Headlight Anthology

Publishing Concordia students, alumni and the Montréal community



Headlight, Concordia University’s graduate creative writing anthology, is currently looking for editors:

Creative Non-Fiction
Visual Art

Editors will be responsible for vetting submissions (in cooperation with Editors-in-Chief) and working directly with writers throughout the revision process.

Graduate students in the English and Fine Arts departments are encouraged to apply.

Email a brief cover letter along with a CV to:

DEADLINE: Oct. 15, 2014

Biblioasis 10th Anniversary Montreal Bash

Biblioasis’s 10th Anniversary

September 22nd, 7-10PM
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Library

Join Biblioasis as we celebrate ten years of great books and indie publishing! Co-presented by the QWF, our Montreal celebration on September 22nd will serve as the launch of The Freedom in American Songs by Kathleen Winter and Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page, and will also feature readings from Robyn Sarah, Alice Petersen, Norm Sibum, Joshua Trotter, Catherine Chandler, and Mauricio Segura, as well as a panel discussion hosted by CBC Homerun’s Richard King! Snacks and refreshments will be available, and attendees can enter to win a grand book giveaway. We will be in a festive mood, and proudly (and loudly) tilting at windmills. Bibliophiles unite!



Montreal Biblio-Bash

Words & Music features Trio 69, Ricky Leach and MORE

On Sunday July 20th the Words & Music Show takes place at 8:30 at Casa del Popolo’s performance space (enter at 4873 St-Laurent, Montreal) and will feature Trio 69, Ricky Leach, 3 visiting writers and music by FayeMoose Four. Admission is $6 or PWYC

Trio 69 describes itself as follows: “Trio 69 (Heather Eaton – voice, Brandon Goodwin – percussion/melodica, Kayla Milmine – soprano saxophone) will perform a bedtime story set that weaves together Maritime folk songs and ballads, spoken word pieces and dream narratives, improvisation and soundscapes. Through this process, they create a kind of show-and-tell from a collection of what high tide left behind. Trio 69 has been performing for live audiences at various venues in Montréal since 2011, including: (the late) Bar L’Absynthe; Le Cagibi; Mainline Theatre; Les Pas Sages; Burritoville; Cabaret Playhouse and Cafe Shaika. Casa del Popolo, however, is their favourite venue and they are giddy with glee to be on the Casa stage once again for this edition of Words + Music!”

Ricky Leach, an artist from Cambridge, England working primarily in performances of lyrical music. Her works reside languidly in a damp-slackened web of humor, pathos, detachment, self-analysis and the sublime. Two albums of her work are available on bandcamp for an independent label in the UK called Lost Toys Records, she is currently working on a third and a fourth. She has been living in Montreal for the last few months and performs regularly. Mark Zuckerburg will always be able to tell you where.

Our visiting writers are Kelsey Knight from Ontario, Josh Quirion out of Bishop’s University and Esmé Stumborg out of Vancouver.

The one wordless act for the evening is headed by British saxophonist Faye MacCalmon, who in her short time in Montreal has been finding many homes for her excellent free jazz. The band is called Fayemoose 4, and consists of Belinda Campbell the powah pianist, Raphael Foisy-Couture the bass whisperer, Felix Antoine-Hamel the horn blower, and Faye MacCalman the wisdom giver. The group explore spontaneous melody through their percussionless sound and improvisatory approach. In 2006 they were offered a major record deal, but they opted out in favour of the simple life and chord crushes that can make glass break, if someone drops a glass. The music is sincere and conversational, with all players believing in an organic attitude towards music making.

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

For more information write to the


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:
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:

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.

“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, 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 in November 2014.


Participate at


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; through such digital

projects as Walrus Ebooks; and by partnering with

Blue Ant Media to produce documentaries and other

programming at, and training young

professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit


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.



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