EVENT Magazine 40th Anniversary Launch Party!

October 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm  •  Posted in Uncategorized by

EVENT 40 Year Anniversary Party

Please join us at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26 for a reading and celebration in honour of EVENT Magazine’s 40th Anniversary.

Featuring readings and reflections by former editors David Zieroth, Calvin Wharton, Cathy Stonehouse, Billeh Nickerson and Rick Maddocks. Hosted by current editor Elizabeth Bachinsky.

David Zieroth‘s latest publication is a chapbook, Hay Day Canticle (Leaf Press, 2010). The Fly in Autumn (Harbour, 2009) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in that year and was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry in 2010. He won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for How I Joined Humanity at Last (Harbour, 1998); his work has been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award, and his poems have appeared in over thirty-five anthologies. David was editor of EVENT from 1983-1997.

Calvin Wharton is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Douglas College. His work has been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, and broadcast on CBC radio. He has published a poetry chapbook, Visualized Chemistry (Tsunami Editions), and co-edited the anthology East of Main (Arsenal Pulp) with Tom Wayman. He also wrote the non-fiction Rowing (Stoddart) with Silken Laumann, and a collection of short fiction, Three Songs by Hank Williams (Turnstone). His most recent book is a collection of poetry, The Song Collides, published by Anvil Press in spring 2011. Calvin was editor of EVENT from 1996-2001.

Cathy Stonehouse is the author of a poetry collection (The Words I Know, Press Gang Publishers 1994) and co-editor of the creative nonfiction anthology Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008). Her creative nonfiction, poetry and short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of Canadian literary journals and anthologies. A creative writing instructor and freelance writer/editor, she lives with her family in East Vancouver.  Cathy was editor of EVENT from 2001-2003.

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Billeh Nickerson is a writer, editor, performer, producer and arts advocate. He is the author of The Asthmatic Glassblower, Let Me Kiss it Better: Elixirs for the Not So Straight and Narrow, and his most recent collection, McPoems. He is also the co-editor of Seminal: the Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets, and a former editor of PRISM international and EVENT, two of Canada’s most respected literary journals. He has performed at hundreds of readings and festivals across Canada and the U.S, and, in 2008, served as Queen’s University’s Writer in Residence. He teaches Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Billeh was editor of EVENT from 2003-2005.

Rick Maddocks‘ fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies throughout Canada. His collection of linked stories, Sputnik Diner, was published by Knopf and Vintage Canada. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, where he was fiction editor for Prism International. His work has appeared in such anthologies as Write Turns: New Directions in Canadian Fiction (Raincoast) and AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (Vintage). Rick is also a songwriter. He has written and performed music with The Beige, an atmospheric roots quintet whose second album, El Ángel Exterminador, was released in 2010. His experimental “gospel funk opera”, The Meal, premiered at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in 2011 and will be restaged in Spring 2012. Rick was editor of EVENT from 2006-2010.

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of three collections of poetry, Curio (BookThug, 2005), Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood Editions, 2006), and God of Missed Connections (Nightwood Editions, 2009). Her work has been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award (2010), the Kobzar Literary Award (2010), The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature (2010) the Governor General’s Award for Poetry (2006), and the Bronwen Wallace Award (2004) and has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England, China, and Lebanon. Elizabeth has been editor of EVENT since 2010.

Doors at 7:00, readings begin at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Pick up a copy of the current issue of EVENT—or a subscription—and celebrate with us!

Douglas Room (Lower Level) at Douglas College, New Westminster
700 Royal Avenue

EVENT magazine is one of the top literary magazines on the West Coast of Canada. We publish fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book reviews by and about the best new and established writers in Canada today. We are known for featuring an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary approaches to writing. Our authors frequently win major literary and magazine awards after having published in our pages. This year alone, EVENT magazine swept the National Magazine Awards taking Gold and Silver for Fiction.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council and Douglas College.

For more information, please call 604.527.5293 or email event(at)douglascollege(dot)ca.

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