Sunday, September 20, 2009

call for work

NōD Magazine [Poetry – Prose – Visual Art]

Call for open submissions

Issue 11 / Fall 2009

Deadline: Oct 31


mail: NōD Magazine
c/o Dep’t of English
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW, T2T 1N4

NōD, creative writing publication of the University of Calgary undergraduates, is looking for innovative works of poetry prose or visual art for its eleventh issue. Works from undergraduate students and also the community are eligible for publication.

New this year: NōD magazine is looking for submissions of 50-100 words for a feature on NUTV (UofC's on campus television). Eligible entries are selected monthly from the open submissions and will show regularly during the chosen month. Eligible entries are also featured in the Magazine.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

fS Call!

Call to Artists – filling Station Magazine

filling Station Magazine, now in its 14th year of publishing, is a Calgary-based, nationally-distributed literary and arts magazine. A non-profit, it is completely run by volunteers from the community invested in bringing great writing and art from Calgary and area into the national spotlight.

Both emerging and established artists are invited to submit images of their art, or articles, statements, rants and manifestos about art accompanied by images, to our Fine Arts Editor for consideration in upcoming issues of filling Station. Submissions can include visual art, photography, documentation of artworks and events, photo essays about arts events, happenings and more.

Successful contributors receive:
1) a one year (3 issue) subscription to filling Station Magazine
2) two complimentary copies of the issue in which you submission appears
3) exposure to readers across Canada
4) a new line on your CV
5) our everlasting good will

filling Station receives First North American Serial Rights, meaning it appears in our magazine before any other publication. The artist retains all other rights.

How to Submit:

Images may be sent in low (email-able) resolution to Debbie.lee Miszaniec at If selected for publication, the editor will arrange with you to receive high resolution files of images in 300 dpi or higher. Images appearing within filling Station’s pages would be black and white, but colour versions can be made available on our new website at Also, images selected to appear on covers would be published in colour.

Please include with your submission a short bio or artist’s statement, your mailing address, and your email address in the body of your email.

filling Station publishes 3 issues per year; therefore, please allow up 0-4 months for reply.

About the Fine Arts Editor:
Debbie.lee Miszaniec is an artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta Canada. In 2008 she completed her BFA in painting with distinction at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Further information about her work can be found at

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Student Unemployment

The hole is getting deeper and deeper. When will our elected representatives start addressing the problem of class education barriers with a productive response?

Never, under the current administration.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

For Roy Everett Martin

i wrote this poem for my grandfather during the spring. he died today. i hope, for his sake, that he sees grandma in heaven. i don't believe he will but she was always worth seeing.

there are two versions...


my grandpa’s watch stopped years ago

new batteries startled it into motion

but when it recalled the time it said nono

that’s all wrong

the watch changed dates

accorded a martial keeping,

awakened me at strange moments,

bit the hairs from my arm

with jumpy little twitchings

we synchronized our complaints

and proceeded

with our mission


my Grandfather’s watch

stopped years ago

new batteries startled

into motion but when it

recollected the time said

nono. that’s all wrong

the time is wrong

the watch changes dates

reminisces about the war

and awakens me at

strange moments to insist


its bracelet pinches and bites

the hairs from my arms

makes its complaints

my own, over time

i always vow to wear the watch

when i visit

so sometimes i just wear it

around the house and stuff

god bless you, grandpa. rest in peace.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Amber Bowerman

One of the lead stories on the CBC this morning is about the scholarships created in memory of Amber Bowerman. I only met her once, as a moderator for a session she gave at an AMPA conference a couple of years back, but she struck me that morning as being a wonderful, compassionate person who had made all the choices necessary to pursue a life of publishing and writing that truly fulfilled her. Not all of us have the strength of character to do what she did. It is wonderful to see that her life is not a total waste, that a legacy of helping other developing writers do what she did continues for students across Alberta.

