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It is with great joy and with very deep sorrow that I am writing this tonight. So much of each to hold, so many reminders of our great strengths, horrible challenges and wonderful moments.
It is with a very deep sense of joy that I share the winner of the Leaf Press Chapbook Poetry Contest to be Chelsea Comeau. For those of you that don’t know Chelsea she is a wonderfully gifted, huge hearted writer, teacher, host and friend. She began submitting poems to Pandora’s contests as a teen and kept winning and winning and winning. Then suddenly her age changed and she began to submit as an adult and winning and winning and winning. She is the recipient of the first Pandora’s Collective adult scholarship and also one of Pandora’s first mentor’s herself. Now this. Chelsea we are so proud of you and not at all surprised by this win!!! Way to go lady. You rock and Congratulations.

On the other side of the coin it is with deep sadness that I have to tell you of the passing of Elise Partridge on Friday. Elise had been battling cancer for quiet some time. I had only met Elise once at a Pandora’s event long a go. We began corresponding and through our email exchanges I felt I had begun to get a sense of who she was. We had been planning on having tea recently but it never happened. Elise was a feature at Twisted Poets in September but was unable to be there for health reasons. She so often told me she waned to come out and be a part of things but wasn’t able to make it because of her health. In spirit she was always there. In December she had so wanted to come to our fundraiser but again was unable to be there.  She and her husband Steve went out shopping for the children I work with for Christmas. I could tell from our emails that she had as much joy in being able to do this as she would have being at the fundraiser. They really put a lot of thought into their donations. Elise and I didn’t discuss writing very much in our email exchanges. We did discuss community and bringing it together. She reached out to many people beside myself. When Timothy Shay had his lung surgery she asked me to let him know she was willing to talk with him if he felt the inclination. She did not want to impose but was wiling to be there. She was always wanting to help however she could.  I know there are a lot of people in the writing community who were closer to her and knew her longer and better than I did. I am sure they are feeling this loss very deeply. We have lost a great lady in our community. A wonderful poet, a true spirit and strong and courageous human being. We send our deepest condolances to her family. Elise may you rest now. Bonnie
 Pandora's Events

Wednesday Feb. 4th
Pandora's Collective Presents
Twisted Poets

A Night to Celebrate an Exceptional Woman: Bernice Lever
The Cottage Bistro

Location: Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Time: 7-9:30 pm
Hosts: Dennie E. Bolen + Lilija Valis
Open Mic for those who would like to say a few brief words about Bernice
On Wednesday February 4th please join us in a celebration of Bernice Lever. This evening will look back at Bernice’s writings, life, accomplishments and friendships which she has formed over the years. We come together to acknowledge someone who has been a pillar in the writing community, a mentor to many and a dear friend to most. Let’s fill the room with the love she so deserves. There will be cake!!!
Wednesday February 4th 2015
Pandora's Collective Presents

We provide writing prompts and encourage people to take the challenge. Emphasis is on exercising the right brain in a safe environment – sharing is optional.
Host: Karen Shaw,  Taslim Jaffer
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm (1st Wednesday of every month)
Location: White Rock Library on Buena Vista Avenue.
15342 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock, BC V4B 1Y6
(604) 541-2201
Karen Shaw,
Wednesday February 11th 2015
Presented by Pandora’s Collective and Britannia Branch

Feb 11th: An Astronauts Guide to Life by Col. Chris Hadfield
“As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, in his first book, Chris offers readers extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, and shows how to make the impossible a reality.”
Join us for Book Talks book club! We will be discussing a preselected book each month, with the occasional session reserved for a discussion on a theme. Bring your favorite passages, points of interests, and share your reading experiences with us. Each person is responsible for either borrowing or buying their own copy to read. This is an open book club. Drop ins are welcome. 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Upcoming Dates:
Mar 11th: Year of The Flood by Margaret Atwood
April 8th: Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
May 13th: The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
June 10th: The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC
Hosts: Mary Duffy and Sita Carboni
Tuesday February 24th
Pandora's Collective Presents

A warm environment, writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Great for beginners or seasoned writers. Get past the inner critic by writing ten to fifteen minutes on each prompt. See what you can whip up.
Host: Fran Bourassa
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Location: The Silk Purse Arts Centre
1570 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 1A1
Contact: Fran at
Other Things To Take Note Of

Thursday Feb. 5th
Word Play Writing Prompt Group
Thursday 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Heritage Grill

447 Columbia Street, New Westminster,
Guest Host:  Saskia Wolsak
Thursday Feb. 5
Red Herring with Illiteratty
8:00pm - 1:00am

Wednesday Fe.11th
Canadian Authors Vancouver Literary Event - Annual Open Mic Night

Join us for our Annual Open Mic Night, featuring twenty local authors reading from their works in a variety of genres. Poet Jean Kay will host the event, which is open to the public.
Pre-Registration required by Monday, February 2, 2015. Open Mic Night readings are for five-minute time slots. To sign up, e-mail your name, phone number, the title of your work and writing genre to Margo Bates at
Cost: CAA members - no charge, Guests $10, Students with ID $5.
Location: Alliance for Arts and Culture
100 - 938 HOWE STREET
Wednesday Feb. 18th
Lunch Poems at SFU presents Alex Leslie & Roy Miki
Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street,

