Nov
2
Sun
Poetic Justice featuring ROBERT MARTENS & LILIJA VALIS with host, Franci Louann @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Today’s Host: Franci Louann

Two Features with Open Mic Session

ROBERT MARTENS grew up in an ethnic Mennonite village where he learned the perils and promises of community. He moved on to the longhair politics of Simon Fraser University during its years of student protest. Robert eventually settled down in Abbotsford, where he has co-written and co-edited several histories and literary anthologies. He writes poetry as a means of negotiating the tricky path between sanity and loss. Robert’s most recent publication is a book of poems entitled little creatures.

Robert Martens

Robert Martens

LILIJA VALIS has lived in Lithuania, Germany, Italy, Australia, the United States and Canada.Her book, Freedom On The Fault Line (Amazon.com) published in 2012, explores political, personal and spiritual freedom. She is putting together her next book of poetry.Her work has been included in five anthologies. She hosts literary events and reads her work, with two musicians, at various literary and philosophical events.She is a member of the Canadian Authors Association, the Federation of BC Writers, World Poetry, Royal City Literary Arts Society and is on the Board of Directors at Writers International Network.

Lilija Valis

Lilija Valis

Nov
9
Sun
Poetic Justice featuring TRACY HAMON & DEBORAH L. KELLY with host, Sonja Grgar @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Nov 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Today’s Host: Sonja Grgar

Two Features with Open Mic Session

TRACY HAMON was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She holds an MA in English from the University of Regina. Her first book of poetry, This Is Not Eden, was released in April 2005 and was a finalist for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Portions of her latest collection, Interruptions in Glass, won the 2005 City of Regina Writing Award. This book was also shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2010. Her most recent collection, Red Curls, is published by Thistledown Press.

Tracy Hamon

Tracy Hamon

 

 DEBORAH L. KELLY  has been writing poetry for more than forty years. She currently hosts and features with Poetic Justice in New Westminster throughout the year. Deborah has also featured for Poetry in The Park, Word Poetry, and the Holy Wow Poets and has been on World Poetry Co-op Radio twice. Deborah received the International Society of Poets’ Poet of Merit Award, and has had her works published in numerous anthologies, in Canada and internationally. Deborah is the Board Secretary for Royal City Literary Arts Society (RCLAS).

Deborah L. Kelly

Deborah L. Kelly

Nov
16
Sun
Poetic Justice featuring MANOLIS & TIMOTHY SHAY with host, Sho Wiley @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Nov 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Today’s Host: Sho Wiley

Two Features with Open Mic Session

MANOLIS 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’s 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 a diploma in Political Sciences, and studied English Literature at Simon Fraser University. His poems have appeared in Canada, United States, Sweden, Hungary, Romania, Australia and Greece.

MANOLIS Aligizakis

MANOLIS Aligizakis

TIMOTHY SHAY was born in Hamilton Ontario in 1952. Shay’s work has appeared in many publications including Fiddlehead, Quarry, Scrivener, Horsefly, West Coast Review, CV2, Writing, This Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Forum, Books in Canada, Grain, Nebula, Qwerty, CBC Radio Anthology and The Rolling Stone. He has one collection of poetry, out of print, This Cabin as the S.S. Titanic (Solstice Books), four chapbooks, several broadsheets and has been the recipient of three Canada Council Awards. Timothy has performed hundreds of readings in the last forty years and currently hosts the Hogan’s Alley Open Poetry Reading Series and Open Mic.

Timothy Shay

Timothy Shay

 

Nov
23
Sun
Poetic Justice featuring AIDAN CHAFE & MAX TELL with host, Franci Louann @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Nov 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Today’s Host: FRANCI LOUANN

Two Features with Open Mic Session

AIDAN CHAFE is a poet, public school teacher and promoter of creativity and ingenuity. Born and raised in the Fraser Valley, he earned his English Degree at York University and Teaching Degree at UBC.

He is currently posting a poem-a-day on theastronautslightbulb.tumblr.com while toiling over manuscripts.

Aidan Chafe

Aidan Chafe

 

Award-winning poet and songwriter MAX TELL presents family-friendly fun to tickle all your funny places. Max has seven acclaimed world tours and six highly-praised CDs to his credit. In the past few years eleven of his songs and stories have been runners-up in national and international competitions. In 2013 Max took part in the Canadian Children’s Book Week Tour in Montreal. RCLAS has honoured him as a featured writer. This fall Max Tell will receive a ‘Distinguished Writer & Artist Award’ from Writers International Network for 35 years of writing, performing and educating children.

Max Tell

Max Tell

 

 

Nov
30
Sun
Poetic Justice featuring SYNN KUNE LOH & AL MADER with host, Alan Hill @ The Heritage Grill, Back Room
Nov 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Today’s Host: Alan Hill

Two Features with Open Mic Session

SYNN KUNE LOH, born in China, grew up in Hong Kong. After graduate study in psychology, he attended the Ontario College of Art. His thirty-year career as an exhibiting artist has put his paintings in many public and private collections. Synn Kune’s poetry is a reflection of his art. In his latest, he composed music for a deeper expression of poetic resonance.

Synn Kune has published a book of poetry, A journey to Camatkara, and a CD, Return to the Boundless Light. He is working on a series of paintings on the theme “The Space Between” for a 2015 exhibition.

Synn Kune Loh

Synn Kune Loh

 

AL MADER is Al Mader &/or ‘The Minimalist Jug Band’. He’ll probably bring his washtub base. This performance poet has featured at jazz, blues, folk and spoken word festivals. A recent tour took him with ‘Petunia’ from Toronto to Fredericton, a ten-year habit that they have together. More or less. Al will bring a bit of this and a bit of that, including some recordings.(Bio by Franci Louann)

Al Mader

Al Mader