We couldn’t have squeezed many more in!
At the last PJ reading, only four seats were left wanting. Yes, it was rainy and gloomy outside but the room was buzzing. We had 11 very wide-ranging readers at Open Mic, followed by the always humorous, ever-engaging Jennifer Zilm, whose first collection, Waiting Room comes out in April. She was followed by yet another younger talent, Rob Taylor, who has been selected as the next Writer-in-Residence at the famed Al Purdy A-Frame cottage near Ameliasburgh in south-eastern Ontario.
In April, we will be bringing you yet another stellar duo…
Juliane Okot Bitek will be joining us after overcoming jetlag on her travels through East Africa. She is a Vancouver poet who has also had short fiction, creative non-fiction and essays widely published online and in print. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia where her research is centred on identity, citizenship and forgetting. Her latest publication, 100 Days (U. of Alberta Press), is a collection of poetry that negotiates ways to remember the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Joining Juliane will be Timothy Shay who lives and writes in Vancouver, BC. He has published poetry in many magazines including Fiddlehead, Qwerty, This Magazine, Quarry, Grain, CVII, anthologies, including Alive at the Centre, contemporary poems from the Pacific North West, on CBC Radio and Rolling Stone and in several chapbooks. His first collection, This Cabin as the SS Titanic (Solstice Books), was published in 1984 and his most recent collection, The Dirty Knees of Prayer was published just last month by Caitlin Press.
P.S. Remember to come early if you want a seat! In spite of the cold and rainy weather, things are really heating up at Poetic Justice.