Note the new time for Spoken INK -- beginning in March we'll be starting at 7:30 p.m. with Open Mic sign-up at 7:00 p.m
March 15: Venturing Beyond – with speculative writers Mary Choo and Sandra Wickham
Mary Choo's poetry and fiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies, online and electronic publications in Canada, the U. S. and abroad. Her work has been listed on the preliminary ballots of the Bram Stoker and Nebula awards, and the final ballot of the Aurora Awards. More recent credits include the anthologies Tesseracts Thirteen, Escape Clause, Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead, and a speculative issue of Room Magazine. She has also had a story accepted for a U. S. anthology, due out this spring.
Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby with her husband and two cats. She has been a coach and fitness trainer for over twelve years and is new to the writing world. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra’s short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Chronicles of the Order and the sequel to Evolve releasing later this year. You can visit her at www.sandrawickham.com
April 19: Tariq Malik : Chanting Denied Shores
Born and educated in Pakistan, Tariq Malik began his professional life by working/slaving for twenty years in Kuwait, employed as an industrial chemist, before emigrating to Canada in 1995. He now lives in Vancouver with his wife, and can be found hunched over a laptop when he is not out hiking or at work. Chanting Denied Shores, published by Calgary’s Bayeux Arts in November 2010, is a first novel set on the North American West coast during the pre-war period of 1914–1921, and the events surrounding the arrival of the Komagata Maru - a watershed incident largely forgotten outside the South Asian community. Rainsongs of Kotli (2004) a collection of loosely linked novella-length stories short stories was Tariq’s first book. Author website: www.tariqmalik.net