Off the Page Literary Festival

Title: Off the Page Literary Festival

Start Date: March 15, 2018
End Date: March 17, 2018

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Description: Off The Page is a literary festival run by undergraduate and graduate students from several departments at Concordia University. This year, there will be readings by Renee Gladman, Karen Solie, Danielle Dutton and many more.

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A Singer Must Die

Title: A Singer Must Die

Date: February 26, 2018

Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Description: Art of Time Ensemble has assembled a group of artists – singers, authors, and musicians alike – with profound love and respect for Leonard Cohen’s work to pay tribute to his legacy.

Singers Steven Page, Sarah Harmer, Sarah Slean, Tom Wilson, and Gregory Hoskins will perform Cohen’s songs in arrangements by top Canadian composers, and a rotating cast of writers – including Michael Redhill, Karen Solie, Barbara Gowdy and more – will share personal anecdotes.

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A Singer Must Die

Title: A Singer Must Die

Start Date: February 22, 2018
End Date: February 24, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Art of Time Ensemble has assembled a group of artists – singers, authors, and musicians alike – with profound love and respect for Leonard Cohen’s work to pay tribute to his legacy.

Singers Steven Page, Sarah Harmer, Sarah Slean, Tom Wilson, and Gregory Hoskins will perform Cohen’s songs in arrangements by top Canadian composers, and a rotating cast of writers – including Michael Redhill, Karen Solie, Barbara Gowdy and more – will share personal anecdotes.

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Selvage/ Salvage a writing workshop and reading with Hoa Nguyen

Title: Selvage/ Salvage a writing workshop and reading with Hoa Nguyen

Date: February 21, 2018

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Description: Hoa Nguyen will first offer a three-hour workshop, in which participants will experiment with various writing techniques that invite advanced forms of receptivity. Working, sorting and weaving through the perceptional fields that make up our palimpsest world, participants will write poems as a site of simultaneous struggle and recovery.

Following the workshop, Nguyen will give a reading, and then workshop participants will have an opportunity to read in an open mic to finish the evening.

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Berton House Writers’ Retreat application deadline

Title: Berton House Writers’ Retreat application deadline

Date: February 21, 2018

Location: Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
Description: Submissions for the July 2018 to June 2019 period are now open. Four writers will be selected to live and write for three months each in Dawson City, Yukon, in the childhood home of noted Canadian author Pierre Berton. Residents will receive a $6,000 honorarium, part of which may be covered by the Canada Council for the Arts’ Research and Creation grant program. (Successful Berton House applicants are required to apply to the Research and Creation program before receiving an honorarium from the Writers’ Trust.) Housing and travel costs are covered by the Writers’ Trust.

Applicants will have published at least one book with a professional publishing house and established themselves in any literary creative discipline (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young readers, playwriting).

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Wilson, Powe and de Giacomo at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Wilson, Powe and de Giacomo at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: March 13, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

This week’s offering features Sheri-D Wilson, Bruce W. Powe and Rocco de Giacomo.

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Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2018 Contest winners announced

Title: Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2018 Contest winners announced

Date: April 30, 2018

Description: Founded in 2012 in New Westminster, BC, Royal Literary Arts Society (RCLAS) is a vibrant community of writers in the Lower Mainland and beyond. RCLAS has once again flung open the doors for aspiring writers to submit their best efforts in any of three writing genres (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) for the Society’s annual Contest.

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Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2018 Contest submission deadline

Title: Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! 2018 Contest submission deadline

Date: April 1, 2018

Location: Canada
Description: Founded in 2012 in New Westminster, BC, Royal Literary Arts Society (RCLAS) is a vibrant community of writers in the Lower Mainland and beyond. RCLAS has once again flung open the doors for aspiring writers to submit their best efforts in any of three writing genres (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) for the Society’s annual Contest.

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Good Morning Sun of My Land

Good morning sun of my land
how good it feels to be alive today
so much light
so much light around me
Good morning empty exercise yard
you have become familiar to me
I cross you with a lively step
and you suit me like an elegant shoe
Good morning ponderous and philosophical oxpecker
perched up there
on the wall that hides the world from me
poking at your ribcage
with distracted little movements
Good morning sparse grass in the alley
quivering in opalescent flurries
at the wind’s teasing touch
Good morning great lone palm
erect on your cross-grained trunk
blooming at your peak
like a glorious tulip
Good morning sun of my land
tide of presence abolishing exile
So much light
so much light around me

***

I have a thousand reasons to live
to vanquish day-to-day death
the joy of loving you
and walking in step with hope

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Liveforever

‘Where is Abraham buried?’ you ask. Well, in the Kabbalah, God has a terrible time getting Abraham to agree to die. In the Zohar, where Abraham is initiate and David calls God by the name ‘Midnight,’ the splendour is woven in the energies of the Hebrew alphabet, a creation in language that is never still. Now, looking at the three religions of Abraham – Hebrew, Christian, and Muslim – I would say that Abraham, though very much changed since 1700 BCE, is not dead. There’s only so much that a post-Catholic, polytheist exodic can say just now.

for Samuel Truitt
August 1996