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Vertigo Series Season Finale

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 7:30pm

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what men do with their mouths
Bio for c.r avery
By P. Smith

cue the frenzied combo of molar and spit.
his tongue touches every chroma on its way to blue.
he’s been rinsing with gravel, flossing with wire
and chewing brick again, he’s been a bad, bad boy.
but he is crackerjack conjurer of washboards and
rubber, even suburb girls welcome the twinging. i
want to nibble yesterday’s corona from his chin, rub
my index finger along the surface of his laugh, pull
the maw open to check the slick road of his throat.
there’s something illegal going on down there, the
sweet keening of ancient instruments. the orchestra
is fidgety, click-hipped, steaming inside that skin.
the boy opens the beauteous and, in gut rendering,
words become both otherwise and everything.

” first there was The Beats, then Hunter S. Thompson, now there’s C.R. Avery. ” – Kruger Magazine (UK)

” … audacious & astounding ” – London Time out Magazine (Uk)

” …a cultural magpie who’s impossible to pidgin whole.”
– Net Rhythm Magazine (Scotland)

” …imagine if Neil Young was inspired by hip-hop.” – Vancouver Sun

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Trevor Herriot is a prairie naturalist and author of several award-winning books, including Grass, Sky, Song and the national bestseller River in a Dry Land. His fifth book, Towards a Prairie Atonement, was published in October 2016 and a book of essays and photos called Islands of Grass will be released in the fall of 2017.

Herriot is a grassland activist and a skilled birder. He posts regularly on Grass Notes (trevorherriot.blogspot.ca.), his web page on grassland culture and environmental issues. He is featured regularly on CBC Radio and is a frequent guest on the call-in show Blue Sky. He and his wife, Karen, live in Regina, and spend much of their time on a piece of Aspen Parkland prairie east of the city.

“A brave, heart-breaking book in its unflinching analysis of government policy, colonial violence, and corporate greed.”
– Lorna Crozier

“Like Annie Dillard or Barry Lopez or Sharon Butala – or like Thoreau, come to that – Trevor Herriot writes, and writes beautifully, out of a passionate, almost proprietary concern for the landscape, and out of a sense of its sacredness….”
– Bill Richardson, The National Post

 

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Del Suelo

Del Suelo is a Saskatchewan based artist that makes art combining writing and music. In 2016 he released a 10 chapter/10 song combination project titled I Am Free which received an honourable mention at the Tidewater Independent Book Awards and is also being translated into German.

Musically, he performs genre-bending, soul-driven tunes that serve as a soundtrack to the novels he writes. The music is rich in emotion, varying from fun to serious and blends rock-pop catchiness with that of jazz, flecked with improvisation and spontaneity.

Del Suelo frequently collaborates with acts such as the Andino Suns and The Dead South. He has toured all over Canada and Europe, playing notable festivals such as The Regina Folk Fest (Regina SK), Coldsnap Festival, (Prince George BC), Radio Eins Parkfest (Berlin, Germany) Festival Traditions du Monde (Sherbrooke QC), Festival du Voyageur (Winnipeg, MB), SXSW (Austin TX) and Tonder Festival (Tonder, Denmark). Del also teaches songwriting workshops and classes, and hosts a monthly “Theory Jam” for guitarists of all levels.

“I Am Free is some kind of masterpiece. I’m illumined, Del Suelo. More, please.”
– Shelley A. Leedahl, SaskBooks Review

“I really love this inspirational piece of art…A wonderful adventure.”
– Julia Juniper, Kiel, Germany

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Veracity
Photo Cred Jordan Bell

Veracity is from several places at once. She got into slam poetry because she likes to try things that scare her, like skydiving, improv and eye contact. Veracity won the 2016 Saskatchewan Festival of Words Slam, represented Regina nationally on 2 CFSW teams, has been published in Oratorealis and was recently a member of first annual Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival ensemble. When not writing odes to people, politics or pizza pops, Veracity also helps organize Regina Word Up spoken word events and performs at fundraisers for things she cares about, like mental health awareness and support for queer youth. Veracity will never have the last word because she is always trying to find a better one.

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Vertigo Series Open Stage

in partnership with
Cathedral Village Arts Festival
and Sage Hill Writing

Monday, May 22, 2017 7:00pm
@ The Artesian, 2627 13th Ave.

Feature Reader:
Tim Lilburn

House Musicians:
Brian Templeton and Herb Exner

Bring your words, poems, songs, stories, and spoken word to share on the Open Stage! Set your words to music with house musicians! Feature performance by Tim Lilburn, this year’s Sage Hill Poetry Colloquium guru.

E-mail info@vertigoseries.com to sign up or sign up at the door.

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Carla Braidek

Carla Braidek lives and writes in the boreal forest near Big River, Saskatchewan. Her book Carrying the Sun (Thistledown, 2005) was shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry. Her work was also published in her chapbook Quickening, the Hagios Press anthology New Saskatchewan Poets, and various literary magazines. Her poetry was included in the full-length documentary, Unplugged — Emma 2010 Collaboration, that was filmed during that time.

Blair Stonechild

Blair Stonechild is a Cree-Saulteaux member of the Muscowpetung First Nation and professor of Indigenous Studies at First Nations University of Canada. He is the author of The New BuffaloLoyal till Death, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Emily Eaton

Emily Eaton is an associate professor of geography at the University of Regina specializing in political economy and natural resource economies. She is also active in a variety of social justice struggles. Eaton’s first book was Growing Resistance: Canadian Farmers and the Politics of Genetically Modified Wheat.

Valerie Zink

Raised on a farm in the foothills of Alberta, Valerie Zink received her bachelor’s in History from Dalhousie University before studying at the International Centre of Photography in New York. Her work focuses on metabolisms between people and nature, issues of economic migration and displacement, and the intersection of landscape and memory. Through photography, she seeks to reveal the ordinary ways that people struggle to live right and defend their attachment to home. She currently lives and works in Fort Qu’Appelle, SK.

Terry Jordan

Terry Jordan is an award-winning fiction writer, musician, essayist and dramatist whose stage plays have been produced across the country, in the U.S and Ireland. His book of stories “It’s a Hard Cow” won a Saskatchewan Book Award and was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His novel, “Beneath That Starry Place” was published internationally and was nominated for multiple awards. The Toronto Globe & Mail called it “an achingly beautiful book.” Jordan taught Creative Writing at Concordia University, Montreal, and was the first Margaret Laurence Fellow at Trent University. In the past he facilitated the Fiction workshop at Sage Hill Writing Experience, served as Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg Public Libraries, and Okanagan College. He currently resides in Saskatoon.

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as part of Thursday Lates programming at the MacKenzie Art Gallery

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 7:00pm
@ MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert Street, Regina SK

Feature Performer:
Belle Plaine

House Musicians:
Brian Templeton and Andy Beisel

Admission $5. All ages. Cash bar.

Bring your poems, songs, stories to share during the Open Stage. Jam with house musicians. Sign up at the event or e-mail info@vertigoseries.com to sign up in advance.

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Belle Plaine

Belle Plaine is a singer/songwriter raised on the Canadian prairies near the hamlet of Fosston, Saskatchewan. Her brand of roots music combines vintage blues and swing tones of the 1940s with country styles made popular in the heyday of the Grand Ole Opry. Honest lyrics are her constant as she weaves together genres, and though it might not seem to work on paper, when you hear it you’ll know why she reveres artists who defy categorization.

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Walter Hildebrandt

Poet/Historian Walter Hildebrandt was the Director of the University of Calgary Press and Athabasca University Press. He was awarded the Gustavus Myers Award in 1997, for outstanding work on human rights in North America, for his book The Spirit and Intent of Treaty 7. He lives in Edmonton, AB.

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Since 1972, Charles Noble has been publishing. His book, Wormwood, Vermouth, Warphistory (Thistledown Press), won the 1996 Writers Guild of Alberta poetry award. Also a dedicated farmer, Noble works the land of his family’s farm in Nobleford, AB and spends a significant amount of time in Banff. charlessnoble.com

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Kate Sutherland

Kate Sutherland is the author of three books: Summer Reading (winner of a Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book), All In Together Girls, and, most recently, How to Draw a Rhinoceros. Her work has also appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry 2016. She is host and producer of the podcast On the Line: Conversations About Poetry. She lives in Toronto.

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Canadian, Regina based singer/ songwriter/ producer, MYLA, has been recognized for her diverse vocal abilities, unique song writing and creative productions through various song writing and talent awards nationally and internationally. She is active in soul, jazz, folk, rock, r’n’b, pop, world, electronic & fusion. She often performs as a duo or with her band, “Myla & the Fix.” As a songwriter, MYLA encourages depth and authentic diversity through an array of music and travel experiences studying music and embracing creative development in BC and Toronto, and across the world in India, Asia, France and Australia.
https://www.facebook.com/mylasongstress
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https://soundcloud.com/mylasongstress

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The Vertigo Series is proud to partner with the Meet in the Middle (MITM) curatorial team to host this event.

Meet in the Middle Opening Event
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7:30 pm
Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar | 1925 Victoria Ave

7:30 PM Doors open to the public for cocktails and conversation

8:00 PM Opening Remarks: Elizabeth Matheson (Strandline Curatorial Collective)

8:10 PM Musical Performance: Anna Ray Bagdasarian
Presented by Vertigo Reading Series
Anna Ray Bagdasarian
Anna Ray Bagdasarian is a musician and artist who is originally from Armenia and Israel. Her music is described as soulful, folky, and sometimes grungy. She will perform Prairie Song, an original composition co-written with her musical partner, Tara Dawn Solheim. The song mixes folk and country elements, offering a sound distinct from other songs that she has written or covered. Prairie Song is inspired by the life and the mood of Anna’s new home – Saskatchewan.

8:30 PM The Spirituality of Worry
Opening Performance by Celeste Snowber (Simon Fraser University)
Celeste Snowber threads dance, comedy and poetry to share stories of growing up with an Armenian mother, who had an eggplant soul. All of life, including vegetables, was stuffed with love, worry, trauma, wisdom and wonder. Resilience is borne where smells, textures and hues were the heaven of the new earth, and the scent of the old land. Celeste weaves the depth, absurdity and beauty of life through reforming notions of worry.

Join us following the event as we walk across the park for the Armenian Film Series 1 which begins 9:15pm Nov. 2, 2016 at the RPL Film Theatre / Dunlop Art Gallery.
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Presented as part of Meet in the Middle (MITM): Stations of Migration and Memory Between Art and Film (Regina 2014-2017)
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MITM Events, Armenian Film Series I and II
November 2-3, 2016
Dunlop Art Gallery / RPL Film Theatre

Atom Egoyan at the MacKenzie / MITM International Symposium
November 4-5, 2016
MacKenzie Art Gallery

For more information or to register for events, please visit:
http://www.egoyanatthemackenzie.ca/

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Spoken Word Showcase featuring C.R. Avery
with local guest poets

Sat. Oct. 15, 2016, 2:00pm
@ Creative City Centre

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The Vertigo Series is working in partnership with the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild to host a Culture Days event! Find us in Victoria Park in the midst of the Regina Farmers’ Market on Sat. Oct. 1 at 10:30am.
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The Vertigo Series 2016-17 Season Kick-Off!

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Terry Jordan

Terry Jordan is an award-winning fiction writer, musician, essayist and dramatist whose stage plays have been produced across the country, in the U.S and Ireland. His book of stories It’s a Hard Cow won a Saskatchewan Book Award and was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His novel, Beneath That Starry Place was published internationally and was nominated for multiple awards. The Toronto Globe & Mail called it “an achingly beautiful book.” Jordan taught Creative Writing at Concordia University, Montreal, and was the first Margaret Laurence Fellow at Trent University. In the past he facilitated the Fiction workshop at Sage Hill Writing Experience, served as Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg Public Libraries, and Okanagan College. He currently resides in Saskatoon.

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Jim McLean

Jim McLean had a long career with Canadian Pacific Railway and with Transport Canada, living and working in various Canadian locations. He is an original member of the Moose Jaw Movement poetry group, and his work has appeared in magazines and anthologies and on CBC Radio. He is the author of The Secret Life of Railroaders and co-author of Wildflowers Across the Prairies. His illustrations have appeared on book covers and in several literary and scientific publications. He currently lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

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D.S. Stymeist

D.S. Stymeist’s poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including The Antigonish ReviewPrairie Fire, Dalhousie Review, and The Fiddlehead. His work was featured as the Parliamentary Poet Laureate’s Poem of the Month (February 2015) and was short-listed for Vallum’s 2015 poetry prize. He teaches poetics, Renaissance drama, and aboriginal literature at Carleton University. He grew up as a resident of O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, is the editor and founder of the micro-press, Textualis, and is the current vice-president of VERSeFest. Frontenac House Press has just released his debut collection, The Bone Weir.

