Events: Feb 21 Prince George Launch of NBC Issue
2013-01-30 15:04:PM ago by jason.wiens
Date: February 21, 2013
Place: Books and Company (1685 3 Ave, Prince George, British Columbia)
Join filling Station for its Prince George launch of 55, our Northern BC issue. This second launch will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 7pm at Books and Company, and will feature contributors Jeremy Stewart, Al Rempel, Gillian Wigmore, Derrick S. Denholm, and Ruth Hill reading their own work. The event will be hosted by guest editor Jason Wiens.
For the Facebook event, click here.
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.
After receiving his award for Alberta emerging artist of the year in 1994, Derrick S. Denholm disappeared for fifteen years, living and working in the forests of northern and coastal BC. The work here reflects his concern for respect for the wild, and social and environmental justice, focusing upon the interconnected nature of communication, education, and creativity. Having finished his MA in English, Denholm wonders which is the more provocative tool: the laptop, the crowbar, or the accordion?
Ruth Hill was raised in upstate New York and lives in BC. She is a Design Engineer, tutor, and enjoys spoken word. She has won 1st Prizes in Poets for Human Rights, Writers Rising Up!, and Gulf Coast Ethnic Jazz Festival. Her poetry is anthologized by Ascent Aspirations, Little Red Tree,Canadian Federation of Poets, and more.
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, calledThis Isn't the Apocalypse We Hoped For, is forthcoming with Caitlin Press in Spring, 2013. He can be found at http://alrempel.com.
Jeremy Stewart is the author of (flood basement (Caitlin Press 2009), a collection of poems about growing up bad in Prince George, BC. It was shortlisted in manuscript for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (2008), as were Stewart’s “Indeterminate Accumulations” (2011) and “longing (fragments” (2012). Stewart was the 2007 winner of the Barry McKinnon Chapbook Award. His work has also appeared previously in ditch, stonestone, Treeline/It’s Still Winter, The Annandale Dream Gazette,and in the Forestry Diversification Project anthology (UNBC Press 2006). He completed his English M.A. with distinction at the University of Northern British Columbia in 2010 and was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Stewart’s creative thesis—an experimental, novelistic long poem entitled “In Singing, He Composed a Song”—was supervised by Dr. Robert Budde.
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.