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Elee Kraljii Gardiner and guest author Michael Turner are hosting an evening of social writing with members of Thursdays Writing Collective as part of the Heart of the City Festival on November 4th, 2010. All writers and non-writers, jokers, thinkers and passersby are welcome.


Join us for an evening of creative liberation!


Write to the City: Adventures in Social Writing

Thursday, November 4, 2010

8:30-10pm, Brickhouse Bar, 730 Main St.

Entry is free, everyone welcome!

Numbers, acronyms, forms: how can we repurpose these constraints and social controls into an act of creative liberation? In 90 minutes of writing prompts, pencil-chewing and laughter we will push the phrases and numbers that determine how we navigate Vancouver into a creative realm.

The evening, held in a community atmosphere at the Brickhouse Bar, will question the right to move freely through the city and explore the barriers we have come to accept. Do we recognize to what extent we are determined by constraints, architecture and the urban plan? How can we leverage restrictive regulations to open creative discovery and change the way we experience civic space? Pencils and paper will be supplied and participants will have the opportunity to share their writing.

Guest Michael Turner is a Vancouver-based author of fiction, criticism and song. His books include Hard Core Logo, The Pornographer’s Poem and most recently 8×10. He blogs at this address: http://mtwebsit.blogspot.com/

Thanks to David Cooper and Heart of the City for the photo shoot!


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Vancouver poet Fiona Tinwei Lam visited the Thursdays Collective today, November 5, 2009. Fiona began with offering a prompt: a line from her poem, “I Don’t Understand Love,” from Intimate Distances (Nightwood Editions, 2002). The line is, “I see them on the bus in the seat in front of me,” and the classroom riffed on the topic in surprising and creative ways  in the fifteen minute exercise. She then read poems from both Intimate Distances and her new book, Enter the Chrysanthemum (Caitlin Press, 2009) including “Before Breakfast,” “Weed Killer” and “Camouflage,” which participants recognized from BC’s Poetry in Transit  program in 2002 that exhibited poems inside busses. She shared her thoughts on the interplay between  imagery, structure and sound and proposed that, “a poem is about connection or disconnection.” Throughout, she was a gracious and informative speaker.

A note from Fiona Tinwei Lam:

“Thanks again for inviting me to your Thursdays class! What wonderful,
insightful, intelligent and creative participants. It was such a
pleasure to be there. It was the best audience I’ve ever had
too–really attentive and very aware of the words.”

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Join us on Thursday, November 5, 2009 2-4pm, in the third floor classroom of the Carnegie Centre at Hastings and Main Streets in Vancouver, to hear guest speaker and poet Fiona Tinwei Lam.

Fiona will read from her new book of poetry Enter the Chrysanthemum, lead writing prompts and discuss the writing life.   Everyone is welcome.

Fiona Tinwei Lam’s work has been published in literary magazines  across Canada (The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Room, Prism International, The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Grain, CV2, Event, Canadian Literature, Descant among others) and in over a dozen anthologies (Canada, U.S. and Hong Kong). Her work has also appeared on CBC Radio and in The Globe & Mail.  Her first book of poetry, Intimate Distances was a finalist for the Vancouver Book Award.  She is a co-editor of and contributor to the anthology, Lives: Writing and Mothering, published by McGill-Queens University Press. Her latest book of poetry is Enter the Chrysanthemum. More information is available on the author’s website: http://fionalam.net/

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