Old Pond Comics — Contests

A great site for staying in the loop about forthcoming haiku contests:

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The Writer’s Studio Reading Series in Vancouver: Tomorrow Night

Cottage Bistro hosts the Writer’s Studio Reading Series, and the time has come around for it again. Here are the details of the readers this time around:

A TWS 2013 graduate, Romney Grant recently completed her first novel and is proud to have received her first handwritten rejection letter. A lawyer by training, she has enjoyed a diverse career, producing three television series among other entrepreneurial ventures and writing business and commercial copy.

Carys Cragg, a member of the TWS 2014 creative non-fiction group, is drafting a memoir: the story of her two-year restorative justice journey, where she wrote with the man who murdered her father 22 years ago. She writes emotionally and evocatively, into the depths of pain, justice and healing.

Rahat Kurd is a poet and cultural critic who was a finalist for the 2014 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize. Her essays have appeared in Walrus, Maisonneuve and Geist magazines. Her first collection of poems will be published by Talonbooks in 2015.

A mentor at SFU’s Southbank Writer’s Program, Carol Tulpar has published essays, poetry and short stories. She is currently writing a novel about family secrets, with story lines set in contemporary Canada, during the WWII London blitz, and among the Bletchley Park codebreakers. She blogs regularly at Essay-eh?

Originally from Montreal, Helen Polychronakos spent several years in Japan before making Vancouver her home. Her writing has appeared in Plenitude Magazine, Filling Station, TheTyee.ca, rabble.ca and others. She is an editor with Room magazine and has also worked in radio. She’s currently writing a collection of short stories.

David Blinkhorn is the executive director of the Federation of British Columbia Writers and the founding director of the Fraser Valley Writers School. A graduate of TWS (fiction 2011), David writes in a wide variety of genres. He has a chapbook: Seeds From Leaves of Grass.

Laurel Albina is a Canadian born, Palestinian-American writer and union negotiator. She lives in East Vancouver with her partner and two young children, and her most important and meaningful pursuit in life is finding the perfect swimming hole on a hot summer day.

Doretta Lau is a journalist with an MFA in writing from Columbia University who covers arts and culture. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Event, Rice Paper, SubTerrain, among others. She splits her time between Hong Kong and Vancouver, and was recently shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award.

The above bios, and more information about the event can be found at the link below.