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Brock Prentice

Like a photo album full of faded memories, every song from Regina’s Brock Prentice tells its own unique story. Turning the page on the conventional singer-songwriter persona, lyrical lows and falsetto highs band together honest storytelling with a gifted hand that masterfully plays the guitar. Currently the front man for Saskatchewan pop rock upstarts Desert Island Classic, Brock has seen his fair share of stages. Intimate clubs and darkly lit bars have led the way to several Summer festivals and local television appearances. An accomplished tattoo artist towering in stature – when it comes to the music of Brock Prentice, take caution because what you see is by no means what you’re going to get. “Brock Prentice channels everything from introspective, emotive folk pop to the big delivery summer metal ballads of yore, all in a raw, confessional style that tells as many stories as the sea of tattoos he is covered by. It’s stripped down acoustic stuff, but the furthest thing from downbeat — he’s clearly not afraid to belt it out from the rooftops.” ~ Craig Silliphant (Prairie Dog Magazine, Planet S Magazine, The Feedback Society)

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The Vertigo Series Season Finale
Monday, June 13, 2016, 7:30pm

Hosted by:
Crave Kitchen & Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave

Readings by:

Katherine Lawrence

Alison Lohans

2016 Regina Poetry Slam Team

Music by:

Val Halla

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Vertigo Series Open Stage
at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival
Monday, May 23, 2016 7:00pm
@ The Artesian, 2627 13th Ave.

Feature Performer:
Sheri-D Wilson

House Musicians:
Brian Templeton and Andy Beisel

Bring your words, poems, songs, stories, spoken word to share at the Open Stage! Set your words to music with house musicians! Feature performance by the Mama of Dada, Sheri-D Wilson. E-mail info@vertigoseries.com to sign up.

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Workshop with Sheri-D Wilson
at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival
Monday, May 23, 2016 3:30-5:30pm

@ The Artesian,  2627 13th Ave.
Free Admission

Join internationally known spoken word poet & educator Sheri-D Wilson for free workshop that will take you deeper into your own authentic voice and performance. This workshop is All Ages.

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Sheri-D Wilson is a Canadian poet, educator, producer and activist. She has 9 collections of poetry for which she has received many awards. She is the founder of the Calgary Spoken Word Festival.

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Louise Halfe

Louise Bernice Halfe

Louise Bernice Halfe was born in Two Hills, Alberta, and was raised on the Saddle Lake Reserve. Her Cree name is Sky Dancer.
Louise has three book publications to her credit. Bear Bones & Feathers was published in 1994. It received the Canadian People’s Poet Award, and was a finalist for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award. Blue Marrow was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Award, the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, and the Saskatchewan Poetry Award. The Crooked Good was published in 2007. She was awarded third prize in the League of Canadian Poets’ national poetry contest and was Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for 2005-2006.
Louise has a Bachelor of Social Work, and received an Honorary Degree of Letters (Ph. D) from Wilfred Laurier University. She currently works with Elders in an organization called Opikinawasowin (“raising our children”). She lives outside of Saskatoon with her husband.

Timothy Long

Timothy Long

Timothy Long is Head Curator of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan and has been responsible for a series of landmark exhibitions of Saskatchewan art. His interests include the mimetic theory of René Girard, and interdisciplinary approaches to ceramics, film, dance and performance art.

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Garry Thomas Morse

Garry Thomas Morse is the author of five poetry titles and four fiction titles, notably Governor-General’s Award poetry finalist Discovery Passages about his ancestral Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations myth, history, and fallout of the potlatch ban. Morse’s latest poetry title Prairie Harbour features a long poem set in Regina, and includes an interlude of “heritage minutes” about the commercial aspects of colonization, from the origins of the fur trade to the present day. He currently resides in Winnipeg.

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Joelle Fuller

This soul/folk/rock warrior loves to deliver the goods. She fires up the audience as they witness a woman who makes no apologies for her pursuit of contentment within and the longing for a peaceful and just world.  Whether she lends her powerful voice to shed light on the environment or to represent those who need to be heard, she is driven to reveal the trials and blessings of life. She has graced festivals across the prairies, and performed on stages from Regina to Victoria, all the while refining her songwriting skills. She has opened for Quebec sweethearts, Chic Gamine (Kelowna, BC), and upon returning to her native Regina (Sept 2015) opened for John Wort Hannam (Regina, SK). Joelle will be heading into the studio this spring with Chris Notenboom producing so she can continue to share her journey.

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David Carpenter

David Carpenter was conceived in Saskatoon but born in Edmonton.  He began writing as a translator and literary critic, and he made the switch from scholarly writing to literary essays and short stories.  His early short fiction came out in Saturday Night, and his first two books of stories were published by McClelland & Stewart in the mid-to-late 1980s.  Ten books of fiction and literary nonfiction have followed, including Welcome to Canada, a collection of novellas that won an American award. Also among his literary awards are a Centennial Medal (2006) and the coveted Kloppenburg Award (2015).  He is the editor of the 3-volume Literary History of Canada.  His latest book, The Education of Augie Merasty (2015), involved piecing together a series of letters, true stories, and fragments over a period of 12 years from an old Cree trapper who survived eight brutal years in a residential school. This book is shortlisted for one writing award and two publishing awards in the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards.  He lives in Saskatoon.

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Judith Silverthorne

Judith Silverthorne, a multiple-award winning author, has lived most of her life in Saskatchewan, exploring its culture and history, and revelling in the natural beauty of the prairie landscape, which provides inspiration for many of her books.

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Gerald Hill *

Gerald Hill has published six poetry collections — two of which won Saskatchewan Book Awards for Poetry. His latest collection, Hillsdale Book, came out with NeWest Press in April, 2015, and is currently shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Awards Poetry Award. Two sub-sets of that book were published in 2012: Hillsdale, a Map, produced with designer Jared Carlson, and Streetpieces, a chapbook produced by David Zieroth at The Alfred Gustav Press in Vancouver. Also in 2015, Hill published A Round for Fifty Years: A History of Regina’s Globe Theatre with Coteau Books. Gerald Hill is newly retired from his career teaching English and Creative Writing at Luther College at the University of Regina.

* Timothy Long was not able to join us. Sask Poet Laureate and Sask Books Awards Nominee, Gerald Hill kindly filled in.

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Rye Noble

Rye n’ the Vats is an eclectic mix of Regina musicians playing an eclectic mix of styles. Founded in the summer of 2010 by members Ryley Noble and Greg “Junior” Osmond, the ever-growing band now has seven members, including Graeme MacLeod, Charity Putman, Holly Grewall and Alex Wilson. The Vats create a unique sound by adding a blend of tuba, trumpet, slide guitar, banjo, accordion and, of course, groovy bass lines to the already interesting sounds of Junior’s djembe and Ryley’s guitar. Top it all off with wicked vocal harmonies, and you have Rye n’ the Vats.

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The Vertigo Series
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, 7:30 pm
Hosted by:
Crave Kitchen & Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave

Readings by:
Shelley Banks
Catherine Fenwick
Tara Gereaux
Micheline Maylor

Music by:
Judd Stachoski

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Shelley Banks is a writer, editor and photographer, with a recent poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road (Thistledown Press). Shelley has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of B.C. and an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. She blogs at ShelleyBanks.ca, and lives and writes in Regina.

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Catherine Fenwick

Cathy Fenwick lives in Regina and is widely published in magazines, academic journals, and anthologies. Currently working on a poetry manuscript, her poems have been published in Transition, the Society, and Folklore. Cathy is immensely grateful to the Sage Hill 2015 Poetry Colloquium, where she learned a great deal working with Steven Heighton (facilitator), Micheline Maylor, Tara Dawn Solheim, and other top-notch poets. At the participants reading event she was introduced as an actor who was once in a scene with Ryan Reynolds who told her, “good job Ma’am.” This is true.

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Tara Gereaux

Tara Gereaux is a Métis from the Qu’Appelle Valley. She studied screenwriting at York University and Creative Writing at UBC, and has worked as a researcher, writer, and story editor in film and television. Gereaux’s writing has been published in several Canadian literary journals, and she won Event Magazine’s 14th Annual Creative Non-fiction Competition as well as other screenwriting and non-fiction awards. Her first novel (for teens), Size of a Fist, was published by Thistledown Press in October 2015. She lives in Regina.

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Micheline Maylor

Micheline Maylor’s latest collection Whirr and Click with Frontenac House (2013). Her chapbook, Starfish, with Rubicon Press, sold out in 2011. She is a graduate of the May Studio at the Banff Centre in 2010. Her latest works are in Quill and Quire, Rotary Dial, and Fiddlehead. She teaches creative writing and composition at Mount Royal University in Calgary and is the poetry editor at Frontenac House Press.

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The Vertigo Series

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, 7:30pm

Crave Kitchen & Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave

Readings by:
Byrna Barclay
Méira Cook

Music by:
Shannon Rae

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Byrna Barclay

Byrna Barclay is an award-winning author whose work includes The Forest Horses and Girl at the Window. She has served as president of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and vice-chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. She lives in Regina. House of the White Elephant is her tenth publication, a story loosely based on her paternal ancestry.

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Méira Cook

Méira Cook has published five poetry collections, most recently Monologue Dogs (Brick).  She won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2007 and the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize in 2012. Her first novel, The House on Sugarbush Road (Enfield & Wizenty), won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award in 2013. Her latest novel is  Nightwatching (HarperCollins).

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Shannon Rae

Shannon Rae (Shannon McNabb) is a singer songwriter who resides in Regina Saskatchewan.  She began singing at the age of 4, performing for live audiences at the age of nine and performed competitively at age 14.  Shannon has been a performer with GX94 Star Search show for over 5 years. In 2014, she had the honor of being a part of the CKRM singer-songwriter series, which took place at the Casino Regina. In 2005, Shannon was a competitor for Canadian Showcase, a national talent search. Shannon has also performed in numerous events across Saskatchewan including the Hillbilly Boogie Fest and the Vertigo Series.  Recently, she had the pleasure of visiting Nashville Tennessee, where she performed at the world famous Tootsie’s orchid lounge, Douglas Corner Café and other musical venues on Broadway. Shannon continues to write music and enjoys networking with other professional singer-songwriters in the industry. Shannon is currently completing her graduate degree in education, before she makes her journey back to music city Nashville, Tennessee.

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MacKenzie Presents: Vertigo Series 
Thursday, November 12, 2015 7:00pm

The MacKenzie Art Gallery, in partnership with Vertigo Series, presents an open stage, highlighting the best of music, writing, visual art, and poetry. Admission is $5. Cash bar.

Feature Performer:
Steven Ross Smith

House Musicians:
Brian Templeton and Herb Exner

Bring your writing and music to share during the Open Stage.
E-mail info@vertigoseries.com to sign up to share.

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WORD-STAIRS Writing Workshop with Steven Ross Smith
2:00 – 4:00 pm Thurs. Nov. 12 @ MacKenzie Art Gallery (Free)
Sponsored by Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild

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This workshop will use attention to the gallery installation “The Stepped Form” as a generative device for writing poetry or other genres selected or preferred by each individual participating writer.

As the installation on view is called ‘The Stepped Form’, we will discuss and endeavour to enact what ‘step’ means to each of us: up and down, leaping, exploring, tripping, and more. We’ll also work with the materiality and sounds of language as well as image and other elements of the writing craft.

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Steven Ross Smith

Steven Ross Smith is a sound and performance poet, who works also in fiction and non-fiction. He has been publishing books since the 1970s, and was a member of the legendary sound poetry group, Owen Sound. He has also written two librettos. Smith’s book fluttertongue 3: disarray won the 2005 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. The chapbook Pliny’s Knickers, a collaboration between Smith, poet Hilary Clark, and artist Betsy Rosenwald, won the 2006 bpNichol Chapbook Award. He was the founding Director of Sage Hill Writing Experience and ran the program from 1990 to 2007. In 2008, he became Director of Literary Arts at The Banff Centre, where he served until March 2014. Smith currently lives and writes in Banff, Alberta and on Galiano Island, British Columbia. Find him at: http://www.fluttertongue.ca: Blog – stevenrosssmith.com: Twitter – @SonnyBoySmith

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Vertigo Series
A special edition on the eve of the SK Writers’ Guild Conference
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, 7:30pm

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Connie Gault

Connie Gault is the author of two short story collections, numerous plays for stage and radio, and the co-author of a feature film, Solitude. Her novel, Euphoria, won the 2009 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction and was short-listed for the High Plains Fiction Award and the Commonwealth Prize for Best Novel of Canada and the Caribbean. Her new novel, A Beauty, was published by McClelland & Stewart in February, 2015.

Elizabeth Philips

Elizabeth Philips

Elizabeth Philips is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, A Blue with Blood in it (Coteau Books: 2000) and Torch River (Brick Books: 2007). Among other awards, she has won two Saskatchewan Book Awards, a National Magazine Award, an Alberta Magazine Award, and Torch River was a finalist for the Lambda Book Award in the US. Her poems have been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2009 and 70 Canadian Poets (Gary Geddes, editor, 2014).  The Afterlife of Birds is her first novel. She lives in Saskatoon with her partner and their dogs.

Dianne Warren  

Dianne Warren

Dianne Warren is the author of the Governor General’s Award–winning novel Cool Water, as well as three books of short fiction and three plays. Her play Serpent in the Night Sky was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award for Drama in 1992. In 2004, she won the Marian Engel Award for a woman writer in mid-career. She lives with her husband, a visual artist, in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Ava Wild

Ava Wild

From the skies of Saskatchewan, Ava Wild began to collect inspiration and translate her world through music. With the same determination to learn guitar and write her first song, Ava continues to grow in her musical abilities.