Monday, May 25, 2009

stolen from bp (martyrology book 1)

we have moved beyond belief
into a moon that is no longer there

i used to love you (i think)
used to believe in the things i do
now all is useless repetition
my arms ache from not holding you

the winds blow unfeelingly across your face
& the space between us
is as long as my arm is not

the language i write is no longer spoken

my hands turn the words


my lady my lady

this is the day i want to cry for you
but my eyes are dry

somewhere i'm happy

not like the sky
outside this window
gone grey


this is the line between reality
when i hold your body
enter the only way i am

saint orm
keep her from harm

this ship journey safely

quick as it can


no movement in the sky
from the corner where the four winds lie

& the colour of her eyes too
did i tell you how my lady moves?

holds me to her tight
she can

love to feel her
moving with me

into that sweet togetherness presses us thru

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets

I just want to thank Jon Ball for leading me to this glorious treasure on UbuWeb. Man, it really does hitcha where you live. Which, thankfully, isn't Winnipeg (a wonderful place to be from).

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Colin's Last Montreal Performance (for now)

Quebec Playwrights Deliver


a full-cast reading of Seymour Blicker’s crime drama FOUND MONEY,

a tale of greed and revenge.

Funded by FRED, the Foundation for the Recognition of Excellence in Drama

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Seymour Blicker is a Quebec-based playwright. His work has been produced in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Never Judge a Book by Its Cover, translated into Dutch and German, toured fifty cities in Holland and Belgium, had an extended run in Vienna, and, in 1996, was given its Canadian premiere, directed by Emma Stevens, at Theatre Lac Brome. In 1997, Blicker received the British Council International New Playwriting Award for his play Pals, which was produced by Theatre 1774--Infinitheatre of Montreal at "La Cabane" in 2000, directed by Guy Sprung, who also directed staged readings of Blicker’s Home Free (1998) and Pipe Dreams (2000).

With Colin Martin, Karen Kaderavek, Stephen Orlov, Shayne Devouges, and Chris Nachaj.

Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., PWM Studio, 5337 St. Laurent near Fairmount, Suite 214, Door code 930. (Go through door at top of stairs; turn right)

Produced by Quebec Playwrights Deliver (514-842-3208)

Refreshments. Free Admission.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Scott Rises to the Top

The word is out - to be considered a knowlegable, tasteful reader, one must emulate the people of London, ON...

William Neil Scott's Wonderfull has been named the winner of the 2008-09 London Reads competition. The announcement comes in celebration of international World Book and Copyright Day on Thursday, April 23.
Scott was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, but has spent the majority of his life in Calgary, Alberta.
Wonderfull, Scott’s first novel, tells the stories of Garfax, a place which has become the stuff of legend to outsiders, and reveals how this village’s unlikely past catches up to its inevitable future.
“Winning London Reads means a lot more than I expected it to, to be honest, because throughout the length of the contest I thought my prospects looked very slim,” says Scott. “I’m absolutely floored by the response that this novel has received, and I feel very lucky and grateful for all the people who have taken the time to read it and pass it along.”

Speaking of his winning novel, published by Edmonton-based NeWest Press, Scott says, “I've had people come up and tell me that certain parts of the book, the deaths that occurred, the difficulties of being in a family, really resonated with them and reminded them of their own upbringing.
“Despite its weirdness, I think there’s something honest, gentle and maybe even a little bit sad about Garfax that attracts people. We’ve all been there, after all. Garfax is the place in our lives we had to leave.”
The reading list for the 2008-09 competition also included The Lost Highway by David Adams Richards, Gratitude by Joseph Kertes, The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill and Exit Lines by Joan Barfoot.
As it was the all-star edition of London Reads, Alumni Western has invited all five authors to a gala event on Nov. 12, 2009 at the Great Hall for a dinner, public readings and discussion. The selections for the 2010 London Reads competition will also be revealed at that time.

