Welcome to my new blog!

Yes, I decided to try out wordpress. I’m pretty busy right now so I won’t be posting anything fabulously intriguing for a while … but here are three things going on, two in Montreal, the other on the far side of the continent in Vancouver. Two of which involve me and my poetry, and a third event, Expozine, where I’ll be tabling with a whole array of nifty new stuff – poetry, sound art, prose …

1) From Pornography to Springtime : Erica Ruth Kelly launches new chapbook “Symptoms”

Erica Ruth Kelly is a Montreal writer who is truly coming into her own with a rare form of aggressive gentleness. Deciding to forgo solving the problem of religion, she quit her Master’s program, signed up for English courses and threw herself into what has become, in a short time, a promising writing career. Published in “Four Minutes to Midnight,” “Subversions,” and “Snap!” magazine, a featured artist in WAWA (We Are Women Artists) 2007 and 2008, Ian Ferrier’s Words and Music Showcase, and the Montreal Public Poetry Festival, Erica will also be a contributor to Marianne Ackerman’s up-and-coming online arts journal “Rover,” being launched in Fall 2008. Following the success of her 2007 chapbook “The Muse of Absolute Joy,” she will be launching her newest chapbook “Symptoms,” a collection of poetry and prose that moves easily between the topics of sex and pornography to aging and urban living. The launch will comprise of a variety show of poets, musicians, comedy and Kelly’s unabashedly charming stage presence.

Date: Sunday, October 19, doors 7:30pm, show starts 8:30pm
Venue: Le Cagibi, 5490 Saint-Laurent, (corner Saint-Viateur)
Price: $8 at the door

Performers sharing the stage that night will be:

John Stuart: John (aka triangles) is a designer and writer, who collaborates on the local zine “four minutes to midnight.” He has performed at Poetry plus, Les Journées de la culture, and his kitchen.

Vince Tinguely: Vincent Tinguely is a Montreal writer, performance poet and self-publishing enthusiast. Recent work has appeared in two anthologies – The Portable Conundrum and The Art of Trespassing. He writes about spoken word and literary events for the free weekly Montreal Mirror.

Jason Camlot: Jason Camlot’s third collection of poems is The Debaucher (Insomniac Press, 2008). He is poetry editor of the Punchy Writers Series (DC Books), and Chair of English at Concordia University.

DeAnne Smith: Comedian. Hilarious. Award-winning. Award-losing. In festivals. Not in festivals. http://www.deannesmith.com

K. Gandhar Chakravarty: Gandhar Chakravarty is a poet, singer, and scholar. He is currently working on a poetry book, Maple Vedas, and pursuing a Ph.D. inReligion at Université de Montréal. (M.A. Theological Studies, Concordia, 2007.)

Rick Coluccio: Producer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Rick Coluccio has been avidly working in the Canadian music industry for 12 years, Formerly using the artist name Cozmos Quazar, Coluccio is best known for his work with Cabaret-Pop songstress Amanda Mabro. He has also worked with Daniel Schachter, Erica Ruth Kelly, Laman O’Nera, and Flames!

Amanda Mabro: A Montrealer with Eqyptian roots, Amanda Mabro was born to belt out a jazzy tune. Her most recent record Red Rows has been called “groundbreaking” by CBC Radio1 and most recently she performed to a very receptive audience at the International Montreal Jazz

2) SEE THE VOICE: Visible Verse 2008.

Heather Haley, curator and host presents:

SEE THE VOICE: Visible Verse 2008 @ Pacific Cinémathèque
featuring SUSAN CORMIER IN PERFORMANCE.

Visible Verse is North America’s sustaining venue for the presentation of new and artistically significant poetry video and film.
Time and PlaceDate: Thursday, November 6, 2008
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: 1131 Howe St
Vancouver, BC

Programme:

EVERYTHING Michael Caines Toronto, ON

A FIREFLY Kelly Egan/Souvankham Thammavongsa Toronto, ON

MEMORY BLOCK Hari Alluri Vancouver, BC

MARY Donna Szoke Vancouver, BC

BEWARE OF DOG Tom Konyves White Rock, BC

LUCKY, SUBWAY David Poolman/Kathryn Mockler Toronto, ON

TURTLEHEART Susan Cormier Vancouver, BC

OLD DEBATE OF DON QUIXOTE AND SANCHO PANZA Madi Piller Toronto, ON

AKAM (INSIDE) Geetha J. Kerala, India

WHAT’S MY MOTHER !#@$ NAME Amber Dawn Vancouver, BC

THE KNOTTING OF ROPE, THE MECHANICS OF PLASTIC, THE RIGHT TO REMAIN Francesco Levato, Chicago, IL