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Lynda Monahan

Lynda Monahan’s newest poetry collection, Verge, was published in the spring of 2015 with Guernica Editions. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, A Slow Dance in the Flames and What My Body Knows, both published by Coteau Books. Her work has been published in many Canadian and American literary magazines and anthologies and broadcast on CBC radio. She facilitates a number of creative writing workshops and has been writer-in-residence at St. Peter’s College facilitated retreat and at Balfour Collegiate in Regina. She facilitated the teen writing camp for Sage Hill Writing Experience. She is editor of several collections including Second Chances: stories of brain injury survivors, With Just One Reach of Hands for the CMHA Writing For Your Life program and Skating in the Exit Light, a poetry anthology. She has served on the council for the League of Canadian Poets and on the board of Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. She is currently writer-in-residence at the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Harold Rhenisch

Harold Rhenisch
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Harold Rhenisch is the author of 12 books of poetry and 17 books of memoir, literary nonfiction, environmental writing, fiction, translation and essay. His Out of the Interior and Tom Thomson’s Shack are classics of literary memoir. His pioneering work at adapting European literary nonfiction styles to Canadian experience has earned him the George Ryga Prize, four B.C. Book Prize nominations, and a reputation as a go-to editor for nonfiction memoirs that bridge genres, including Phyllis Nackomeckny’sVidh, Lorne Dufour’s Joseph’s Prayer and Vangie Bergum’s Bestamor and Me. He has won the Malahat Review long poem prize (twice), a CBC Poetry Prize, an ARC poem of the year prize, and other national and regional prizes for poetry, book reviewing and playwriting. He works closely with environmental photographer and publisher Chris Harris and writes (and photographs) the environmental blog www.okanaganokanogan.com. In 2013, he was writer in residence at the Klaustrid Cultural Centre in Skriduklaustur, Iceland. He lives in the Okanagan Valley in the dry grasslands of British Columbia, which he calls an Iceland without rain.

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Bren Simmers

Bren Simmers is the author of two books of poetry, Hastings-Sunrise (Nightwood, 2015) and Night Gears (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010). She is the winner of an Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Award, was a finalist for The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize and has been twice longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. She currently lives in Squamish, BC.

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Ben Winoski

THE BEN WINOSKI PROJECT can be seen playing their style of Latin instrumental guitar music at various venues around Regina. Over the past 4 years Ben has made upwards of 200 appearances in Saskatchewan playing this type of music. Ben is an experienced guitar player and teacher, with a diverse background. The Ben Winoski Project is an extension of a previous duo between Ben and guitarist Marc Horn. They perform as a duo, trio or a four piece. Playing bass is Rob D., who is also the bassist for Regina’s Skavenja. Ben is also joined by Jeff Storry, a guitarist with an extensive heavy metal and theory background. With over 60 years of experience combined, they play traditional music combined with original material. The Ben Winoski Project is a guitar oriented, Latin themed band, who aim at having fun and entertaining while focusing on feel, dynamics, and musical integrity. 

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Vertigo Series Poster June 2015

The Vertigo Series Season Finale

Monday, June 29, 2015, 7:30pm

Hosted by:
Crave Kitchen & Wine Bar, 1925 Victoria Ave

Join us for the Vertigo Series Season Finale on June 29th at Crave! We’ve put together a very special event featuring Regina launches of new books by Lorna Crozier and Cassidy McFadzean. Irwin Kahan’s Memoir “Tending the Tree of Life” read by his daughter Barbara Kahan of Wild Sage Press. Music by world renowned drummer Flo Mounier all the way from Montreal and special guests. See you there to celebrate the season!

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Lorna Crozier

Lorna Crozier’s latest book is The Wrong Cat. She is the award-winning author of sixteen previous books of poetry, most recently Small Mechanics, The Blue Hour of the Day: Selected Poems, and Whetstone. She is also the author of The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things and the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. Crozier is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria and an Officer of the Order of Canada, and she has received three honorary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian literature. Born in Swift Current, she now lives in British Columbia.

Cassidy McFadzean
Cassidy McFadzean

Cassidy McFadzean is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart 2015). She has been a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize, the Walrus Poetry Prize, and won second place in the 2014 Short Grain Contest. McFadzean lives in Regina and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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Irwin Kahan was born in 1919 in a Jewish farming community in Saskatchewan and died in 2015 in Toronto. After serving with the RCAF during World War II, he received his social work degree from McGill University. In the 1950s he participated in the Saskatchewan government’s cutting-edge psychiatric research program. Working with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Saskatchewan Division) and as founding General Director of the Canadian Schizophrenia Foundation, Kahan was a fierce advocate for people with mental illness.

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Barbara Kahan

Regina resident Barbara Kahan is the author of Healthier Children (Keats Publishing), the poetry chapbook Illuminated Tales of Romance (if press), and the novel Eve’s Garden which, after 20 years, is on its fifteenth, and hopefully final, revision. She is also publisher of Wild Sage Press (www.wildsagepress.biz). She loved listening to the stories her father told about his life, which are now included in his memoir Tending the Tree of Life.

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Wild Sage Press’s mission is to publish limited and small-run editions of exquisitely produced, extremely high quality poetry, prose and art. Founded in 2012, it is now celebrating the launch of its seventh title, Tending the Tree of Life. In addition to poetry, drama, memoir, and children’s books, Wild Sage Press has “other delights”: prints, collector cards and art cards. For more information about Wild Sage Press and its publications, visit www.wildsagepress.biz.

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Flo Mounier

Drummer for the band Cryptopsy, Flo has toured Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States as a headlining act over the last 12 years, and combined record sales have reached over 300,000 copies to date. He is also an accomplished clinician and has performed extensively across North America. Wherever Flo has played, his reputation remains the same; he combines great chops with blistering speed. Add this to an open mind approach that embraces different musical genres, Flo has developed an even greater ability to enhance the creative edge within his unique phrasing. His exploration of the Latin / Jazz approach has added an originality to his style which sets him apart from the rest.

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Vertigo Series Open Stage
at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival
with Judith Krause and Dan Silljer!Monday, May 18, 2015 7:00pm
Free Admission@ The Artesian, 2627 13th Ave.Bring your words, poems, stories, songs, spoken word to share at the Open Stage!
Jam with house musician Dan Silljer.
Feature reading by Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, Judith Krause.E-mail info@vertigoseries.com to sign-up.Those who sign-up prior to the event will be ensured a spot if time becomes limited.
Sign-up will also be available at the event.Many thanks to our partners and sponsors:Brown Communications
Cathedral Village Arts Festival
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Saskatchewan Lotteries
SaskCulture
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The Vertigo Series

Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:30pm

Join us for readings by Saskatchewan Book Awards nominees.

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Robert Currie
Robert Currie

Robert Currie is a poet and fiction writer. He is the author of ten books, including the short story collections Night Games and Things You Don’t Forget, and the novel Teaching Mr. Cutler. In 2009 Currie received the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. He lives in Moose Jaw where he taught for thirty years at Central Collegiate, winning the Joseph Duffy Memorial Award for excellence in teaching language arts. His book, Living with the Hawk is nominated for the Young Adult Literature Award from the Saskatchewan Book Awards.

 Ken Dalgarno

Ken Dalgarno

Ken Dalgarno is a Canadian artist and photographer from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Saskatchewan. Dalgarno has exhibited in group and solo shows across Western Canada, the Dakota’s, Montana and Minnesota. His paintings are in private and public collections across Canada, the United States, South Africa and Italy. Dalgarno has received support for his work both from the Canada Council of the Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. “The Crooked Trees of Alticane” recently finished a successful nine venue tour which included a half page profile in the Edmonton Journal. His book Badlands: A Geography of Metaphors is nomianted for the First Book Award form the Saskatchewan Book Awards.

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Paul Hanley

Paul Hanley has published 1500 articles on the environment, sustainable development, agriculture, and other topics. He is editor and co-author of Earthcare: Ecological Agriculture in Saskatchewan (Earthcare, 1980) and The Spirit of Agriculture (George Ronald, 2005). Paul is a recipient of the Canadian Environment Award. He has been an environment columnist with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix since 1989. His book, Eleven is nominated for the Saskatoon Book Award and the Non-Fiction Award from the Saskatchewan Book Awards.

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Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble

The Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble was founded over twelve years ago by Tara Semple and Linda Lucyk. They perform a wide variety of music: sacred, jazz, classical, ethnic, baroque and modern. Together, they bring knowledge about the flute from their diverse background in Irish, baroque, and classical for a rich musical experience.  The Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble is known for its unique and beautiful sonority because members of the group utilize bass flute, alto flute, C flute and piccolo. They are continually looking for exciting new arrangements and composers for their flute ensemble.  In the past few years the Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble has commissioned much needed works for the flute quartet repertoire.

Performers of the ensemble, Tara Semple, Linda Lucyk, Marie-Véronique Bourque and David Popoff are all currently members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

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Vertigo Series Open Stage
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 7:00 pm
Presented in Partnership with Thursday Night Live at
The MacKenzie Art Gallery
3475 Albert St.
Feature Performers:
Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Moe Clark

House Musicians:
Brian Templeton & Herb Exner
Admission: $5
Bring your writing and music to share during the Open Stage.
E-mail info@vertigoseries.com to sign up to share.
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“Vision + Voice” Workshop with Moe Clark
Tuesday Mar. 24, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
@ The MacKenzie Art Gallery
Free Admission
Explore principles of “ekphrastic” poetry writing in response to a visual work in the gallery, then add sound through vocal experimentation with the looping pedal. Elements of spoken word, poetic prompts, vocal improvisation and talking circle will be explored in a group setting. No previous experience required. Bring a notebook, pen + open mind.
E-mail info@vertigoseries.com to sign up.
Limited spots available.
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Moe Clark
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Métis multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word.  Her poetic songs resonate with the power to heal, to celebrate spirit and to connect with authentic purpose. As an educator, Clark facilitates writing, vocal improvisation and looping pedal workshops in high schools, communities and with Aboriginal youth. Her work takes  her as far north as Iqaluit to offer intergenerational storytelling exchanges and as far south as Brazil to collaborate inter-culturally with the Tembe people. Her approach to group facilitation aims to build bridges through empathetic listening and sharing. Clark has two albums of words and music: Circle of She: Story & Song (2008) and Within (September 2014). Her bilingual book of poetryFire & Sage / De sauge et de feu was published through Maelström Press in 2013. She has performed and collaborated on numerous national and international stages including Maelström ReÉvolution Poétique Fiéstival in Belgium (2013 & 2009), IDEA World Congress: Art for Social Change in Brazil (2010), and her more recent “Poet of Honour” performance at the 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. As artistic producer she directed the 10th Annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal (2013), the first bilingual edition which also highlighted Indigenous languages. Other collaborations include Bird Messengers indigenous theatre performance and Back to Where My Heart Belongs Cree language songwriting project. She has given feature talks at TedXMontreal (May 2012) and the Olympic Summer Games in London, U.K. (July 2012).

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Jane Munro
Jane Munro

Jane Munro is the author of five previous books of poetry. Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award and the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, and was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award. She is a member of Yoko’s Dogs, a poetry collective whose first book, Whisk, appeared in 2013. She lives in Vancouver.

Michael Kenyon
Michael Kenyon

Michael Kenyon’s work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Baxter Hathaway Prize in fiction, The Malahat Review’s Novella Prize, Prism international’s fiction contest, the Journey Prize, the National and the Western Magazine Award. His novel The Beautiful Children won the 2010 Relit Award.

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P. J. Worrell

“Gripping. Dark. Sexual.” That’s how Lorna Crozier describes Proudflesh, P. J. Worrell’s first collection of short fiction published by Thistledown Press in March. Peggy grew up on a Saskatchewan farm, and is a social worker as well as a writer. Grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Creative Saskatchewan have supported her writing. She studied at The Banff Centre, St. Peter’s College (Muenster), and The Munster Literature Centre (Cork, Ireland). Her mentors include Sarah Selecky, Connie Gault, Lynda Monahan, Dave Margoshes, and Sean Virgo. Peggy has one foot in Swift Current and the other in a cabin at a northern lake. She loves her family even more than she loves words.

Heather Peat Hamm
Heather Peat Hamm

Heather Peat Hamm is a prairie ecologist by training and prairie advocate at heart. Fifteen years in agricultural and ecological research left Heather with a keen observational bent and drawing skills honed at the microscope. She has studied ecology at universities of Saskatchewan, Toronto, and Alaska, Fairbanks and broadened her botanical illustrations skills through Cornell University. With a banjo or guitar on her knee, music is a constant in her life and songs another form of poetry for her. Although she has strayed around the world, the prairie – her mission, her muse, her roots – has drawn her back again. Heather currently lives in Forget, Saskatchewan.

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Folk Sanctuary

Marie-Véronique Bourque   (flute)
Morgan Hughes   (guitar)
Johnny Hatzitolios   (guitar/vocals)

Folk Sanctuary is a new folk-pop-world music group with creative, blissful songwriting and veteran musicianship, hailing from Regina, SK. The Vertigo performance will feature 2 guitars, and flute, with both instrumental and vocal songs. Folk Sanctuary recently performed for the Sask Multi-cultural Conference (at FNUC), O’Hanlon’s and a house concert.  Being an acoustic act, Folk Sanctuary is able to play from a duo to full five-piece to suit the show and venue. The group also features the incredible tabla percussion playing of Nadeem Naz. After amazing experiences recording and performing his last album, Johnny decided to separate his more acoustic music from the electric music. This journey has led him to the musical friendship of this group of players, bringing together their influences to create a terrific style. Folk Sanctuary will be going into the studio soon to record a song collection, working with talented producer Mark Schmidt.

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Cat Abenstein

Regina based poet, Cat Abenstein, is brought up on dinnertime stories that weave memories into present energy. A two time Regina “Word Up” poetry slam team member with national competitions in Montreal, QB (2013) and Victoria, BC (2014) and a member in the alternative music scene since 2011, Cat has traveled across Saskatchewan performing her poetry and music at events such as Ness Creek Music Festival (2011), Moose Jaw’s Performers Cafe (2013), Saskatoon’s Tonight it’s Poetry (2013, 2014) feature performer at Humboldt and Regina’s Culture Days celebrations (2014)  and Dueling Poets, a Poetry Decathlon in part of Moose Jaw’s Reading Week (2014). While exploring the effects words have at shaping worlds, Cat continues to positively contribute to her community one story at a time.

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Rolli

Rolli is a writer, illustrator and cartoonist hailing from Regina. He’s the author of two short story collections (I Am Currently Working On a Novel  and God’s Autobio), two books of poems (Mavor’s Bones and Plum Stuff), the middle grade story collection Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat and two forthcoming novels – Kabungo (Groundwood, 2016) and The Sea-Wave (Guernica Editions, 2016). His cartoons appear regularly in Reader’s Digest, Harvard Business Review, Adbusters, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other popular outlets. Visit Rolli’s website (rollistuff.com) and follow him on Twitter @rolliwrites.

Roman Corkery
Roman Corkery

Roman Corkery has a unique rap-based vocal style that ranges from hardcore to death with a twist of hip-hop. He lets you have it straight up by way of apocalyptic storytelling, intelligent lyrics, humor and wit. Roman is the main voice and lyric writer for Digital Doomzday (hardcore rap and metal) along with drummer Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) and guitarist Justin Bender (Third Ion, ex- Into Eternity).

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InfoRed

Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has rocked the microphone across Turtle Island and has been a featured artist at events such as Aboriginal Music Week in Manitoba, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live and Vancouver’s Olympic Games celebrations. Brad is a proud Nakota/Cree member of the Little Black Bear First Nation who calls Regina, SK home. When he isn’t manifesting rhymes on stage, Brad holds his head high walking the hallways of First Nations University of Canada as a Journalism student. A true believer that education is the new buffalo, Brad frequently speaks to youth in their communities facilitating workshops on First Nations Culture and the art of storytelling using his gift of rap to relay the message.  His work in schools gave him a unique opportunity to present his methods of education at the VIII International Conference of Intercultural Education in Indigenous Contexts in Temuco, Chile. An active member in the community, Brad has been the Vice President of Communications and President on the First Nations University of Canada’s Regina campus Students’ Association from 2011-2014 and has also been a Student Ambassador since 2012. Being a student and a performer provided Brad with the opportunity to perform for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal visit to First Nations University of Canada in 2012. In addition to being a full-time student, Brad continues to find time to speak to youth organizations, schools and class rooms to encourage and engage the students in dialogue about higher education and re-learning their culture. To hear some of his music feel free to go to soundcloud.com/thelocalonlyz for a free album download of ‘Kings Among Klowns’ which was rated one the Canada’s top ten most influential Indigenous albums of 2011 by RPM.fm.

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Vertigo Poster Nov 2014

George Elliott Clarke Writing Workshop
Nov. 27, 2014 2:00pm
@ MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

Free Admission

E-mail info@vertigoseries.com to register.

Sponsored by Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild

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Join us in the evening for an Open Stage and a feature performance by George Elliott Clarke:

Vertigo Series Open Stage
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 7:00pm
@ MacKenzie Art Gallery
Admission: $5

Feature Literary Performance: George Elliott Clarke
House Musicians: Brian Templeton and Herb Exner

Bring your writing and music to share during the Open Stage. Jam with house musicians.

E-mail info@vertigoseries.com to sign up.

George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke has issued 13 poetry texts, 4 verse-plays, 3 opera libretti, 1 novel, 2 scholarly essay collections, and 2 edited anthologies.  His plays and operas have all been staged, and his 2 screenplays have been televised.  He has 3 titles in translation: 1 in Chinese; 1 in Romanian; and 1 in Italian.  He lives in Toronto, but still owns property in his homeland, Nova Scotia. He is the E.J. Pratt professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.

Acclaimed for his poetry, opera libretti, and novel, Clarke has also won laurels for his pioneering work as a scholar of African-Canadian literature.  His honours include The Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry (1991), The Portia White Prize for Artistic Excellence (1998), A Bellagio Center (Italy) Fellowship (1998), The Governor-General’s Literary Award for Poetry (2001), The National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry (2001), The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award (2004), The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005), The Frontieras Poesis Premiul (Romania, 2005), The Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), The Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009), Appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), and Appointment to the Order of Canada (2008).  Clarke has also received 8 honorary doctorates. He served as the 27th William Lyon Mackenzie King Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University, in the Department of English, 2013-14.  His newest book is Traverse, an autobiographical poem.

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Lori Hahnel

Descended from a long line of music lovers, Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero (Oberon, 2008) and After You’ve Gone (Thistledown, 2014), as well as Nothing Sacred (Thistledown, 2009), a collection of short fiction which shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her writing has been published across North America and in the UK; her credits include CBC Radio, The FiddleheadPrairie Fire and Joyland.

During the early days of Calgary’s punk scene, Hahnel was a founding member of The Virgins, a power-pop punk group that carved its place in Calgary rock history as the city’s first all-female band. Hahnel lives in Calgary where she teaches creative writing.

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Fionncara MacEoin

Fionncara MacEoin is a poet living in Saskatoon. MacEoin has participated in writing retreats and workshops in Saskatchewan and at The Banff Centre. Recent publications include the chapbook Even the Sky Parts (JackPine Press, 2011) and Not The First Thing I’ve Missed (Thistledown Press, Spring 2014).

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A Gift of the Prairie

Edited by Bernadette Wagner, the inaugural literary artist-in-residence at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre in Regina Beach, A Gift of the Prairie: Writings from the Southern Shores of Last Mountain Lake is a multi-genre collection of work by writers at varying stages of development – from beginning to emerging professionals to professional writers. All contributors share a connection, however tenuous or long-term, to the area and some will be present to share their work.

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The Stillhouse Poets

The Stillhouse Poets are a roots duo from Regina. Their influences are drawn deep from the musical well waters of the Mississippi Delta and the Appalachian mountains. With songs about blood and dusty bibles, black crows and barbed wire – it’s backwoods harmony with a kick drum heart.

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Thursday Night Live in partnership with The Vertigo Series

@ MacKenzie Art Gallery

October 9, 2014 at 7:00pm

Enjoy a lively evening of music, and poetry, featuring poems inspired by Artist Wilf Perreaut. Featured writers: Byrna Barclay, Ken Mitchell, Judith Krause, Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Gerry Hill, Tracy Hamon, Bob Currie, Connie Gault, Katherine Lawrence, and Terry Rigelhof.

Copies of the fully illustrated book Wilf Perreault: In the Alley | Dans La Ruelle, published in partnership with Coteau Books, will be available for purchase during the event.

Admission $5.00

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Autumn Fest: A Culture Days Literary Festival

A two-day festival of cultural activities that culminates in City Square.

The power of collaboration brings four organizations together to present events as part of Culture Days 2014 in Regina.

 

Spoken Word / Writing Workshop

Join us for a workshop with spoken word artist, Greg Frankson a.k.a. Ritallin based in Toronto.

When: Friday, Sept. 26, 4 to 6 pm

Where: Queen City Hub

Presented by: The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, The Vertigo Series, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Word Up (Creative City Centre)

Greg Frankson, also known as Ritallin, is the founder and Creative Director of Cytopoetics. From 2012 to 2014, Greg shared poetic commentary on current affairs as the resident poet on the CBC Radio One program Here and Now Toronto.In March 2012, he was one of four finalists on the CBC TV special Canada’s Smartest Person. His poetry has also appeared on CBC Radio’s The House and Bold TV’s Creative Block. Since 2007, Greg has been active in the global mental health movement as Poet Laureate for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL).

In poetry slam he won a national team championship and placed second at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, both in 2012, and has served on the organizing committee for three Canadian Festivals of Spoken Word. He is a past National Director of Spoken Word Canada and the founder/inspiration for several spoken word and poetry slam events that currently run at the local, provincial and national levels. He was an inaugural inductee to the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour for his contributions to poetry in the national capital, and is frequently called upon for advice by spoken word artists and organizers across the country.

Poetry Slam

Feature performance by Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson.
Bring your own poem to join in the slam.
$2 entry. Winner takes all!

When: Friday, Sept. 26, 7:30 pm

Where: Mercury Cafe.

Presented by: The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, The Vertigo Series, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Word Up (Creative City Centre)

Words in the Park with Open Mic

Featuring: The Mitchell Boys, Cat Abenstein, Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson, and an Open Mic

When: Saturday, Sept. 27, 11am to 2 pm

Where: Stage on 12th Ave.

Presented by: The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, The Vertigo Series, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Word Up (Creative City Centre)

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Gary Geddes

Come and enjoy a reading and talk by one of Canada’s finest poets, also a former professor at Concordia University. Gary Geddes will perform and discuss his new selected poems, What Does A House Want? (Red Hen Press), which has received high praise from former poet laureate Billy Collins and novelist Mary Troy.

Author and editor of 45 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies, Geddes is also the recipient of a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region) and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile.

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Byrna Barclay 

Since 1975 when she was a founding member of the Moose Jaw Movement that evolved into the Poets Combine, novelist (Summer of the Hungry Pup, 1982; The Last Echo, 1983; Winter of the White Wolf,1988; Forest Horses, 2010), short-story writer (From the Belly of a Flying Whale,1988; Crosswinds, 1995; Girl at the Window, 2004; and playwright (Room With Five Walls, 2002) has denied she was ever a poet, although her poems have appeared in various literary magazines, such as GRAIN, and she has taken part in many dramatic performances with the Combine.  Searching for the nude in the landscape, 1997, containing layers of poetry and stories, was her hybrid departure from prairie realism  Having won many literary awards, served as Chair of many arts organizations, and a member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, she is currently writing her memoirs, with the working title: Confessions of a Cockeyed Romantic Arts Advocate.

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Jim McLean

Jim McLean had a long career with Canadian Pacific Railway and with Transport Canada that took him across Canada. An original member of the Moose Jaw Movement poetry group, his work has appeared in magazines and anthologies and on CBC Radio. Author of The Secret Life of Railroaders and co-author of Wildflowers Across the Prairies. His illustrations have appeared on book covers and in several literary and scientific publications. He is a musician and painter and a member of the Poets Combine. His manuscript of new poems is currently being considered by a publisher.

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Bruce Rice

Poet and editor, Bruce Rice, lives in Regina. Bruce has published five award-winning poetry collections including his new book from Coteau, The Trouble With Beauty (Coteau) and  a children’s book, Dorothy McMoogle With Kumquat and Bugle (Wild Sage Press). He has twice been longlisted for CBC’s Canada Writes competition, was nominated for Saskatchewan Book of the Year in 2009, and received the P.K. Page Founders Award for the best poem in Malhat Review in 2013.

Troy Bleich

Troy Bleich

Troy is an active player and songwriter in the metal scene in Regina, as well as touring around the world with his various projects. Known as being a guitar and bass hammerhead, many have never known Troy to have raw, acoustic, and even classically influenced side to his music. Troy will be performing that and more. His unique guitar and bass tapping and melodic intertwined guitar motifs will capture your eyes and ears.

Join us for a talk by Gary Geddes on Sunday, September 14th:

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The Writer as Witness with Gary Geddes

Gary Geddes, one of Canada’s most acclaimed poets and editors, will be speaking on The Writer As Witness, at Regina Public Library Main Branch on Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m. Author and editor of 45 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies, Geddes is also the recipient of a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region) and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile. Gary Geddes has been called one of Canada’s best political poets. Discussion will follow the presentation. This event is sponsored by The Poets Combine, Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Amnesty International, Vertigo Reading Series, and Regina Public Library and supported by The League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council for the Arts.

On Monday evening, Gary will be reading from his new selected poems,What Does A House Want? (Red Hen Press).

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Dave Margoshes
Saskatoon-area writer Dave Margoshes is launching his new book, God Telling a Joke and Other Stories. His work has appeared widely in Canadian literary magazines and anthologies, including six times in the Best Canadian Stories volumes. He was a finalist for the Journey Prize in 2009. His Bix’s Trumpet and Other Storieswon two prizes at the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year. He also won the Poetry Prize in 2010 forDimensions of an Orchard. His most recent title, a collection of linked short stories, A Book of Great Worth, was named one of Amazon.Ca’s Top Hundred Books of 2012.
For more information about God Telling a Joke and Other Stories visit: http://www.oolichan.com/
Linda Biasotto
Linda Biasotto

Linda has had numerous stories and poems published in various literary journals, including Grain. Her first book, Sweet Life, won first place in the 2013 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Awards.

