Pandora’s Collective News

Pandora’s Events Show runs from March 27th to April 27th. 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.
For further info call 604-948-2252 or 604-535-7507 Wednesday April 2, 2008 Pandora’s Collective Presents WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni. Time: 7:30 – 10:00pm Location: Our Town Cafe 245 East Broadway @ Kingsway, Vancouver, BC Read a review by Emily Kendy, contributing writer for the Vancouver Courier Newspaper. Contact: bl*************@ya***.ca" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">bl*************@ya***.ca or visit Tuesday April 8, 2008 Pandora’s Collective Presents WORD WHIPS – THE NORTH SHORE EDITION Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm Location: 32 BOOKS 3185 Edgemont Blvd , North Vancouver 32 Books is located in beautiful, easy-to-get-to, Edgemont Village (One bus from the seabus straight to the door.) Special thanks to owner/writer Deb McVittie.
Contact: fb*******@nv****.ca Pandora’s Collective invites you to enter Kisses and Popsicles, our Spring Poetry Contest. All entries must be postmarked by May 15, 2008. The winners will be announced on June 1, 2008. Please follow the guidelines at Events of Interest THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM “poetry that doesn’t suck unless you say it does” CONTINUES @ CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS: 2096 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (5TH AND VANCOUVER) EVERY MONDAY OF THE MONTH THE NEXT REGULAR SEASON SLAM IS MONDAY MARCH 31ST FEATURING AUSTIN, TEXAS’: RUFF DRAFT Hailing from the East Coast, Ruff Draft (aka, Tom Greene) has performed poetry all over the country, from Boston, Providence, Portland to Austin, TX. which is now his home. A member of the 2003 Portland OR. slam team, Ruff has been trying to inspire people with his words for six years. Most recently, Ruff has learned to spell correctly five new words, including Wednesday and joyous. Tom appreciates both academic and slam poetry and his repetoire includes a wide selection of each. THIS WILL ALSO BE THE OFFICIAL “LAST CHANCE SLAM” FOR POETS WANTING TO MAKE THE VAN SLAM PLAYOFFS THAT START IN APRIL ANY POET NOT YET QUALIFIED OR GUARANTEED A SPOT IN THE PLAYOFFS IS ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE ON THIS NIGHT POET SIGN UP AT 8PM POSSIBLE OPEN MIC AT 8:45 SLAM STARTS AT 9 O’CLOCK ONLY $5 THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM IS A PERFORMANCE POETY COMPETITION OPEN TO ALL STYLES OF POETIC EXPRESSION (UNLESS YOU’RE BEING A JERK OR MEAN) 5 JUDGES ARE CHOSEN FROM THE AUDIENCE EACH NIGHT TO PICK THE WINNER THE PEOPLE GET A SAY IN WHAT HAPPENS TICKETS WILL ALSO BE ON SALE FOR THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM TEAM FINALS THIS SHOW HAPPENS MAY 5TH AT THE WISE HALL (1882 ADANAC)


Vancouver Launch of Jen Currin’s Hagiography

Tuesday April 1 at 7 pm
Celebrate National Poetry Month as Vancouver author and member of the ‘vertigo west’ literary collective, Jen Currin, launches her second book, Hagiography, a collection of surrealist urban fairy tales. At The Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver). Info:

Friday April 4, 7:30 pm
American poet and translator reads from his most recent collection, The Insanity of Empire. At the Unitarian Church (949 West 49th Avenue @ Oak Street, Vancouver. Tix ($18) and info at: Banyen Books – 604-732-7912.

Saturday April 5, 7:30 pm
PEN Canada presents Afua Cooper, Jalal Barzanji, Sheng Xue and Hadani Ditmars—authors who write about local and global political issues. Tix $10 (suggested admission). At The Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver). Advance tix: 604-689-0926.

Hi again everyone

Dare to be Heard Here’s a message I was asked to pass on to you regarding the read next Wed reading at Mollie Nye House. Wayne Hi Wayne, did you get the email Shelly sent out about Doreen Holt’s book launch at Dare? I thought maybe you could send out an announcement too. Doreen is one of Shelly’s former students who has self published her book. I will be bringing some extra fancy goodies for the occasion. See you Wednesday. Elaine “WAYNE SMITH” <ws****@sh**.ca>

Other Things to Get you Going Hi friends, relatives, and creative people! I have a few new listings online. I am now on the Pandora’s Collective website in the Poets Directory. To go directly there go to: to see my bio. and read one of my poems. I also have one of my paintings on the De Serres (used to be Loomis Art Supplies) Website at: in their contest in the category of Amateur Artist (you have to make over $10, 000 from your art to qualify as a proffessional!) Check it out if you have time!

