Saturday, 14 September 2013


October 11, 2013

Emilia Nielsen and Daniela Elza

Emilia Nielsen is faculty at Quest University in Squamish, BC as a Teaching Fellow in 2013-2015. She holds a BFA from the University of Victoria, a MA from the University of New Brunswick and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. During her studies, she was the recipient of several British Columbia Arts Council Senior Scholarships and two Canada Graduate Scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for Masters and Doctoral research and writing. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals across Canada including The Antigonish Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Event, Descant, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prairie Fire, Room Magazine, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry by Prism International. Surge Narrows, published by Leaf Press in 2013, is her debut collection of poetry.

Daniela Elza’s work has appeared nationally and internationally in well over sixty publications. Her poetry collections are the weight of dew (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2012), milk tooth bane bone (Leaf Press, April, 2013) and the book of it (iCrow publications, 2011). Daniela contributes to the poetry community is a variety of ways: judges contests, organizes and promotes events, conducts workshops, guest-edits for journals/anthologies, volunteers for writing organizations, helps coordinate and host Twisted Poets Literary Salon and is poetry editor at Cascadia Review, where she makes sure Canadian voices from the bioregion are well represented. In 2011 Daniela earned her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Simon Fraser University.



October 18

Barbara Pelman and Jeanette Lynes

In conjunction with the Victoria Writer’s Festival

Barbara Pelman is a sort of retired teacher, having taught high school English for many years, and is now teaching part-time in the Faculty of Education. She has two books of poetry, One Stone (Ekstasis Editions 2005) and Borrowed Rooms (Ronsdale Press 2008) and a number of poems in literary journals. She has been an active member of the poetry community, poeming strangers during Random Acts of Poetry, organizing students to paint poems on hoardings downtown (those blank construction walls you're always tempted to write on), reading at the Open Mic at Planet Earth Poetry. She has a daughter, a piano, and an ex-husband.
Jeanette Lynes' sixth collection of poems, Archive of the Undressed (Wolsak and Wynn, 2012) was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Jeanette's poems were also shortlisted for the 2012 Matrix Litpop Award and won the 2010 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Award from  The New Quarterly. Her first novel, The Factory Voice, was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award; it was also podcast on CBC Radio. Jeanette is the Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan and lives in Saskatoon.


October 25

Elizabeth Greene and Rona Shaffran

League of Canadian Poets and The Writer’s Union of Canada

Elizabeth Greene has published two collections of poetry, The Iron Shoes (Hidden Brook, 2007) and Moving (Inanna, 2010). She edited and contributed to We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman (Cormorant, 1997) which was awarded the Betty and Morris Aaron Prize for Best Scholarship on a Canadian Subject. She has recently published poems in The Literary Review of Canada, The Antigonish Review, Guernica's Poet to Poet Anthology, ed. Julia Roorda and Elana Wolff, and The Planet Earth Poetry Anthology, ed. Yvonne Blomer and Cynthia Woodman Kerkham (Leaf Press); in Shy: The Anthology, ed. Rona Altrows and Naomi Lewis (U of A Press); in Untying the Apron, ed. Lorri Neilsen Glenn (Guernica) and in I Found It at the Movies, ed. Ruth Roach Pierson (Guernica). She has twice been short-listed for the Descant/Winston Collins Prize (for 2011 and 2013). This year, the short list will be published in Descant in the summer of 2013. Her current collection of poetry, Understories, is being read at Inanna. She lives in Kingston with her son and three cats.

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Rona Shaffran lives in Ottawa, Ontario. Ignite (Signature
Editions, 2013) is her first published collection of poetry. It tells the book-length story of
remarkable things that can happen in a broken relationship between a man and a woman, healed by a physical process of self-discovery. Rona launched Ignite at the 2013 Ottawa Writers Festival.





Wednesday, 22 May 2013

PLANET EARTH for Summer:

August 9

DVORA LEVIN & DANIEL SCOTT with musical accompaniement by PHIL NEWTON
An open mic (one poem/poet; three (3) minutes max.) followed by two featured readers: Daniel Scott and Dvora Levin, along with music by Phil Newton. Open Mic sign up as usual begins at 7 PM; start time, 7:30 PM. $3 will be collected at the break.

Dvora Levin has published two books of her poems: Sharav and To Bite The Blue Apple (Ekstasis Editions) and had poems in FreeFall, ARC, Ascent Aspirations, iLit (McGraw-Hill Ryerson) and the anthology, Poems From Planet Earth, along with a number of chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane. In addition, Dvora has edited two collections of poetry from her weekly writing sessions with the homeless, sex workers and addicts in recovery: Voices From The Edge (300 copies distributed) and Victoria On The Banks Of The Mainstream. She is an active member of Victoria's vibrant and vibrating poetry community.