SFU Public Square presents ALEX LESLIE and ROY MIKI at Lunch Poems at SFU on February 18, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre's Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). Free admission, no registration required.
For more information visit
Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August.
Alex Leslie is a cross-genre writer born in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territories. Alex has published a chapbook of microfictions, 20 Objects for the New World, a collection of stories, People Who Disappear, which was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award for debut fiction, and a collection of prose poems, The things I heard about you, released this fall by Nightwood. Alex edited the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine, which brought together different approaches to Queer poetics from across Canada.
Roy Miki grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver in the late 1960s. He is a poet, critic, editor, and cultural activist who taught in the English Department of Simon Fraser University from the late 70s until his retirement. Roy is the author of many books, including Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast 2004), as well as five books of poems. His third book of poems, Surrender (Mercury Press 2001), received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His two latest books are Mannequin Rising (New Star 2011), a series of poems and photo collages that probe the internal effects of commodity culture, and In Flux: Transnational Shifts in Asian Canadian Writing (NeWest 2011), an essay collection. A children’s book, Dolphin SOS, co-written with his wife Slavia, has just been published by Tradewind Books. He received the Order of Canada in 2006 and the Order of British Columbia in 2009.
Wednesday Feb. 18th
R. Kolewe, Andrew McEwan and Kevin Spenst at The Paper Hound
The Paper Hound Bookshop
344 West Pender St., Vancouver

The Paper Hound presents a reading by R. Kolewe, author of Afterletters (BookThug). With special guests Andrew McEwan and Kevin Spenst.
Author Bios:
R. Kolewe was born in Montreal. Educated in physics and engineering at the University of Toronto, he pursued a successful career in the software industry for many years, while living in a picturesque village in southwestern Ontario. Always a reader, he began to devote his time to writing not long after returning to Toronto in 2007. His work has appeared online at ditch, e-ratio, and The Puritan, and he has been associated with the online magazine of Canadian poetics, He also takes photographs. Find Kolewe’s work online at, or follow him on Twitter @rkolewe.
Kevin Spenst is a multidisciplinary poet who works in lyric, vispo and video forms. He is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press, 2015) and the chapbooks Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite (self-published), What the Frag Meant (100 tetes press) and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine press). He has done a one-man show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and over a hundred readings across the country. His work has recently appeared in BafterC, Poetry is Dead, The Puritan, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014.
Andrew McEwan is the author of the book Repeater, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, and the chapbooks Input / Output, This Book is Depressing, and, most recently, Conditional. He lives in Vancouver. (BookThug)
Thursday Feb. 19th 7-9
Wanda Nowicki Q'Tet
Left Bank Bistro

751 Denman Street, Vancouver
ME, Steve Bagnell,MArk Mark Bender, and Roy Sluyter doin jazz at casual but cool LEFT BANK Bistro.
No cover--but bring something for the envelopes--I do have to pay the band.
Saturady Feb. 21st
6:30- 10 pm
Maker Faire 101

196 Kingsway, Vancouver
A free evening of info and socializing
Not sure about being a Maker and want some encouragement or more information? Thinking about volunteering? Want to find out what exactly Maker Faire is all about? We've got just the thing for you!
Maker Faire 101 is an evening of meeting and greeting, asking and answering, showing and telling. Come out and meet some Makers and see their projects (a mini mini mini Maker Faire, if you will). Find out from the organizers what it takes to participate as a maker or volunteer. Have some snacks and beverages. Stay for a screening of Maker: The Movie.
This is a free event, but capacity is limited. Use the ticket link to RSVP.
Find out more information:
Galiano Literary Festival 2015 FEBRUARY 20-22ND
Galiano Island Books has planned a. weekend packed with readings, writing workshops and , panels. Lots of time to mingle with our authors at the opening reception and dinner, not to mention all weekend at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa .Call to booktickets 1-250-539-3340

North Shore Writers Association 2015 Annual Writing Contest
Deadline:  February 28, 2015

Entry Fee: $20.00 per entry for non-NSWA members ($15.00 per entry for NSWA members)
Categories:  Short Fiction, Poetry and Short Non-Fiction
First Prize in each category:  $100.00 and publication in annual NSWA anthology
For contest details, see NSWA website at
If you could post this in your ongoing events section, we would really appreciate it. If you have any questions, please email me at
Room magazine
Room's Annual Creative Non-Fiction Contest is Open!

You are receiving this email because of your connection to a writing group, feminist organization, or university writing program. Please forward it to anyone who might be interested, or use this information for contest listings on your site.
Room Magazine wants your best essays, memoirs, travel writing, historical accounts, and literary non-fiction by March 8, 2015.
1st Prize: $500 + publication
2nd Prize: $250 + publication
Honourable Mention: publication on Room's website (read last year's Honourable Mention, "Wallflower, Late Bloomer" by Christa Couture)
Judge: Ayelet Tsabari
Deadline: March 8, 2015 (International Women's Day)
Contest details available at:

Event Reading Service for Writers
Are you a new or seasoned writer challenged by a difficult or troublesome manuscript?
Every year EVENT receives hundreds of manuscripts. Many are good, but since we can’t publish them all, we send many of them back, sometimes with a brief note, and sometimes with only a stock rejection form.
Since 1993, EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers has provided writers with in-depth commentary and feedback on their manuscripts.
How Will EVENT’s Reading Service Help Me?
EVENT’s editors provide you with a 700 to 1,000 word assessment of your manuscript, focusing on such aspects of craft as voice, style, structure, point of view, rhythm, credibility and characterization.
The assessment details the strengths and weaknesses of the writing, with specific recommendations on how to proceed.
You will also receive an edited copy of your manuscript.
Hear what experienced, professional editors have to say about your work.
What Genres Can You Help Me With?
Poetry — up to a maximum of eight poems.
Short fiction and creative non-fiction under 5,000 words.
How Much Does the Service Cost?
EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers costs $100 (includes taxes and comes with a a one-year subscription or renewal so you can check out EVENT’s award-winning mix of writing).
Pay the fee on our Buy page and email your manuscript to (subject line: Reading Service Submission); or attach a cheque or money order, payable to EVENT, for each manuscript and mail the submission to:
Attn: Reading Service Editor
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
V3L 5B2 Canada
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