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Pandora’s Events People ask us all the time how do I get to be a member of Pandora’s and how do I get to participate in events like the call for poets I sent out earlier today. If you are on this mailing list consider yourself a member and able to come out or participate in any of our events. That is it. There is no fee to join, there is no charge for what we do unless stated i.e. a workshop although so far we have managed to keep them all free to the public. So if you would like to take part in the Poets and Painters show all you have to do is respond to this email and you are in. You don’t have to live here to do this although it would be cool to get to the gallery and see your work hung beside the piece of art created just for it. We are proud to be able to have you all as members even if you can’t get out. It is because of your support that we are able to keep going. So I hope you all will send something in. Just let Sita know this week as she needs to let them know how many people are interested. Bonnie Sita has asked me to forward this on for her to my list serve. This is a great opportunity for all Pandora’s members. Please respond to her if you are interested at si***********@ya***.ca" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">si***********@ya***.ca Thanks Bonnie Hello Pandora’s members, I have spoken with some of you about the Poets and Painters show that has asked Pandora’s Collective to participate. I have received some more info about it and would like to know at this time who would like to join us in this exciting show. This is how it works. They are providing the artists and we (and World Poetry and a few others) are providing the poets. Poets can choose between the following options. OPTION A You provide a poem (no later than Jan 20) and a painter will create a painting inspired by your poem. The two pieces will hang together at the show. OPTION B You receive a photo of a painting (via a draw on Jan 26 in Tsawwassen) and then write a poem inspired by that painting. The two pieces will hang together at the show. For those very enthused you can request to do both although you should still let us know your first choice in case there are too many participants for you to do both. Also, those selecting Option B, let us know whether you can attend the draw on Jan 26 in Tsawwassen or if you will need the photo mailed to you. If you do need it mailed please include your address. Thanks. More details below…. Poets and Painters show at the South Delta Artists Guild…. We’d like to receive a list of the poets from your group who will be participating…. We will be having the “registration” for the show on January 26th when our painters will come in to draw their poems and then go home and paint their paintings to bring back for hanging in the gallery on March 26, and the opening event for the show will be on Saturday March 29. For poets selecting “Option B” (to write a poem in response to a painting), they will be able to draw their painting (a photo of it) from a box on January 26 also. Given that registration is on January 26, we would like to have the Option A poems emailed to the chair of the event, Bonnie Kramer, by January 20. We were also wondering if your poets who have elected to do Option B (writing a poem to respond to a painting) will be able to get to Tsawwassen on January 26 to draw their photo of the painting, or if we will need to mail these to them. Thanks Sita. We look forward to hearing from you, as we are really excited about this collaborative event. ~ Carla To recap Pandora’s members wanting to participate must provide me with their first and last name and their option choice. If option B was selected we need to know whether or not you can attend the draw and if not, your address. Those selecting option A may be sending their poems to us or directly to the organizers of the show. We will let you know as soon as we know more. Thanks, and please respond as soon as possible. Sita Carboni Pandora’s Collective
“Promoting the Arts That Inspire the World to Take Notice of Itself” si***********@ya***.ca
Friday Jan 25, 2008 Upstart Crow Reading Series Surround yourself with words. Open mic with featured readers. Time: 7:30pm Featured Readers: Jen Currin , Christine LeClaire and Michael Hetherington Jen Currin is a graduate of Bard College and Arizona State University ‘s MFA program. She currently teaches creative writing at Vancouver Film School and Langara College ‘s Continuing Studies program. Jen has been published in many North American journals including Fiddlehead, 2River View, Massachusetts Review, VERSE, Lungfull!, Salt Hill, Konundrum, subTerrain, and Event. Jen’s book of poems, The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press) came out in 2005 and her 2nd book Hagiography (Coach House Books) will be available in 2008. Christine LeClaire is a Vancouver writer, web designer, and enviro-blogger. Her work has been published in such magazines as Filling Station, 2River View, Terry, and Christine is an intriguing performer who has graced many lower mainland stages in the last few years. Michael Hetherington ‘s collection of short stories, The Late Night Caller, was published by Turnstone Press in 2003. His fiction has appeared in many literary magazines across Canada , including Matrix, Exile, and The Malahat Review, and three of the stories in The Late Night Caller are being made into short films. Michael holds degrees from Queen’s University, UBC, and the London School of Economics. We are pleases to have Michael, Christine and Jen at Upstart Crow reading Series. Cost: Free Location: Upstart Crow Books 238 Lonsdale Avenue (@ 3rd), North Vancouver (Just up the hill from the Sea-bus station and Lonsdale Quay) Hosts: Pandora’s Collective Contact: Other Events of Interest Upstart Crow Books will be closing its’ doors in mid-March.
In the interim period, we will be holding a liquidation sale with 50-75% off all stock.
Jack and I would like to thank you for your patronage and wish you the best in the coming year and beyond.
We had a great time while it lasted and will miss having the opportunity to serve you.

