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A publication for the Concordia Creative Writing community

Visual Arts Centre Readings Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Visual Arts Centre

School of Art / McClure Gallery Readings


350 Victoria Avenue, Westmount  Tel: 514-488-9558

Founder/ producer Ilona Martonfi Tel: 514-939-4173


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Doors 7:00 pm  Reading 7:30 pm  At the door $5

 An Evening of Poetry & Prose & Music

 Carolyn Zonailo West Coast and Montreal poet. Her twelfth book, Fight Fire With Spirit: Selected Poems, published with Ekstasis Editions, 2012.  

Brian Campbell’second poetry collection is Passenger Flight (Signature, 2009). Writes in numerous mags; shortlisted 2006 CBC Literary Award.

Louise Carson Published in CV2, Prairie Fire, Vallum, Geist & subTerrain. Her books are Rope (Broken Rules Press, 2011) & Mermaid Road(BRP, 2013). 

Jessica Magonet McGill law student, reads poetry at Westmount Park, Yellow Door, the Visual Arts Center and Arts Café.

 Michael Mirolla MontrealToronto novelist, short story writer, poet & playwright, coowner of Guernica Editions.

Marcia Rajnus Goldberg Author of six chapbooks and a collection of poems, In Mud Season, (Empyreal Press, 1999).

 Milton Dawes with the Djembe (African Drum). One of the seven drummers who started the “tam-tam” on the mountain. miltondawes.com

“We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and The League of Canadian poets”


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Angela Carr – Here in There

please join angela carr sunday evening in Montréal to celebrate the materialization of her most recent collection of poetry, Here in There. 
she’s reading with Jacob Wren, who is also launching a new book this season, Polyamorous Love Song:
Where: Librairie Le Port de Tête,
262, av du Mont-Royal E
When: Dimanche le 4 mai, 18 h

The Walrus Foundation Announces the Third Annual $5,000 Walrus Poetry Prize

The Walrus Foundation Announces the Third Annual

$5,000 Walrus Poetry Prize



The Walrus Foundation is proud to announce the third annual

Walrus Poetry Prize, generously supported by the

Hal Jackman Foundation. “I’m really proud that our

poetry prize is now in its third year, and that

the incredible Amanda Jernigan is our judge. I

can’t wait to see what gems we find in this year’s

submissions.” Submissions open May 15,

and entries from eligible Canadian poets will be

accepted until June 30 at


Critically acclaimed poet Amanda Jernigan will

choose this year’s prize winner from a list of

finalists compiled by The Walrus magazine’s poetry

editor, Michael Lista. The finalists and the prize

winner will be selected blindly, with names

revealed following the selection process. On

September 1, five finalists will be unveiled

online at thewalrus.ca/poetry-prize, where the

public can vote for the Readers’ Choice Award.


The Walrus Poetry Prize winner will receive

$4,000, and the Readers’ Choice Award winner will

receive $1,000. Both poems will be published in

the December 2014 issue of The Walrus and online


The Hal Jackman Foundation has generously

supported the prize since its inauguration. “We

are delighted to be supporting the Walrus Poetry

Prize again for its third year,” says executive

director Victoria Jackman. “Our foundation strives

to foster creativity and enrich our community

through the arts, and this project takes on that

challenge by creating new opportunities for

talented Canadian poets while engaging readers in

the discussion and appreciation of the wonderful

poetry our country has to offer.”


The prize will bring the best new poems and poets

in Canada to light for a national audience.

“Several times in the past year, I’ve been

buttonholed, pinned down by a poem in the pages of

The Walrus, a short lyric that has proven

unforgettable,” says Jernigan. “I am looking

forward to reading the finalists for this year’s

contest and am expecting to find poems that will

be similarly arresting.”


The Walrus Foundation is dedicated to publishing

the best in Canadian poetry, and the poetry prize

helps us accomplish this goal. Shelley Ambrose,

executive director of the Walrus Foundation and

co-publisher of The Walrus, says, “The Walrus

Poetry Prize is an occasion to support the best

poets in our country and create a forum for

conversation about poetry. We are excited to have

the ongoing support of the Hal Jackman Foundation,

which shares our enthusiasm for this exciting

project. We’re looking forward once again to

discovering and sharing the best new poetry with



Winners will be announced at

thewalrus.ca/poetry-prize in November 2014.