Daniel G. Scott is an eclectic, with writing as part of his life journey from coast to coast and job to job. He has recently released his first longer book of poems, black onion (Goldfinch Press), and has poems published in the Antigonish Review, The Island Writer, the anthology, Poems from Planet Earth, Radiant Among the Willows, edited by Patrick Lane and Blind Poetics, Collection II (Scotland: Duality 2013). His writing history includes radio and print journalism, theatre pieces, including a prize winning one act play for the Saint John, NB Bicentennial and numerous academic publications.
Phil Newton loves to play the piano. It's been a playful passion of his since childhood. "Dr. Phil", as his friends at the Spiral Cafe reverently call him, is an amazing sit-in piano player with big ears and fast fingers! You can find him performing Thursday nights at the Spiral Cafe's Open Mic (6–9 PM), where good vibes and talent lift the energy to the rafters. Blessed with a multitude of experiences, Dr. Phil enjoys sharing his musical heritage with others. So many stories and so little time! Fifteen years in the NWT as a recording artist and CBC studio band member. (Yellowknife.), folk festivals in Texas, dinner parties in Amsterdam, gallery openings and house concerts in BC. As well as coming with a suitcase of original songs, Phil is a seasoned studio producer and owner-operator of Quick Mix Solutions and Docu-Party Services.

July 5


On Friday, July 5, Planet Earth Poetry will be an all-evening open mic. Poets are requested to bring two of their own poems – as different as possible. Each poet will have six (6) minutes orless in total. A little summer fun with a chance to hear the range of work our poets create. Sign up as usual beginning at 7 PM; start time, 7:30 PM. $3 will be collected at the break.

April 5 2013


Sandy Shreve has published four poetry collections, most recently Suddenly, So Much (Exile Editions, 2005). Recent work has appeared in her chapbook, Cedar Cottage Suite (Leaf Press, 2010), the Literary Review of Canada,Exile,The Windsor Review, and Villanelles(ed. Finch and Mali, Everyman’s 2012). A new chapbook, Level Crossing, is forthcoming from The Alfred Gustav Press in fall 2012. She co-edited, with Kate Braid, the anthology In Fine Form – The Canadian Book of Form Poetry(Polestar, 2005), edited Working For A Living, a collection of poems and stories by women about their work (Room of One’s Own, 1988) and founded BC’s Poetry in Transit program. Her work is widely anthologized and has won the Earle Birney Prize for Poetry and been short listed for the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award and the National Magazine Awards for poetry. Born in Quebec and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, she now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information,

Carole Glasser Langille’s most recent book is a collection of short stories, When I Always Wanted Something. Her forth book of poems, Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems, and will be published in the fall of 2012. She has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award for poetry and the Atlantic Poetry Prize and longlisted for the ReLit Award for short fiction. Six poems from her third book, Late in a Slow Time, were set to music by the composer Chan Ka Nin, and recorded by Duo Concertante on their CD Wildbird, which was nominated for an EMCA. In 2011 she was Writer-In-Residence at the South Shore Regional Library in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.Langille has given readings in Athens, New Delhi, Prague,London and New York, and in many provinces in Canada. Originally from New York City, she now lives in Nova Scotia and teaches Creative Writing at Dalhousie University.
With support from The Canada Council for the Arts.

April 12

Launch of POEMS FROM PLANET EARTH with readings by:
Grace Cockburn, Julie Paul, Murray Reiss, Maleea Acker, David Fraser, Kim Goldberg,
Paul Nelson, Arleen Pare, Lorna Crozier, Ulrike Narwani, Barbara Colbrook Peace,
Susan Telfer, Judith Heron, Owain Nicholson, Giesela Ruebsaat, Terry Jones, Patrick Lane, Jessica Michaelofsky, Susan Braley, Andrea Raine, Dvora Levin, Wendy Morton, Tris Pargeter, Derk Wynand, Betsy Warland

April 19


Rob Taylor lives in Vancouver with his wife, Marta. He is the author of the poetry collection The Other Side of Ourselves(Cormorant Books, 2011), and his poems have been published in over forty journals, magazines and anthologies. He is the co-founder and editor of One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana's first online poetry magazine, and he is one of the coordinators of Vancouver's Dead Poets Reading Series. He blogs at

Susan Gillis has lived on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Canada, and now lives most of the year in Montreal, where she teaches English. She will be reading from The Rapids (Brick 2012). Earlier work includes Volta(Signature Editions, 2002), which won the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and Swimming Among the Ruins(Signature Editions, 2000), and a chapbook, Twenty Views of the Lachine Rapids(Gaspereau Press, 2012). Whisk, with Yoko's Dogs, is forthcoming in 2013 from Pedlar Press. Please visit

Marita Dachsel is the author of All Things Said & Done (Caitlin Press, 2007) and the chapbook Eliza Roxcy Snow (rednettle press, 2009). Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, the ReLit Prize, and has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011. After many years in Vancouver and Edmonton, she and her family have recently relocated to Victoria.

