PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Sadie McCarney

Sadie McCarney will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, November 14th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Sadie McCarney’s poetry has appeared in publications including Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, Prairie Fire, Grain, The Puritan, The Malahat Review, Plenitude, The Antigonish Review, EVENT, and Room, as well as in the anthologies The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015 and The Best of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. Poems of hers have been finalists for the Banff Centre/Bliss Carman Poetry Prize, the Far Horizons Award for Poetry, and the Walrus Poetry Prize. Sadie has received writing grants from Innovation PEI and the Canada Council for the Arts. In Fall of 2019, the University of Regina Press published Live Ones, her first book.

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, Sadie will read.

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

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Jane Ledwell

Jane Ledwell will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, October 10th at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown at 7pm.

Jane Ledwell is a writer and editor based in Charlottetown, where she lives with her partner, visual artist Stephen MacInnis, and their two children (AnnaSophia and Sam). She works full-time with the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, where she is executive director. She has contributed a monthly artist profile to The Buzz arts and entertainment magazine almost every month for twenty years. She has published three books of poetry, Last Tomato, Bird Calls, and, most recently, Return of the Wild Goose, and has contributed to numerous other books. She is a past recipient of the award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts.

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, Jane will read.

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

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Nils Ling

Nils Ling will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, February 21st at 7pm at the Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

Nils Ling is an author, playwright, actor, filmmaker and a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist who lives in Breadalbane, Prince Edward Island. In the early 90’s Nils moved to Prince Edward Island to host CBC’s Mainstreet, and in 1999, began touring with a one man show entitled The Truth About Daughters. In the years since, The Truth About Daughters has become one of Canada’s most successful one-man shows with over 1500 performances worldwide. Two other shows, The Truth About Love and/or Marriage and The Truth About Christmas followed, with similar success.

Nils continues to live and create on PEI, working in the written and spoken word, in music and in film. His most recent film, a music video for singer/songwriter Ashley Condon, earned him a nomination for a PEI Music Award. He is currently researching and writing a self-help book about grief and the loss of an infant, entitled The Stolen Child.

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, Nils will read. The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Orysia Dawydiak

Orysia Dawydiak will be the first featured reader of the new season at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7pm at the Receiver Coffee Co.,128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

Orysia has always been a keen student of human and animal behaviour. Her first novel was inspired by the story of her parents’ emigration from Europe to Canada after World War II, and how their traumas and culture shaped them and affected their offspring. She also writes for young people – from life on an island sheep farm, to coastal fishing communities where the possibilities of alternate life forms become real. She is currently working on two memoirs, one of them about a remarkable Turkish working dog who travelled the world.

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, Orysia will read. The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Heather Moyse

Heather Moyse will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, May 24, at 7 pm at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

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, Heather will read.

Heather Moyse first captured the nation’s attention while standing atop the Olympic podium with Calgary-native Kaillie Humphries, having made Canadian history on home soil by bombing down the track to Canada’s first-ever gold medal in bobsleigh at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

After overcoming personal challenges and returning to bobsleigh 6 months before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Heather and her partner successfully defended their title as Olympic Champions after a thrilling come-from-behind victory – a feat accomplished only twice before by a Canadian athlete.

She also represented Canada in track cycling at the 2012 Pan-American Cycling Championships in Argentina and competed on the National Senior Women’s Rugby team in 22 international rugby games and 4 international rugby sevens tournaments, including the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow. She was the leading try-scorer in both the 2006 and 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cups, and was selected as one of only two females in the world to become International Rugby Anti-Doping Ambassadors. She was the first Canadian female, and second Canadian ever – to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame to join the likes of Johnny Wilkinson and Nelson Mandela who have also been recognized for their contribution to the sport.

In 2016 Heather summited the highest mountain in Antarctica to raise awareness for PTSD and to raise money to help veterans, and soon-to-be-retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, transition back to civilian life after finishing their time in the Military.

In September 2017, Heather returned to the sport of bobsleigh with the purpose of empowering younger, less-experienced athletes by helping them navigate the high-pressure Olympic season. She helped qualify three Canadian women’s sleds for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, pushing one of the Olympic rookies to a sixth place finish at the Games.

As a lifelong humanitarian and proud Islander, Heather donates her time and talent to many community events and national charities, earning her the inaugural Randy Starkman Olympian Humanitarian Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the Order of PEI – the highest honour to be bestowed in any province in Canada.

The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second
Thursday of each month.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Susan Rodgers

Susan Rodgers will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic on Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St. in Charlottetown.

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, Susan will read.

Susan Rodgers’ journey into writing and film started with a regular on-set wardrobe continuity gig on Emily of New Moon, the CBC television series shot in Summerside. Her foray into serious film writing began with a box of wartime letters discovered in the attic of the historic house where she worked as curator, which launched her first award winning half hour screenplay and filmed drama, Bobby’s Peace. A year at Vancouver Film School led to a number of client documentary film projects, as well as a web series, period short film, short comedy, and music video.

Susan then journeyed into writing novels, and was thrilled and inspired by her selection as a Finalist in the 2011 Atlantic Writing Awards for her as-yet-unpublished first novel, A Certain Kind of Freedom. A critically acclaimed excerpt has been re-worked as a short story and featured in an anthology produced by the Israeli-based website The Writers’ Drawer.

The Drifters books were next – fifteen so far. Wildly popular and quickly spreading, mostly by word of mouth, they’ve been described as women’s fiction with an angsty romantic flair. Drifters is the name of a fictional TV series shot in Vancouver, where the characters meet and true drama begins.

Recently, inspired by L.A. screenwriting mentors, Susan rewrote and polished the feature screenplay Still The Water, and is working hard to finance and produce the project in 2018.

The PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second
Thursday of each month.