Events: Northern BC Issue Launch Feb 8

2013-01-22 22:17:PM ago by caitlynn.cummings

Date: February 8, 2013
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Shelf Life Books (1302 4 St SW Calgary)
filling Station is pleased to launch its first issue of 2013 on February 8, 2013 at Shelf Life Books. Issue 55 is a special Northern BC edition and its launch will be hosted by guest editor Jason Wiens. filling Station collective members will read excerpts by Sarah de Leeuw, GP Lainsbury, Josh Massey, Al Rempel, Seanah Roper, Kara Sievewright, and Gillian Wigmore. Additionally, Carly Stewart will read her work in person. Join us for the launch of issue 55 and rub elbows with the literary community. Also, while you’re in the wonderful Shelf Life Books, take the chance to revisit or discover past issues of fS.

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Contributor Bios:
Jason Wiens is an instructor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, where he teaches Canadian literature, contemporary literature, poetry, and literary theory, among other things. He has published scholarly articles on a number of Canadian writers and communities, including Dionne Brand, George Bowering, Margaret Avison, prairie poetry, Jeff Derksen, and Peter Culley. He has always been interested in literary communities, particularly in British Columbia. His doctoral dissertation was a critical history of the Kootenay School of Writing. Besides the University of Calgary, he has also taught at the University of Northern British Columbia and Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University). He lives and works in Calgary.
Sarah de Leeuw, a creative writer and geographer, is a two-time recipient of a CBC Literary Prize in Creative Non-Fiction (“Columbus Burning”, 2008 and “Quick, Quick. Slow. Slow.”, 2009) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and a PhD in Cultural-Historical Geography from Queen’s University. She grew up in northern British Columbia, on Haida Gwaii and in Terrace, and is currently an assistant professor in the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of two books of essays (Unmarked: Landscapes Along Highway 16, NeWest Press 2004, and Front Lines: Portraits of Caregivers in Northern British Columbia, Creekstone Press 2011) and the book of poetry (in the long poem tradition) Geographies of a Lover (NeWest 2012).
GP Lainsbury has been teaching at Northern Lights College in Fort St John since 1995. “Zones of Contact” is excerpted from Versions of North, published by Caitlin Press in the fall of 2011.
Josh Massey's first novel was we will all be trees (Conundrum, 2009). He has also done work related to literary film, including Heard of Poets (Ottawa, 2007) and Vice Versa: poetry up here (Prince George, 2012). His fiction, journalism, and poetry have appeared in Canadian publications and abroad. Current manuscripts include an experimental ecopoetic novella about the irony of industrial sabotage, an Austrian spy novel, and a collection of poetry about nothing in particular. He currently lives in Prince George.
Al Rempel’s collections of poetry include understories (Caitlin Press) and The Picket Fence Diaries (Lipstick Press). His poems have also appeared in The Malahat Review, CV2, Event, and in anthologies such as The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011. Al’s second book of poetry, called This Isn't the Apocalypse We Hoped For, is forthcoming with Caitlin Press in Spring, 2013. He can be found at
Seanah Roper is an emerging writer of fiction and poetry who holds a degree in Contemporary English Literature from Thompson Rivers University. Born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, she has experienced Canadian life from east to west. She takes special care in exploring the facets of the Canadian landscape, both physical and cultural, within her writing. Her work often delves into the speculative and bizarre, blurring genre lines and experimenting with historical narratives. Her writing has been featured in Undercurrents Anthology, On Spec Magazine, and Writing Without Direction- 10 1/2 Short Stories by Canadian Authors Under Thirty. Quill and Quire described her publication in the latter as "the stand out" of the anthology, praising her vibrant storytelling and imagery. She currently lives in Fort Nelson, British Columbia where she is a Literacy Practitioner.
Kara Sievewright is a writer and artist who creates graphic stories. She has published writing, illustrations, and graphic stories in carte blanche, World War Three Illustrated, Broken Pencil, and West Coast Line. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is currently working on a graphic novel with funding from the Toronto Arts Council. She is from the West Coast but is living in Toronto.
Carly Stewart was raised in Prince George and has lived in many places in Canada. Her primary interests are women’s writing, popular culture, and mental health.
Gillian Wigmore's work has appeared in The Malahat Review, PRISM international, CV2, Arc Poetry Magazine,and Geist, among others. Her first book of poems, soft geography (published by Caitlin Press, 2007) won the 2008 ReLit Award and was short listed for the BC book prize in poetry. Her second book, Dirt of Ages, was published by Nightwood Editions in May 2012. She lives and writes from Prince George, BC.

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