015.
Underground Words + Art | 11:00 am

Daniela Elza, Mercedes Eng, Mariner Janes, and Cecily Nicholson read from The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil Press $18.00). Hosted by Renée Sarojini Saklikar.
Poetry On The Bus | 11:30 am

Chelene Knight reading from Braided Skin (Mother Tongue Publishing $18.95)
Chelene Knight is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU
Poetry On The Bus 3:15 pm
CUPE Stage | 12:30 pm

Raoul Fernandes reading from Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions $18.95)
Raoul Fernandes is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio
Poetry On The Bus | 1:15 pm

How to Captivate Readers through the Senses
Presented by SFU’s The Writer’s Studio, with Helen Polychronakos
Writing Talks | 1:20 pm

Establishing and Growing Your Digital Footprint with Trevor Battye and Suzanne Norman
Presented by Publishing@SFU
Suzanne Norman is the director of the Summer Publishing Workshops at SFU
Word Talks | 2:30 pm

Musings on the Poetic Process – Panel
With Jordan Abel, Rahat Kurd, and Jacqueline Turner. Moderated by Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar.
Panelists and moderators are from The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them, Wayde Compton is the director of The Writer’s Studio, and Renée Sarojini Saklikar is a Writer’s Studio graduate.
Magazine Words | 4:00 pm

George Bowering reading from Ten Women (Anvil Press $20.00)
George Bowering is a professor emeritus of the SFU English department
Canada Writes Tent | 4:10 pm


There are lots more events, panels, workshops, and readings—check out the program guide online.