24 September 2010

Broken Jaw Press author Nela Rio

has been invited to launch her latest books La luna, tango, siempre la luna / The Moon, Tango, Always the Moon (translator, Edith Jonsson-Devillers. Prologue by Hugh Hazelton. Broken Jaw Press, 2010) and En las noches que desvisten otras noches/Durant les nuits qui déshabillent d’autres nuits (Jill Valéry, traductrice; introducion par Elizabeth Gamble Miller. Broken Jaw Press, 2010)

at the XX Congress of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica, to be held this year at the University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA, October 14-16, 2010. She will also participate in a Poetry Recital.

Thursday October 14
9:30-11:30 am Presentación de libros:
Santa Rita Room, Texas Union

Saturday October 16
Mesa 30: Recital de Poesía
African–American Culture Room, Texas Union
Tina Escaja, Zulema Moret, Gladys Ilarregui, Nela Río, y Clara Eugenia Ronderos

Four of the five poets have also contributed to El espacio no es un vacío, incluye todos los tiempos. Editora Nela Rio (BJP eBook 51. 2010). Gladys Ilarrregui, Clara Ronderos y Tina Escaja, along with Nela Rio, have been asked to read one or more poems from the anthology.

10 September 2010

Karl Wendt, R.I.P.

Karl Wendt of Halifax, Nova Scotia, author of the first full-length book, Chaste Wood published by Broken Jaw Press in 1989, died unexpectedly on 22 August 2010. Karl had been born in East Prussia in 1944, during WWII, and came to Canada with his family in 1951. Karl was an active member of the BS Poetry Socity and the Halifax arts and literary community. For many years he ran his home as an incredible bohemian rooming house filled with tomato plants, books, music, a steady supply of coffee, and conversation to keep you going for hours and hours.

A special tribute for Karl was held on 11 September 2010 at The Old Triangle with family and friends sharing memories, his poetry, and the work of friends. I wish I could have been there but I only found out about it the evening before the gathering. I sent words, best wishes, and a poem of mine from Cover Makes a Set that Dina Desveaux asked to read.

03 September 2010

re:myth book and exhibition

re:myth, Stories and Poems by the BlackTop MotorCycle Gang
Joe Blades & Biff Mitchell, editors

2 Sept 2010, 5.5” x 7”, 55 pp
Short fiction & poetry
ISBN 978-1-55391-094-7 (print), $15

The writings in re:myth are the BlackTop MotorCycle Gang’s poetic hogrider musings for a collaborative art making and exhibition project with Fredericton, NB’s Emerge Artist Collective. The tarmac bums volunteered to write and hand over their speculative–creative writings on mythologies of/in the 21st century to anonymously inspire an artwork by a member of Emerge.

The BlackTop MotorCycle Gang is a Fredericton, NB-based collective of eclectic writers spread from coast to coast in Canada who stage spontaneous “reading raids” in various unannounced locations but whom are also frequently invited to appear at special events (usually) of a literary nature. Having successfully raided an issue of Nonymous magazine, this is the notorious BlackToppers’ first book.

The re:myth exhibition by the BlackTop MotorCycle Gang and the Emerge Artist Collective, for which these pieces were written, opened 2 September 2010 in the 1922 Gallery of Gallery ConneXion, 440 York Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick, www.galleryconnexion.ca

contributors & contents:
Andrea Crabbe • The Gods Are Lost
Andrew Titus • MyKindOfBuddism • Two minute Buddha
Beth Powning • The Gods of Allera
Dennis Poirier • The story of Adam Poirier
Jo-Anne Elder • Icarus’ Wife
Jo Griffith • Hey, bisclavret • Wolfman
Kari Haines • Psyche’s Trial
Tairie Richards • July runs in memories blood/Mythic love
Vivan Unger • Baubo’s Audition
Andrea Kikuchi • The time of the greatest quiet • Lisa
Biff Mitchell • I, the Brandymark
Hazel Richardson • Intercepted encrypted email
Joe Blades • “the writer writhing ...” • shoppin’ carts are go(ne)
Josiah Taylor • Into Consuming
Leanne Ayer • Does God have a Twitter account?
Todd R. Snow • I, Burger • The Confession
Yolande House • Ageless