Presented by Alumni Western, London Reads was originally launched as Western Reads as part of The University of Western Ontario’s 125th anniversary celebrations in 2003.
The competition promotes Canadian authors and the importance of literacy. Modeled after CBC Radio’s Canada Reads, the program invites the entire London community to read along with and engage local celebrity panelists as they consider and debate the merits of various works of Canadian fiction.
London Free Press Editor-in-Chief Paul Berton and Western alumna Adria Iwasutiak championed Wonderfull during the London Reads process that started in October with the first of five public ‘book discussion’ events.
Alumni Western’s partners in London Reads are the Book Store at Western, the London Public Library and the City of London.

Past Winners of Western/London Reads

2007-08 Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road
2006-07 David Bergen, The Time in Between
2005-06 Robert McGill, The Mysteries
2004-05 Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradmus!
2003-04 Alistair MacLeod, No Great Mischief

Saturday, April 18, 2009

lookin for trouble

If anyone's looking for a little timewaster, come take me on at

Monday, April 13, 2009

Derek Weiler Obituary

Derek Weiler, editor at Quill and Quire has died. His obituary is here.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The American Novel

On Academic Earth, lectures by Prof. Amy Hungerford...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

one wonders...

in the era where Canada is ruled by a man who hates Canadian culture and art...


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wonderfull up for London Reads - VOTE!

Hello all,

As many of you know, my friend Neil had his first book published last year. What many of you may not know is that the book was included in London Reads, a competition like Canada Reads, but specific to London, Ontario. This is a huge honour and he's up against some heavy hitters like The Book of Negroes, which won this year's Canada Reads and the Commonwealth award.

Please take a moment out of your day to vote for Wonderfull by William Neil Scott here:

And if you feel like forwarding this to anyone else, please do. The more votes the better. If you have not yet had a chance to read Wonderfull, I highly recommend doing so - both Chapters and Amazon have copies for sale.

Monday, March 09, 2009

15 albums that changed the way I think about music.

A tough list to compile, given that it isn't really made up of my favourite albums but the ones that made those favourites what I listen to...

1. I hear a lot of talk about Raffi but for me, the story begins with Fred Penner's album The Cat Came Back. He covers John Cash, riffs on sleep as living metaphor, delights in sandwiches and, frankly, I still play guitar the way Fred taught. When I play at all, that is. Besides, he used to come play at our school.

2. One of the first to really get me is The Moody Blues' album A Question of Balance. For those who kvetch about the band forming to sell Hi Fi stereos I can only respond: precisely. I know the lo fi movement's all about glorifying the sound of shit, but it still sounds like shit. This is the album that taught me to pay attention to narrative in music and, I imagine like Pink Floyd probably did for lots of people, taught me to listen to entire albums as coherent productions.

3. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy. I learned to dance with my mom to their cover of Mr. Bojangles, the title of which was also my dad's CB handle. Rhythm and blues and folk all rolled into one, this album will always mean orange carpet, wooden speaker boxes, and the smell of diesel to me - and I will always love stripped down country music (I'm lookin' at you, Mr. Lund).

4. John Denver, Poems and Prayers and Promises. Men can also sing like angels. Turns out, John Denver was an angel of death and I really got a different read on his lyrics when I found out he was a navy sniper in Vietnam: "he was born in the summer of his 27th year, far away from a place he'd never been before", "sunshine, almost all the time, makes me hide".

5. Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen. Just like that, I became an American. The first album I ever memorized start to finish, this album will always keep me programmed for the work of a serious bard and I will likely never fully recover from the way it colonized my cultural sensibilities. And damn, can he rock.

6. Eliminator/Afterburner, ZZTop. Blues meets techno. Innovation can also be slick and there is nothing slicker than these two albums, with the possible exception of Robert Palmer's hair. The Afterburner tour was the occasion of my first concert, at the Winnipeg arena, and the band actually fogged the entire arena and flew the Afterburner spaceship around it in lasers. Holy crap. And to think, the show was a makeup for my mom going to see Tears for Fears with dad instead of me...

7. Platinum Blonde: Alien Shores. This was the first tape I bought with my own cash and completely changed the way I heard bass and rhythm in music. I recognise now that Platinum Blonde were kind of a Canadian love child of Yes and Flock of Seagulls but the syncopated driving synth and bass that powers their songs still echoes in my brain.

