Sunday, March 21, 2010

Grey Borders Reading Series #23...

Grey Borders Reading Series #23...
is proud to present

Christian Bök

CCMC – featuring Paul Dutton, Michael Snow, and John Oswald
screenings of Paul-Émile Borduas (1962) and Artist in Montreal (1954)

and (as if that weren’t enough to blow the roof off) the launch of a new, double issue of

PRECIPICe, Niagara’s literary magazine.

Thursday 1 April 2009 7:00 pm
No Cover, Licensed

The Niagara Artists’ Centre
354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

Thanks to the Humanities Research Institute of Brock University for their generous support.

Please join us for this very special event. How to describe this event? Three ways: 1) it is going to be a great evening of performances featuring two acts that definite the cutting edge in Canadian linguistic and sonic acrobatics. 2) This evening we will be celebrating the launch of the new double issue of PRECIPICe, which is without doubt our best issue to date. Ever. And 3) This event is part of a series of events hitting St. Catharines in tribute to Françoise Sullivan of the Montréal Automatists. Our event features artists working in a field first ploughed in this country by the Automatists. See the attached posters for all the events. Do you really need more reasons to join in the fun?

These bios are not meant to be authoritative, but are intended to whet your interest that you might find out the truth behind these mere words. Go out and buy some books! Buy some CDs! Search the internet and let Google mislead you in all directions! Start here:

CCMC comprises Michael Snow (piano, synthesizer), John Oswald (alto sax), and Paul Dutton (mouth and mouth harp). The band has been cited as Canada's premier non-idiomatic improvisational ensemble, with tours to various parts of the country, to the U.S., and several European countries. See for more.

Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a ’pataphysical encyclopaedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best Poetic Debut, and ’Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (Northwestern University Press, 2001). His book Eunoia won the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize and is the best-selling Canadian poetry book of all time. Bök has created artificial languages for Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. His conceptual artwork has appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. He currently teaches at the University of Calgary.

Friday, March 19, 2010


"Oblique Quarterly, an arts and culture magazine introducing brilliant new talent in the fields of poetry, short fiction, art and photography."


Check it out HERE

Monday, March 15, 2010

Brock University Creative Writers' Club Presents its First Salon

The Brock University Creative Writers' Club would like to invite you to participate in our up coming Salon!

A Salon is an on the spot fiction or poetry competition. You are welcome to compete, with the chance of winning a money prize, or to come to watch the competition take place and vote for who you feel is the best on the spot poetry or fiction creator.

Rules and Guidelines
Participants must create on the spot poem or other fictional form that responds
to other participant's creative creations.

The competitors will be provided a sample piece of literature. The first competitor will have to respond to the sample provided. Subsequent participators must respond to the individuals' poem or fiction that precedes them. Each participant will have two
opportunities to vocalize an on the spot creation.

The competitors will compete in the order in which their names are drawn, telling one story per round (one round completed after each competitor has told one story or poem that responds to his/her predecessors).

There will be a total of two rounds.

Once each competitor has had the chance to create a poem or fiction twice, there will be a closed ballot in which all who attend can vote for their favorite poet or story teller.

How to Participate
In order to participate in the Salon, competitors must buy in, at a cost of 2-5 dollars. The more money the competitors put in, the more money they stand to win. At the end of the competition the winner will receive half the money of the buy in and the remaining share going towards The Brock University Creative Writers Club.

So come out, bring your friends and participate in a fun creative competition.

If you have any questions or concerns about the contest please contact Katherine Whitehurst at

Hope to see you there.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Great Canadian Beaver Ball!

March 12, 2010 is launch of the 3rd annual Great Canadian Beaver Ball.

The Beaver Ball is a series of miniature art projects made by Brock students from Visual Art and Liberal Art disciplines.

My Beaver Ball, Multiple Personality, will be one of the many featured projects.

Rodman Hall, 109 St Paul Crescent


Students are admitted for free.

I hope to see you there.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Next Slam...

Story Slam Niagara presents
the latest in our series of storytelling contests
@ Strega Cafe, 19 King Street, St. Catharines
Wednesday, March 17
and the 3rd Wednesday of every month
Sign up at 6:30pm. Stage opens at 7:00pm.
10 writers. 5 minute stories. 5 audience judges.
Winner walks away with $100.

for more details contact Jon Parsons (
or visit

Monday, March 1, 2010

ditch, anthology 4

My work has been included in ditch, anthology 4.

Check it out here: