Headlight Anthology

A publication for the Concordia Creative Writing community

For Body and Light Presents L’Embarquement

This Thursday Montreal dance company FOR BODY AND LIGHT will celebrate the launch of their exciting 2014 season with an absorbing evening of performance, interaction, still images and video, featuring a 30 minute piece entitled L’EMBARQUEMENT

The piece is a collaboration between choreographer Stéphanie Morin-Robert, poet/musician Ian Ferrier and five dancers: Linnea Gwiazda, Heather Lynn Macdonald, Marie-Pier Gilbert, Marie-France Jacques and Allison Elizabeth Burns

An exhibit of photos of the company by Michael Kovacs and Stéphanie Morin-Robert will also premiere that same night.

The young company’s work explores the interface between darkness and light, form and imagination. Meditative stillness becomes moving shapes, whispered words mix with music while the light catches only the ghost of a body as it flashes past.

The result is a warm and intimate show that has been presented at three festivals, two residencies and 20 performances in their first year as a company.

20h / $12
(CASH ONLY, available at the door/ argent comptant seulement à la porte)
Jeudi le 5 décembre 2013
MainLine Theatre
3997 boul. Saint-Laurent
forbodyandlight.org - @forbodyandlight

Choreographer Stéphanie Morin-Robert is currently Mainline Theatre’s artist-in-residence, and the work you’ll see at Mainline is one of two pieces the company will take on the road for their Travail Rouge tour. You can catch the premiere of the second—COMING AND GOING—in four shows at Tangente in Montreal in February. They will then take both pieces on the road for 41 shows in New York, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver.

The event is a chance for the public and friends of the project to meet members of the company, catch a live dance show, see selections of their work from the past year, party and view video from the company’s residency on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.

Proceeds from tickets and the photo exhibit will be put towards helping the company’s seven members actually get from venue to venue during the Travail Rouge tour. It’s also a chance for people who have helped and supported this exciting project to talk with the participants and hear about where their work is taking them in 2014.

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Headlight Anthology Submission Deadline Extended!

We’ve extended our submission deadline! You now have until December 12th to send us your stories, poetry, creative non-fiction and visual art that reflects the theme No Exit, in content or form, including but not limited to work that explores perception, the freedom of constraints, misanthropy, claustrophobia, traps and entrances. See our submission guidelines page  for details.

Call for Applications: Literary Arts Programs at the Banff Centre

Literary Journalism

Program dates:  July 7 – Aug. 2, 2014
Application deadline: March 15, 2014
Faculty: Ian Brown (Rogers Communications Chair), Charlotte Gill, Victor Dwyer

Literary Journalism offers eight established writers of non-fiction an opportunity to develop a major essay, memoir, or feature piece. A month-long residency in one of The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony studios enables writers to work on their manuscripts during individual consultations with faculty and during round-table discussions. Participants are able to advance their professional development through work with the program chair, experienced and exacting faculty editors, and through interaction with each other, invited guest speakers, and artists from other fields.

Writing With Style

Program dates: Sept. 6 – 13, 2014
Application deadline: June 15, 2014
Faculty: Elizabeth Philips (program director), Lorna Crozier (poetry), Trevor Herriot (creative non-fiction), Alison Pick (first chapter novel), Matthew J. Trafford (short fiction)

Amidst a diverse community of writers, encounter new ideas and gain confidence in your own style and voice, while shaping and editing your work-in-progress under the guidance of an experienced writer and editor. Writing With Style offers a variety of activities designed to maximize the artistic growth of each writer. Participants will enjoy morning group sessions led by a faculty member, in which their work will be read and discussed by the other writers in the program. Afternoons are left free for writing and one-on-one meetings and consultations with faculty.

