Posts Tagged: reading

Special reading with Liz Howard, Griffin Award-winning poet

Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, the first time the prize has been awarded to a debut collection. It was also a finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and received an honourable mention for the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize.

Born and raised in northern Ontario, Howard is of Anishinaabe and Franco-Ontarian descent. She received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Guelph. She now lives in Toronto where she assists with neurocognitive aging research.

Liz Howard will be reading in Special Collections & Rare Books (SFU Burnaby) on Friday, March 24th, 2017 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Attendance is free and refreshments will be served.

Special Collections is located in room 7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby.

Join poets Stephen Collis & Juliane Okot Bitek for a lunchtime reading

Join SFU Library for a lunchtime poetry reading in Special Collections on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
Room 7100, 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby, BC.

Stephen Collis’s most recent, and seventh, book of poetry is Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016). Currently he is visiting and writing about poet Phyllis Webb. He lives on Coast Salish Territories and teaches poetry at Simon Fraser University.

Juliane Okot Bitek was born in Kenya to Ugandan exiles and now lives in Vancouver. A teacher and UBC doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, she is also an essayist and poet whose work has been anthologized and published widely in literary magazines, online and in print. Her powerful and critically praised book of poems responding to the Rwandan genocide, 100 Days, was recently published by University of Alberta Press.

Lunch Poems kicks off 2017 with Ottawa poets Stephen Brockwell & Rob McLennan

Lunch Poems at SFU is a free lunchtime reading series the third Wednesday of every month featuring well-known and up-and-coming poets.

Next Reading on January 18, 2017, 12–1pm in the Teck Gallery at SFU Vancouver’s Harbour Centre campus.

STEPHEN BROCKWELL is an Ottawa poet and end-times entrepreneur. His Fruitfly Geographic won the 2005 Archibald Lampman Award. With Stuart Ross, he co-edited the protest anthology Rogue Stimulus: a Stephen Harper Holiday Anthology for a Prorogued Parliament (Mansfield Press, 2011). His sixth book, All of Us Reticent, Here, Together, was published by Mansfield Press in 2016. Poems have recently appeared in The Puritan, Prism International, the Arc Poetry Magazine Art in the End Times issue, and Inwords. When not making notes in the oxygen-deprived atmosphere of a regional jet, he is trying to survive the cloud economy by keepings head up there.

ROB MCLENNAN is the author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The Ottawa writer’s most recent titles include The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and the poetry collection A perimeter (New Star Books, 2016). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Christine McNair), The Garneau Review, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics, Touch the Donkey, and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater. In fall 2015, he was named “Interviews Editor” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and recently became a regular contributor to both the Drunken Boat and Ploughshares blogs. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at his website.

Janet Rogers: Poetry Reading at the Vancouver Art Gallery

On January 28, poet Janet Rogers will read from her new book Totem Poles and Railroads, which succinctly defines the 500-year-old relationship between Indigenous nations and the corporation of Canada. Placing poetry at the centre of our current post-residential school/present-day reconciliation reality, Rogers’ poems are expansive and intimate, challenging, thought-provoking and always personal.

This poetry reading will take place in the 4th floor exhibition surrounded by artworks in We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr, adding a new voice to conversation between Assu and Carr.

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script writing. Janet is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and sound artist. From 2012 to 2015, Janet served as Poet Laureate of Victoria.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 3pm. Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

SFU 2017 Writer-in-Residence: Cecily Nicholson

The SFU English Department is proud to present the 2017 Writer in Residence at SFU: Cecily Nicholson.

Please join SFU for a reading and reception on January 19, 2017 in room 1420 at SFU Harbour Centre, on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Cecily Nicholson is the administrator of the artist-run centre Gallery Gachet and has worked since 2000 in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She belongs to the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and is a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University. Cecily is the author of Triage and From the Poplars, winner of the 2015 Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry.

As part of her position as Writer-in-Residence, the SFU community can book an appointment with Cecily for a writing consult. Please send an 8-10 page, double-spaced Word document of a work in progress (or a fragment of a work in progress) to the Chair’s Secretary at

Playful Generative Art: Computer-Mediated Creativity and Ephemeral Expressions

WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Room 1800 (SFU Harbour Centre)
Fee: Free (to reserve a seat, please email

“Generative art” is a blanket term for any creative work produced in part through programmatic or algorithmic means. “Playful generative art” makes use of highly technical disciplines—computer programming, statistics, graphic design, and artificial intelligence—to produce chat bots, digital poetry, visual art, and even computer-generated “novels.” These pieces may be motivated by serious social or political issues, but the expressions are decidedly unserious, often short-lived or quickly composed. Creators working in this medium are rarely artists first—as programmers, designers, game developers, and linguists, they use the tools of their trade in unexpected and delightful ways. Generative art also has much to teach us about issues at the intersection of ethics and technology: what is the role of the artist in a human/machine collaboration; what is our responsibility when we design programs that talk with real people; how do we curate and study ephemeral digital works? Digital artists, writers, technologists, and anyone interested in media studies are invited to attend.