Sweet Life was published in spring of 2014 and is Linda’s first book.

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Dee Hobsbawn-Smith

Dee Hobsbawn-Smith is currently completing her MFA in writing at the U of S in Saskatoon and has written a novel as her creative thesis. After 27 years in Calgary, she and her partner, the poet and writer Dave Margoshes, now live on the family land west of Saskatoon. Dee’s essays, poems, stories and journalism have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and on the airwaves of the CBC and CKUA. Her fifth book, Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, won the World Gourmand Cookbooks Awards for Best literature, (English, Canadian) and was honoured as the Best Culinary Book at the 2013 High Plains Book Awards. Her latest book, Wildness Rushing In, is published by Hagios Press, and is her first poetry collection. Thistledown Press will publish her first collection of short fiction in 2015.

P. J. Worrell

P.J. Worrell

“Gripping. Dark. Sexual.” That’s how Lorna Crozier describes Proudflesh, P. J. Worrell’s first collection of short fiction published by Thistledown Press in March. Peggy grew up on a Saskatchewan farm, and is a social worker as well as a writer. Grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Creative Saskatchewan have supported her writing. She studied at The Banff Centre, St. Peter’s College (Muenster), and The Munster Literature Centre (Cork, Ireland). Her mentors include Sarah Selecky, Connie Gault, Lynda Monahan, Dave Margoshes, and Sean Virgo. Peggy has one foot in Swift Current and the other in a cabin at a northern lake. She loves her family even more than she loves words.

Jeffrey Straker

Jeffery Straker

Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Michael Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada.  He has recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, had a music video chart in the top 10 on Much More Music Canada and in 2012 toured in Africa.  His tour stops range from intimate house concerts to club & theatre shows and include recent sold-out concerts (capacity 2000) with the Regina Symphony Orchestra (2011) and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (2013).  The review following his orchestral debut read: “Straker was simply spectacular…clearly one of the province’s best cultural exports”.  Canadian Musician Magazine has said, “Very much an artist to watch” while the Chicago Free Press has written, “Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list”.  His latest career boost came from winning the prestigious Vina del Mar (Chile) song competition in February 2014 where he represented Canada.  Performing live to a festival crowd of 20,000 people and to a TV audience of 100,000,000 viewers across the Spanish speaking world he quickly gained a fan following putting him in demand for performances across Latin America.

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Dwayne Morgan

Dwayne Morgan

Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993.  In 1994, while still in  high school, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists.

A member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Morgan has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. Morgan is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 1998, Morgan introduced regular poetry slams to Toronto, and has watched them blossom across the GTA and beyond ever since. In 2005 he was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver. In 2008 Morgan’s contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster.

Dwayne has published 6 books, most recently, Her Favourite Shoes, which followed, The Sensual Musings of Dwayne Morgan (2010), The Making of A Man (2005)The Man Behind The Mic (2002), Long Overdue (1999), and chapbooks, The Revolution Starts Within (1996), and Straight From The Roots (1995). In 2009, Morgan’s work was translated into French, culminating in the book, Le Making of d’un Homme. His albums include, Another Level (1997), The Evolution (2001), Soul Searching (2003), A Decade in the Making (2004), Mellow Mood: The End of the Beginning (2007), and Idle Hands (2011). In 2008, Morgan released a commemorative DVD entitled, Dwayne Morgan The First Fifteen.

Dwayne has performed for the former Governor General of Canada, The Honourable Michaelle Jean, and has shared the stage with many of Canada’s top artists including Russell Peters, Deborah Cox, Kardinal Offishal, Jully Black, K-OS, and Nelly Furtado, while opening for international artists Alicia Keys, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mutabaruka, Ursula Rucker, Colin Channer, and Saul Williams, and recording with Canadian artists including Grammy nominee, Drake.

To further explore his creativity, Dwayne collaborated with Driftwood Studios to film, Three Knocks, a ten minute film based on his domestic violence poem of the same name, which premiered in Toronto’s Reel World Film Festival. In March 2008, Dwayne hosted his first photography exhibit, The Sum of Her Parts, exploring female body image.

Dwayne’s work ethic has taken him across Canada, the United States, Jamaica, Barbados, England, Scotland, Belgium, Budapest, Germany, France, Norway, and Holland. His emphasis on quality has driven his success, and has made him a well-respected component of Toronto’s urban music community, as well as the North American, and Global, spoken word scenes.

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Victor Guredam
Victor Guredam (Javicks)

Victor Guredam was born and raised in Rivers State, Nigeria. He immigrated to Canada in May of 2009.  Victor is currently studying Industrial Systems Engineering at the University of Regina as a scholarship recipient of the Rivers State Government. He is diligent and enthusiastic, enjoys music and art, and loves poetry. In 2010, Victor founded Seaview Poetry Society at the University of Regina.  He is currently the president of this society, which is a non-profit organization that coordinates poetry events to raise funds for various charitable causes. Together with the Japanese Students Association they raised over $7000 for earthquake victims in Japan in 2011. Most recently, Victor organized a Valentine Poetry Event at the University of Regina with all proceeds going to the Regina Food Bank. He enjoys singing karaoke.

Johnny MacRae
Johnny MacRae

Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet.  A former member of two Vancouver Poetry Slam teams and a Victoria Poetry Slam team, MacRae has been a regional grand champion, national underground champion, and technically speaking, could be said to have represented The World at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Washington.  (The World finished 27th.)  Earlier in 2013 he was named Poet of Honour for the Victoria Spoken Word Festival, though most of the time he can be found performing psychedelic talk opera with 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac.

Suzanne North
Suzanne North

Suzanne North was born and raised in Calgary, and now lives in Saskatoon. She is the author of the Phoebe Fairfax mystery series and has written for magazines and CBC Television, as well as for documentary films. She has also worked variously as a bibliographic searcher at a university library, a waitress, a high school teacher, a television announcer, a pianist at a ballet school, and an unbalanced bookkeeper.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1939, Kay Jeynes goes to work for Hero Miyashita, the only Japanese businessman in town. Kay is young and working-class, while Mr. Miyashita is elderly, Oxford-educated, and rich. Despite their differences, a friendship develops between them in the peaceful vacuum of Mr. Miyashita’s office. But outside in the real world, war looms, and relations between Canada and its Japanese population grow steadily worse. When it becomes impossible for Mr. Miyashita to leave Canada, he asks Kay to travel to Hong Kong as his representative on important family business. She crosses the Pacific Ocean as the Japanese navy is manoeuvring into position for the attack on Pearl Harbor. For Kay, what begins as a dream voyage becomes a nightmare of danger and betrayal. Flying Time is the story of an unusual friendship set in the turbulent and racially charged times of the Second World War.

“In Flying Time, Suzanne North reveals herself to be, quite simply, a wonderful writer. Her new novel is filled with unforgettable characters in a richly imagined world. The result is original, genuinely moving, and completely enjoyable.” —Candace Savage, author of A Geography of Blood, winner of the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

“A beautiful novel, brimming with intelligence, heart, and wit.” —Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn mystery series

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Nicholas Olson

Nicholas Olson is the author of the newly released collection of short literary fiction entitled The Adirondack Haystack Still Floats, a twelve-piece study of the North-American working class. In 2012 he self-published a collection of essays entitled To Call Them To Wander. Both works are heavily influenced by time spent riding the Greyhound Bus and similarly grungy modes of transportation in other countries. Nic curates his own series of politically-driven essays at BallsofRice.com and works at Carmichael Outreach in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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photo by Don Hall

Ramses Calderon
Guitarist and Composer 

Currently residing in Regina, Ramses was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. His music career began at the age of 11, playing the marimba and performing in recitals. He has been living and performing in Canada since 2000.

Having studied in the tradition of Agustin Barrios Mangore, Ramses incorporates traditional instruments and rhythms into his music and compositions. The result of his creation process is a unique fusion of classical, traditional and popular music that reflects the richness of humanity. His distinguished musical achievements have enabled him to participate in many cultural events in countries including: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Cuba, Paraguay and Canada.

Ramses spent over seven years under the teachings of five Agustin Barrios disciples (Julio Cortes Andrino, Dr. Roberto Bracamonte, Jose Candido Morales, Cecilio Orellana, and Victor Urrutia), absorbing all the knowledge they had about their Maestro. Since 1992 Ramses has dedicated his time to the investigation, study, research and preservation of music and manuscripts from the 17th to 20th centuries from El Salvador and Central America. He has also drafted three original books with Master Candido Morales regarding the history of guitar in El Salvador, issues of morality, and most importantly the first documentation of Agustin Barrios Mangore’s technique for guitar.

Ramses’ interest in global culture has also driven him to work on numerous multidisciplinary collaborative projects with a variety of artists including: Duo Cofradia (musicians, Cuba), Dr. Igor De Gandaria (composer & musicologist, Guatemala), Luis Enrrique Mejia Godoy (singer-songwriter, Nicaragua), Los Guaraguao (singer-songwriters, Venezuala), David McIntyre (composer & pianist, Canada), Eduard Minevich (concert master, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Canada), Dr. Pauline Minevich (musicologist & clarinetist, Canada), Edward Poitras (artist, Canada), Robin Poitras (dancer, Canada), Michelle Sereda (performance artist, Canada), David Sereda (singer-songwriter, Canada), Sarah Abbott and Ann Veral (filmmakers, Canada), Def3 (Danny Fernandez, hip hop artist, Canada), and David West (guitarist & composer, Canada).

Ramses believes music is a profound tool for communicating with one another on numerous levels about the realities in the world around us. Interested in transforming and addressing community challenges through music, his primary aim is to make his music accessible to all cultures and communities as he aspires to influence people’s sense of consciousness.

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Lillian Allen Workshop @ the MacKenzie Art Gallery
Thursday, March 6 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm

Join internationally recognized dub poet, reggae musician, writer and Juno award winner Lillian Allen for a workshop at The MacKenzie Art Gallery. Participants will explore writing while experiencing the exhibition Amalie Atkins: we live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical.  They will have the opportunity to create new work in response to the exhibition. In the evening on March 6, participants are invited to the Open Stage featuring Lillian Allen where they are welcome to share any new work inspired by this workshop and experience Lillian Allen’s performance. E-mail info@vertigoseries.com to register for this FREE workshop.

Vertigo Series Open Stage featuring Lillian Allen
@ the MacKenzie Art Gallery
Thursday, March 6 2014, 7:00 pm

Join us for a feature performance by internationally recognized dub poet, reggae musician, writer and Juno award winner, Lillian Allen. Audience members are invited to bring their own writing and music to share during the Open Stage portion of the evening. Set your words to music with house musician Brian Templeton on double bass. Sign up to share on the night of the event in an open and non-competitive environment. Cash bar. The reduced $5 admission fee is supported by The Vertigo Series.

These events are presented through a partnership between The Vertigo Series and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Thank you to the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the League of Canadian Poets,  the Canada Council for the Arts and Brown Communications for their support.

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Lillian Allen
Website: lillianallen.ca

Lillian Allen is a leading influential figure on the global cultural landscape – an award winning and internationally renowned poet and writer of short stories and plays. In 2013 she was a featured speaker at Harvard University and her latest CD Anxiety was released to critical acclaim in 2012, with a successful European tour for appreciative audiences in France, England, Wales, and Ireland. A key originator of dub poetry, a highly politicized form of poetry, which is sometimes set to music, she opened up the form to engrave feminist content and sensibilities. A Professor of Creative Writing at OCAD University in Toronto, Lillian’s recordings ‘Revolutionary Tea Party’ (acclaimed by Ms Magazine as a landmark album) and ‘Conditions Critical’ won Juno awards in 1986 and 1988 respectively.  Featured in films Revolution from de Beat, 1995; Unnatural Causes, 1989; Rhythm and Hardtimes 1987,  Lillian is co-producer/co-director of Blak.. Wi Blakk… (1994), a film on Jamaican dub Poet Mutabaruka.

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Daniel Macdonald

Daniel Macdonald

As a playwright Daniel’s plays include PageantMacGregor’s Hard Ice Cream and GasVelocityJohnny Zed! The Musical! Radiant Boy, Mercy, A History of Breathing which was recently shortlisted for the Carol Bolt AwardHe has also collaborated with students on several full length plays for high schools. His plays have been produced and workshopped at Alberta Theatre Projects, Persephone Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Hyde Park Theatre (Austin, Texas), Ship’s Company (N.S.), Keyano Theatre (Fort MacMurray), Shadow Theatre (Edmonton) Rattlestick Theatre (New York), Twilight Theater (New York) and the LARK Play Development Centre (New York).  He has an M.Ed and an MFA (directing) and teaches high school and university classes.  Recently he devised a new work with students to take to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. His play Velocity will receive its European premiere in London in April.

Anne Lazurko

Anne Lazurko

Anne is a graduate of the Humber School of Writing whose work has been included in the anthology Fast Forward: New Saskatchewan Poets. Dollybird is her first book.

