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Archive for April, 2013

Poetry readings and other news

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 18, 2013

PPS member / director Emily Isaacson is having a busy spring.

She will be the featured reader at live coffee shop poetry at the Sumas Mountain Coffee Co. in Abbotsford. She will be reading from her collection House of Rain. (Admission free).

house of rain 2

April 25, 2013
3:00 − 5:00 p.m.
Sumas Mountain Coffee Co.
1A-32750 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC V2T 4V6

In early May she will launch her new book Hours From A Convent at the House of James. She will be joined by Richard Toots and Violet Nesdoly. Mark your calendars for this free event:

Hours From A Convent by Emily Isaacson

May 2, 2013
7:00 p.m.
House of James
2743 Emerson St.
Abbotsford, BC  
V2T 4H8

Book trailer for Hours From A Convent

“The Mission Monastery” – a photo slide show by Emily Isaacson

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PPS members Alvin Ens and Violet Nesdoly are hopeful after their names were included on the Word Awards shortlist. (The Word Awards are awarded by the The Word Guild for books and short pieces published in a variety of categories  the previous year).

  • Alvin’s poem “Alzheimer’s”  (published in Ascent Aspirations) is shortlisted in the Poetry category.
  • Alvin’s short story “Of Knights and Castles” (published in FellowScript) is shortlisted in the Short Story category.
  • Violet’s book Destiny’s Hands (Word Alive Press, 2012) is shortlisted in the Novel – Historical category.

Winners will be announced at a Gala in Mississauga, ON, June 12, 2013.


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National Poetry Month off to a good start

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 9, 2013

Members of MSA PPS and their friends got National Poetry Month off to a great start on Monday, April 8th.

Eleven readers participated in the open mic portion of the evening sharing poems on subjects as varied as playing games to the nature of poetry itself. A couple of voices from the past joined us when Brayden Sawatzky read Thurlow Gowan’s “Tom Connors” and Alvin Ens read William Henry Drummond’s “Leetle Bateese.” Alvin also reminded us of the Dr.  William Henry Drummond poetry contest (deadline on April 15th) in which he and Shelly Haggard have placed in previous years.

MSA PPS Open mic

MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading – open mic readers

MSA PPS Open Mic

More open mic and mingling during the break


After a a break we heard from featured reader Robert Martens. He told how surprised he was to discover his chapbook Poltergeist had made the bpNichol competition shortlist (seeing as how he hadn’t even entered the competition).

He told the story of the setting and read “triumph of the will (1975)” from Poltergeist. Other poems he shared included “i take my coffee black” (p. 11 of this PDF) and “Mother Cedar.” All  were met with enthusiastic applause.


Robert Martens at MSA PPS Blue Moon reading

Featured Blue Moon reader Robert Martens


Thank you to all readers and especially Robert for a most enjoyable evening!


Now mark your calendars for the next Blue Moon Reading, scheduled for May 13th (6:30 − 8:30, Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.). On that night we’re hoping to celebrate the publication Nicholas Roberts’ new book. There will also be an open mic.

More to check out:

  • Two new books by Emily Isaacson:

Hours from a Convent

The Two Olive Trees

  • Write! Vancouver – a  conference for writers (May 24 & 25). Workshops include sessions for poets – details HERE.

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Blue Moon Reading – April 8

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 1, 2013

BlueMoon 04-08-13

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