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 Houlse 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.

PEI Writers’ Guild Open Mic Series – Featuring Grant Matheson

Grant Matheson will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m. 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 to enjoy some of Receiver Coffee’s delicious offerings, Grant will read.

Grant Matheson is a non-practicing family physician, and father of three who has been in recovery from narcotic addiction since 2005. He practiced both in Montague and Charlottetown during his years as a physician. He now writes about his struggles with opioid addiction in the hopes that he can help others who have loved ones who are struggling, or others who are struggling themselves. His memoir, The Golden Boy, was published by Nimbus Publishing in 2017.

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 Chuck Bowie


Chuck Bowie will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, January 11 at 7 p.m. 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 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of Receiver Coffee’s delicious offerings, Chuck will read.

Chuck Bowie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Science. Originally from Miramichi, he continues to live on the East Coast of Canada. Growing up as an air force brat, his writing is influenced by the study of human nature and how people behave, habits he picked up as his family moved nineteen times in his first twenty one years. Chuck loves food, wine, music and travel and all play a role in his work.

His writing often draws upon elements of these experiences to round out his characters and plot lines. Chuck is involved in the world of music, supporting local musicians, occasionally playing with them and always celebrating their successes. Because he enjoys venting as much as the next fellow, Chuck will at times share his thoughts with a brief essay or blog, some of which can be found on his website.

He is working with his publisher to edit the fourth novel, entitled The Body On The Underwater Road, part of the suspense-thriller series Donovan: Thief For Hire. His newest published work is entitled Steal It All, and follows the books Three Wrongs and AMACAT.

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 Lee Ellen Pottie

Lee Ellen Pottie will be the featured readers at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond Street 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 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy Receiver’s delicious offerings, Lee Ellen will read.

Lee Ellen Pottie is a self-employed coordinator of many things, editor, writer, and reviewer, occasional professor at Misr International University in Cairo, and an amateur photographer and painter. She is completing a poetry manuscript about Vincent Van Gogh, based on his letters and art, and her research. Eight of these poems will be published by Alfred Gustav Press in 2018 in a chapbook called worthless. Lee Ellen has published poetry in the Windsor Review and the anthology Snow Softly Falling: Holiday Stories from Prince Edward Island, and forthcoming in Canada: 150 Years of Poetry. Saturday Morning Chapbooks published her chapbook called From Pushthrough to Madagascar. This October, she was a participant in the Poetry Workshop at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Lee Ellen holds an Honours BA in English from UPEI (1999) and an MA in English and Creative Writing from U. Windsor (2000). She lives in PEI with her husband, Richard Lemm, and their dog, Théo, named for Vincent’s brother.

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