Headlight Anthology

A publication for the Concordia Creative Writing community

For Display Purposes Only

At the end of the month, Toronto poet David Seymour will be bringing his dazzling latest collection, For Display Purposes Only, to Montreal for the Atwater Poetry Project. Thursday, January 30, is your chance to see Seymour read from his book that the Globe and Mail calls ‘equal parts moving and clever, often within the same poem,’ and Cult MTL says ‘doubles as brain candy for linguists and cultural theorists alike.’

Come out to hear poems regarding eyewitness accounts of crimes, clones and cab rides! Seymour reads at the Tree Reading Series alongside the Governor General’s Award-nominated and Trillium-shortlisted poet Sandy Pool (Undark) at The Atwater Library (1200 Atwater Avenue). Pool is currently holder of the prestigious Killam scholarship in poetics at the University of Calgary.

For your viewing enjoyment, Seymour (who works in the film industry) also made two trailers for the book with filmmaker Jeremy Munce — two mini-films featuring all-star casts of Canadian writers:


The Atwater Poetry Project
featuring David Seymour and Sandy Pool
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue
Montreal, QC
7 p.m.


About For Display Purposes Only:

These poems pause for the spectacle: cloning technologies, super-slo-mo photography, narcotic cab rides. Making fun of consciousness, they describe a system of tripwires, pitfalls and decoys that this notion of daily viewership entails. These poems are paeans to our facility for duplicity and self-deception, where the act of living becomes more and more like watching a film in which we play no role. 
‘For Display Purposes Only is fighting trim, and poem after poem is a knockout blow.’ – National Post

‘Whip-pan-smart, fleet and protean, David Seymour’s poems seem to contain the speed of the age. I love their ranginess and ambition, the way they rove through a here-and-now teeming with there-and-then, their speakers’ flights and turnings through the blizzard. This is a different world, and we live in it.’ – Paul Farley

For more information about For Display Purposes Only or to request an advance review copy, please contact Evan Munday at416.979.2217 or evan@chbooks.com.

Publishers’ PD Seminar with Cynthia Good on editorial direction – Jan 15 2014

Join us on Wednesday January 15th at the Atwater Library Auditorium for a presentation of ‘Acquiring Wisdom: Insight for Editorial Direction’ by Cynthia Good, Director of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. Doors open at 4pm; presentation to begin at 4:15. Coffee and cookies will be served. Everyone welcome! RSVP to admin@aelaq.org.



Cynthia Good, Director of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College, has been in the publishing industry for thirty-five years. She was appointed the first editorial director of Penguin Books Canada in the early ‘80’s. There, she was responsible for establishing a publishing program which grew into one of the most successful in Canada. Under her leadership the roster included such writers as John Ralston Saul, Michael Ignatieff, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Timothy Findley, Stuart McLean,Peter Robinson, Guy Gavriel Kay, Will Ferguson and many others. After twenty years with Penguin, Ms. Good resigned in 2003 when she was president and publisher. Following her years at Penguin, she became fiction-editor-at-large for Walrus Magazine, and consulted for a variety of public and private organizations until conceiving and developing the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. She continues to consult for publishers and speak widely on the subjects of writing and publishing.

In addition to several academic awards, Ms. Good has received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for outstanding volunteer service. Most recently she has been chosen as one of the 100 Alumni of Influence by University College.

She was awarded an Honorary Degree by Mount Allison University in 2006 and was appointed Trent University Ashley Fellow for the 2007/2008 academic year where she is now Adjunct Professor.

She is currently on the Toronto grant review team for the Trillium Foundation and lives in Toronto.

21st Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers – $2,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until March 1, 2014 for the 21st Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

$2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.

Writers Mark Abley, Ranj Dhaliwal, and Erin Dunham will serve as the jury.

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.

Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only.
Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of pages of entry.
Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $29 per entry.
Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2014 to be eligible.
Mail entries to: SPC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in May 2014. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Poets, Dancers Lullabyes and Holly This Weekend

This weekend Wired on Words presents a concert Saturday afternoon and a variety show Sunday night

On Saturday December 14th at 4:30 the Lyrical series at Resonance presents jazz singer Lullabye Baxter. Admission is free but your contributions help us keep Lyrical performances alive. Resonance is at 5175a ave. du Parc.

Then on Sunday December 15th at 8:30 the Words & Music Show presents our last excellent show of the year, featuring:

- a solo performance by Holly Gauthier Frankel
(AKA burlesque’s Miss Sugarpuss) and
- poet and novelist Mark Lavorato, and
- dance and music with Karen Fennel and Jackie Gallant
- and Lullabye Baxter!

the show takes place at

Casa del Popolo
4873, boul. St-Laurent, Montreal
Sunday December 15th
doors 8PM; show 9PM

Lyrical and The Words and Music Show are presented by Wired on Words Productions. They are hosted by Montreal poet/performer Ian Ferrier and presented in collaboration with Resonance Cafe, Casa del Popolo, the Quebec Writers’ Federation and CKUT 90.3FM

For more information on the performers, see the BACKGROUND section below, or write to the



Lullaby Baxter is a Canadian jazz singer. Her first album, Capable Egg, was released in 2000 by Atlantic Records, and her 2006 album Garden Cities of To-morrow was released by Boompa Records.

The Village Voice has called her “cerebrally seductive” and compared her to Peggy Lee, while Pitchfork Media has compared her to Ella Fitzgerald.