Participate at thewalrus.ca/poetry-prize


Submissions: May 15–June 30

Vote for the Readers’ Choice Award:

September 1–30

Read the winning poems: November


For more information about the Walrus Poetry Prize

or to schedule an interview please contact:

 Stephanie Damgaard

Development Coordinator

The Walrus Foundation



The Hal Jackman Foundation believes cultural

activities are essential tools in fostering

vibrant, livable communities. It is committed to

the development and presentation of compelling

artistic programs in the visual and performing

arts. It focuses on increasing access to and

appreciation of arts and culture, as well as

building the audiences of the future. In the last

25 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $20

million to over 200 arts and educational

institutions, underlining the Hal Jackman

Foundation’s civic commitment to Toronto.



The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable

non-profit with an educational mandate to create

forums for conversations on matters vital to

Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to

supporting writers, artists, ideas, and

conversation. We achieve these goals across many

platforms: publishing The Walrus magazine ten

times a year in print, tablet, and smart phone

editions; curating The Walrus Talks, leadership

dinners, speakers’ series, and other events across

the country; publishing original high-quality

content at thewalrus.ca; through such digital

projects as Walrus Ebooks; and by partnering with

Blue Ant Media to produce documentaries and other

programming at thewalrus.ca/tv, and training young

professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit

development. thewalrus.ca

Re-scheduled Reading (Robyn Sarah and Jack Hannan at Resonance)

This reading, originally scheduled for February, had to be postponed, but is happening now.  Here’s the new date.  Robyn Sarah will read poems and prose poems; Jack Hannan will read from an unpublished novel; and they will read, together, poems written collaboratively during the months of December and January.



Greg Bechtel, Alice Zorn & Linda Besner reading at Paragraphe

You’re cordially invited to join Greg Bechtel for the launch of his debut book Boundary Problems at Paragraphe Books on May 13!


Where magic meets physics, Bechtel writes in the dynamic margins of possibility.  Boundary Problems is a mind-bending vacation from the ordinary.” — Saleema Nawaz, author of Bone and Bread


“Bechtel displays a refreshing willingness to experiment with aspects of narratology, lending his collection a surface unfamiliarity that resembles the literary equivalent of quantum mechanics.” — National Post


Greg will be reading in Montreal alongside Alice Zorn and Linda Besner.

The Montreal Poetry Celebration

Come out for The Montreal Poetry Celebration:
the year’s most fabulous poetry event!

April 30 – 19:30 – 22:00
Hotel 10 @ 10 Sherbrooke West
Salle Godin

The Blue Metropolis and the Montreal International Poetry Prize have joined forces to bring you an enchanting evening of poetic excitement on the very last night of National Poetry Month.

Get yourself a drink at the bar and listen to three of Quebec’s finest English language poets perform their work: Catherine Kidd, David McGimpsey and winner of the 2013 Montreal Poetry Prize, Mia Anderson.

Then get ready to rock with Street Meat, a gypsy rockabilly folk fusion band, that will transport you to their carnival of ecstasy.

Launch New Tab by Guillaume Morissette

The Quebec Writers’ Federation’s WRITERS OUT LOUD SERIES
presents the Montreal launch of

New Tab  

by Guillaume Morissette

Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm
Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore
211 Bernard West, Montreal


Join us for the launch of New Tab by Guillaume Morissette, published by Esplanade Books the fiction imprint of Véhicule Press. The evening will be hosted by Esplanade’s editor, Dimitri Nasrallah and will include a reading by Ashley Opheim.

New Tab is a semi-autobiographical novel about a twenty-six-year-old videogame designer who’s trying to reset his life. Set in Montreal, it features Concordia University, ambiguous relationships, a homemade backyard cinema, French/English, bands, bad parties, good parties, Facebook Chat, anxiety and many other things.

Advance Praise for New Tab:

Set in a Montreal as vividly its own as Richler’s, Morissette’s fresh and original generational take brims with uncommon observations, understood character and abundantly happy-sad situations. A terrific read and a shining souvenir.  —David McGimpsey

Weird, poetic, funny and original. I tore through it. —Jonathan Goldstein

The deconstruction of regrets, an email with feelings and the screaming universe cement Morissette as both a master of the absurd and a seer of the real. I lol’d.  —Melissa Broder


Esplanade Books is the fiction imprint of V
éhicule Press

Esplanade Books 

RSVP on facebook for the book launch of New Tab.

