PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Poet Laureate Julie Pellisier-Lush

Poet Laureate Julie Pellissier-Lush will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, September 12th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Julie Pellissier-Lush M.S.M. , Meritorious Service Medal recipient, actress, and bestselling author of My Mi’kmaq Mother, was born in Summerside, PEI in 1970. She grew up all over Eastern Canada and spent a number of years in Winnipeg Manitoba before coming home. Julie is a graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2000 with a double major in Psychology and Human Resource Management. She works with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI as a Community Consultant Coordinator. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations. Julie wrote the poems for the play Mi’kmaq Legends in 2010 and it is her hope that this play will someday travel all over Canada and beyond so more people have the opportunity to learn about the rich Mi’kmaq history!

In February 2019 Julie became the first Mi’kmaq Poet Laureate of PEI and she is loving every minute of sharing her culture and stories with many groups and events all over the Island. She lives in Winsloe, just outside of Charlottetown with her husband Rick, her five children, and her Granddaughter Miah.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Julie will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Wild Threads Writing Symposium

FOLLOW YOUR NARRATIVE ARC TO BEAUTIFUL PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Wild Threads Writing Symposium  is a four-day creative writing conference taking place in historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, August 22nd to 25th, 2019. 

Hosted by the PEI Writers’ Guild, this experiential symposium features prominent Canadian writing faculty in four genres:  George Elliott Clarke, Anne Simpson, Pauline Dakin, Julie Pelisser-Lush, Richard Lemm & Laurie Brinklow, Sharon McKay, and Patti Larsen (with Carly Martin). 

Feature Workshops

  • Conquering the first chapter of your novel
  • Applying the tools of fiction to your memoir or biography
  • Using audio to promote your writing; podcasting in the digital age
  • How does the story speak? Considering dialogue
  • Historical premise in poetry and essay
  • Radical writing as an agent for change
  • Genre bending: Using music as a poetic tool
  • Storytelling, performance and building connection with the audience
  • A Walk on the Edge: Writing and the Power of Place

           Feature Panels

  • Publishing panel: advice about Canadian trends, market conditions, and common practices.
  • Love vs. marketability: How editorial decisions are made
  • What literary agents look for in works, what they look for in authors
  • Mini-pitch session with literary agent Hilary McMahon
  • From Yes to Press: Author contracts & reading the fine print
  • Self-publishing: Being your own boss

Whether you are a professional working in a literary field, an emerging Canadian author or a first-time creative writer,Wild Threads is the place and space to explore the more that’s out there for you on the page.

To Register for this workshop, please follow links:
https://peiwritersguild.wildapricot.org/event-3223133
Cost is (Members) $325, (NonMembers) $375,  (Students & Seniors) $325

 

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PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Steven Mayoff

Steven Mayoff will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, June 13th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal and moved to Prince Edward Island in 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada, the U.S. and abroad. His books include the story collection Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press, 2009), the novel Our Lady Of Steerage (B&B, 2015), the poetry chapbook Leonard’s Flat (Grey Borders Books, 2018) and the full-length poetry collection Swinging Between Water and Stone (Guernica Editions, 2019).

Leonard’s Flat is a chapbook of ten linked poems based on ten paintings by Mayoff’s uncle Len Fligel who was an artist and teacher in Glasgow, Scotland. Swinging Between Water and Stone is a collection of poems comprising four sections, roughly representing the four stages of the never-ending reincarnation cycle: birth, life, death and rebirth.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Steven will read.

This is the last open mic from the PEI Writers’ Guild before our summer break. We will return this fall with a whole new slate of readers, and will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

 

32nd Annual Island Literary Awards Shortlist Announcement

Shortlist Announcements

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the shortlist for both the Cox & Palmer Literary Awards as well as the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. Island writers will be recognized during award galas, which will take place Saturday, May 18 at the Rodd Charlottetown hotel.

During the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, adults will be recognized for excellence in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature for Children, Short Story as well as Indigenous Writing. The gala will take place from 7-10 pm on Saturday, May 18 at the Rodd Charlottetown. The evening will be hosted by Island comedian Patrick Ledwell and will feature performances by local musicians.

Short-listed writers for adult categories are as follows:

The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Award: Eric Leamont, Michael Wheeler, Samantha Desjardins Joyce, Valerie Vuillemot.

Poetry Award: Carter Bertram Clifford Smith, Emily Cann, M. Candace Hagen, Rick Sparkes.

Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Michael Pagé, Michelle Barton, Rick Sparkes, Ryan Gallant.

Creative Non-Fiction Award: Konrad Wendt, Mark Enman, Melanie Taylor.

Acorn Press Marie Coyoteblanc Indigenous Writing Award Novalea MacKinnon.

