Headlight Anthology

A publication for the Concordia Creative Writing community

Readings at Argo Bookshop


A Reading by Leah Umansky
@ Argo Bookshop
Saturday, April 12th
Doors at 7PM, Reading at 7:30PM

For those of you who had hoped to see Leah Umansky back in November 2013, a new reading date has been confirmed for April 12th, 2014!

Named #7 of 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry by Flavorwire in 2013, Leah Umansky is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full length collection, Domestic Uncertainties, (BlazeVOX, 2013). She has been a contributing writer to BOMB Magazine’s BOMBLOG , Luna Luna Magazine, The Rumpus and Tin House, and live tweets occasionally for the Best American Poetry Blog. She also hosts and curates the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Barrow Street and The Brooklyn Rail among others.

I LIVE I SEE: The Poetry of Vsevolod Nekrasov
Presented by translators Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich
Saturday, April 19th
@ Argo Bookshop
Doors at 7PM, Reading at 7:30PM

I Live I See presents a comprehensive survey of the work of Vsevolod Nekrasov (1934-1999), the Soviet literary underground’s foremost minimalist. This is the first collection of Nekrasov’s work in English translation. The book’s translators Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich will be presenting.

Exploring urban, rural, and purely linguistic environs with an economy of lyrical means and a dark sense of humor, Nekrasov’s groundbreaking early poems rupture the stultified language of Soviet cliché while his later work tackles the excesses of the new Russian order. I Live I See is a testament to Nekrasov’s lifelong conviction that art can not only withstand, but undermine oppression.

Gaspereau Press Presents:
Gillian Sze launches Peeling Rambutan with Jason Camlot
Wednesday, April 23rd @ 7PM
@ Argo Bookshop

Argo Bookshop will be hosting author Gillian Sze’s launch of her latest work Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press 2014) with poet Jason Camlot, who will read from his latest book What the World Said (Mansfield Press 2013).

A poetic travelogue, Gillian Sze’s Peeling Rambutan meditates upon the rifts between immigrant parents and their Canadian-born children and the struggle of overlapping values which sometimes arises when we view the complexity of our heritage through the lens of the present. Rooted in Sze’s first experience of Asia, these poems mingle the familiar spaces of her childhood home in Winnipeg with impressions of the distant villages of her parents’ origins. The result is a complex exploration of the relationship between identity, place, and history. (from Gaspereau Press)

Jason Camlot’s fourth full poetry collection, a Kaddish for the post-google age, explores the meaning of ignorance in the face of death—ignorance of how to practice sadness and rituals of mourning, and of how properly to experience longing and loss. Camlot manipulates a wide range of forms to mine the relationship between the most intimate kinds of grief and the impersonal flood of discourse that the world pours upon us.

Argo Open Mic #26
Wednesday, April 30th
@ Argo Bookshop
Doors at 7PM, Reading at 7:30PM

Montrealers! Come read some of your work for 5 to 10 minutes at our Open Mic! For those of you who might not know: Every month, the Argo Bookshop hosts this open venue for people to share their writing, music, articles and comedy. Bring your friends and enjoy the evening! Make sure to come early to sign up and save yourself a spot!

Quebec Writing Competition

Now Open!


The competition deadline is 11:59 pm on May 31st, 2014. Please click here for information about the Quebec Writing Competition: cbc.ca/qwc

Click here for complete rules and regulations: cbc.ca/montreal/features/writingcompetition/rules


A partnership between CBC Quebec, the Quebec Writers’ FederationMaisonneuve magazine andVéhicule Press, the Quebec Writing Competition recognizes the best original, unpublished stories by Quebec’s English-language writers.

Mile End Poets Festival starts April 3rd

From April 3rd to 6th the Mile End Poets’ Festival presents poets, musicians and dancers in four shows in and around Montreal’s Mile End district.

The festival takes place at two venues on boulevard St. Laurent as well as at Cafe Resonance, the new home of jazz music and poetry on Ave. du Parc.

It begins on Thursday April 3rd and runs through till Sunday April 6th.  An additional event co-sponsored by the festival will take place on April 13th.

A big thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for making it all possible.


