Mar
8
Sun
Poetic Justice featuring FRANCI LOUANN & ELLIOTT SLINN with host, Sonja Grgar @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Today’s Host: Sonja Grgar

Two features with Open Mic Session

FRANCI LOUANN & ELLIOTT SLINN

FRANCI LOUANN is our Poetic Justice program manager. Her publishing history goes back decades, to when she was Fran Workman. She is now studying Advanced Poetry at Douglas College with Calvin Wharton.

Franci’s poems have won prizes from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Pandora’s Collective, Burnaby Writers’ Society and the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Her volunteer work has earned awards. Poetry has brought Franci many happy moments.

Coming soon: an e-book—Wild Horses, Purple Poppy Press.

Franci Louann  Photo by Juergen Bruhns

Franci Louann
Photo by Juergen Bruhns

 

ELLIOTT SLINN from New Westminster has one collection of poetry, Act Like You’re Carrying a Weapon. He is working on completing another two by summer 2015.

Elliott has three published poems in the Douglas College Pearls anthology, one of which won “poem of the month.” He has featured for Poetic Justice, the Vancouver Arts Counsel and the Hogan’s Alley Poetry Festival.

His writing focuses on living through, and making sense of one’s broken humanity, due to his interest in Existential philosophy. Exploring topics such as religion, sex and the Self, Slinn deals with everyday life through his writing.

Elliott Slinn

Elliott Slinn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar
15
Sun
Poetic Justice featuring CANDICE JAMES & MANOLIS with host, Lilija Valis @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Today’s Host: Lilija Valis

Two features with Open Mic Session

CANDICE JAMES, Poet Laureate New Westminster & MANOLIS

CANDICE JAMES is in her 2nd three-year term as Poet Laureate of New Westminster, BC.  She is currently a Director and Past President of the Royal City Literary Arts Society, Past President of the Federation of BC Writers and a member of The League of Canadian Poets and The Writers’ Union of Canada.  She has been keynote speaker and panelist at many events including “Word on the Street”, “Black Dot Roots Cultural Collective” and “Write on the Beach”.

Candice is the author of eight poetry books. The most recent is A Silence of Echoes (2014). Her 9th book, Merging Dimensions, will be released in early 2015. Ms. James is currently a judge for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.

Candice James, Poet Laureate of New Westminster

Candice James, Poet Laureate of New Westminster

 

MANOLIS (Emmanuel Aligizakis) is a Greek-Canadian poet and author. He was recently appointed an honorary instructor and fellow of the International Arts Academy and awarded a Master’s for the Arts in Literature. He is recognized for his ability to convey images and thoughts in a rich and evocative way that tugs at something deep within the reader. He graduated from the Panteion University of Athens with diploma in Political Sciences. He studied English Literature at Simon Fraser University. Manolis has written three novels and numerous collections of poetry, which are steadily being released as published works. His articles, poems and short stories in both Greek and English have appeared in various magazines and newspapers in Canada, United States, Sweden, Hungary, Romania, Australia and Greece. His translation book, George Seferis-Collected Poems, was shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards, the highest literary recognition of Greece.

Manolis

Manolis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar
22
Sun
Poetic Justice featuring HÉLÈNE LEVASSEUR & LILIJA VALIS with host, Eva Waldauf @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Today’s Host: Eva Waldauf

Two features with Open Mic Session

HÉLÈNE LEVASSEUR & LILIJA VALIS

HÉLÈNE LEVASSEUR is founder and orchestrator of Holy Wow Poets Recitals at the Act Theatre in Maple Ridge (7:00 p.m., 1st Tuesday of every month).

Her autobiographical style lures people to bring their personal poetry. Hélène is spiritual and loves to glorify her Maker in everything she thinks, says and does. She lovingly wishes everyone ‘Cheers and Chuckles’. Her endeavours are supported by the Act Theatre and the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council.

Hélène is now bringing her sense of literary and musical arts to these events. Her sparkling personality shines through it all. Voila!

HÉLÈNE LEVASSEUR

HÉLÈNE LEVASSEUR

 

LILIJA VALIS was born in Lithuania and has lived on three continents. Her book of poetry, Freedom on the Fault Line, is available on Amazon. It explores political, personal and spiritual freedom.

Her poetry has been published in seven anthologies and various magazines. She is completing her manuscript for her next book of poetry.

Lilija hosts poetry events and reads/performs her work solo and with two musicians (Enrico Renz and Lawren Nemeth) at various literary, musical and philosophical events.  www.lilijavalis.com

Lilija Valis

LILIJA VALIS

 

 

 

 

 

Mar
29
Sun
Poetic Justice featuring CHELSEA COMEAU & JANET KVAMMEN with host, Sho Wiley @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Today’s Host: Sho Wiley

Two features with Open Mic Session

CHELSEA COMEAU & JANET KVAMMEN

CHELSEA COMEAU is a writer, photographer and healer whose work has appeared in CV2, Quills, and Oysters and Chocolate: Erotic Stories of Every Flavour.

In 2011, Amber Tamblyn chose her work as the winning piece for BUST Magazine‘s poetry contest.

Chelsea attends annual retreats with Patrick Lane. She attended ‘Writing with Style’ at the Banff Centre with Lorna Crozier in 2014.

Chelsea Comeau

Chelsea Comeau

 

JANET KVAMMEN, a Director of the Royal City Literary Arts Society, is an award-winning poet/artist/photographer.

Janet is active on the local poetry and arts scene. A recipient of a World Poetry Empowered Poet 2014 Award and a WIN 2012 Distinguished Poet/Artist Award, she has been published in over a dozen poetry anthologies.

Check out her creative endeavours & more on the Facebook page, PlanetJanet Creations. https://www.facebook.com/pages/PlanetJanet-Creations/210914705597127?fref=ts

Janet Kvammen

Janet Kvammen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr
5
Sun
Poetic Justice – Closed EASTER LONG WEEKEND @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Happy Easter Weekend