Youth will be honoured for their excellence in literary arts during the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People which will take place on Saturday, May 18 between 1:30-3pm at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Julie Pellisier-Lush, Poet Laureate of PEI, will host the award gala which will honour youth in Early Elementary, Late Elementary, Junior High and Senior High.

Short-listed writers for the youth categories are as follows:
Early Elementary: Andrew Jorritsma, Ben Bowman, Miguel Delgado-Keough.

Late Elementary: Habiba Laaroussi, Madeline MacRae, Mateo Delgado-Keough, Sheamus Herlihy.

Junior High: Isabel Beardsley, Lilly O’Rielly, Nicolas Dickieson, Noah Killorn.

Senior High:
Arielle Dunn, Darragh Clayton, Lily Campbell.
For over 30 years, the Island Literary Awards have recognized the best in Island writing by writers of all ages. Cash prizes are awarded to individuals who place first, second and third in both the adult and young people’s awards categories. Many past award winners are now published authors.

Tickets to both awards galas are free but seating is limited.

To book your free tickets for the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, please visit – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cox-palmer-island-literary-awards-tickets-61038557970

To book your free tickets for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People, please visit – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-rotary-club-of-charlottetown-royalty-creative-writing-awards-for-young-people-gala-tickets-61041228959

Please follow the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards on Facebook (@IslandLiteraryAwards) or visit peiwritersguild.com for more information on both of these events.

The Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) is a dynamic organization dedicated to promoting the growth and quality of literary arts on PEI.

Book Signing with poet Jennifer Houle

Bookmark is pleased to welcome New Brunswick poet, Jennifer Houle to Bookmark for a book signing on Friday, May 10th from 12 to 2 pm.

The title of Jennifer Houle’s second collection, Virga, refers to a cloud formation often seen on the horizon, when rain begins to fall but evaporates before reaching the ground, only to fall again when the time is right. Likewise, the poems gathered here, written over a period of roughly twenty years, between the ages of 20 and 40 – many revised with a slightly wiser eye— explore what it means to develop an identity while continuously regrouping, reformulating oneself, reacting to prevailing conditions, and retaining autonomy in a sea of “rhythmic lies and half-truths.” Through the medium of poetry, Houle converses with her younger self, performing a kind of rescue job, bridging years through poetic reflection.

Unapologetic, and shot through lore, Virga investigates the tensions, inner and outer, that work to shape identity. Sensual, driven, and pragmatic, the poems insist that we “fall to rise,” and address the desires – romantic, erotic, familial, and socio-political – that transform us. Like rain held in abeyance, these poems were waiting for their time, and gathered together create a compelling, distinctly feminine and feminist meditation on maturing womanhood. Personal lyrics are set against the stories and mythologies of female characters who fell (or dove) from their stars, into unfamiliar worlds, including meditations on the Lost Pleaid, Dorothy after her sojourn in Oz, and the Greek goddesses Asteria and Astraea.

By turns dark, and infused with longing and fruitful uncertainty, the poems persist in questioning the forces that shape who we are, and the stories, symbols, and ideas we turn to for guidance as we wilfully create ourselves.

Jennifer’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, most recently The Northern Review and The Antigonish Review. Her first book, The Back Channels, was published by Signature Editions in April 2016. It won the J.M. Abraham East Coast Literary Award for best book of poetry and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert first-book award. Virga is her second book. She lives in Hanwell, New Brunswick, with her family.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Jennifer Houle

Poet Jennifer Houle will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, May 9th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Jennifer Houle’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, most recently The Northern Review and The Antigonish Review. Her first book,  Back Channels, was published by Signature Editions in April 2016. It won the J.M. Abraham East Coast Literary Award for best book of poetry and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert first-book award.

The title of Jennifer Houle’s second collection, Virga, refers to a cloud formation often seen on the horizon, when rain begins to fall but evaporates before reaching the ground, only to fall again when the time is right. Likewise, the poems gathered here, written over a period of roughly twenty years, between the ages of 20 and 40 – many revised with a slightly wiser eye— explore what it means to develop an identity while continuously regrouping, reformulating oneself, reacting to prevailing conditions, and retaining autonomy in a sea of “rhythmic lies and half-truths.” Through the medium of poetry, Houle converses with her younger self, performing a kind of rescue job, bridging years through poetic reflection.

Unapologetic, and shot through lore, Virga investigates the tensions, inner and outer, that work to shape identity. Sensual, driven, and pragmatic, the poems insist that we “fall to rise,” and address the desires – romantic, erotic, familial, and socio-political – that transform us. Like rain held in abeyance, these poems were waiting for their time, and gathered together create a compelling, distinctly feminine and feminist meditation on maturing womanhood. Personal lyrics are set against the stories and mythologies of female characters who fell (or dove) from their stars, into unfamiliar worlds, including meditations on the Lost Pleaid, Dorothy after her sojourn in Oz, and the Greek goddesses Asteria and Astraea.