For more information contact:
Maya Assouad , Marketing Manager, Véhicule Press
marketing@vehiculepress.com , 514.844.6073

Events at Argo Bookshop







Argo Featured Reading #25: Jessica Moore & Kate Cayley
Saturday, May 3rd
@ Argo Bookshop: 1915 Ste. Catherine West
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM
Join us on May 3rd for our 25th Featured Reading 
with poets Jessica Moore and Kate Cayley!

Jessica Moore is an author and translator. Her first collection of poems, Everything, now, was released with Brick Books in August 2012. She is a former Lannan writer-in-residence and winner of a 2008 PEN America Translation Award for her translation of Turkana Boy by Jean-François Beauchemin. She recently spent four months in residence in Arles, France, while she worked on the translation of a contemporary French novel called Birth of a Bridge in English, forthcoming with Talon Books in August 2014. Jessica writes music as well – her debut solo album, Beautiful in Red, was released last year.

Kate Cayley’s poetry and short stories have appeared in literary magazines across the country. Her play, After Akhmatova, was produced by Tarragon Theatre, where she is a playwright-in-residence, and a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, was published by Annick Press in 2011. She is also the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and has written, directed and co-created eight plays.


Howl Festival Concert Friday

Catch poet Ian Ferrier in his new guise as one of two guitar players in Regards sur le 7ieme feu this Friday.

The show features this groundbreaking ensemble as well as Choeur Maha.

HOWL: a celebration of art and revolution

Friday 25 Avril, 20h30
Regards sur le 7ème feu ensemble / Choeur Maha
La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent, 8:30pm, $8

Join us at La Sala Rossa on the second night of the Howl festival for the second concert of Regards sur le 7e feu, a conceptual piece for eleven musicians composed and envisioned by Xarah Dion and Stefan Christoff. The music explores issues revolving around the future of the North, through layers of improvised and written classical and experimental orchestral soundscapes.

Regards sur le 7e feu features Claire Abraham (violoncelle) // Lubo Alexandrov (guitare) // Fred Bazil (saxophone) // Peter Burton (contrebasse) // Stefan Christoff (orgue, piano) // Xarah Dion (orgue, piano) // Ian Ferrier (guitare) // Mark Haynes (basse) // Jahsun Drms (percussion) // Zoë Thomas (violin) // Drey Sax (saxophone).

Choeur Maha was founded in 1991 by composer/performer Kathy Kennedy and visual artist Su Schnee. The choir has delighted audiences for two decades with their creative repertoire, singing in as many languages and styles as possible, from Hildegard von Bingen to Hildegard Westerkamp; from Mozart to Madonna and incorporating a healthy dose of electroacoustic music for good measure. http://wordsandmusicshow.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0bfacee4ca391a34d466db44e&id=65bb3ec659&e=c18edd2b58

Words and Music – April 20th

This Sunday April 20th the Words & Music Show presents two poets and two bands in one outstanding show.

Up from her home deep in Argentina is Guadelupe Muro, performing and touring Canada with her new project Songs for Runaway Girls.

Songs For Runaway Girls is the original soundtrack composed for Guadelupe’s novel Air Carnation. Lyrics were written by Guadelupe and music is composed and performed by Ana Lopez and Julián Muro, two musicians from Argentina.

On the same evening catch two poets in performance: the wordcraft of Carole H. Leckner joins with a starting new voice in the Throw Poetry community, Halogen. Both these poets appeared in the Mile End Poets’ Festival earlier this month and made enough of an impression that they are back by special invitation.

Closing the show is the absorbing and beautiful work of Planet Beach, a musical collaboration that defies labels.  Living between improv and alternative, the project premiered in Montreal a few months ago for the first time. It features lyrics and vocals by Robin Dann, saxophone by Mike Bjella, guitars and synths by Simon Labbé and percussion by Philippe Melanson.

It all takes place in the performance space at
Casa del Popolo
4873 boul. St-Laurent, Montreal
Sunday April 20th
Doors open 8; show starts 9

The Words and Music show is hosted by Montreal poet and performer Ian Ferrier. It is sponsored by the Quebec Writers’ Federation and CKUT 90.3 FM and produced by Wired on Words Productions.

For more information, write to the