Saskatchewan born and raised, Anne Lazurko has a political science degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and works as a freelance writer and a farmer. She lives with her family in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

Courtney Bates-Hardy

Courtney Bates-Hardy

Courtney Bates-Hardy is currently working on a collection of fairy tale poems for her Master’s thesis at the University of Regina. Her poems have appeared in FourWVine Leaves, The Fieldstone Review,  Spring, and Carousel. Her first chapbook, Sea Foam, was published by JackPine Press in December 2013. You can find her on Twitter @poetcourtney

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Belle Plaine

“If Patsy Cline and Blossom Dearie had a love child she would sing like Belle Plaine. Belle’s voice is old timey and jazzy. It has twang, crystal bells and swing. You listen to this voice, and all of a sudden your cheatin’ heart has a very dry martini in hand, and you’re hearing something both timeless and brand new.” – Kelley Jo Burke, CBC.

Saskatchewan songstress Belle Plaine welcomes you into her musical world in the same way that she welcomes guests into her home – with warmth and humour. Her singular and textured voice lends itself indiscriminately to various styles of music, from classic country to 1940s swing. Belle’s calm and earnest demeanor meaningfully connects her with the audience and delivers a genre-blending set, mixing clear-eyed observations with sparse poetry and emotional honesty.

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Barbara Kahan

Regina resident Barbara Kahan is an award-winning poet and publisher of Wild Sage Press (www.wildsagepress.biz). She loves children’s literature, including the stories her mother used to tell her.

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Bruce Rice

Poet and editor, Bruce Rice, lives in Regina. Bruce has published four award-winning poetry collections for adults and a new children’s book, Dorothy McMoogle With Kumquat and Bugle, from Wild Sage Press. His first collection, Daniel, received the prestigious Canadian Author’s Association Award for Poetry. His book, Life in the Canopy (Hagios Press 2009) was shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book of the Year. Rice’s fifth poetry collection, The Trouble With Beauty, is forthcoming from Coteau Books in 2014.

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Garry Thomas Morse 

Garry Thomas Morse is the author of four books of poetry, including Discovery Passages, the first book of poetry about his ancestral Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation, and finalist for the 2011 Governor General’s Award and the 2012 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Along with his first collection of stories Death in Vancouver, his highly unstable speculative fiction series The Chaos! Quincunx includes 2013 ReLit Award finalist Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus, Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour, and the forthcoming Minor Expectations (2014), all available from Talonbooks. Morse is a recent arrival in Saskatchewan and now (literally) haunts Regina.

Anna Ray

Anna Ray

Anna Ray is new resident to Saskatchewan. Originally from Armenia and Israel, she is a musician and visual artist. Anna lived in Toronto for a few years before moving to Regina. Her music is a combination of rock, folk, blues and funk. Inspired by many different artists and genres such as Portishead, The Doors and Erykah Badu, Anna’s performance includes soulful acoustic covers along with original material. At the moment Anna Ray is working on her debut album to be released in 2015.

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Susan Andrews Grace

Susan Andrews Grace is the author of five books of poetry and essays about visual art. She is also a visual artist. Her mixed media works conceptually echo and honour textile traditions. Andrews Grace’s writing reflects feminine consciousness and mucks around in the beautiful dark. She teaches creative writing in Nelson and area where she has lived since 2001.

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Anne Campbell

Anne Campbell, a life long arts and heritage advocate, is the author of five books of poetry, her most recent collection, Soul to Touch, was short listed for a Saskatchewan Book Award.   Her poetry and prose have been published in anthologies across Canada, and Anne has read her work and taught writing from the 1980s to the present — across Canada, in the USA and England. With music composer Tom Schudel, Anne’s work has been performed, recorded and published internationally. While writing, Anne has worked in museum and library administration, and for three of those years, while at the RPL, she was Acting Director of the Dunlop Art Gallery.

She was an early recipient of the City of Regina Writing Award, in 1982, and many other awards since. She has served on the Boards of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, the Writers Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, the Writers development Trust, and other arts and heritage community Boards.

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Gerald Hill

Gerald Hill has published five poetry collections — two of which won Saskatchewan Book Awards for Poetry. His next book, poetry called Hillsdale Book, with NeWest Press, comes out in 2014. Two sub-sets of that book were published in 2012: Hillsdale, a Map, produced with designer Jared Carlson, and Streetpieces, a chapbook produced by David Zieroth at The Alfred Gustav Press in Vancouver. Gerald Hill has been active as both leader of and participant in workshops, courses, residencies, editing, and conferences and Europe. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Luther College at the University of Regina.

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Vertigo Series Writing Session
@ MacKenzie Art Gallery (Free admission!)
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 2:00pm

Join writer and visual artist Susan Andrews Grace for an afternoon of writing and response at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Participants will explore the cross fertilization between written and visual forms and have the opportunity to create new work in response to the exhibition, 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated.

Any new work inspired by this session can be presented at the Open Stage on November 21, 2013 at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Please register in advance for this free writing session by calling (306) 584-4250 ext. 4292.

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The Vertigo Series will collaborate with community organizations for events during Culture Days 2013:

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The power of collaboration brings performance artist, C. R. Avery, to Regina! This beat-box poet, punk piano player and outlaw harmonica player will offer a writing and performance workshop on Friday afternoon. Join us Friday evening to experience his work as the featured artist of the 2013 CVAF Culture Days Poetry Slam. These events are made possible through a partnership between The Vertigo Series, The Saskatchewan Writers Guild, the Cathedral Village Arts Festival and Word Up Wednesday (Creative City Centre). Thanks to Culture Days, Saskatchewan Lotteries and SaskCulture for their support.

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The Vertigo Series Season Finale 

Monday, June 24, 7:30 pm

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Cassidy McFadzean

Cassidy McFadzean

Cassidy McFazean has been published in The Fiddlehead, CV2, Arc, and Vallum. Her chapbook, Farwell, was published by JackPine Press in 2012. This fall, she is starting her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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Pearl Pirie

Pearl Pirie has published two collections of poetry: been shed bore (Chaudiere, 2010) and Thirsts (Snare, 2011) which won the Robert Kroetch Award for Innovative Poetry. She has had chapbooks published by Corrupt Press, Angel House Press, above/ground, and obvious epiphanies press. She has coordinated the Tree Seed Workshop Series in Ottawa twice a month since 2009. She runs phafours press, and has served as an editor for Tree Press. Her author site is http://www.pearlpirie.com. She’s working on the next couple manuscripts. Or, more accurately, they are working on her.

 Evie Ruddy

Evie Ruddy 

Evie Ruddy is a freelance journalist based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Her short documentaries have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. Her print work has appeared in Reader’s DigestThe Toronto StarXtra and Prairie Dog. Evie teaches Sociology, Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Regina and Luther College. She recently participated in the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild mentorship program and is a runner up for the 2013 City of Regina Writing Award.

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2013 Regina Poetry Slam Champion

Winner of the Word Up Wednesday Slam Finals to be determined on June 19th, 2013 during the Regina slam poetry championship competition at the Creative City Centre. For more info, join the Word Up Wednesday group on Facebook or visit the Creative City Centre’s website at http://www.creativecitycentre.ca

 Tyler Gilbert

Tyler Gilbert

Tyler Gilbert is a singer/songwriter who has released 3 distributed albums on Farmageddon Sound since 2008 and has made multiple demos since 2003 based from Regina, SK. Gilbert has toured across Canada and a few states in the U.S. playing shows and festivals which include: Canadian Country Music Week and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Tyler receives airplay, weekly rotation and has performed live on many campus, online radio, commercial  stations as well as regular airplay on CBC. His latest album “OK Murphy” due out in May was funded by Rawlco Radio. He was recently nominated for a 2013 Regina Mayor Arts & Business Award. http://www.tylergilbert.ca

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The Vertigo Series Open Stage

In partnership with the Cathedral Village Arts Festival

Monday, May 20, 7:30 pm

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The Vertigo Series

Monday, May 13, 7:30 pm

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Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Australia writing on violence in the work of J.H. Prynne. At present he is a Visiting Academic Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Creativity and Culture at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the Feature Editor at Cordite Poetry Review and one of the founders of The Forward Slash Project, a collection of Australian and Canadian innovation in poetics. His latest collections are Royal Jelly (Black Rider Press, 2011), Distant Songs (Sea Pressed Meta, 2012) and Hyaline, a book of radical-pastoral poems (BRP, 2013).

Danny Kresnyak

Danny Kresnyak

Danny Kresnyak was born to walk a nomad’s path.  An artist, journalist and fearless adventure seeker his unique multi-platform content has been featured by mainstream and alternative media outlets across the globe. Whether marching for pensions alongside Parisian sex workers, ringing bells in a bullet tempered Tijuana cathedral or braving currents with the fishing boys of coastal West Africa, the voices he gathers speak of struggle and their stories echo up from the streets.

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(Photo: Dave Stobbes, courtesy of the U of S)

Andréa Ledding

Andréa Ledding is a Saskatoon-based writer, reader, mother, and photo-journalist. Recent awards include 2012 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript for poetry, 2011 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript for CNF, and subTerrain’s 2010 Lush Triumphant for poetry, along with inclusion in the 2011 “Best Canadian Poetry” anthology (Tightrope Press). Her play “Dominion” opened up the 25th annual Weesageechak Festival in Toronto this past November, and she is currently working on her master’s thesis.

Christine McNair

Christine McNair

Christine McNair’s work has appeared in sundry literary journals including CV2, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, Arc, Descant, and Poetry is Dead. Her first full collection of poetry, Conflict, was published by BookThug in 2012. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is one of the hosts of CKCU’s Literary Landscapes program and works as a book conservator in Ottawa.

Sandra Ridley

Sandra Ridley

A finalist for the 2012 ReLit and Archibald Lampman Awards for poetry, Sandra Ridley’s second collection, Post-Apothecary, was published in fall 2011 with Pedlar Press. One of ten poet-participants for U of T’s 2012 Influency Salon, Sandra can be found, from time to time, facilitating poetry workshops at Carleton University, the Tree Reading Series, the Ottawa Public Library, and the City of Ottawa. Her third collection, The Counting House, is forthcoming with BookThug in 2013.

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The Vertigo Series

Monday, Apr. 22, 7:30 pm

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Jenna Butler

Jenna Butler

Jenna Butler was born in Norwich, England in 1980. She is the author of three trade books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road (NeWest Press, 2013), Wells (University of Alberta Press, 2012), and Aphelion (NeWest Press, 2010), in addition to ten short collections with small presses in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Butler teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton during the school year. In the summer, she and her husband live with three resident moose and a den of coyotes on a small organic farm in Alberta’s north country.

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Duckens Charitable

Duccha / Duckens Charitable, originally from Haiti, has published two books of poetry in France and USA as well as a few poems in Canadian, Haitian and European anthologies. Besides he is an occasional street comedian, Duccha is also an award-winning playwright. His first play, An Absolute Act of Citizenship, (Acte de citoyenneté absolu) is a monologue in which a dead man narrates his death in the streets of Port-Au-Prince and reclaims the life of an “ordinary citizen.” Duccha’s play was short listed as one of the best plays of the Caribbean by ETC in 2009 and then was translated into English by Philippa Wehle. In March 2010, Duckens Charitable was invited by City University of New York to collaborate and see the English adaptation of his play be produced at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Centre in New York. In 2010, Duccha also traveled to show his work in Belgium, Northern France; was invited to chair conferences and writing workshops in Paris. Duccha first came to Canada in 2010 as a guest featured playwright by the Centre des auteurs dramatiques, Montréal.

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Né en Haiti, Duccha/Duckens Charitable est comédien d’occasion et poète. Ses textes ont paru dans des journaux haïtiens, des revues françaises et italiennes et dans des anthologies. Son premier texte de théâtre, Acte de citoyenneté absolue (monologue), a été finaliste du concours d’écriture théâtrale de ETC Caraïbe et a été représentée en 2010 (dans une traduction en anglais par Philippa Wehle) au Martin E. Segal Theatre Centre à New York. Selon ses amis écrivains, Duccha est le « poète des douleurs chaudes » ou « un poète discret et charmant ». Après plusieurs résidences d’écriture et de voyages littéraires en Europe, il s’est installé récemment à Montréal au Canada. Depuis, il a collaboré à plusieurs numéros de la revue Brèves et à certains évènements de la Société littéraire de Laval.

Publications/Books:

La vie en marelle (2005)
L’amour du monde (2010)

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Nancy R Lange

Nancy R Lange has written five poetry books published at Ecrits des Forges, Quebec and Mantis editores, Mexico and two art books resulting from collaboration with visual artists. She was finalist for the Felix-Antoine Savard poetry prize and for a prize of Conseil de la Culture for her involvment in the field of litterature.  She collaborates often with diverse artists: photographers, painters, sculptors, jewelers, choreographers, singers and musicians, performs her poetry on stage and hosts poetry readings.  Her work has been published in several magazines in Canada, in France, in United States and in Mexico.  She also wrote for the radio and read on Radio-Canada’s waves.