By turns dark, and infused with longing and fruitful uncertainty, the poems persist in questioning the forces that shape who we are, and the stories, symbols, and ideas we turn to for guidance as we wilfully create ourselves.

Jennier Houle lives in Hanwell, New Brunswick, with her family.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Jennifer will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Bookmark’s Poets & Pints in Honour of Poetry Month

Charlottetown’s independent bookstore, Bookmark invites you to celebrate National Poetry Month in April by attending one of our scheduled events. The first will be held Tuesday, April 9 from 7 to 9:30 PM at The Queue, next to The Pilot House, 70 Grafton St.

This evening will feature a social hour; a ceremonial welcome from P.E.I.’s new Poet Laureate, Julie Pellissier-Lush; readings by Island poets Chris Bailey, Brent MacLaine, and Bren Simmers, as well as a Q&A moderated by John Flood; and an open mic. Refreshments will be provided along with a cash bar.

The late poet, Mary Oliver said, “Poetry is meant to be heard”. We hope you will take her advice and come out to a poetry event during Poetry Month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Chad Norman

Poet Chad Norman will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, April 11th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Chad Norman lives beside the high-tides of the Bay of Fundy, in what is known as the hub of Nova Scotia. He has given talks and readings in Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Wales, Scotland,  U.S.A., and across Canada. His poems continue to appear in publications around the world, and have been translated into Danish, Albanian, and Romanian. His latest collections are Selected & New Poems ( Mosaic Press, Oakville, Ontario), and Waking Up On The Wrong Side of the Sky ( Grant Block Press, Truro, N.S.).

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Chad Norman will read.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Announcing the Winner of Battle Tales IV: We Battle On!

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that this year, Battle Tales IV: We Battle On! received so many excellent submissions that we broke with tradition and named two runners up and four honourable mentions in addition to naming a winner.

Honourable Mentions

  • Rite by Ryan Gallant
  • In a Strange Room You Must Empty Yourself For Sleep by Michelle Barton
  • Chicken or Go by Kevin Yarr
  • Nameless Neighbours by Sharon Lucy Robson

Runners Up

  • Foursight by Daniel Brown
  • A Murder Most Foal by John Robertson

Runners up receive judge’s notes and gift certificates to Bookmark.

Runners up Daniel Brown and John Robertson receive prizes from PEIWG president Mo Duffy Cobb and Battle Tales coordinator Keith Burgoyne.

Winner of Battle Tales IV: We Battle On!

The winner of Battle Tales IV: We Battle On!  is Matthew MacKay for his outstanding battle tale Paradise Found.

Paradise Found, the story of Orson Welles holed up in a swanky Parisian hotel room, ordering copious amounts of food and drink as the hotel manager pesters him to pay his bill, is both witty and delightful.

The pop culture references fly thick and fast as Orson watches, via theAmerican TV feed, William F. Buckley debate a drunken Jack Kerouac on Firing Line and then a terrible Elvis movie, Harum Scarum, with Mary Anne Mobley, all the while searching for an idea for his next project.

It was striking how much enjoyment was taken in rendering Welles’ larger than life personality and old Hollywood excess. The embedding of the prompts into the story was also seamless and used great humour.

The winner of Battle Tales IV: We Battle On!  receives one year free membership with the PEI Writers’ Guild, a gift certificate to Bookmark, judge’s notes, and the highly-coveted Battle Tales trophy.

We here at the PEIWG wish to thank everyone who took part in Battle Tales this year. We hope you enjoyed the contest, and most importantly, that you had fun putting words to page. Thank you all for making it a huge success!

The PEI Writers’ Guild thanks the many generous sponsors of Battle Tales IV: We Battle On!, including Upstreet Craft Brewing, Bookmark, Manley Mann Media, and GIFt Horse.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring the Writers of Deep Water Pearls

Writers from Deep Water Pearls, a newly published collection, will be the featured readers at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, March 14th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Guided by memoir coach and editor Kathleen Hamilton, these women writers have revealed the most intimate turning points in their lives, memories deeply charged with meaning, moments after which their lives were never the same.

What unites these intimate stories (and a few poems) is the shared commitment of the writers to explore their deeper truths. Their courage to write through barriers of silence, secrets and shame will connect powerfully with the audience.

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work— poetry or prose—for up to 5 minutes. Following a short break, the featured women from Deep Water Pearls will begin their readings.

The PEI Writers’ Guild open mic series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.