Wired Writing Studio

Program dates: Oct. 6 – 18, 2014 (two-week on-site residency in Banff)

Oct. 27, 2014 – March 30, 2015 (20-week online residency)
Application deadline: June 15, 2014
Faculty: Fred Stenson (program director), Don Domanski (poetry), Sharon McCartney (poetry), Lisa Moore (prose fiction), Caroline Adderson (prose fiction), additional faculty TBA
The Wired Writing Studio is designed for published writers and poets at an early or intermediate career stage—those who have young families, demanding jobs, or other life commitments. Spend two weeks immersed in a creative community of artists at The Banff Centre, working one-on-one with an experienced faculty writer and editor. Then return to your home work space for 20 weeks of mentorship through online consultations, discussion forums, and posted readings.

Mountain and Wilderness Writing

Program dates: Oct. 31 – Nov. 21, 2014
Application deadline: June 15, 2014
Faculty: Marni Jackson, Tony Whittome (program directors)

Delve into a writing project focused on mountain or wilderness culture—adventure, history, or the environment—while situated in your private work space in our Leighton Artists’ Colony. Spectacular Banff National Park is at your doorstep, offering an array of outdoor activities. This residency provides individual consultations and workshop discussions with faculty editors. You’ll also have access to coinciding Banff Mountain Book Festival activities: readings, lectures, presentations, panel discussions, book launches, and a chance to network with other writers, editors, and publishers.

Cat Kidd features in Stellar Lineup Sunday

On Sunday November 17th the Words & Music Show features the amazing Catherine Kidd, premiering new soundscapes for work of hers that will appear in an upcoming album.

The show will also present voice and piano work by Marie-Claire Durand, a set by Jay Alexander Brown and a performance by Mary St-Amand Williamson.

At the Casa del Popolo

enter at 4873 St-Laurent (metro Laurier)
walk past the bar to the performance space door on the left
Sunday November 17th
Doors open 8PM; show starts 9PM

Catherine Kidd is one of the top spoken word artists in the country. She had released CDs, DVDs and books of her work and has toured it in North America, Africa and Europe.

Marie-Claire Durand is a pianist, vocalist and composer who appears in numerous incarnations in the Montreal music scene.

Jay Alexander Brown is a Montreal artist, Arabic translator and American expat. He holds a degree in Religious Studies from McGill, is a longtime member of the Throw Poetry Collective, and currently serves as literary assistant to the wisest rabbi in Montreal. His passions include happiness, sadness, and roasted garlic, and his dating profile reads “A4S: Abraham seeking Sarah, must enjoy long walks through the Sinai desert.”

Mary St-Amand Williamson is a renowned dancer and performance artist who once killed a cabbage and shredded it into pieces at the Words and Music Show. So maybe you should wear boots!

The Words and Music Show is hosted by Montreal poet and performer Ian Ferrier. It is funded by Wired on Words Productions, and presented by the Quebec Writers’ Federation, CKUT 90.3FM and Wired on Words.

For more information, email info@wiredonwords.com or check out  our website.

Broken Pencil Indie Writers’ Deathmatch Short Story Contest!

Only One Will Triumph

The most brutal short story contest on Earth returns for its seventh straight year! Last year, frantic voting in the championship round actually crashed the Deathmatch site! This year we’ll pick up where we left off with new contestants vying for an indie writer’s makeover that could change their lives! Eight stories will go head-to-head in our Online Arena, but only one will triumph.


The PRIZE! The Complete Indie Writers Makeover

Whoever emerges victorious will be awarded The Complete Indie Writers’ Makeover: a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate of the Rights Factory; a consultation with novelist and Globe & Mail columnist Russell Smith; and a meeting and feedback-session with Coach House Press, one of Canada’s top independent presses; plus publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Broken Pencil.


High Stakes Second Round Rule! Rewrite to Move On

Contestants who survive the first round must revise their story before moving on – will they take their critics’ fevered, and sometimes hurtful, suggestions to heart? Or strike out on their own and polish each word to a razor-sharp edge? Only one thing is certain: somebody will emerge with an unprecedented opportunity to show off their writing to some of the best in the business.


