Vancouver poet laureate Rachel Rose calls for submissions to upcoming anthology

New book to bring together Vancouver’s vibrant literary and culinary scenes

Rachel Rose, Vancouver’s poet laureate, is inviting writers to submit short works, poems and essays for a new anthology that will bring together the city’s vibrant literary and culinary scenes.

“This anthology will support Vancouver’s ability to welcome newcomers, symbolically and materially,” says poet laureate Rachel Rose, who is editing the upcoming Sustenance: Writers from B.C. and Beyond on the Subject of Food, to be published by Anvil Press.

“It will support people who are struggling, while celebrating our writers and showcasing Vancouver’s local food heritage.”

Sustenance will bring to the table a diverse mix of Canada’s best contemporary writers, both emerging and established, to celebrate all that is unique about Vancouver’s literary and culinary scenes, as well as British Columbia’s food producers.

“The book will be punctuated by beautiful local food photographs and recipes from some of our top chefs,” Rose says. “Each of these short pieces will shock, comfort, praise or entice.”

Sustenance is, as well, a community response to the needs of new arrivals or low-income families in our city.

All proceeds from the book will support refugee or low-income families with fresh, locally grown produce for while supporting B.C. farmers, fishers, beekeepers and gardeners through the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon program.

Rose’s call for submissions welcomes works that explore all matter of relationships to food – exile and migration, food scarcity, kitchen table healing and more. Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017