Holly Gauthier-Frankel is a Montréal-born-and-raised, bona fide multiple-threat entertainer and neo-Vaudevillian performer. A singer, actor, writer, teacher and Burlesque dancer, Holly has been a professional in show business and vocal work for over 25 years, lending her voice to Emmy-Award-winning cartoons, and hundreds of tv shows and albums. But it’s as her burlesque alter-ego, Miss Sugarpuss, that she has garnered the most critical acclaim. Having toured her brand of neo-burlesque throughout Canada, the States and to Tokyo, Japan, Miss Sugarpuss has also been a Fringe Festival darling both with her 2005 show “Miss Sugarpuss and her Burley-Q Revue!!!,” and 2010’s “Miss Sugarpuss Must Die!,” which won the Centaur Theatre Best English Production Award, and went on to play at Montreal’s Wildside Festival and at the Segal Theatre’s Studio space.

Karen Fennell is a contemporary dance artist with a penchant for speaking words into a microphone. Jackie Gallant is a contemporary musician with a penchant for banging on things, strumming things and occasionally saying things out loud. Together they make playful, offbeat performances that may one day be labeled as genre-bending, post-dance, neo-rock, space-time-continuum-bending works of artistic genius. Or they may just become forerunners in the House Concerts for Domestic Pets movement. It’s hard to tell at this point which direction it will go.

Mark Lavorato is a musician, photographer, and professional nomad. His 3rd novel, Serafim & Claire, is forthcoming with House of Anansi in January 2014. His freelance work has been published in over twenty-five magazines including Ascent, Orange Room Review, and Poetry Canada. Mark is the author of a collection of poetry called Wayworn Wooden Floors (2012), and his first novel, Veracity (2007) is available on his website at marklavorato.com.

Submit! Submit! Submit!

The deadline to submit to Headlight Anthology is just two short days away! So make sure you get those submissions in by midnight on Thursday, December 12th!

Lyrical Afternoon Concert Series: Performance of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space

This Saturday December 7th at 4:30 PM Resonance Café continues its Lyrical series of afternoon concerts and presentations with a performance of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space.

Interstellar Space was Coltrane’s last studio album–a deep, intense duet for saxophone and percussion. On this occasion it will be performed by Nouveau Jazz Libre du Québec, a collaboration between percussionist Guy Thouin and Bryan Highbloom on sax. Thouin was a member of the original Quatuor du Jazz Libre du Québec (1967 -1975)

The two players were the subjects of a recent documentary about the origins of free jazz in Québec culture in the 60s and 70s. Entitled “L’alea du réel” it was created by Jules Bernier.

Resonance Café is located at 5175a ave. du Parc, Montreal.

The Lyrical 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.

Soliloquies 18.1 Launch


The time has finally come! As the semester comes to a close and the weather gets colder, come warm up at Divan Orange and help us celebrate the launch of Soliloquies 18.1, our online issue.

Soliloquies has put a ton of work into this issue and we are super excited to share this night with you.

With a great line-up of talented contributors, a special musical performance and tons of great company, it will be a great way to kick off the holiday season.

Doors at 5 pm. Reading begins at 6:00 pm.

The event is FREE. Soliloquies 16 & 17 will be available for purchase at $5 each. The first 15 people to buy a copy will get a FREE DRINK on us!

All of the proceeds of the event will go to the Kids Write Club, a Montreal based children’s literacy program.

Featuring the literary stylings of:

Isaac Senechal
Tess Roby
Simon Banderob
Bukem Reitmayer
Kailey Havelock

and more!

Musical Performance: TBA

Hope to see you there!



Visual Arts Centre School of Art/McClure Gallery Poetry and Prose Reading

Visual Arts Centre

School of Art / McClure Gallery



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

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


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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

 An Evening of Poetry, Prose & Music

 Stephen Morrissey’s latest book is Girouard Avenue. Visit the poet at www.stephenmorrissey.ca.

 Barry Webster His novel The Lava in My Bones was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award, Dayne Ogilvie Award & the Lambda Literary Award.

 Carolyne Van Der Meer First book, Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience, forthcoming with Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.

 Keith Henderson’s novels include The Restoration, The Beekeeper, The Roof Walkers; short stories, The Pagan Nuptials of Julia, all with DC Books.

 Colleen Gray continues to vacillate between poetry, academic writing and being a professor of History at McGill and Concordia Universities.

 Brian Campbell’s second poetry collection is Passenger Flight (Signature Editions, 2009). Published widely; shortlisted for 2006 CBC Literary Award.

 Shaheen Munir & Niraj Barua play Tagore Songs of Noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Deepak Dutta & Samir Chandra on “Tabla”/ Violin.


Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore presents Bill Haugland



Meet Bill Haugland, author of the new short story collection After It Rains (Vehicule Press), 6 p.m. Thursday December 5 at Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore.

Bill Haugland, formerly CFCF-12 Pulse News anchorman, is well known to Montréalers.

After It Rains, his first collection of short stories, gently probes the human psyche and deftly reveals our foibles.

Admission to the event is free.

Join us at Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore, 2220 McGill College Avenue (between Sherbrooke & President Kennedy).

Publishing 2.0 Tips and Traps – REGISTER NOW

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is holding a series of one-day professional development workshops for writers called Publishing 2.0 – Tips and TrapsRegistration is now taking place for workshops in Moncton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in February 2014.

Authors Mary W. Walters and Caroline Adderson, along with author and executive director of TWUC, John Degen will discuss writing in the digital age. The workshop will consider both theTraditional Path to Publication and Independent Publication including topics such as working with agents and editors, keys to successful submissions, crowdsourcing, contract terms, royalty rates, copyright, managing your digital rights, design work, distribution, and promotion.

Workshops will be held from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $95.00; TWUC members pay only $80.00. Both prices include any materials and lunch.


For registration go to http://www.writersunion.ca/pd-workshops#register


Please circulate this message to anyone you think will be interested in attending. We will be distributing paper brochures in a few weeks.