Guest Speaker:

lizadalyLiza Daly
is a software engineer and occasional corporate executive who lives in Boston. She is currently focusing on providing technical assistance to non-profits that work to uphold civil rights and protect vulnerable populations. Her personal projects revolve around digital art, interactive narrative, and digital publishing. Formerly she was CTO at Safari and prior to that, founded a digital publishing company called Threepress, which Safari acquired. Her new company is World Writable. She has been quoted about “Digital Detox” and the effects of the iPad on reading (NYT, 2010), ebooks in the cloud (Wired, 2011), and on strategies to help introverts network (FastCompany, 2015). Liza has presented about great engineering teams and digital publishing. She wrote a short book on Next-Generation Web Frameworks in Python (O’Reilly, 2007), which, she says, is “out of date so please don’t read it”.

Poetry Reading by Fred Wah in SFU Special Collections

Renowned local poet Fred Wah will be reading in Special Collections & Rare Books on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Fred Wah reading in Special Collections

Born in 1939 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Fred Wah grew up in Nelson, B.C. His long career has spanned six decades and a range of formal styles and preoccupations. In the early 1960s, while attending the University of British Columbia, Wah was a founding editor of the influential avant-garde poetry newsletter TISH and a member of the group of student-writers who gathered around the magazine, including several who went on to distinguished careers—George Bowering, Frank Davey, Daphne Marlatt, among others. Since that time Wah has established himself as an important figure on the post-modern literary scene in Canada, as writer, editor and teacher.

His work has received numerous awards, including the B.C. Book Prize and the Governor General’s Award. For many years he taught at the David Thompson University Centre, Selkirk College, the University of Calgary, and the Banff Centre. He has been writer-in-residence at a number of Canadian universities and colleges, including SFU in 2007/08. In 2011 he was appointed as Canada’s fifth Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and in 2013 he was made an Officer in the Order of Canada.

Recently Talonbooks collected the poet’s early poems in a large volume titled Scree, edited with an introduction by Jeff Derkson of SFU English, who will also introduce the reading.

Special Collections is located in room 7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby.

Free | Refreshments will be served

Reading with poets Arleen Paré and Miranda Pearson

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, poets Arleen Paré and Miranda Pearson will read from and discuss their latest books at Banyen Books & Sound. Join the poets from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, free to attend.
Arleen Paré is a Victoria poet and novelist, a graduate of SFU’s TWS program and an MFA graduate in poetry from the University of Victoria. Her first book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry, and won the Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Her second book, Leaving Now, a novel, was released in 2012. Lake of Two Mountains, her third book, won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2014. It was also nominated for the Victoria Butler Book Prize and won the CBC Bookie Award. Paré’s latest poetry collection, He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car was released in September, 2015.

Miranda Pearson’s poetry has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies, and her latest collection is titled The Fire Extinguisher. She is the author of three previous collections: Prime, The Aviary and Harbour. The Aviary won the Alfred G. Bailey prize in 2006 and Harbour was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize in 2010. Miranda lives in Vancouver, where she teaches and edits poetry and works in Community Mental Health.

Lunch Poems at SFU with Ted Byrne and Kayla Czaga

Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic ideas and cadence held the third Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 pm, in the Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre Campus.

TED BYRNE was born in Hamilton Ontario and has lived in Vancouver since the late sixties. He was a member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective, and is now a member of the Lacan Salon. He teaches poetry and poetics in the HUM 101 program at UBC. His writing incorporates various forms of translation.

KAYLA CZAGA is the author of For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions, 2014), which won The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and was nominated for The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and The Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

Wednesday, February 17, 2015
12 to 1 pm
Teck Gallery, Main Floor
SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.

Everyone welcome. Bring your lunch.

Lunch Poems at SFU returns with Jeff Derksen and Stephanie Young

Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique vibrant exchange of poetic ideas and cadence held the third Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 pm, in the Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre Campus.

After the summer hiatus, the reading series returns on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 with poets Jeff Derksen and Stephanie Young.

Jeff Derksen studied writing in the innovative Writing Program at David Thompson University Centre in Nelson B.C. and is a founding collective member of the Kootenay School of Writing. Derksen’s poetry edges with the contradictions and possibilities of lit win cities, and turns toward what Ernst Bloch called a “militant optimism.” Jeff Derksen’s poetry books include The VestigesTransnational Muscle Cars, Dwell, Until, and Down Time and his critical books are After Euphoria, Annihilated Time: Poetry and other Politics and How High Is the City, How Deep Is Our Love. He works in the English Department of Simon Fraser University.

Stephanie Young lives in Oakland, California. Her most recent book is Ursula or University (2013), a social and personal history investigating the possibilities and limits of poetry communities alongside police violence, resistance, and protest. Her earlier collections of poetry include Telling the Future Off (2005) and Picture Palace (2008). She edited the anthology Bay Poetics (2006) and is a founding editor of Deep Oakland. With Juliana Spahr, she co-edited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (2012), a collection of enactments investigating politics, feminism, and collaborative poetry practice that the pair performed between 2005 and 2007.