Cheers, John Fisher
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Story Slam Wednesday 23rd January. Story Slam at Our Town Cafe 245 E. Broadway, Vancouver every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month @ 8pm. Ten storytellers competing for prizes and a place in the finals. First come, first served. Sign up from 8pm. Guest Host: Clint Wilson. For more info visit or

I am hoping your calendar might still be open on Monday evening, January 21st. Author Harold Rhenisch (he’s published 21 books in every genre imaginable) will be reading at the latest new venue for literary happenings out here on the Peninsula – the Community Arts Council Gallery. If you’re not familiar with the place, it’s tucked into the south arm (indoors) of Windsor Square. The reading is at 7, and the gallery will likely even offer us some wine. And if you or anyone you know might be interested in a writing workshop: Rhenisch will be offering a workshop the day before. Sunday afternoon, 1 – 4, again at the Gallery. Cost of the workshop is $35 and requires pre-registration (phone 604-536-8333). He’s also going to do ‘Blue Pencil Café’ session Sunday morning, a session where he will provide one-on-one immediate feedback on your writing. Cost is $1/minute plus a $5 administrative fee. As with the workshop, if you’re interested, this requires a phone call to register in advance. More info is available at the Arts Council website: ______________________________________________________ Other Things of Interest If you would like more info about the Vancouver Artists’ Collective Association or if you are interested in membership please contact Sarah at in**@va***************.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">in**@va***************.com.For more information about becoming at VACA member please contact: in**@va***************.com Vancouver Artists’ Collective Association Director: Sarah Martin604-764-2379 in**@va***************.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)"> in**@va***************.com (currently under construction)

From Far and Away

7th Annual Pleasanton

Poetry, Prose & Arts Festival

Saturday & Sunday, April 5&6, 2008

Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd Pleasanton, CA 94566 Join us for a weekend celebration of poetry, prose, and visual arts. One or two day workshops offered. Sponsored by the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC) and the City of Pleasanton. On-line brochure and registration form available at: Contest entry deadline: Saturday, March 08, 2008 Early registration deadline: Saturday, March 08, 2008 Last date to register for Festival: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 ************ Keynote Speaker: Jane Hirshfield ~ Poet, Essayist, & Translator Special Event: Z- Space Studio’s Word for Word Youth Arts Program ~ performance & workshop~ “ When Tom Smith Caused the 1906 Earthquake” by Greg Sarris (Sunday 1 PM performance free & open to the public) ************ Featured Festival Events… Saturday-Sunday: Adult Poetry & Prose Mini-Course Poetry: Kim Addonizio, Prose: Martha Alderson, Saturday: Adult Poetry Workshops Kevin Hearle, Kathleen Lynch, Saturday: Adult & Teens Prose Workshops Maureen Biro, Saturday: Teen Poetry Connie Post, Livermore Poet Laureate, Saturday: Youth Poetry Marta Meltzer, Pleasanton Poet Laureate Poetry and Prose Contests -Adult poetry and prose Teen poetry and prose -Youth poetry with over $1000 in awards (must be registered to enter) Also… * Fine Arts show provided by Pleasanton Art League and other regional artists. * Literary Row: meet, talk, and mingle with talented local & regional authors *Saturday evening awards banquet with reading of prize winning poems, contest awards, door prizes, and music selections by Con Moto. * Poets Laureate in California Exhibit Festival information, registration, or brochure: On-line: Michelle Russo (925) 931-5350, mr****" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)"> mr**** Kirk Ridgeway , Pl**************@co*****.net" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">Pl**************@co*****.net Contest entry deadline: Saturday, March 08, 2008 Early registration deadline: Saturday, March 08, 2008 Last date to register for Festival: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 2008 FESTIVAL POETRY & PROSE CONTEST Open only to registered conference attendees. Deadline Saturday, March 08, 2008 (postmark) For further contest information contact: Martha Meltzer , Pleasanton’s Poet Laureate, (925) 417-6679, e-mail: m.*******@co*****.net" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">m.*******@co*****.net Adult Poetry Short (20 lines or less) Submission: $3.50 per poem First prize: $100 Second prize: $50 Third prize: $25 Adult Poetry Long (46 lines or less) Submission: $3.50 per poem First prize: $100 Second prize: $50 Third prize: $25 Adult Non-Fiction Prose Submission: $10.50 per entry First prize: $100 Second prize: $50 Third prize: $25 Adult Fiction Prose Submission: $10.50 per entry First prize: $100 Second prize: $50 Third prize: $25 Teen Poetry (ages 13-19) Submission: $2.50 per poem First prize: $100 Second prize: $50 Third prize: $25

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