With support of The Canada Council for the Arts.

April 26


Winner of the 2004 Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman for Still(Black Moss Press), Betsy Struthers has published nine books of poetry and three novels; her first book of short stories, Relay: Short Fictions, was published by Black Moss Press in 2010. Since 1986, she has worked as a freelance editor of academic texts, mainly for UTP Higher Education and Broadview Press, among others.

Born in Germany, Derk Wynand came to Canada as a child in 1952. He has written eleven collections of poetry, including his latest, Past Imperfect, Present Tense, Bayeux Arts, 2010, and a collection of fiction, One Cook, Once Dreaming, Sono Nis Press, 1980, a generous selection of which featured in Ground Works: Avant-Garde for Thee, ed. Christian Bök, 2002. He has published several translations of works by the Austrian writers, H.C. Artmann and Erich Wolfgang Skwara, and the German Poet, Dorothea Grünzweig. From 1969 to 2004, he taught Creative Writing at the University of Victoria, B.C., serving two three-year terms as Chair of the Department of Writing, and six years (1992-1998) as editor of The Malahat Review. He lives in Victoria with his wife, Eva.


With support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

April 28 (*Sunday – 6-8.30pm <come at 5.30 for a good seat>)


Victoria Launch of Forcefield: 77 BC Women Poets with readings by Linda Rogers, Gilian Gerome, Sandy Shreve, Yvonne Blomer, Rhonda Ganz, Susan McCaslin, Rhonda Batchelor, Christine Lowther, and more...

May 3

Allan Briesmaster is a freelance editor, publisher, and literary consultant who has been actively involved in the Canadian literary scene for over 20 years. He is the author of 12 previous books and chapbooks, the most recent of which are Confluences(Seraphim Editions, 2009) and After Evening Wine(Alfred Gustav Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies and he has read them in venues across the country. He will reading from his new book, Against the Flight of Spring.

Robert Colman is a writer and editor based in Newmarket, Ontario, whose work has been published in literary magazines across Canada. His first full-length collection of poems, The Delicate Line(Exile Editions, 2008), was nominated for the ReLit Award. He will be reading from Little Empires, which was launched this past November, from Quattro Books.

Susan L. Helwig grew up on a dairy farm in southwestern Ontario just outside of Neustadt.
From 1994 to 2002 she interviewed Canadian and international authors for the radio programme, “In Other Words” on CKLN 88.1. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies in Canada and abroad, and she has two previous poetry collections: Catch the Sweet(Seraphim Editions, 2001) and Pink Purse Girl(Wolsak and Wynn, 2006). Susan will be reading from her new book, And the Cat Says…

May 10

Jacob Scheier is a poet and journalist from Toronto. His debut collection, More to Keep Us Warmwon the 2008 Governor General's award for English language poetry. Schier's poems have been published in literary journals and magazine across North America, including Descant,Geistand Rattle,and have been heard on CBC Radio. The second collection from a Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry winner, inLetter from Brooklyn, Jacob Scheier examines love, loss, history, identity, protest, and popular culture. At the heart of his new poems is the notion that we understand who we are by where we have been. Here, a confessional voice digs deep into a radical Jewish heritage rooted in New York City. Everything is at once political and poetic, inseparable from intimate experience and personal heartbreak. Scheier moves from the inner worlds of grief and love to form a poetic dialectic between the familial and the historical.
Jeremy Loveday is Victoria’s 2010 Individual Slam Champion and a three time member of the Victoria Poetry Slam team. His performances are playful, fierce and fully present and his poetry weaves universal themes into insightful story lines. He aims to connect with the audience like a deep breath. Having performed at festivals and shows across Canada and beyond Jeremy has built his reputation on his raw, rhythmic performances. Watch him on You Tube

May 17
Launch of “Untying the Apron Anthology”

Guernica Editions, 2013
Mothers of the 1950s were wasp-waisted, dutiful, serene, and tied to the kitchen with apron strings. Or so we thought. This collection of searing and startling poetry and prose unties the stereotype and reveals women who were strong, wild, talented, wise, mad, creative, desperate, angry, courageous, bitter, tenacious, reckless and beautiful, sometimes all at once. The contributors include multi-award-winning poets, novelists, and essayists, as well as compelling new literary voices. Edited by Lorri Neilsen Glenn.
Readers includeCynthia Woodman Kerkham, Patricia Young, Eve Joseph, Sheila Norgate and Rhona McAdam.

