Thursday, November 8, 2018


Keith Garebian, son of an Armenian father and Anglo-Indian mother, is an award-winning poet who lives in Mississauga, Ontario. He has published seven poetry collections to date, with his eighth, "Against Forgetting", to be published next September as part of Frontenac’s Quartet 2019. His new theatre book, William Hutt: Soldier Actor, from Guernica Editions has been hailed as the definitive biography of Hutt that also mirrors the development of Canadian theatre from the 1940s onward.

Jude Neale & Bonnie Nish

Jude Neale is a poet, writer, collaborator, mentor, educator and opera singer. She has been frequently published internationally and nationally.Among other awards she has been a finalist for The Pat Lowther Award, the Irish Gregory O’Donoghue Award, the Guernsey Award, which meant her poem travelled the Channel Islands for a year. Last year her fourth book was selected by SPM publications to be published in London. This latest collection, Cantata in Two Voices, was a book that was co-written with Bonnie Nish over the period of fifty feverish days. Her next project will be with Thomas RL Beckman and the Prince George Symphony in March.

Bonnie Nish is Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society. She has a Masters in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and is pursuing a PhD in Language and Literacy Education at The University of British Columbia. Bonnie’s research examines how poetry and life writing can help those recovering from trauma. Bonnie’s book, Love and Bones was published in 2013 (Karma Press). Her book Concussion and Mild TBI: Not Just Another Headline was published by Lash and Associates in 2016. Ekstasis Editions released her next book of poetry Cantata in Two Voices, co-written with Jude Neale, this fall.

at the Burnaby Arts Council's  Deer Lake Gallery
6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Burnaby
Annual General Meeting and Critiquing Workshop  
6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Readings at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Burnaby Writers Society 2018 writing contest announced

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Lessons from Mom and Dad – share with us the sort of tale or talent you’d bring to school for a show and tell. We’re looking to hear all about some of the heartwarming, wacky and downright weird lessons that have shaped you and endured the test of time. The contest is open to all genres; we look forward to reading all the ways creative minds can play with the theme. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50, plus a year’s newsletter subscription/membership for honourable mention.

Please have your submissions in by November 30, 2018. Entries are to be one page in length and formatted in Calibri 12. The entry fee is $10 for 1 entry and $25 for 3 entries. Your name, email address or phone number should be clearly identified on the reverse side of your submission, not on the front.

Please mail your entry along with a cheque to Burnaby Writers’ Society 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby BC V5G 3T7.  For further clarification, please contact

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Our October 16 Spoken INK readings and workshop

at the Burnaby Arts Council's  Deer Lake Gallery

6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Burnaby

Critiquing workshop 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Readings at 8 p.m.

Poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp has read from new books of poetry, Local Heroes (Insomniac), and Fox Haunts (Aeolus House). Penn has been lauded as a trailblazer since her first Coach House publication (1972), and a “one-woman literary industry” as London’s inaugural Poet Laureate and Western’s Writer-in-Residence. She was the League of Canadian Poets’ Spoken Word Artist, 2015. Two new plays followed her previous books, Barbaric Cultural Practice and Jack Layton: Art in Action.

Susan McCaslin, an established Canadian poet, has published fifteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, Sept. 2017). Her Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2011) was short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Poetry Book Prize) and first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award. Susan resides in Fort Langley, BC, where she initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project as part of a successful campaign to protect an endangered rainforest along the Fraser River.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Our September 18 Spoken Ink Readings & Workshop meeting

at the Burnaby Art Gallery’s  Deer Lake Gallery
6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Burnaby

Critiquing workshop 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.  Readings at 8 p.m.
Our Spoken INK guest readers for September 18:

Katie Stobbart 
Warren Dean Fulton 

Warren Dean Fulton has been known to host poetry events and has published a variety of poets through his micro press (pooka press), as well as above & beyond productions. He has given workshops on publishing, hands-on workshops on chapbook production, and workshops for teens, recovering addicts, and those struggling in the DTES. Warren has toured across Canada reading as a feature and open mic poet at series and venues in seven provinces, as well as reading in five US States.

Katie Stobbart is a writer and editor from Abbotsford. She has edited The Cascade newspaper, Louden Singletree literary magazine, and the Pacific Rim Review of Books. A selection of her poems appears in a co-authored chapbook haunting local library shelves, dentists’ offices, and hotel lobbies: it looks like a chicken. Katie is also working hard to improve her patio gardening game.