Pandora’s Collective News

Pandora’s Events Saturday March 29th 1:00-4:00pm Pandora’s Collective Presents VOICES VANCOUVER Visit cultural venues with other Pandora’s Collective members. Bring your words, your journals, your sketch books. We’ll drop in on literary events, go to art galleries, participate in readings, support local bands and more. Membership is free. Coordinators: Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni
Contact: bl**************@ya***.ca" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">bl**************@ya***.ca Upcoming Rendezvous: POETS & PAINTERS SHOW
Where: Tsawwassen Longhouse Gallery at 1710 – 56th Street in the Village of Tsawwassen adjacent to the Recreation Centre with ample free parking. Bus stop across the street.
Why: To hold a collaborative show with members of the South Delta Artists Guild and poets from both “Pandora’s Collective” and “World Poetry” societies in Vancouver. Poems and images were individually drawn from sealed envelopes by participants from which they had to produce either a poem or painting and each painting will be exhibited next to the relevant poem, both with the same title. There will be close to 80 paintings and poems on display. This is a premier event in the Tsawwassen art community with many poets and artists in attendance where they will gladly discuss their works. All paintings are original and for sale for the duration of the show. This is a rare opportunity for the public to interact with two art forms at the same time and in the same venue making it an event well worth attending.
When: Show runs from March 27th to April 27th. For further info call 604-948-2252 or 604-535-7507
Opening Reception is on Saturday, March 29th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM with wine and appetizers. Other Events of Interest March 21-22nd Now Who’s Talking Recovery Theatre NWT Recovery Theatre’s goal is to teach people in recovery how to tell their stories in the context of theatre. The troupe of nine has been hard at work since last September learning acting skills from Alex Bruhanski , one of Vancouver ‘s most highly respected acting teachers. They have also completed classes in voice, movement and improvisation with the accomplished and talented thespian Monique Bourgois. The troupe is currently writing their individual recovery stories which will be crafted into dramatic vignettes. Collectively, the vignettes will be tied together to show how people recover and give hope to those struggling with mental health issues. The current thought is to have some kind of recovery awards show. The play promises to be entertaining, educational and above all humorous. The show should run for about an hour followed by a Q & A session. There are volunteer opportunities available Performance Dates: Friday March 21st: 1:00 Matinee, Free admission for recipients of mental health services Friday March 21st: 7:00 Saturday March 22nd: 7:00 St. James Community Square, 10th & Trutch $12 advance $15 at the door Contact: Elly – 604-688-1556 or el**@wh**********.com" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">el**@wh**********.com Web:

Poet Kim Minkus will be reading from her new book, 9 Freight, on March

25, 2008 at the Short Line Reading Series: The Short Line Reading Series, a free literary event, takes place monthly at the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir Street, on the corner at Seymour). The event runs from 6:30-9:00pm Tuesday, March 25: Sonia Capriceru Jacqueline Turner Kim Minkus Kim Minkus is a Vancouver poet, her first book of poetry 9 Freight was published by LINEbooks in the fall of 2007.

She has published poems in Bywords, West Coast Line and ottawater.

Dear Friends, I’ve decided to make my book launch on April 1 a fundraiser for my dear friend Emmett (Sarah) Race. As some of you know, Emmett is a talented photographer, and last week her computer and hard drive were stolen. She lost her entire life’s work as a photographer. So, although we can’t get the photos back, I’m hoping to raise a little money for Emmett to get a new computer. All proceeds from books sold at the event will go to the “computer fund,” and in addition, there will be a jar on the book table for donations. If you have some extra scratch burning a hole in your pocket, please don’t hesitate to donate it to this worthy cause. Thanks! And looking forward to seeing you at the event, which is: APRIL 1 (Tuesday) 7 p.m. At the Railway Club 579 Dunsmuir Street Please pass this on to anyone who you think might be interested. Cheers, Jen

“Jen Currin” ha*******@no********.com


Join us for a café-style evening of music and poetry with poets Br. Paul Quenon, Susan McCaslin, Doug Beardsley and Sheila Rosen. Minimum donation: $5. This is a Thomas Merton Society event. It should be an interesting evening. McCaslin, Beardsley and Rosen are BC poets. Brother Paul Quenon has been a monk for 50 years, and received his formation under Thomas Merton. He has published three collections of poems, Monkswear, Laughter My Purgatory, and Terrors of Paradise, and a CD of poetry Hooded Sentinels. He is cantor, cook, and photographer for his monastery, the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky.


