Headlight Anthology

A publication for the Concordia Creative Writing community


Seize the opportunity to try your hand at long-form fiction, and share your stories at weekly workshop sessions. Throughout the course, students will gain practice in various aspects of fiction writing. By the end of the course, students will complete an outline and a portion of their novella or novel.

CEJN 120/D1
Mondays.  Jun. 23, 2014 to Aug. 11, 2014.
17:45 – 20:15
Cost: $255 CDN
Taught by author, instructor and creativity coach Elizabeth Johnston. She is the author of No Small Potatoes, a creative non-fiction book about food security. Elizabeth has had over 100 articles published in newspapers and magazines, her poetry is included in the anthology, A Room at the Heart of Things, and her most recent project is the creation of the video poem, Keepsake.


To register in person, go to Concordia’s Centre for Continuing Education located at
1600 Ste-Catherine West, First Floor (FB 117) or call the Centre at (514) 848-3600.
You can also contact the Centre by email: cce@concordia.ca
As well, full registration details are available from the Centre’s website:


Here are some comments from those who have taken workshops with or been coached in writing by Elizabeth:


  • ·         Brava to a real great teacher! I have found that you have helped me immensely, and certainly inspired me to actually begin what I have wanted to do for some time. All of your suggestions and exercises have been most helpful, and getting the participants involved with criticism of others’ work is both interesting and worthwhile. Virginia LeMoyne, Montreal, Qc
  • ·         You have the ability to unlock whatever ‘treasures’ are in my mind. Your guidance and direction were just what I needed. Marilyn Golden, Pierrefonds, Qc
  • ·         Elizabeth is very patient. she makes class fun! A very generous and warm teacher. David Turpie, Montreal, Qc
  • ·         I was very inspired by your method of focusing our writing on everyday subjects. It surely made me very attentive in class, and I was able to produce beyond my own expectations. Gwen Goring, St. Hubert, Qc
  • ·         Thanks, Elizabeth, for radically changing my life! Marianne, Montreal, Canada
  • ·         Your compassion and caring nature is greatly appreciated by my sensitive self. Dawn Ford, Montreal, Quebec
  • ·         Elizabeth was an incredible source of insight and inspiration. Lisa Starbard, Massachusetts


Vallum Poetry Contest

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry is now accepting original and previously unpublished submissions for the annual Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. First Prize: $750, Second Prize: $250, + publication in the magazine. Deadline: July 15th, 2014. Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke. Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of Vallum. Get your word on!

Entry Fee: $25 (includes a 1 year subscription to Vallum. Entries accepted by Paypal and by posted mail. For more information visit: www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

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.