Sunday, 2 October 2011

October at Planet Earth Poetry

October 7    launch of Beside the Point's Fall Issue

The English Department of Camosun College is proud to launch its latest issue of Beside the Point, a high-quality literary publication, created by students and faculty, which presents literary and visual art from Camosun students and Canadian and International writers.  The latest issue showcases work from both the last web edition and the newest print edition.
Featured readers will include, drama writer,  Joe Thomas, and poetry writers, Caleb McIntosh and Alexandra Paul .  Copies of the magazine be available will be available for purchase.  The next submission deadline is November 15th.  To view the web edition or more information about submissions,  go to

October 14  Goran Simic and Ursula Vaira

Goran Simic
Goran Simic was born in Bosnia in 1952 and has been living in Toronto since 1996. He has published eleven books of poetry, drama, and short fiction, including the acclaimed volume of poems in English translation, Sprinting from the Graveyard (Oxford University Press, 1997). In Canada, Simic has published Peace and War, a limited edition volume gathering poems by himself and by Fraser Sutherland; other books of his poetry and drama have been translated into nine languages. His poems are included in anthologies of world poetry, such as Scanning the Century (Penguin, 2002) and Banned Poetry (Index, 1997). He has received major literary awards from PEN USA and four times in former Yugoslavia.
Gordon Simic come to PEP with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts

Ursula Vaira   author of And See What Happens
Ursula Vaira's poems have been published in literary journals and in anthologies. The long poem "Frog River" was published as a chapbook and is forthcoming in the Portage Anthology. The title poem of this collection, "And See What Happens," was a finalist in the CBC Literary Competition and was published in slightly different form as a chapbook called A Thousand Miles. "Last One to Get There" was published in a chapbook titled Little Espinoza

Ursula grew up in northern BC and taught school in the Arctic and on the northwest coast. She worked at Oolichan Books for ten years, then founded her own publishing house, Leaf Press, in 2001.

October 21 Shane Rhodes


Shane Rhodes is the author of five collections of poetry: The Wireless Room (NeWest Press, 2000), which won the Alberta Book Award for poetry, Tengo Sed (Greenboathouse, 2004), Holding Pattern (NeWest, 2002), which won the Archibald Lampman Award, The Bindery (NeWest, 2007), which won the Lampman-Scott Award, and Err (2011). His poetry has also appeared in a number of Canadian poetry anthologies including Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets and Breathing Fire 2. Rhodes lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

PEP thanks the Canada Council of the Arts for Support in bringing Shane Rhodes to Victoria.

Mike Bond, born in the late  1950s lived the first 40 years of his life in the west of Ireland, save one year in London as a teen. Took early retirement from high-school on his 16th birthday and went on a twenty year walkabout through relationship and work life and what he describes as an extended adolescence that brought him to his mid thirties in a deep and darkening  forest. 
Finished high-school 20 years late and took a degree in social sciences before moving to Canada in 2000.
He single parents a 10 year old son, presently uses his hands to pay his rent and writes when he can or when he has to.

October 28 Sam and Sally Green

Sally Green—poet, printer, book designer, calligrapher—her work most recently appeared in The Poets Guide to the Birds, an anthology edited by Judith Kitchen and Ted Kooser, and published by Anhinga Press, and a small, limited edition chapbook, Instead of Sleeping. She was a featured poet at the annual Lower Columbia College literary festival.

Sam Green was born in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, and raised in the nearby fishing and mill town of Anacortes.  In December, 2007, he was named by Governor Christine Gregoire to a two-year term as the Inaugural Poet Laureate for the State of Washington. In January of 2009, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and was a member of the NEA’s poetry panel for the 2011 fellowships.