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    A Single Onion, A Hundred Nights

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    Single Onion #100:


    Saturday, November 17. 7.00 PM


    Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Centre

    (1320-5th Ave NW)


    Remember that poetry contest we told you about over the summer, the one where the finalists would have a chance to share the stage in celebration of Single Onion’s 100th event and battle over $1,450 in prize money?

    Well, we are now only a week away from Single Onion #100 so I have another chance to post this beautiful "inside-a-tree" picture. And while the celebration of Calgary's longest-running spoken word reading series' 100th event is enough to get any of us out to the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Centre next Saturday, let me also assure you that the quality of performers coming out includes some of the cream of Calgary's crop...


    For complete details please visit the Single Onion website.

    And don't miss the warm-up, Single Onion #99, two nights prior, at UBU Bistro!


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    In 2002 he brought us to Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania with Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa. In 2006 Poets & Pahlevans took us on ‘a journey into the heart of Iran' in an exploration of the relationship between heroic poetry and the various styles of traditional Persian wrestling. This year Marcello Di Cintio is taking his audience into Walls. Many walls. From India to Montreal, Morocco to Arizona, Cyprus to Belfast. I have no idea how he managed to fit this much travel, tension, and experience into 288 pages, but this week we get to find out...




    1005 - 11th Street SE

    7pm - 8pm

    According to the event's Facebook page, this is outdoor, so do bring a jacket.

    To place your hold on Walls, click here.


    More on the book...

    In this ambitious blend of travel and reportage, Marcello Di Cintio travels to the world’s most disputed edges to meet the people who live alongside the razor wire and answer the question: What does it mean to live against the walls?

    Di Cintio shares tea with Saharan refugees on the wrong side of Morocco’s desert wall. He meets with illegal Punjabi migrants who have circumvented the fencing around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. He visits fenced-in villages in northeast India, walks Arizona’s migrant trails, and travels to Palestinian villages to witness the protests against Israel’s security barrier.

    From Native American reservations on the US-Mexico border and the “Great Wall of Montreal” to Cyprus’s divided capital and the Peace Lines of Belfast, Di Cintio seeks to understand what these structures say about those who build them and how they influence the cultures that they surround. Some walls define “us” from “them” with medieval clarity. Some walls encourage fear or feed hate. Others kill. And every wall inspires its own subversion, whether by the infiltrators who dare to go over, under or around them, or by the artists who transform them.


    Why is this event outdoor in Calgary in September?

    According to Marcello's blog, "Elsewhere":

    "I decided to hold the event in the back lot of Calgary’s Crown Surplus. Considering the topic of the book, I figured I’d surround my audience with fences, barbed wire, army tents and other shards of military urbanism."

    Makes sense.

    Nuit Blanche

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    If you are interested in having your mind blown, consider any of the following projects being constructed for Calgary's first year taking part in Nuit Blanche - an international, multi-city, late night arts festival...


    An audience-activated handcrafted rideable carousel.

    A living cloud created from 5,000 light bulbs.

    Live, interdisciplinary performance.

    A rowdy, portable Belfast pub.

    Text message town criers.

    Maybe wear a helmet?

    Saturday, September 15.

    Olympic Plaza Park.

    7pm - 3am.


    For all the amazing pictures and details go to NUIT BLANCHE.

    SINGLE ONION is looking to create a response poem consisting of one-line reactions to the event, which sounds like a really good idea. The incredibly simple instructions on how to contribute your reaction are at Single Onion's blogspot.

    Read recent articles on this event from FFWD magazine, or the HERALD.

    Naomi K. Lewis, Book Launch DATE CHANGED!

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    You may have met Naomi K. Lewis last fall through the library’s Writer-in-Residence service as she gracefully critiqued our manuscripts, imparted her experienced wisdom, and shared her work. Good things seemed to have happened for Naomi since the end of her residency, as she was awarded the Colophon Prize for Fiction in January and now, eight months later, I Know Who You Remind Me Of is ready to be launched:



    (Corner of 4th Street & 13th Avenue SW)
    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Original and effortlessly clever, the stories in I Know Who You Remind Me Of capture the sensibility of a generation with no cultural inhibitions to overcome. Naomi K. Lewis’s characters bear the battlescars of adolescence and early adulthood ­– scars left when one classmate impersonates another in Internet pornography; a lover donates his eyeball in the heat of passion; sibling rivalry escalates into a low orbit. For these characters, everything is straight-on, never coy, and often deliciously funny. Stories from this collection have appeared in the Journey Prize anthology, the Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and other journals.

    Library copies of I Know Who You Remind Me Of are on the way. Until they come, click here to place a hold on Naomi K. Lewis' debut novel - Cricket in a Fist.

    Read the Nook's interview with Naomi from November 2011.

    Single Onion Poetry Contest

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    Way back in April we alerted you to a local poetry contest worth getting excited about – the “Single Onion 100 Calgary Poetry Contest”. Single Onion is Calgary's longest-running spoken word series. In their twelfth year of lining Calgary up with a variety of renowned Canadian poets, as well as up-and-coming local artists, SO will celebrate their 100th event and for the occasion they want to know how local poets see Calgary.

    The deadline for submissions was August 15, 2012, but IT GOT EXTENDED!

