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Happy Canada Day!!! We hope you have been enjoying the sunshine as much as we have. Everywhere you go there are people out smiling, enjoying events and just being here. I haven’t been sending anything out for a bit just for sheer lack of time but I am back on the ball and so if you have anything you want to get out send it now. We will be offering a workshop with Jen Currin in August. If you know Jen then you will want to hurry and sign up as she is a great instructor as well poet. See below for details. Other than that I am sure I will see you somewhere. Oh Word Whips was a great success in our new location. We thank Britannia Library for taking us in. What a great space to write. Come and check it out. Bonnie Pandora’s Events Free Verse in August: A Poetry Class Join us for an intimate (8 students maximum) four-week poetry course. The focus will be on helping each poet hone her/his voice and explore a series of themes. We will play with imagery, line break, rhythm, diction/syntax, etc. Each class will include invigorating writing exercises, reading and discussion of some of the great poems of our time, and sharing work with the group. At the end of the course, each poet will turn in a short portfolio (6-10 pages) for individual feedback from the teacher. The course will be conducted by Jen Currin and held at her house. Tea provided. Four Wednesdays, August 6-27, 7-10 p.m. Cost: $160 per participant About the teacher: A Vancouverite for six years, Jen Currin grew up in Portland, Oregon and has lived in Boston, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and Tempe, AZ, among other places. Jen received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Arizona State University. She currently teaches creative writing at Vancouver Film School, for Langara College’s Continuing Studies Program, and online for Johns Hopkins. Her work has been published in many journals, including The Fiddlehead, VERSE, Washington Square, The Massachusetts Review, Carousel, Event, and CV2. Jen has published two books of poems: The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press) and Hagiography (Coach House Books). Tuesday July 22, 2008 (and 4th Tuesday of every month) 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: 6:30 – 8:30pm Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC Contact: bl*************@ya***.ca" target="_blank">bl*************@ya***.ca or visit Other Events of Interest The World Poetry Café Radio Show proudly presents a special phone interview with Dr. Stephan Gill, July 1st on CFRO 102.7 FM from 9:10 pm to 9:40 pm PST. with your hosts Ariadne Sawyer, MA and Alejandro Mujica-Olea. For our radio listener’s world wide: 1. Go to and follow the links to the World Poetry Café, Tuesdays at (pm PST) 2. Three days after the interview the show can be accessed by going to archives. You can also listen to Starchoice Satellite 845 3. Many of our listeners from 19 countries around the world record the show live and listen to it afterward. Featured Poet Background information for featured guest: Poet Laureate of Ansted University, Stephen Gill is an expressive voice of Canada, India and Pakistan. He believes strongly in a democratically elected world government and peace through peaceful means. Global peace and social concerns are the main areas of his interest. Stephen Gill has authored more than twenty books, including novels, literary criticism, and collections of poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than five hundred publications, mostly in Canada, the United States of America and India. He writes usually in English. Once in a while, he writes poetry in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi languages. He has also written and published book reviews, research papers on writers and on world peace. Some of his Urdu/Hindi poems have been sung with music by prominent singers of Pakistan and India. Also, in our E-poem section a poem about Canada from Lini Grol. Thank you for listening and supporting our show! Ariadne and Alejandro ______________________________________ _________________________________________________ We are pleased to announce that the as of Sunday 13th July, the Vancouver Story Slam will be moving to Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, every 2nd & 4th SUNDAY of the Month.

All other details remain the same:

Eight storytellers competing for prizes and a place in the finals. First come, first served. Sign up from 7.30, show starts at 8.30pm. Hosted by Ivan Penaluna.

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Ivan Paul Buckley” iv**********@ya***.ca _________________________________ July at Rhizome Café * Arts Venue * Community Space 317 East Broadway Bonnie Nish Executive Director Pandora’s Collective

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