Hello kindred spirits ……. can you believe it? It’s Grind writing time again – this Saturday Mar. 22nd—plunk in the middle of the Easter weekend. Plunk in the middle of Spring springing. The cherry blossoms are beginning – and the winners of the Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku contest (not me nor a few others in the group who entered) are posted on their website: That was the contest with the serious posterity prize – winning entry is to be carved in stone in Van Dusen Gardens. Hope to see you blooming in the Grind this Saturday. I’ll be the mushroom in the back room….. regards……….Margo 10 AM at the Grind – 4124 Main Street (at King Edward Ave /25th) Please bring something to write with.

Upcoming meeting dates:

Sat Mar 22 Sun Apr 6
Sat Apr 19 Sun May 4

7–9 pm, third Friday of the month Unitarian Centre, 949 West 49th Ave (at Oak Street) Everyone welcome. Pre-registration is not required. Admission is $5. As the evening are becoming lighter and spring is almost here, it’s time to come out and enlighten others with your ideas and conversely to get enlightened by your co-participants. We are projecting ourselves well into the future this time and it should produce some lively thoughts and discussion. The evenings are as warm as our fireside, as welcoming as our carpet, as comfortable as our new chairs and as interesting as the diverse, intelligent people we attract. There is a supportive, friendly atmosphere to encourage you to participate actively and share your unique and interesting thoughts and perspective. Moderator: Randall MacKinnnon has a Masters in Social Policy and Planning and is an “IDEASage” with MackINNOVATION, a service consultancy. This Week’s Cafe Friday March 21, 7 pm to 9 pm Sending a message to 2108 – most of us won’t make it to the Twenty Second Century. What message or post card would we like to send to the people of 2,108? If we could put items into a time capsule or load a website to be opened in 2108, what would we choose to sum up the essence and character of our age with our decendants? Philosophers’ Fireside Cafe “we dialogue therefore we are…….” Randall MacKinnon – Moderator 604 – 582 – 4651 Fireside Room, Unitarian CV Centre

949 W 49th Ave Vancouver

WANTED: B.C. POETRY ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS FOR: ROCKSALT An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry Edited by Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch Deadline: Postdated May 15th 2008 Notification: Summer 2008 Publication: Book Launche(s) Fall 2008 – Open to all poets living in B.C. – Send 1- 3 of your best unpublished poems, max 62 lines a poem. – Include your name on each page. – No entries will be returned. – Email submissions accepted: send as attachment (Word, Appleworks, .rtf, or Pages) Confirmation email will be sent. EMAIL: – For SNAIL MAIL submissions, enclose a SASE for reply. – Include 100 (max) word bio and 300 word statement (max) on your – Include a covering letter with full address, postal code, name, phone number and email address. – Copyright remains with the poet. Not since 1977, the year Western Windows; A Comparative Anthology of Poetry in British Columbia edited by Patricia M. Ellis – CommCept Publishing, and New: West Coast; 72 contemporary british columbia poets, edited by Fred Candelaria – Intermedia Press was published, has there been a comprehensive anthology of B.C. poetry. We will address the long absence of an anthology in B.C. by gathering poetry’s presence here on the edge of Canada. ROCKSALT will feature new and previously unpublished poems as well as each poet’s statement on poetry or poetics. It will be varied, inclusive, and transformative. EDITORS: Mona Fertig edited A Labour of Love, an anthology of poetry on pregnancy and childbirth, published in 1990 by Polestar Press, and has published many books of poetry. She runs the new Mother Tongue Publishing company and has been active in the west coast literary scene since 1972. Harold Rhenisch is the author of twenty-one books, including the George Ryga Award-winning “The Wolves at Evelyn:”, a past winner of the ARC Poem of the Year Prize, and the winner of The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize for both 2005 and 2007. His new book is “Return to Open Water: Poems New & Selected. MAIL: Editors, ROCKSALT- 290 Fulford-Ganges Rd. Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 2K6 EMAIL: su*********@mo********************.com

From Margo of the Grind Writers

Where to get rid of your stuff
– and make a BIG difference to a woman in Vancouver !

(furniture, clothing, household items, etc… pretty much anything)

Real 100% Charity Centers for Women (not Value Village 10% of net profits poo poo)
Please pass this on to women you know in Vancouver .
Thank you!

Furniture – Home Start – Kasey Burchette 604 708-9556
They come pick it up!
It is for women who’ve been abused with no where to live.Your furniture will help them get started to set up their new home.

Clothing512 East Cordova 604 254- 2250
This one you have to drive the stuff down to, but nothing but extreme gratitude and a chorus of “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Household Items – Gather and Give 604 637-2250
Any household items, pillow cases, sheets, etc

Please pass this on to women you know in Vancouver . Thank you!

Bonnie Nish Executive Director Pandora’s Collective

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