    The new deadline is September 15th, 2012.

    Ten finalists will be chosen to perform at the SO100 Celebration Event on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

    Prize money remains the same:

    3rd place – $150, 2nd place – $300, 1st place - $1000

    For full contest details visit the Single Onion blog. This is also the place where you can find the reading series' upcoming schedule of events, which usually take place the third Thursday of every month.

    The Literary Event of the Summer

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    1.00pm - 2.30pm



    Kris Demeanor

    Shannon Lee Bennett

    Marcello Di Cintio

    Jon R. Flieger

    Barb Howard

    Naomi K. Lewis

    Fred Stenson


    The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association has rounded up 7 of Calgary's most exciting writers for an unmissable afternoon of literary performance action under a prairie sky.

    Get full details at the AMPA website.

    Get the authors' work at your local library. Click book covers to place your hold.

    Kris Demeanor Marcello Di Cintio Barb Howard

    Naomi K. Lewis Fred Stenson

    People's Poetry Festival

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    Yay. Yes. It's happening again. Calgary's favorite new festival. The PPF, returning to the streets of Kensington (and beyond) for its second run. Here's what's going to go down, in their words:

    "Showcasing local poets and poetry organizations, as well as amateur and aspiring poets and spoken word artists, the PPF seeks to tear apart the notion that poetry is reserved for academic elites and enlightened beatniks.

    Our free, three-day festival uses public and private space in the Kensington area to create an interactive and collaborative event that shares a love of poetry with everyone, young or old, tall or small. In bringing poetry directly to the people in a public format, we hope to build connections both between poets, artists and fans, but also within Calgary’s multifaceted communities."


    The weekend will feature:Jen Kunlire





    ...and a whole lot more. Things will kick off Friday, August 17, 6:30pm, at Pages Books on Kensington with a performance from this year's Poet of Honour - JEN KUNLIRE.

    Slam Summer Edition

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    Thursday July 26

    8:00pm - 11:00pm

    Auburn Saloon (115 9 Ave SE)


    If your brain is starting to melt down through the lull of summer Calgary's Ink Spot Collective may have the solution you need to snap from those dog day syndromes: poetic visitors from the southern hemisphere, Ink Spot Collective(where it's winter!). The Soles of Australia Tour features two Melbourne-based poets, Joel McKerrow and Michelle Dabrowski, who are hitting the road to show the world the powerful force of their spoken word scene.

    Victoria BC's award-winning spoken word performer Missie Peters will also grace the Auburn stage this Thursday. She is a two-time Victoria Slam Champion, the former slam master, one half of the improvised spoken word duo SpeakEasy and the director of Not Your Grandma's Poetry.

    Also on stage - YOU. It's a slam. Show up at 7:30 to sign up.

    Need to brush up on your slam skills? - Place a hold on Sheri-D WIlson's 'Spoken Word Workbook'...

    Crime Writers of Canada, Prairie divison

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    Arthur Ellis Shortlist Awards Event 2012

    Thursday, Apr 19

    6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Central Library - Main Floor South

    This Thursday the Crime Writers of Canada will host 5 simultaneous events across the country to celebrate the best in Canadian mystery.

    A panel discussion featuring Garry Ryan, Susan Calder, and Sharon Wildwind will precede the announcement of this year's Author Ellis shortlisted nominees.

    Sharon Wildwind

    Garry Ryan

    Susan Calder

    Register in person, by calling 403-260-2620 or online.


    For more information on the Arthur Ellis Awards, click here.

    To read the Writer's Nook interview with Garry Ryan (February 2012), click here.

    Kris Demeanor—Poet Laureate of Calgary

    by Janice - 0 Comment(s)

    Congratulations to Calgary's first poet laureate!

    From fourteen nominations in January to six shortlisted poets performing at the Poet Laureate Showcase to one:

    Kris Demeanor is Poet Laureate of Calgary.

    So now that we have a poet laureate: what exactly does that mean?

    Calgary Arts Development defined the poet laureate's role in their backgrounder:

    • On July 26, 2011 City Council approved a motion to establish the position of Poet Laureate for Calgary, funded by Poet Laureate Ambassadors from the private sector. The Poet Laureate will be appointed to a two-year term.
    • Calgary’s Poet Laureate will compose and present poetry for official City of Calgary occasions, raise awareness of local issues through commissioned works and act as an ambassador for the arts in Calgary.
    • The Poet Laureate position was created to be an advocate for Calgary artists to the citizens of Calgary.
    • The Poet Laureate produces literary work that is reflective of Calgary’s citizen’s landscape and/or civic identity and can raise awareness of local issues through their work.
    • The Calgary Poet Laureate will receive an annual honorarium of $10,000 over a two-year term.

    Other Canadian cities have had poet laureates; Toronto since 2001, Vancouver since 2006 and Edmonton since 2005.

    We look forward to experiencing Kris's future work in his poet laureate role. In the meantime, you can check out some of his CDs from the library (click on the album cover) and learn more about him on his website: Kris Demeanor

    Kris Demeanor Announced as Calgary Poet Laureate Calgary Arts Development

    Kris Demeanor named Calgary’s first poet laureate Calgary Herald

    Calgary's first poet laureate chosen CBC

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