THE BOOK OF GREEN Gerard Wozek/Mary Russell Chicago, IL

INTERMISSION

Susan Cormier IN PERFORMANCE

LOWELL BLUES Henry Ferrinni Boston, MA

LUNGRAGE Gary Barwin Hamilton, ON

LINGER IN THE MOMENT Claudia Tomczyk Edmonton, AB

FRONT TOWARDS ENEMY Eric Gamalinda New York, NY

WOLF, OBSTRUCT J. P. Sipila Turku, Finland

THE HISTORY OF HIS BLUE TOWEL Nilofar Shidmehr Vancouver, BC

THE ECHO MAKER Deke Weaver Chicago, IL

UNLUCKY 13 Phillip Jagger Edmonton, AB

OILERS Victoria Stanton/Vince Tinguely Montreal, QC

EAT! Martha Ciander Mims Vallejo, CA

WRITING BEHAVIOUR Stuart Pound Vancouver, BC


Heather Haley POET AUTHOR MUSICIAN MEDIA ARTIST

• ONLINE: http://www.heatherhaley.com
• ON PAPER: “Sideways” on Anvil Press and the forthcoming “Window Seat”
• ON DISC: “Princess Nut ” by AURAL Heather on RPW Records @ CD Baby and iTunes
• ON SCREEN: videopoems “Dying for the Pleasure “and “Purple Lipstick”
• ON STAGE: “Unique, sublime fusion of song and spoken word.”-ZULA Presents

•ONE LIFE WebLog: http://www.heatherhaley.com/onelife
The featured videopoem Oilers is described thusly by videographer Victoria Stanton:

Synopsis, Oilers (8:40)

Oilers is a videopoem that layers a series of small, intimate, awkward interactions between myself and a toy vehicle, with an incisive, lively, politically charged poetic text written and recorded by Vincent Tinguely.

Engaging in performative actions with an object of significance within my performance repertory (a small red Hummer), this replica of a now popular American SUV (originally used by the US military) represents an ongoing conundrum in my quotidian experience – and in my conscience. As such, over the last few years it has become a recurring object that I have employed within several actions and situations that have taken place during time-based events. For the purpose of the video, I decided to engage in actions performed specifically for the camera to create a greater emphasis on the object (and the object of my ambivalence) as it becomes the focus of each shot: bathing the Hummer, feeding the Hummer, sleeping in bed with the Hummer, bringing the Hummer to the gas station.

While it is unusual for me to work with other writers’ texts (given my background as a spoken word performer), I decided to incorporate – and also pointedly focus on – Tinguely’s prose poem because it is a piece that I feel should be distributed as widely as possible. His performance of the piece, in addition to the actual composition, is particularly strong and it is my belief that in its performance it becomes that much more effective than being read/received on paper.

Pulling the two aspects together, I have found a compatible soundtrack for my series of actions as well as a compatible series of actions for this poignant soundtrack

3) EXPOZINE 2008, MONTREAL’S SEVENTH ANNUAL SMALL PRESS, COMIC AND ZINE FAIR!

Expozine, Montreal’s annual small press, comic and zine fair, will take place on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30, 2008, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 5035 St-Dominique (Église Saint-Enfant Jésus, between St-Joseph and Laurier, near Laurier Métro). Free admission.

This incredible event brings together over 250 creators of all kinds of printed matter – from books to zines to visual art and comics – in both English and French. In the past six years, Expozine has become one of North America’s largest small press fairs, attracting thousands of visitors as well as exhibitors from as far afield as Chicago, Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City! It is one of the city’s cultural success stories, and due to its ever-increasing growth, this year’s edition will be expanded to two days.

Expozine brings together a multitude of publications and printed works that are often difficult to find in the first place, much less altogether in the same room! The result is a rare opportunity to peruse the work of hundreds of young and emerging authors, publishers and artists, and to see what the winners of last year’s Expozine Alternative Press Awards are up to. Not to be missed!

To reserve a table at Expozine, fill out the registration form at http://www.expozine.ca before November 17, 2008, or mail the printed form to Archive Montreal, box 1232, Place d’Armes, Montreal Que. H2Y 3K2.

We’re also looking for sponsors!!! For information on becoming a sponsor, contact us at expozine@archivemontreal.org

http://www.expozine.ca

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