8. Born to Be Stupid, Wierd Al Yankovic. Everything can be mocked and all songs may be polkas. Every punk band that thinks their covers are funny needs to play Devo with an accordion. Every pop band that takes themselves too seriously needs to beware the accordion.

9. The Dead Milkmen: Death Rides a Pale Cow. Fuck their covers are funny. Their originals even better. Proof that lo-fi shit can blow your mind and justify your hatred of douchebags.

10. Katrina and the Waves: Walking on Sunshine. I blame puberty for this. Filthy, horrid little hormones. I would play the title track over and over, singing at the top of my lungs until I collapsed in tears. Living in a new city, an undersized weird little kid with no friends, convinced that my brothers and I were just bargaining chips in the hate-fuck that was our parents' divorce, I was desperately trying to feel good. There's goodness to be found in pop music.

11. NWA: Straight Outta Compton. Sometimes having the way you listen to music change can be a bad thing. This album caused more adolescent bullshit misogeny than perhaps anything before or since. I wasn't immune and may still be trying to recover from the shit this put in my head. Gangsta is amazing, infectious, and in its day a vital resistance to authority. But it's no hip-hop and the message will only hurt us all in the end.

12. de la Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising. The solution. It's a crying shame there are so few decent hip-hop albums made anymore, though I will certainly give honourable mentions to the Fugees' The Score and, despite his subsequent descent into ridiculous arrogance, K-Os' Joyful Rebellion.

13. Rage Against the Machine: eponymous. The last original thing to happen to rock and proof that rage can matter. Tom Morello might actually be the best rock guitarist around (with Slash, somewhere up there) and Zach de la Rocha's rap/snarl/scream might sound thin compared to some of his newer, slicker imitators but none of them will ever, ever have the impact of this album. Like a sledge hammer to the fucking eyes: you're stunned but can't stop twitching.

14. Tom Petty: Greatest Hits. Who knew that a basic greatest hits album could actually blow your mind? Every song triggers an "man, I love this song, it's my favourite by him!" response, making me feel like a complete weiner by the end. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I lovelovelove the journeyman road through Petty's career that he built with this compilation - the artist as album.

15. Sarah McLaughlin: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. Love and beauty and rightness. One of the two albums on this list I still listen to on a regular basis because I will always need love and beauty and rightness.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009



Announcing the formation of a new Canadian literary magazine!

STEPHEN HARPER: a journal of the literary arts

Dedicated to the publication of Canadian literary talent, STEPHEN
HARPER is looking for said talent to bombard our inbox with your best
writing. We are looking for submissions from across Canada in both
official languages.

Submissions should be made via email to Submissions should remain
under 1 page as budget constraints are also size restraints. Deadline
is as soon as possible! We will start reading as soon as submissions
start rolling in!

We look forward to reading your submissions!

ryan fitzpatrick & Natalie Zina Walschots
STEPHEN HARPER Managing Editors


STEPHEN HARPER was started as the first magazine under new funding
guidelines made by the Canadian Periodical Fund. We believe that the
best response to these new guidelines is to try to produce a literary
journal streamlined enough to meet the new realities of today's
publishing industry. STEPHEN HARPER has an official subscription base
of 413 – each MP and senator in the Canadian government is a
subscriber, including our namesake! As well, STEPHEN HARPER will be
starting a list of unsubscribers (the SH! list) of people not quite
lucky enough to be members of Canada's own government, but who still
wish to receive the light of STEPHEN HARPER into their heart.

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.

If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.

Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.

~Emma Goldman

Monday, February 23, 2009

Harper to cancel funding for Lit Mags

Quill & Quire


Litmags threatened by new funding guidelines
February 20, 2009 | 6:34 PM | By Stuart Woods

The Harper Tories have promised to maintain existing funding levels for
the countrys magazine industry ($75.5-million annually), but guidelines
announced this week for the new Canada Periodical Fund could put Canadas
small-run literary magazines in jeopardy.