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Éliz Robert

Éliz Robert writes and performs in various languages. She published six collections of poetry in translation from English or Spanish into French. Her texts have appeared in Canadian anthologies and literary magazines as well as on the compilation CD Une chance qu’on SLAMME. As founder of Noches de poesía multilingual reading series, she co-produced various poetry tours in Europe, Canada, USA and Argentina, namely Troc-paroles/Troc de paraules at the World Book Fair in Barcelona, Spain and Semana del libro quebecense in Buenos Aires, Argentina during BACML 2011. Éliz produced POESÍA LIBRE – El camino más corto de corazón a corazón, a Spanish language radioshow where she interviewed poets and literary translators. Podcasts were rebroadcasted in Florida, Mexico, Patagonia, Barcelona, Morocco, Lebanon and Galicia. Éliz acted as editor of YoungPoets.ca, the youth section of the League of Canadian Poets and took part in Random Acts of Poetry national campaigns. She is a full member of The League of Canadian Poets, the Société littéraire de Laval, the Quebec Writers Federation and the Literary Translators Association of Canada (LTAC). She has featured at various reading series and festivals in Canada, Europe and USA.

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Éliz Robert écrit et performe en différentes langues. Elle a publié six recueils de poésie en traduction de l’anglais ou l’espagnol au français. Ses textes sont parus dans des anthologies canadiennes et revues littéraires, ainsi que sur la compilation CD Une chance qu’on SLAMME. À titre de fondatrice de la série littéraire multilingue Noches de poesía, elle a coproduit diverses tournées poétiques au Canada, en Europe, aux États-Unis et en Argentine; notamment,  Troc-paroles/Troc de paraules lors de la Foire mondiale du livre à Barcelone, ainsi que Semana del libro quebecense à Buenos Aires, en Argentine durant BACML 2011. Éliz a réalisé POESÍA LIBRE – El camino más corto de corazón a corazón, une émission radiophonique de langue castillane dans le cadre de laquelle elle a interviewé des poètes et traducteurs littéraires. Les épisodes ont été rediffusés sur les ondes de radio affiliées en Floride, au Mexique, en Patagonie, à Barcelone, au Maroc, au Liban et en Galice. Éliz a occupé le poste d’éditrice nationale de YoungPoets.ca, la section jeunesse de la Ligue des poètes canadiens et pris part aux campagnes nationales de Randonnées aléatoires de poésie. Elle est membre titulaire de la Ligue des poètes canadiens, de la Société littéraire de Laval, la Quebec Writers Federation ainsi que l’Association des traductrices et traducteurs littéraires du Canada (ATTLC). Éliz a été invitée comme artiste dans le cadre de diverses séries littéraires et festivals au Canada, en Europe et aux Etats-Unis.

Sean & Brian

Sean Treble & Brian Templeton
(with recorded music by Rob Doherty)

Sean Treble was scheduled to perform with Rob Doherty at The Vertigo Series last June. Rob passed away unexpectedly before they had the chance. In this performance, Sean and Brian will pay tribute to the late great Rob Doherty by improvising over recorded instrumental music originally created by Rob and Sean.

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The Vertigo Series

Monday, Mar. 25, 7:30 pm

Vertigo March 2013 Poster

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Kimmy Beach

Kimmy Beach’s fifth book is The Last Temptation of Bond (The University of Alberta Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in journals across Canada and in the U.K., and is forthcoming in Newspaper Taxis: poetry after the Beatles (Seren Press, Wales). She has mentored writers across Alberta and Saskatchewan and has served as Writer in Residence for the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and the Parkland Regional Library. She lives in Red Deer with her husband, Stu.

Sheila Bautz

Sheila Bautz

In 2011, Sheila Bautz’s manuscript When Companies Kill received a positive review from the prestigious KIRKUS who have a longstanding reputation for being “The World’s Toughest Book Critics.” The manuscript will soon be published as Walking The Cutline.

In June, 2012, Sheila returned to top New York editor and agent, Michael Neff. Currently, she is working on Fantasy novels at his request for possible representation. Her other projects include compiling a Fantasy short story collection, along with a collection of humorous stories entitled, Big City Mama.

As a freelance writer, Sheila enjoys regular writing assignments with The Leader-Post. Visit www.writeinklings.com.

Susan Harris

Susan Harris

Susan Harris is a speaker, previous teacher, and the author of Golden Apples in Silver Settings. Her recently released, Little Copper Pennies and Little Copper Pennies for Kids, aim to keep the memories of the historic penny alive. She holds a Diploma in Writing, B.Sc. in Management Studies, and is a Certified Human Resource Professional in Saskatchewan and Canada. Susan was born in the idyllic island Trinidad, but now makes her home on the lush prairies of Melville, Saskatchewan with her husband, daughter, and Smokey, the gregarious cat.

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Danilo Vallalta

Danilo Vallalta is an emerging multidisciplinary ceramic artist, musician, and independent researcher of Aztec Pipil ancestry who resides in San Salvador, El Salvador. His work and experimentation is based on the internalizations of the traditions of his people – Aztec Pipil, the Nahuat of the ancient nation KUZKATAN or also called Cuzcatlan or Republic of San Salvador. He creates paintings, ceramic installations, wind instruments such as ceramic ocarinas, along with drums and other instruments originating in Meso America. Villalta holds a degree in Visual Art and Ceramics from the National University of San Salvador. He recently performed Codice Remix, his second collaboration with Curtain Razors in Regina.

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The Vertigo Series

Monday, Feb. 25, 7:30 pm

Vertigo Poster FEB 2013

Tracy Hamon

Tracy Hamon

Tracy Hamon was born in Regina, SK and grew up traveling between Regina and her parents’ farm near Edenwold, Saskatchewan. She holds a BA Hon and an MA in English. Her first book of poetry This Is Not Eden was released in April 2005 and was a finalist for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Portions of her lastest Interruptions in Glass won the 2005 City of Regina Writing Award, and was also shortlisted for two book awards in the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Most recently she was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Award and her manuscript about painter Egon Schiele Red Curls is forthcoming in 2014.

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Kevin MacKenzie

Kevin has left a trail of stories at festivals, conferences, residencies, retreats, in libraries, schools, prisons, colleges,and countless events across Canada and in Brazil, Great Britain, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and the USA. As an experienced teacher of storytelling, Kevin served as the storyteller in residence for the Regina Public Library, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Regina Board of Education. For the five years, Kevin shared his stories on a weekly basis with vulnerable youth for the Ranch Ehrlo Society. His experience with teens is matched by his expertise with younger children, as Kevin is an early childhood educator, and the author of a DVD of 23 original fingerplays called Fingersplay: Fingerplays and Action Rhymes for Children. This unique collection garnered a place on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s “Our Choice” list in 2003. As a dedicated listener Kevin has volunteered since 1998 planning and organizing dozens of concerts, tours, festivals, and literacy events in Vancouver and Saskatchewan.

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Robert Betteridge

Robert Betteridge retired in 1985 after 28 years and a lifetime attempting to teach art. It was then that he suddenly realized that, “that part of art that is art is that part that can’t be taught”

Since that time he has been diligently working at procrastinating which reserves time for reflective daydreaming. It is from out that fertile mileau that his poems arise.

Robert is now hoping in what are his latter years to earn an Honorary Doctorate – (a PhD in B.S.)

He has read his poems on a number of occasions at as many as five different venues; as well, his poems have often been featured on Naval Aviation in Audio, Regina Community Radio; CJTR 91.3 FM, where they were once deemed to be mystic and cosmic.

Deana Driver

Deana Driver

Deana Driver has been a journalist for 35 years and has had more than 2,000 articles published in newspapers and magazines across Canada. Since 2008, her focus has been on writing, editing and publishing books about fascinating Prairie people. She is the founding partner of DriverWorks Ink publishing in Regina and is the author of five non-fiction books including The Sailor and the Christmas Trees and Never Leave Your Wingman: Dionne and Graham Warner’s Story of Hope.

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Rob Young

Rob has been an entertainer since his teens. In those 27 years, he entertained full-time for 17 years in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. He was one of the twelve finalists at the CKRM Talent Contest at The Pump in 2011.

He has played in a number of classic rock bands over the years and also sang with seven piece blues band in Calgary, Alberta for two years. He has been writing and singing songs since he was 13 years old.

He can be contacted at (306) 530-6318 or by e-mail at starlighthottub@mobility.blackberry.net.

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Vertigo Jan 2013 Poster

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Barbara Kahan

Barbara Kahan is the author of many publications, ranging from the non-fiction book Healthier Children (Keats Publishing) to the poetry chapbook Illustrated Tales of Romance (if press). Two of her pieces were performed by the Regina Globe Theatre for its On the Line series. A collection of several of the poems in this chapbook received second place in the poetry category for the 2010 Saskatchewan Writers Guild Short Manuscript Awards. She is publisher of Wild Sage Press (www.wildsagepress.biz).

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Marie Powell

Marie Powell (http://mepowell.com/blog/) is a Regina-based professional writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Her award-winning short fiction and poetry appear in literary magazines and anthologies, including Room, Transition, and Pandora’s Collective. Most recently her short story “Grid Lines” won first runner-up in subTerrain’s Lush Triumphant awards, and will be published this spring. Scholastic Canada published her book Dragonflies are Amazing.

Jessica Eissfeldt

Jessica Eissfeldt

Jessica Eissfeldt holds a degree in English literature and news-editorial journalism from Oklahoma State University. She currently lives and writes in Saskatchewan. She takes inspiration for her writing from every aspect of her life and believes that in order to have a fulfilling artistic life, it’s best to lead a full life. She enjoys reading many genres and enjoys writing about history, mystery and romance. She will be reading from her soon-to-be published short story, “Dialing Dreams.”

Rachel MacDonald

Rachel MacDonald

Rachel MacDonald is a Regina-based emerging singer-songwriter, artist and ESL teacher, who loves to share strong, hope-filled messages and hummable melodies in her original folk songs.  She believes in the power of music for healing and social change, and is excited to be a part of the synergy of the Vertigo Reading Series!

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Anne McDonald

Anne McDonald’s novel To the Edge of the Sea, published by Thistledown Press, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for First Book in April. Anne has an MA in Psychology, has studied improv at Second City in Toronto, and has attended the Sage Hill Poetry Colloquium and the Sage Hill Fiction Workshop. She also completed the Humber School for Writers Program with Olive Senior. Anne facilitates creative writing and theatre workshops across the prairies and teaches for the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Regina. Anne ‘s work has been produced by CBC radio and published in various literary journals. She also works with teams in Organizational Development training through her company ‘Collaboration Works’.

David Sealy

David Sealy is the winner of the 2012 City of Regina Writing Award for his play Stuck with the Queen. His play The Bob Shivery Show completed a successful run in the fall of 2012 at Calgary’s Lunchbox Theatre. He is currently working on the musical No Ordinary Tulip with Lynn Marie Calder. David also writes non-fiction and fiction and has been published in magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. A portion of his play I Married a Dishrag (renamed Runaway Barbies) won Grain Magazine’s Short Grain Dramatic Monolog in 2002.

Coby Stephenson

Coby Stephenson was born in New Westminster, BC but has lived throughout Canada. In her spare time she enjoys frequenting literary events, playing soccer, and learning the art of Muay Thai. She currently reside in Regina, SK, with her daughter, Virginia, and their dog, Bea Arthur. She received a BA Hons from the University of Regina in 2009 where she is now a student advisor. Violet Quesnel (Thistledown Press, 2012) is Coby’s first collection of short stories.

Peggy Worrell

Peggy Worrell is in love with short stories. Experiences during her life as a social worker have become fodder for her writing. It is no surprise then that shame, loss, aging, and wishful thinking bubble up to the surface. Dreary? Perhaps. Depressing? No. Peggy has enjoyed some modest success in the world of contests and publication. She is grateful to the SK Writers Guild, the SK Arts Board for two literary grants, St. Peter’s College, and The Banff Centre. Peggy has one foot in Swift Current and the other in a cabin at a northern lake.

Shandee Noble

Shandee Noble is a musician from a small town in Manitoba. Her style is very unique with an indie-folk vibe and a touch of jazz. She has been writing songs since she was 15 but has just recently started becoming involved in the music scene in Regina. Her unique voice always draws the audience in.

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Open Stage @ the MacKenzie!

Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 pm

Vertigo Series Performances and Open Stage
@ MacKenzie’s Thursday Night Live

Join hip-hop artist InfoRed, singer/spoken word artist Tara Dawn Solheim, and musicians from the Local Onlyz with special guests for a night of performance inspired by the exhibition Carl Beam at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Audience members are invited to bring their own art-inspired writing to the stage for an open-mic portion of the evening. Cash bar. The reduced $5 admission fee is supported by The Vertigo Series.

Thursday Night Live is presented in partnership with the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

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Brenda Niskala

Brenda Niskala’s new book, How to Be a River, launched on October 17 2012, is a full length handbound collection of poetry from Regina’s newest publisher, Wild Sage Press. Brenda’snovella Of All the Ways to Die (Quattro, 2009) and the linked short stories, For the Love of Strangers (Coteau Books 2010), (nominated for the City of Regina Book Award) were her first forays into fiction. For the Love of Strangers received top votes in the CBC Canadian Bookshelf Summer Reading program. She has read to audiences across Canada, in Finland, and in England. Brenda presented at the 2011Festival of Words in Moose Jaw.

Born and raised in west central Saskatchewan, in the Coteau Hills near Outlook, she currently makes her home in Regina where she is working with co-writer Barbara Kahan on a film script featuring a nuclear power advocate, a nature loving activist, and a macaw, and on her next (well, first) novel, which will introduce the pirating adventures of a particular Viking ship in about 1065.

