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untilAN EVENING WITH LOCAL POETS We have a rare opportunity for you to join four local poets, including Victoria's Poet Laureate, Yvonne Blomer, for a night of Ekphrastic Poetry reading. Yvonne, along with poets John Barton, Eve Joseph and Arleen Pare, will respond to various visual works of art from paintings to sculptures, including artists Emily Carr and Robert Bateman. This is the perfect cultural and creative outing for a January evening! Date: January 17th, 6-8 p.m. at The Robert Bateman Centre Members $5 and non-members $10. Register online atbatemancentre.org/events
untilOn Friday 4 May at 7:30 pm, electric indigenous American poet Tommy Pico will read at Open Space from his latest book, Junk. The third in a series kicked off by IRL and Nature Poem, Junk delves into the detritus of colonialism, pop culture, junk food, queer desire, and loss, examining the things we can’t let go—or that refuse to let go of us. “This is poetry of the highest order, on the level of a pop song, with the crystalline visions of a seer.” —Jenny Zhang Tommy “Teebs” Pico is an indigenous American poet and karaoke enthusiast. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he is now based in Brooklyn. Pico was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, 2016 Tin House summer poetry scholar, 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Poetry from the New Foundation for the Arts, and won the Brooklyn Public Library’s 2017 Literature Prize. He is the 2018 winner of the Whiting Award for poetry. Tommy Pico also co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker, is co-host of the podcast Food 4 Thot, and a contributing editor at Literary Hub. -- FMI: Kara Stanton email@example.com http://openspace.ca/programming/open-word-readings-and-ideas-tommy-pico -- Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations. Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 15 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. Please get in touch if you have any other questions or concerns.
untilJoin us for a triple feature of local authors! Patrick Friesen delves into his Mennonite roots and beyond with Songen, single-sentence poems that draw from Low German and Middle English to explore music, language, and mortality. And in Quarrels, her first book since the breathtaking In The Slender Margin, Eve Joseph crafts prose poems rich with imagery and intrigue. Finally, the brilliant Bill Gaston is back with a new memoir on fatherhood, Just Let Me Look at You. Enjoy readings, refreshments, and maybe even some early Father’s Day shopping… Free to attend. Doors will open at 7. https://munrobooks.com/?q=h.calevents
untilIn partnership with Canadian Art and to celebrate the launch of its spring issue “Dirty Words,” Open Space will host Divya Mehra and Amy Fung to present Difficult People on Thursday 22 March at 7:30 p.m. As a public experiment and ongoing private conversation, Difficult People consists of artist Divya Mehra (Scorpio) and writer Amy Fung (Scorpio) tracing their respective, and at times, overlapping experiences of living and working in the Canadian Prairies. Mehra’s performative lecture explores memory, race, death, and the service industry in a series of non-linear short stories and poetics. The performance, as well as her overall practice, asks “how do we exist within the crushing indifference of our day to day?” Sharing similar intentions of re-examining the mundane violence of white supremacy, Fung will be reading an excerpt from a new work in progress, Before I was a critic, I was a human being.