Our first show is Thursday April 3rd at Casa del Popolo (their performance space, enter at 4873 St. Laurent; 8:30 PM $7).  Poets and musicians join forces to present Throw Collective Poetic Shake Down featuring poets Chris Masson, Simon Banderob, Hilary Angus, MCC, Carole Tenbrink and Halogen. with music by Geremia Lodi (flute) and Nguyen Dinh (Guitar).

On Friday April 4th we’re at Café Resonance (5175 ave. Du Parc) to present fabulous Inuit poet and storyteller Taqralik Partridge. Taqralik appears with top musician Guido del Fabbro.  In the same show Irish poet Stephen Ross Smith is on the last stop of his Canadian tour.  Music for the evening is by poet/musician Paul Serralheiro with André Asselin on bass. Suggested contribution is $8.

Saturday April 5th at Café Resonance brings us star spoken word/multimedia artist Ian Keteku, in Montreal for this night only. Appearing the same night is the versatile dancer/performer Karen Fennel. Music is by lyrical, evocative vocalist Emma Frank and her band.

On the evening of Sunday April 6th the Voice/Dance/Trance show takes place on April 5th at Mainline Theatre, 3997 boul. St-Laurent.  Fresh from 6 shows in New York City is Montreal dance company For Body and Light, an absorbing collaboration between spoken word artist Ian Ferrier, choreographer Stephanie Morin-Robert and dancers Allison Elizabeth Burns, Marie-Pier Gilbert and Linnea Gwiazda.

Appearing the same evening is the poetry/music/dance collaboration Medusa Shaved with Klara du Plessis, Isis Giraldo, Simon Labbé, Nada Wood, Jane Chan and Emma Lee.. The evening also features a delightful performance by Chris Masson and Mel Sirois in their voice/dance project Toebelly.

One week later on April 13th the Mile End Poets will also co-sponsor a poetry walking tour of the Mile End featuring the PopUp Poets from Brooklyn, Toronto poet David Bateman, American spoken word star Regie Cabico and curator/performer Jane Gabriels.  The tour is part of the ACAQ Conference of independent curators and will end at Café Resonance where the KalmUnity Vibe Collective will perform.

The Mile End Poets’ Festival is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and CKUT 90.3FM. It is produced by Wired on Words Productions and the poets of Montreal’s Mile End district.

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2014 Far Horizons Award for Poetry

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging poets from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter the Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Eligible poets have yet to publish their poetry in book form (a book of poetry is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). One prize of $1000 (CAD) is awarded. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize.

Entries may be sent by regular mail or email. When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on the poems themselves!

New this year: Pay only $15 for each additional entry after the first.

2014 Deadline

This year’s judge will be Julie BruckRead a biography of Bruck here.

The deadline for the 2014 Far Horizons Award for Poetry is May 1, 2014.

Read about our 2012 winner.


EVENT 2014 Non-Fiction Contest

Here you’ll find everything you need to know to enter our annual Non-Fiction Contest. To get a feel for what we like to publish, pick up a previous copy of EVENT. Contest winners feature in every winter issue since 1989. Otherwise, grab a pen, some paper—okay fine, grab your computer—and prepare to write.

    • $1500 in prizes available… plus our regular publication payment!
    • $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year EVENT subscription.
    • Send us your stories by April 15, 2014.
    • Submit your story by email to event@douglascollege.ca and pay the entry fee in our online store, or send your story, with a cheque for fees, to:

Non-Fiction Contest
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
Canada, V3L 5B2

Contest details:

Genre: Creative Non-Fiction.

Prize: $1,500 in prizes plus publication in EVENT. EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as it sees fit (e.g.,  two prizes valued at $750, three at $500, or one at $1000 and one at $500, etc.) in accordance with the judge’s decision. Published entries will be paid our standard publication payment in addition to any prize money.

Cost: $34.95 per entry; includes a one-year subscription to EVENT and all applicable taxes and shipping—a great deal!

Payment can be made on our buy page via PayPal. Or send a cheque or international money order, payable to EVENT, to the address below. American entrants please pay in US dollars.