How the Deathmatch works

It’s simple really. 8 stories are chosen by Broken Pencil. Two at a time they battle against each other. The winners are decided by the Deathmatch readers who descend on the site in a frenzy of voting (they can vote once an hour), pithy observation and, of course, trash-talk. The winners advance to face each other until there is only one story standing. Last year over 35,000 votes were cast!


Now Accepting Submissions

The Deathmatch is now taking short story entries. Stories must be 3,000 words or less. Entries are accepted until December 31st, 2013. The first round of Deathmatch begins January 20th, 2014.

Call for Applications: Banff Centre Press Work Study

Call for applications:
Banff Centre Press Work Study

Program start date: January 20, 2014
This program runs for six months, with the possibility of extension.
Application deadline: December 10, 2013

Housed at the world’s largest arts and creativity incubator, The Banff Centre Press is uniquely positioned to publish the content imagined, written, performed, and exhibited at the Centre, and to commission writers to create new work. The Press publishes innovative literary, nonfictional, dramatic, and graphic storytelling, in print and digital editions.

The Press Work Study will carry out duties under the supervision and mentorship of the Managing Editor of the Press; according to work flow demands, the Press Work Study will occasionally assist with Literary Arts writing programs, under the supervision of the Director of Literary Arts.


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Lyrical – A new Saturday afternoon concert series

This Saturday November 9th at 4:30 PM Café Resonance launches “Lyrical” a series of afternoon concerts and performances you can use to warm up your weekends all winter long.

Each concert will feature engaging works by solo artists or duets—works that last a bit more than 30 minutes and never more than an hour.

Catch one on your way home from doing Saturday groceries, or at the end of an afternoon kicking around the Mile End. Hear work by top names in the Montreal music scene. And expect the sound that draws so many to Resonance, that of the amazing 12 foot grand piano that sits at centre stage and the musicians who play it.

Our first performer is renowned artist/activist Stefan Christoff, Stefan is a community activist and a musician living in Montréal. In 2012 he released Duets for Abdelrazik, in 2013 he launched the first two releases of the St. Laurent piano project, Temps libre an EP and also родина a collaboration with musician Sam Shalabi.

Here’s the list of all our events for November:

Solo piano by Stefan Christoff November 9th
Sage Reynolds (contrabass) November 16th
Jazz piano by Kate Wyatt November 23rd
Vocalist Emma Frank and friends November 30th

The series is curated in collaboration with Montreal poet/performer Ian Ferrier, whose own performance work often mixes words, music and dancers. So expect a wide range of material over the course of the series. There is no strict admission price. If you like the show, a contribution of $5 – $7 would be much appreciated and would help us continue to present new work each week.

Resonance Café is located at 5175a ave. du Parc, Montreal. For more information, check out the Resonance Café web-site or find Café Resonance on Facebook or write to the poets@wiredonwords.com

JPL Presents an Evening with Thomas Harding

JPL Presents an Evening with Thomas Harding

From Jewish Investigator to Nazi Hunter:

The Untold Story of Hanns Alexander

 Internationally acclaimed author and journalist, Thomas Harding, will discuss his book Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew who Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz onMonday, November 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal. Admission: $10 Jewish Public Library members & students, $15 non-members. For tickets call 514-345-6416. For more information visit www.jewishpubliclibrary.org .

It was only at Hanns Alexander’s funeral in 2006 that Thomas Harding discovered that his great-uncle was responsible for arresting Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz. Thomas spent the next six years researching the story that became this book. Join Thomas to hear the rest of his Uncle Hanns’ astonishing tale.

Thomas Harding is an author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times and The Guardian, among other publications. He cofounded a television station in Oxford, England, and for many years was an award winning publisher of a newspaper in West Virginia. He lives in Hampshire, England.

Introduction by Trudis Goldsmith-Reber, Co-chair, English Programming Committee.

Book sale and signing.

In collaboration with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.