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from Americans in Italy

      The three things Americans visiting Italy worry about most
are (1) being cheated, (2) being made to eat something
      they don’t like, and (3) being cheated in the course
of being made to eat something they don’t like.
      To these people, I say: Americans, do not worry.
Italians will not cheat you. Dishonesty requires calculation,
      and Italians are no fonder of calculation than we are.
As for the food, remember that you are in a restaurant,
      for Christ’s sake, and therefore it is highly unlikely

      that your handsome, attentive waiter will bring you
a bunch of boiled fish heads, much less a bowl of hairspray soup
      or a slice of tobacco pie topped with booger ice cream.
Indeed, you have already been both cheated and made to eat
      bad food in your so-called Italian restaurant in Dearborn
or Terre Haute where the specialty is limp manicotti
      stuffed with cat food and welded to an oversized ashtray
with industrial-strength tomato sauce; therefore be not
      like the scholar in The Charterhouse of Parma

      who never pays for the smellest trifle without looking up
its price in Mrs. Starke’s Travels, where it states how much
      an Englishman should pay for a turkey, an apple,
a glass of milk, and so on, but eat, drink, and spend freely,
      for tomorrow you will again be in Grand Rapids or Fort Wayne.
As Cosimo strolled his corridor, he could glance out from time to time
      to see if three or four of the abovementioned Pazzi or Albizi
were gathering to discuss something that almost certainly
      would not have been a surprise birthday party for him.

Magazine Grand Prix submission deadline

Title: Magazine Grand Prix submission deadline

Date: January 30, 2017

mag-grand-prixLocation: Canada
Description: The inaugural Magazine Grands Prix feature 13 awards for individual creators and 13 for creative and editorial teams. The top two “Grands Prix” awards will recognize the editor of the year and the magazine of the year. Submissions are welcome from all Canadian magazines – large and small, niche, specialty and general interest, local, regional and national – on any platform including multi-media content.

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Michael Dennis and Stuart Ross at Tree Reading Series

Title: Michael Dennis and Stuart Ross at Tree Reading Series

Date: February 28, 2017

tree-reading-seriesLocation: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features a workshop – Creative Journaling with Sneha Madhavan-Reese – followed by readings by Michael Dennis and Stuart Ross, and also includes an open mic.

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Alexander Boldizar and Gwen Benaway at Tree Reading Series

Title: Alexander Boldizar and Gwen Benaway at Tree Reading Series

Date: February 14, 2017

tree-reading-seriesLocation: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features a workshop – Lift it off the Page with Mary Lee Bragg – followed by readings by Alexander Boldizar and Gwen Benaway, and also includes an open mic.

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WordsThaw Prize for Victoria Writers submission deadline

Title: WordsThaw Prize for Victoria Writers submission deadline

Date: January 22, 2017

malahat-review-logoLocation: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Description: To celebrate the WordsThaw Writers Festival in 2017, The Malahat Review is pleased to announce the first-annual WordsThaw Prize. An exciting showcase of emerging talent in Greater Victoria, this contest will award a cash prize of $500 each in two categories: Poetry and Micro Text (either short fiction or creative nonfiction). The entry fee includes a full WordsThaw pass and a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review, starting with “Indigenous Perspectives,” the Malahat’s Winter 2016 issue. The winners will be published on the Malahat’s WordsThaw website.

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Mirolla and Savage at Sawdust Reading Series

Title: Mirolla and Savage at Sawdust Reading Series

Date: January 18, 2017

sawdustLocation: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Sawdust Reading Series is an Ottawa-based series shining a light on both sung and unsung Ottawa poets. The Sawdust Reading Series events occur on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at Pour Boy, 495 Somerset St. W. in Ottawa, Ontario. Events include an open mic, a curated feature, and a monthly contest winner.

This evening’s featured poets are Michael Mirolla and Grant Savage,

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K was supposed to come with the key, I was

K WAS SUPPOSED TO COME WITH THE KEY, I WAS
to wait outside the gate. I arrived on time,
the time we had agreed on and waited, as agreed,
outside the gate. I waited a long time, waited
and waited, waited a very long time. I stood
next to the security guard from Securitas, who also
stood outside the gate. I waited, the security guard
from Securitas just stood there, he wasn’t waiting,
it was his job to stand there, he didn’t take
any breaks, he just stood there, keeping an eye
on what he was supposed to keep an eye on. K
didn’t show up. I waited. When the security guard
from Securitas finished his shift I went home
with him, sat down across from him at the kitchen
table, ate spicy meatballs on rice, summer cabbage
followed by green tea and mango from Brazil.
In the night he laid his human hand between
my shoulder blades before we both stumbled
across the threshold into a brand new now.

Reading and Writing through H.D.’s Collected: a poetry workshop

Title: Reading and Writing through H.D.’s Collected: a poetry workshop

Date: January 29, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs most Sundays from January 22nd to April 30th, with some exceptions), participants in person and online will study H.D.’s Collected Poems. Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

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Reading and Writing through H.D.’s Collected: a poetry workshop

Title: Reading and Writing through H.D.’s Collected: a poetry workshop

Date: February 5, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs most Sundays from January 22nd to April 30th, with some exceptions), participants in person and online will study H.D.’s Collected Poems. Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

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