Deb.03Judge: Deborah Campbell. Deborah Campbell is the author of This Heated Place, a literary narrative of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Walrus, The Economist, The Guardian, New Scientist, Ms., Foreign Policy and Adbusters, where she spent five years as an associate editor. Much of her work is “immersive,” using narrative storytelling to explore events in countries such as Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Cuba, Russia, and elsewhere. Her work has been published in ten countries and four languages, and has been included in anthologies and essay collections in Europe, Asia and North America. She is the winner of several National Magazine Awards and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at UBC.

Deadline: April 15, 2014 (postmarked or submitted online)

How to Submit: You can email stories to event@douglascollege.ca (Subject: Non-Fiction Contest Entry) and pay the entry fee on our buy page via PayPal. Or send your manuscript to:
Non-Fiction Contest
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
Canada, V3L 5B2


    • 5,000 word limit on entries.
    • No previously published material, or material accepted for publication elsewhere, either in print or online.
    • No simultaneous submissions.
    • Do not identify yourself on the entry. Include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number / email, and title(s).
    • Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own $34.95 entry fee.
    • If already subscribed to EVENT, you will receive a one-year extension.
    • Entries will not be returned.
    • If entrants wish feedback and commentary on manuscripts, please check out our Reading Service for Writers.
    • Preliminary judging is done by the Editor and editorial assistants at EVENT.
    • Douglas College students, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Douglas College students may enter two years after completing courses.
    • Entries must be postmarked or submitted online by April 15.
    • Contest results are posted on our website and through social media in August. The winning entries and judge’s essay are published in the December issue of EVENT.
    • For more information, contact us at event@douglascollege.ca or 604-527-5293.

Book Launch: Sina Queyras’ MxT

Just one week from this Wednesday,  Montreal author and literary critic Sina Queyras is launching her anticipated new poetry collection, MxT, on Wednesday, March 26 at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard O.). 

‘Poetry succeeds where science fails to measure grief in this brilliant new collection by the esteemed Queyras,’ says Publishers WeeklyMxT is already one of the spring’s most talked about Canadian poetry collections, and it’s not even in stores yet. You can find Queyras on the cover of the Quill & Quire this month, talking with Adam Sol about the state of Canadian poetry, and inside, you can find a review that praises ‘Queyras’s range and virtuosity.’

MxT, or ‘Memory x Time,’ is a book that delves into grief: poems mourn the dead by turning memories over and over like an old coin, by invoking other poets, by appropriating the language of technology, of instruction, of diagram, of electrical engineering, and of elegy itself.

Queyras will read from her new book, MxT, and be joined by fellow Montreal poets Emma Healey (Begin with the End in Mind) and Katia Grubisic (What if red ran out). Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

You’re invited to the Thinking Out Loud national conversation, March 20

You are cordially invited to join the Thinking Out Loud national conversation series on the creative process.

Man Booker International Prize-nominated writer Josip Novakovich, professor in the Department of English, and two-time Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey will share their thoughts on creative writing.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Conversation: 7 p.m.–8 p.m. / Book signing: 8:15 p.m.
Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Sherbrooke St. W.
Loyola Campus

RSVP: alumnievents@concordia.ca / 514-848-2424, ext. 4397

Learn more about the Thinking Out Loud conversation series, which is presented by Concordia University and The Globe and Mail.


Biblioasis launches CNQ “Montreal Issue”

Wednesday April 9, 7:30pm
The Word Bookstore, 469 Milton Street
For more info contact Jesse @ Biblioasis (514) 968-2206

Join Biblioasis and The Word Bookstore for the launch of the forthcoming Montreal Issue (No. 89) of Canadian Notes and Queries. Guest-edited by Marko Sijan, the issue features poems, essays and interviews from 14 emerging and established local artists, who offer a range of commentary on how aspects of the city have changed over the last few decades. The Montreal Issue evokes how this city, in the words of contributor Trevor Ferguson, “is distilled into the synapses and nerve-endings” of its artists. Marko Sijan will be emceeing, and the evening will feature readings from Norm Sibum, Elisabeth Gill, Asa Boxer, Donald McGrath, Robert Melançon, Trevor Ferguson, and Robyn Sarah.