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
stephen.harper.literary.concern@gmail.com. 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:

Email: nodmagazine@gmail.com
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