Sunday Morning Tidbits.

Pandora’s Events
Tuesday, Jan 26th
Pandora’s Collective Presents

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 (4th Tuesday of each month – except December)
Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC
Contact: bl*************@ya***.ca
or visit
Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2010
Pandora’s Collective Presents
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
2nd Tuesday of every month
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
(Sept – June. We are not meeting July and August)
Location: Starbucks in Indigo Books
1025 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
March 15th, 2010
Pandora’s Collective and the Vancouver Artist’s Collective will be putting on a fundraiser at the Cottage Bistro.
Mark your calendars!
For volunteer opportunities please contact bl*************@ya***.ca.
The South Delta Artists Guild’s
Poets & Painters Book
is now available!
This book was inspired by an art and poetry exhibition that was hosted by the South Delta Artists Guild and was a collaboration between the South Delta Artists Guild and two writers’ groups, Pandora’s Collective and World Poetry Café. Poets were invited to write a poem inspired by a work of art. Alternatively, poets could submit poems that artists interpreted in paintings. The result was a very successful exhibit that was well attended by the public, the artists and the poets. It was an inspiring show of 95 paintings and 95 poems. This book contains many of the images and poems from the show.
To order the book please go to and download the order form.
Other Events
Sunday, January 24, 2010
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Afternoon with Dead Poets 2
The Café for Contemporary Art

140 East Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
You’re invited to listen to five poets reading poems from one of their favourite dead poets.
Poems of Charles Bruce (1906-1968) read by Sandy Shreve
Poems of Edwin Muir (1887-1959) read by Chris topher Levenson
Poems of R. S. Thomas (1913-2000) read by Russell Thornton

—ten minute intermission—
Poems of Al Purdy (1918-2000) read by Rob Taylor
Poems of Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963) read by Kate Braid
Emcee: David Zieroth
In each presentation you will hear a brief introduction to the poet followed by a reading of selected poems, 15 minutes in total.
Cafca is one block up from Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus. Bring your friends and enjoy the coffee and art. Seating is limited.
For more info: Cafca at
or David at dz******@te***.net

Thursday, January 28th,
PRISM Turns 50!!!
8:00PM to 12:00AM
The a’s Lounge, The a Koerner Building , 6371 Crescent Road, UBC Campus, Vancouver , BC,y,y,y,y,y&bldg2Search=n&locat1=408&locat2=#showMapCampus

$15 dollars (which includes a copy of the Winter 2010 Retrospective edition)
Hello PRISM lovers!!!
Can you believe that PRISM international is 50 years old? It’s not every day that a literary journal reaches the big 5-0, so we’re rolling out the red carpet and throwing a big bash to celebrate. It’s going to be a night of libations, music, amuse-bouches and literary shenanigans.
We’ll have readings from Bill Gaston, Deborah Willis, George McWhirter , Elizabeth Bachinsky, as well as toasts from past and present PRISM editors.
You’ll also go home with our extended 50th Anniversary Retrospective issue, which includes writing by Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, Raymond Carver, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Italo Calvino, Irving Layton, and many more!
Feel free to bring your friends!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at pr***@in*********.ca
We’ll see you on the 28th!!
From PRISM 2009/2010 Editors: Rachel Knudsen, Elizabeth Ross, Nadia Pestrak and Dan Schwartz
Tuesday February 16th
Spoken INK
James Street Café
– 8:00 p.m.
February Guests: Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni
Spoken INK is an open mic/reading series brought to you by the Burnaby Writers’ Society, and held every third Tuesday (September to June) at the James Street Café, just one short block east of Boundary Road on Canada Way at Smith (NE corner) in Burnaby.
Open mic sign-up time is 7:30 p.m., featured readings begin at 8:00 p.m.
Mary Duffy has let us know that her cousin, Mary Barry, will be performing during the Olympics. We hope that you can make it to one of her performances. She is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, travelling all the way from Newfoundland.
Mary Barry – Upcoming Performances:
Feb. 20th on Granville Island on the Francophone stage, 30 minute set (6:00 – 6:30pm)
Feb. 21st at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island, 10:30 pm for 90 minutes.
Feb. 22nd, also at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island, 30 minute set (10:30pm)
Feb. 23rd at a French club called the Adrenaline, 9:30 – 11:00 pm, 2 sets.
“Mary Barry delivers a sweet sound like a consummate New York jazz performer … with an expressive voice that flows over you, so sultry and passionate, the music enfolding and gripping you with a velvet covered touch. Barry is that good of a writer, her music fits in wonderfully, carrying on the timeless quality of excellent jazz.” – Read more at
Have you spent too many hours hunched over the computer?
Yoga for the People is a newly opened 2000 sq ft yoga studio with the primary aim of stimulating social awareness and community development. All classes are drop in, pay what you can, with a suggested donation of $10/class. Please help to support this wonderful new studio. For information on teachers, yoga classes and schedules visit
Radha Yoga has a long history of offering Hatha yoga community classes and Hidden Language Hatha Yoga (bring your journal). Classes are only $12-13/class or pay as you can. Visit for details.
Other Things
The Malahat Review Novella Prize
Deadline: February 1, 2010
Submit a single work of fiction between 10,000 and 20,000 words. No restrictions as to genre, subject matter, or aesthetic approach. Fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Prize: $500 plus paid publication. Details:
Coffee Shop Author writing contest
Deadline: registration, March 15; completion, April 30, 2010

Writers must complete a book-length work, with the bulk of the writing happening on location at their chosen coffee shop. Registration is required. Fee: $30. Prize: Trip for two to Fernie, B.C., and tuition to the 2010 Fernie Writers Conference. Details:
The Ontario Poetry Society Presents:
Emerging From The Shadows Poetry Contest
Open to Canadian Poets who have never won First Prize in a Poetry Contest
First Prize – $25 and a One Year Free Membership ($25 value) & A Fancy Certificate
Second Prize – One Year Free Membership ($25 value) & A Fancy Certificate
Third Prize – $10 & A Fancy Certificate
Plus 12 Honourable Mention Awards of A Fancy Certificate Each
Plus All winning entries to be published in a chapbook and all poets whose work appears in the chapbook will get 1 free copy of the book per poem published inside.
Rules and Guidelines:
Poems may be on any theme and in any style.
Maximum length per poem is 36 lines and the stanza spaces count as lines.
Poems may be previously published, but not previously have won any contest prizes.
Blind judging: No author I.D. to be anywhere on the same page as the poem, back or front. Include a cover page with your name, address, phone number and e-mail along with your poem title(s).
Contest Deadline: April 15, 2010 postmark date
Entry fee: Up to 3 poems for $5 & additional poems $2 each.
There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet.Submit your entry in hard copy along with payment to
The Ontario Poetry Society, 31 Marisa Court , Thornhill , L4J 6H9
Enclose a #10 s.a.s.e. for Winners List
Contest Judge is Debbie Okun Hill
Additional chapbooks will be available for sale at $5 each.
subTerrain Lush Triumphant literary awards
Deadline: May 15, 2010
Submit fiction of up to 3,000 words, creative non-fiction of up to 4,000 words or suites of up to 5 poems. Fee: $25 (includes subscription). Prize: $750 in each category, plus paid publication. Details:

Bonnie Nish
Executive Director
Pandora’s Collective

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