The new Canadian Heritage-run program merges two other federal funding
bodies the Canada Magazine Fund and the Publications Assistance Program in
an effort to streamline operations and tie support of the periodical
sector to the reading choices of Canadians. This new system wont become a
reality until at least 2010, but when it does, funds will be allocated
using a formula based on paid circulation, and magazines with less than
5,000 annual subscribers will be shut out altogether.

The new formula would be a huge blow to the small number of literary
publishers that depend on Heritage to survive, including
respected journals such as The Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat
Review, and Matrix, which have typically received annual subsidies ranging
from about $15,000 to $20,000. As it currently stands, the minimum
circulation requirement would exclude pretty much every literary and arts
magazine in the country, says editor Andris Taskans, whose Winnipeg
quarterly Prairie Fire relies on Heritage money for a significant portion
of its operating budget and about half of its postage costs.

Taskans says the new guidelines are a deliberate slap in the face to small
magazines, and that he would like to see the special status of literary
magazines restored. Says Matrix editor-in-chief Jon Paul Fiorentino, whose
magazine has published early works by authors like Heather ONeill and
Pasha Malla, Theres value to what we do beyond the number of readers we
get per issue.

According to the Canadian Heritage release, the department is still
finalizing the guidelines, so theres still room to have them
revised, if not removed completely. People have to be realistic that there
will be some form of minimum,says Mark Jamison, CEO of the trade group
Magazines Canada, so the question is, how do we manage a specific
challenge for a very specialized sector?

Jamison believes theres reasonable hope that Heritage will ease its
restriction on small magazines if the literary community succeeds in
bringing its message to Ottawa.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Calgary Performance

I'll be performing in Calgary next week at the following...

*MISC Presents #1

Friday, February 27, 2009

9:30 PM

The Palomino

109-7th Avenue SW

Cover: $10

Event Purpose:

*MISC Presents is a new events series celebrating the appreciation of more than one genre at a time. A night for evolved humanoids! *(Mutual Inspiration Society of Calgary) A portion of proceeds will go to Inn from the Cold charity.

Featuring Bands:

Gutterawl (rock), Dolly Sillito (indie), & Cowpuncher (roots)

Featuring: Poets:

Wakefield Brewster (Calgary Slam! Champion), Colin Martin (filling Station Magazine), Markus Overland (Gutterawl / Lucid 44), & beautiful newcomer Marie Specht.


Fri Feb 27th – *MISC Presents Gutterawl, Dolly Sillito, & Cowpuncher. With Wakefield Brewster, Marie Specht, Markus Overland & Colin Martin. 9:30, Palomino Smokehouse (downstairs)


Laurie Fuhr, Event Manager

Mutual Inspiration Society of Calgary (*MISC)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

the dirty pants

hey does anyone want a pair of wrongly used men's dress pants? i did something in them i'm trying to suppress and must divorce myself from ownership of the pants.

no reasonable offer will be refused.

for obvious reasons, pictures can not be provided, though i may permit you to fondle them in the alley while i videotape you.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

NōD Launch

Issue 9 Launch is a go!

We will be holding the launch party at Weeds' cafe, 1903 20 Avenue NW
Calgary (on the corner of 18 St and
20 Ave NW) at 7:30 pm on Friday, February 20th.

Readers include Tyler Perry, Lorne Macdonald, Sarah Gibbs and Derek Beaulieu

Also in the blast radius, music by James Dangerous and the CIA.
NōD Magazine
Department of English, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, AB
T2T 1N4

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Call for Submissions

Calling all thieves, bandits and poachers,

Our theme for Issue #10 is "thievery"

NōD, University of Calgary's undergraduate-run magazine, publishes
poetry, prose and visual art, inviting innovative creative endeavors.
We publish the creative work of undergraduates, emerging and
established artists alike.


March 15, 2009

How to Submit:

By Mail: at the below address

*NōD cannot be held accountable for any legal action resulting from
intellectual or material theft.
NōD Magazine
Department of English, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, AB
T2T 1N4