Eva Waldauf

EAC-BC’s workshop, Clear and Concise: Guidelines for Style, is now full. If you would like to be on a waiting list for cancellations, please reply with your contact information to **@ed*****.ca. There’s still time to register for our final Spring 2008 workshop, Research Skills for Editors. Editing and fact-checking go hand-in-hand. Learn where the best information is hidden (and why librarians are so good at trivia games). Early Bird Rates (by April 19) Members $100 / Non-members $160 Regular Rates (after April 19) Members $120 / Non-members $180 Research Skills for Editors Susan Safyan Saturday, May 3, 2008 SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Room 7000 Can you find everything you need on the Web? Can you trust the information you find there? In this introductory session, we’ll look at research tools and tips as well as resources both print and online. You’ll come away knowing the difference between search engines and subject directories, what the “deep Web” contains, and the five attributes you should always look for in a trustworthy website. The course will be taught using a computer with projector, and students are encouraged to bring a wireless laptop to class to engage in hands-on learning. Students may be asked to share the use of their laptops. Susan Safyan, BA, MLS, worked as an academic librarian for a dozen years, teaching research skills to students and faculty, before turning her skills to freelance research, writing, and editing in 2002. To register online, visit To register by mail or fax, please print and return the registration form For additional program information, contact bc*********@ed*****.ca.

For registration enquiries, contact **@ed*****.ca, or leave a message at 604-681-7184.

Hello, writers and readers, I wanted to let you know that my course on writing stories from your life is being offered again at Mollie Nye House, starting Thursday, April 3 and running to May 8. Last fall the first participants and I had a wonderful time pulling memories and anecdotes from our life and shaping them into interesting, well-crafted stories. It doesn’t matter if you have much writing experience or not … when it comes to writing memoir, your own unique voice is of far more value than some fancy-shmancy Booker Prize novelist! We’ll learn how to use detail, emotion and plain-speaking to create a record of our adventures—a ‘masterwork’ that you can keep adding to over the years. If you are interested in the class, please preregister through Mollie Nye House at 987-5820. More details are on the North Van Leisure Activities Guide, page 148, under “Writing Your Life”. (This is an all-ages class, though it is listed in the 55+ section.) If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll do my best to help you. 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, starting next week on the 3rd. Happy spring, Peggy Peggy Trendell-Jensen 4656 Hoskins Rd. North Vancouver, BC V7K 2R1 604 984-BOOK (2665)

Featuring some of Canada’s brightest literary starts, the North Shore Writers Festival is returning for its ninth yearFrom humour to French history to medical thrillers to great non-fiction, there is truly something for everyone at this fabulous festival, featuring headliners William Deverell and Sandra Gulland, plus lots more. First up is the Short-Short Story contest – Deadline is April 11th. (Open to North Shore residents only.)

Festival is at three public libraries – the North Vancouver District, the North Vancouver City, and the West Vancouver Memorial. More info and schedule of events: April 19 – 26

Room Magazine Annual 2008 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-fiction Contest It’s that time of year again—sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop and send us your fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction contest entries.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2008.
Entry Fee: $27 per entry (includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room). Payment by cheque or money order made out to Room.
Non-Canadian entries: $39 Canadian dollars
Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2009 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.

Creative Non-Fiction: Rita Moir
Fiction: Ivan E Coyote
Poetry – Evelyn Lau
Rules & Details:
Send entries to:
Room Fiction and Poetry Contest
P.O. Box 46160, Station D
Vancouver, BC V6J 5G5
More than one entry will be accepted as long as fee is paid for each entry. No manuscripts will be returned. Only winners will be notified.

Poetry: max. 3 poems or 150 lines | Fiction: max. 4,000 words

There will be blind judging, therefore, do not put your name or address on entry submission, but enclose a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number and title(s) of entry. Entries must be typed on 8.5 X 11 white paper. Prose must be double-spaced. Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

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 2008 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 $500 (CAD) is awarded, plus payment at the rate of $40 (CAD) per printed page upon publication. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. 2008 Deadline The next deadline for the Far Horizons Award for Poetry is May 1, 2008 (postmark date). Guidelines

  • Emerging poets may enter up to three poems per entry.
  • Each poem may not exceed 60 lines.
  • No restrictions as to subject matter or aesthetic approach apply.
  • Entry fee required:
    • $25 CAD for Canadian entries;
    • $30 US for American entries;
    • $35 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
  • Entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend.
  • Poems previously published, accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere are not eligible.
  • Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) should not appear on the submission, but along with the title on an enclosed separate page.
  • No submissions will be accepted by email.
  • No entries will be returned.
  • The winner and finalists will be notified via email.
  • Entrants will not be notified by separately by letter or separate letter about the judges’ decisions even if a SASE is included for this purpose.
  • The winner will be announced with the publication of his or her entry in The Malahat Review‘s Fall 2008 issue, on the Malahat web site, and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s quarterly e-newsletter in October.
  • Send entries and enquiries to:

The Malahat Review
Far Horizons Award for Poetry
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2

Email: ma*****@uv**.ca
Telephone: 250-721-8524
Fax: 250-472-5051

Fugue (US) invites entries for their 7th annual Fiction and Poetry contests. First prize in each category: US$1000 plus publication. Fiction: 10000 words max. Poetry: up to 3 poems or 5 pages. Entry fee: US$20 (includes copy of journal with contest winners). Deadline: May 1, 2008. More details… Bonnie Nish Executive Director Pandora’s Collective

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