…LitFest (and Poetic Justice) are just days away!
Well, it’s almost here. New Westminster’s annual celebration of the literary arts is just around the corner. The action kicks off this Friday evening (May 13) with events happening all the way through to the following Thursday (May 19).
For us at Poetic Justice, we’re proud and privileged to be part of this year’s LitFest festivities. This Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. will be PJ’s chance to shine in an exciting week of literary gems. And do we have a line-up for you…
Jane Byers lives in Nelson, BC. Acquired Community, her second book of poems, will be released in September, 2016 by Caitlin Press-Dagger Editions. Her debut poetry collection, Steeling Effects, is published by Caitlin Press (March, 2014). She is the recipient of the 2014 Richard Carver Emerging Writer Award and an Honourable Mention in the 2013 Lena Wilson Endicott Poetry Prize. She has had poems and essays published in various literary journals in Canada, the U.S. and England, including Grain, Descant, Plenitude, Antigonish Review, and Rattle. She was also anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry 2014.
Kevin Spenst, a Pushcart Poetry nominee, is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong, Ignite (both with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press). His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry, been nominated for both the Alfred G. Bailey Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and has appeared in dozens of publications including Prairie Fire, CV2, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology, Best Canadian Poetry 2014.
Betsy Warland is the author of 12 books of poetry and creative non-fiction including her best-selling 2010 book of essays on writing, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing. In March of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas was one of two books that launched Caitlin Press’ new imprint, Dagger Editions. Director of The Writer’s Studio at SFU from 2001-2012, she remains on TWS faculty. She founded and directs the distance program Vancouver Manuscript Intensive in which she is also a mentor. A professional manuscript consultant/editor for the past 25 years, Warland works with writers from across Canada.
Don’t forget to bring your Eventbrite ticket to this special event. You can’t get in without it. We’re sold out for this event but please arrive by 3:00 p.m. at the very latest. Otherwise, you will forfeit your ticket to any standby’s at the door. So please be early! You won’t want to miss this talented trio.