May 24
MURRAY REISS launches “The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild”

Murray Reiss is a B.C. poet whose work is included in anthologies such as Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry (Mother Tongue Publishing) and in periodicals including: Grain, Alaska Quarterly Review, Contemporary Verse 2and Tickle Ace.In 2005 Mother Tongue Press published his chap book, Distance from the Locus. Reiss was born in Sarnia, Ontario and lives on Salt Spring Island. With clarity and compassion, Murray Reiss writes of a childhood haunted by the Holocaust in which his father's entire family perished -- and by his father's subsequent silence. A "second-hand survivor," his father's "distance from the chimneys didn't spare him; / his distance from those smokestacks was his disease."

May 31
Tomas Q. Morin'spoems have appeared in New England Review,Narrative,Boulevard,Slate,Threepenny Review, and Best New Poets. He teaches literature and writing at Texas State University. His debut collection of poems, A Larger Country, was chosen from more than one thousand manuscripts for the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. It charts the land we call memory, a place the dead and the outcast call home; the map that emerges shows us that while the terrain of memory may be rugged, filled with both joy and sorrow, it is also “the world we always said we wanted.” A Larger Country will be published by Copper Canyon Press in September 2012. With Mari L'Esperance, he is the co-editor of Coming Close: 40 Essays on Philip Levine.

Natalie Diazwas born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. She was part of the Old Dominion Lady Monarch basketball team that made it to the NCAA Championship game in 1997. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, Diaz returned to Old Dominion and completed a double-MFA in poetry and fiction. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in May of 2012. She is a 2012 Bread Loaf Scholar, a recipient of a Lannan Residency in Marfa, TX, and was awarded a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship, as well as a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellowship. Diaz currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, and directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.

James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, and a Discovery/The NationPrize. Charms Against Lightning, his debut poetry collection, is available from Copper Canyon Press as a Lannan Literary Selection.

June 7
Celebrate CONGRESS 2013 and the MALAHAT's Spring Issue Launch
Planet Earth Poetry reading series' open mic will be dedicated to Congressattendees. Readings by Ariel Gordon, Malahatissue #182 short story writer Cody Klippenstein, and Malahatboard members Iain Higgins and Eric Miller. Writers attendingCongress 2013, showcase your work at Planet Earth Poetry's June 7th open mic. Poets, fictionists, and creative nonfiction practitioners are equally welcome. Sign up for the open mic begins at 7 p.m. Each reader is limited to one piece of three minutes or less. Bring your edgiest bon mots because Congress's theme this year is all things "@ The Edge."
The evening's featured readers are Manitoba's Ariel Gordon, Malahat #182contributor Cody Klippenstein, and Malahatboard members Iain Higgins andEric Miller.
Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her first book of poetry, Hump(Palimpsest Press, 2010), won the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, and her second, How to Pack Without Overpacking, is slated for publication in 2014. Most recently, she won Kalamalka Press' inaugural John Lent Poetry-Prose Award. The resulting letterpress chapbook, How to Make a Collage, will be launched at this reading. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

Cody Klippenstein's fiction has appeared in the Spring 2013 issue (#182) of The Malahat Review. She's also been published in Joyland, The Fiddlehead, andZoetrope: All-Storyas the winner of its 2012 short fiction contest selected by Karen Russell. She currently lives in Victoria, BC, where she is at work on a novel, and will be an MFA candidate at Cornell University this fall.

Iain Higgins is a writer, translator, critic, and teacher. His books include Then Again (poems), The Invention of Poetry(a translation of Polish poet Adam Czerniawski’s selected poems),The Book of John Mandeville (a translation of a fictional medieval travel book about the East), andWriting East: The“Travels”’ of Sir John Mandeville(an academic study). His poems have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008and Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry, and his creative nonfiction has appeared in Maisonneuve. He is currently finishing a new book of poems and working on a novel. He teaches in the English department and in the Medieval Studies Program at Uvic.

Eric Miller has published three books of poetry, Song of the Vulgar Starling, In the Scaffolding, which was nominated for the 2006 ReLit ward, and A Day in Moss. His book of lyric essays, The Reservoir, was short-listed for the 2007 Hubert Evans Award. He has published two book-length translations: Bettina Klix's Rapture of the Depths and We Are Like Fire, which collects writings by Wilhelm Waiblinger and Hermann Hesse on Friedrich Hoelderlin. Eric’s work has appeared inThe Antigonish Review,Books in Canada,Brick, Canadian Literature,Columbia,Descant,The Fiddlehead,Ploughshares,Queen's Quarterly,and Vallum. He sits on the poetry board of The Malahat Review and teaches English at the University of Victoria.