Pivot Readings with Barger, Denham, Perly and Spenst

Title: Pivot Readings with Barger, Denham, Perly and Spenst

Date: October 5, 2016

pivot-readingsLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Pivot presents the writers breathing life into Canadian literary culture. Established and emerging, time-tested and fresh; they’re what’s happening in literature, right now. This evening’s readings at The Steady Café on Bloor West in Toronto are by John Wall Barger, Joe Denham, Susan Perly and Kevin Spenst.

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International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

Title: International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

Start Date: October 20, 2016
End Date: October 30, 2016

ifoa2Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, and public book signings each October.

This year the IFOA is pleased to spotlight the work of graphic novelists, Irish and non-fiction writers exploring new ideas that challenge our view of the world. These highlights will complement the IFOA’s diverse and thought-provoking lineup of fiction, poetry, short story and more.

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Christakos and Wiebe at Write Now! Speaker Series

Title: Christakos and Wiebe at Write Now! Speaker Series

Date: September 28, 2016

write-nowLocation: London, Ontario, Canada
Description: Write Now! is a creative writing speaker series presented by the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University. It runs September to December.

This Write Now! event features Margaret Christakos and Victoria Wiebe.

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Fred Cogswell Award submission deadline

Title: Fred Cogswell Award submission deadline

Date: October 1, 2016

Location: Canada
Description: Fred Cogswell mentored Candice James, the New Westminster poet laureate and a founding member of Royal City Literary Arts Society (RCLAS). He spent his last years in New Westminster, writing his last books here. The award is intended to honour his dedication both to the craft of poetry and to the poets themselves; may we continue to nurture each other (and our words) so richly. This year’s judge is poet and novelist George Fetherling.

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The Young Buck Poetry Prize submission deadline

Title: The Young Buck Poetry Prize submission deadline

Date: October 1, 2016

young-buck-poetry-prizeDescription: Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2) magazine offers a poetry contest exclusively for writers under the age of 35. The YOUNG BUCK poetry prize will be awarded to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication in CV2. Three honourable mentions will also be awarded, each with a cash prize.

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Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence submission deadline

Title: Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence submission deadline

Date: September 30, 2016

the-puritan2Description: The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions each year from January 1st to September 30th through the publication’s online submissions manager. The judges for this year’s prize are Jan Zwicky (for poetry) and Rawi Hage (for fiction).

In addition to publication in Issue 35: Fall 2016, each winning author of the writing contest receives $1000 in addition to a prize pack of books, each valued at over $1700.

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Hutchman and Brown at Tree Reading Series

Title: Hutchman and Brown at Tree Reading Series

Date: September 27, 2016

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 on Editing for Rhythm: Carving out Cadence in Globs of Text with a.m. kozak, followed by readings by Laurence Hutchman and Ronnie Brown, and also includes an open mic.

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The Malahat Review Open Season Awards submission deadline

Title: The Malahat Review Open Season Awards submission deadline

Date: November 1, 2016

malahat-review-logoDescription: The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for their annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a prize of $1500 in each of three marquee categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

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Thinktent

I am my world. (The microcosm.)
– Ludwig Wittgenstein

Hospitality: the first demand
what is your name?
the city bound me so I entered

to dream a science that would name me
daughter and launch beyond
grief, that old thoracic cause

myocardium: a blood-orange foundry
handed down by the humoral
anatomists and not be

inside my own head perpetually
not simply a Wittgenstein’s girl
but an infinite citizen in a shaking tent

If you are in need of an answer
consult a jiisakiiwinini
scientific rigour
psychoanalysis
the unconscious a construct
method amphibious
of two minds
that’s the translator
her task to receive
the call that comes
down the barrel
of the future

all of us a congress
of selves a vibrational chorus
I know myself to be a guest
in your mind a grand lodge
of everything I long to know and hold
within this potlatch we call
the present
moment

If I speak of the night
speak its illicit cerebrum
of branches and back seats
speak beyond our future
a thinkable urn

my empirical training
my non-status brow ridge
indivisible and glistening

every time I tease a thread of being
from its moment in standard time

let’s elevate the coordinates of distress
take it all in
I’m all in and over the limit

the limit, the eliminative, the lumens, the mens rea, the loom

to be a shopkeep in the showroom of nouns
what to purchase and what
to disavow

speak with saffron

speak of just the small bits, atomic

speak of the inevitable curve in the data

all foreclosed upon and glimmering

like a good bitch in the brine of night

I haven’t nearly enough heat here

in this stakeout

the sky died and I’m its anima in the pitch thickets

I have fingers with which to squish

pin cherries and rosehips

dogwood, I have begun

to hear a rosary of pure tones, the colony

hear its call toward disorder

citizens, I have never

been dishonest in my horror

the underclass of our era

a requisite paternity test

dominus

in excelsis