Nora Gould

Nora Gould writes from east central Alberta where she ranches with her family and volunteers in wildlife rehabilitation with the Medicine River Wildlife Centre. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in veterinary medicine. I see my love more clearly from a distance is her first poetry collection. In 2009 Nora Gould won the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award.

Barbara Langhorst

Barbara Langhorst was born and educated in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Alberta and works at St. Peter’s College, SK, where she teaches introductory Canadian literature and has had the pleasure of meeting many of Canada’s finest writers. Barbara has studied poetry for more than twenty years. Her love of the medium and her particular interest in experimental and avant-garde poetry encouraged her to become a writer. In Restless White Fields, Barbara revisits the past and her parents’ murder-suicide with startling, unforgettable imagery that rends even as it heals. Her work is unexpected and impossible to ignore.

Yana

Yana (Yanina Bilyk) is a musician/singer/songwriter from Netishyn, Ukraine, who moved to Regina, Canada in 2010 after a successful modeling contract in China. Yana’s music consists of Ukrainian traditional songs as well as nu-jazz, pop, and lounge styles. She plays piano, guitar, and cello.

In 2011, Yana has generously shared her talents at several cultural and social events in southern Saskatchewan (Canada) such as: the Regina Ukrainian Fall Fest’s fundraising gala, “A Taste of Ukraine”, the Kyiv Pavilion at Regina Multicultural Council’s Mosaic festival, a featured performing artist at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, an opening musician for “Vertigo Reading Series”, a solo performer at a tribute show to The Beatles and Regina Ukrainian Fall Fest.

In 2011 Yana, together with Regina singer Tara Dawn and the accordionist player Dennis Ficor made it to the top 6 finalists in the Regina Folk Festival’s “SaskSampler” competition. Yana’s talent is not only known locally. Prior to coming to Canada, Yana wrote and recorded the song “Endless” with the German lounge/nu-jazz band “Venus International”. The song has been released on the CD “SYLT: Finest Lounge Music, No.8” and has been recently picked up on CBC Radio 2.

She is currently recording a CD with the violinist/bassist Natalia Espinosa (Canada/Mexico), composer/producer Alfa Kay (Germany) and DJ Noor. Also Yana is singing at The University of Regina Choir.

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Writing Workshop @ the MacKenzie!

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2:00pm

Vertigo Writing Workshop @ MacKenzie Art Gallery

Join spoken word artist, poet, singer, and songwriter Tara Dawn Solheim for an afternoon of writing and response at The Gallery. Participants will explore writing tools and styles while experiencing the exhibition Carl Beam. Any new work inspired by this workshop can be presented at the Thursday Night Live Open Stage on November 8. Registration is required. Call 584-4292 to register for this FREE workshop.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

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The Vertigo Series

Mon. Sept. 24th, 2012

8:00pm

Glen Sorestad

Author of over 20 books of poetry, Glen Sorestad became Canadaʼs first provincial poet laureate as Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan from 2000-2004. Sorestad has received both the Queenʼs Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Queenʼs Diamond Jubilee Medal; he is a Member of the Order of Canada. His latest volume of poems, A Thief of Impeccable Taste, is a bilingual, English/Spanish edition published in 2011 by Sand Crab Books. His poems have appeared in over 50 anthologies and textbooks and translated into a half-dozen languages, most recently into Afrikaans and into Spanish. Sorestad and his wife Sonia helped create and run Thistledown Press in Saskatoon for its first until their retirement from publishing in 2000. Sorestad has given well over 400 public readings all over North America, as well as in Europe.

Melanie Schnell

Melanie Schnell grew up on a farm in southeastern Saskatchewan and has lived in Regina, Vancouver, Toronto, Boston, Colombia, Thailand, Kenya and Sudan. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has written for television, magazines and journals across Canada. While The Sun Is Above Us is her first novel.

Riley Noble

Riley Noble is a musician from Winnipeg MB. He plays blues, country, jazz, and reggae music. Riley Noble founded Rye n’ the Vats in the summer of 2010 with Greg “Junior” Osmond. The ever-growing band now has seven members. The Regina musicians play an eclectic mix of styles. The Vats create a unique sound by adding a blend of tuba, trumpet, slide guitar, banjo, accordion and, of course, groovy bass lines to the interesting sounds of Junior’s djembe and Riley’s guitar.

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Change of Venue!!!

Now at the Cathedral Freehouse!!!

2062 Albert St.

Adam Pottle 

Adam Pottle is a Saskatoon writer who writes in a variety of forms. His first book, a volume of poetry called Beautiful Mutants, was published in April 2011 and shortlisted for two 2012 Saskatchewan Book Awards. His first novel, a Nazi Germany-era narrative called Smoke, will be published in fall 2012, and he is currently editing a play entitled Ultrasound. Pottle’s work focuses on the dynamic and philosophical aspects of disability.

Shelley A. Leedahl

Multi-genre writer Shelley A. Leedahl returns to her home province with two new titles:  Wretched Beast (poetry, Buschek Books) and Listen, Honey (short stories, DC Books). Her ten critically well-received publications include The House of the Easily Amused, Orchestra of the Lost Steps, Talking Down the Northern Lights, the multi-award-winning children’s book The Bone Talker. Leedahl frequently presents her work and leads writing workshops across Canada. She also freelances, edits, and works as a radio advertising copywriter for two Edmonton radio stations. Her poetry, essays and short stories are often anthologized, most recently in Slice Me Some Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Creative Nonfiction (Wolsak &Wynn). Leedahl currently lives in Sechelt, BC. Next month, she could be anywhere.

Winter Fedyk

Winter Fedyk is the 2010 recipient of the John Newlove Award for Poetry. After living in Ottawa for many years, she recently moved back to Regina, where she grew up. “Beneath Black Surface” is her first chapbook of poetry, published by Bywords.


Murray Logan

I was born in Saskatoon in 1948, but I grew up in a close neighbourhood of North Calgary that very much resembled the Regina of today. I didn’t really develop a serious interest in poetry until my mid-teen years when the onslaught of The Beatles and the British Rock Invasion changed the contemporary society.  I figured it was time my friends and I formed a band and composed our own songs. I would write songs like the poetry of John Lennon and Paul McCartney or The Doors. We played around the North Calgary area and even acquired a seedy night club gig that saw us playing 10 minute songs, usually featuring my esoteric lyrics.  I attended university at the same time; but overcome with the wanderlust of the day and the breakup of the band, I went travelling.  I lived in England; and then sojourned through Western Europe and to Morocco in an old Bedford Van, writing poetry all the way.  I then lived in Ottawa and Vancouver and eventually moved to Saskatoon to finish off my long-running Bachelor of Arts and to attend seminary.  There I met my wife Dolores. We currently live in Regina, have 5 children and are grandparents.

For many years I have written and collated poetry, penned short stories, journalled, taken English courses and attended numerous writers’ festivals.  I didn’t accept the fact that I was a writer/artist until 2005.  Finally, on a great push past my own inertia, I collected a number of poems.  I had them minimally edited and collated, then cobbled together some money, overcame denial and published a short collection of poetry in 2009 entitled God Is Remerseth.  Recently I’ve been going through the process of collating and editing a second collection of poetry hopefully to be ready by August of 2012, followed by a third collection sometime in 2013.

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Open Mic for Writers

Hosted by Vertigo Series and the Cathedral Village Arts Fest

Mon. May 21, 2012

Literary Open Mic with Vertigo Series and CVAF Join the rain of words – bring your writing – share your work! The Vertigo Series and the CVAF Literary Committee team up for an open mic session at the Fainting Goat. More info in CVAF Guide.

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The Vertigo  Series

Presented by Brown Communications Group

Mon. May 14th, 2012, 7:30pm

Hosted by:

Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar

1925 Victoria Ave

Jamella Hagen

Jamella Hagen’s first collection of poetry, Kerosene, was published by Nightwood Editions in fall 2011. Her poems have appeared in journals including Arc, Event and The Malahat Review as well as in the anthologies Unfurled, Ice Floe and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Her work has won the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize and been shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC and is a former executive editor of PRISM international. She currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, and is an instructor at Yukon College.

Claire Tacon

Claire Tacon is the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke award for her first novel, In the Field. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Bronwen Wallace Award and the CBC Literary Awards and has appeared in journals such as The New Quarterly and sub-TERRAIN. Several of her works are anthologised in the current editions of Coming Attractions and Best Canadian Short Stories. She is a past fiction editor of PRISM international and is a lecturer at St. Jerome’s University.

Jen Kunlire

Jen Kunlire is a spoken word artist, singer and teller of stories. She has been known for her innovative lens in which she presents her work- ever refreshing, Jen is dynamic in everything she does. For the past five years, Jen Kunlire has been involved in the Slam & Spoken Word Community across CanadaPast festivals include, 2-time member of the Calgary Slam Team competing in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word & SLAM, Calgary/08 & Victoria /09, a three time feature in the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, High Performance Rodeo’s 10 Minute Play Festival (ETC), OFF-Fil festival in Montreal and was also the winner of the 2009 CBC Poetry Face-OFF in Calgary.

She has served on the board of directors for Writer’s Guild of Alberta as the Youth Representative and the Calgary Rep for Spoken Word Canada (SpoCan). She attended the Spoken Word Residency at the Banff Centre, is a current member of the Ink Spot Collective, who organizes monthly poetry slams in Calgary and is also the newly appointed Director of Communications for Ellipsis Tree Collective Theatre Company.

A vibrant presence in the community, Jen is currently facilitating Spoken Word workshops with Unity Charity’s afterschool programs in Calgary.

When she’s not touring about the country or cooking up a great invention; Jen can be found sitting in the corner at the coffee shop – writing poems.

Keith Foster

Keith Foster retired in 2008 after nearly 27 years as a transcriber and editor with the Hansard office of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly Service. Keith has always had a keen interest in writing and Saskatchewan history, and earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Regina in 1978. He has won several awards for his non-fiction. He is Vice-president of the Wascana Writers Group and a former President of the Saskatchewan Poetry Society. He is also a member of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. In the spring of 2011, Regina Little Theatre produced the world premiere of Keith’s one-act comedy, “Domestic Bliss,” which he also directed. Keith has had material published in Folklore, Western People, Freelance, Saskatchewan History, Early Canadian Life, Skyview, Expressions, Prairie Messenger, The Nova, Regina Women’s Guide,and Gray Matters. Keith also has had stories, articles, and poems published in more than 30 anthologies, including Short Grass, From Roots to Wings, Prairie TaleWinds, The Saskatchewan Poetry Book, Wide Horizons, Prairie Bounty, Interlude, Between the Leaves, When the Wind Speaks, and Ensemble in Black Ink.

Friendly Folk

Friendly Folk is a brand new group featuring strings in a new setting, accompanied by brass and woodwinds no less. A diverse and culturally expansive repertoire is our hallmark. This “little” big band is home to a mixture of influences within the music and the people. We are sure you will enjoy the new blend!

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The Vertigo Series

Presented by Brown Communications Group

Mon. April 2, 2012, 7:30pm

Hosted by:
Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave

Annette Bower

Annette Bower explores women in families, women in communities and women at the beginning and end of love and their quest for love. Her stories are published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, United States and in the UK. She pursues the writing craft in workshops through the SWG conferences, Writing with Style, Banff Centre for the Arts, Sage Hill Writing Experience, Surrey International Writers Conference, Romance Writers of America Conferences. Her first contemporary romance novel, Moving On: A Prairie Romance is published electronically by XoXo Publishers™. She is now on a steep learning curve to promote a virtual book.

Alexis Kienlen
Alexis Kienlen is a poet, fiction writer and journalist originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She is the author of the poetry collections, “13” (2011) and “She Dreams in Red” (2007), both published by Frontenac House. Alexis has lived in numerous Canadian cities and currently lives in Edmonton. She works as an agricultural journalist for a publication called Alberta Farmer and spends her days travelling around rural Alberta, meeting with farmers and writing about agriculture.

Kelsey Mills

Kelsey Mills is an aspiring writer living in Regina. While she is fairly young, she already has 3 publications under her belt. Kelsey is currently taking psychology at the University of Regina. Kelsey loves animals and reading, and writes poetry and science fiction. If you want to see some of Kelsey’s work, please visit: www.castleshallott.weebly.com.

Norm Sacuta

Norm Sacuta had his first poetry collection, Garments of the Known, published by Nightwood Editions in 2001.  His work has appeared in various magazines including Grain, Matrix, and New Quarterly.  In 2005 his feature “The Gleaners” in Alberta Views Magazine won a Western Magazine Award for best article.  He is currently completing his first novel ONE LAST THING ABOUT THE TITANIC, sits on the Board of CJTR radio, and works in Communications for the Petroleum Technology Research Centre.

Colby Nargang

Colby is a Regina, Saskatchewan based entertainer whose music pays tribute to Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. He has been singing since he was a child, however it was his performance of Roy Orbison’s “Running Scared” at Telemiracle 27 in 2003 that opened doors to many opportunities.

Colby is a well-known representative for people with disabilities as he was born with a rare disorder, Williams Syndrome. Unique to some individuals with this syndrome is an exceptional aptitude for music and the ability to mimic, which he was fortunate to be gifted with (for more information on Williams Syndrome please visit http://caws-can.org).

Colby decided on the title of this album, “If I Can Dream” because it has always been his dream to be an entertainer and songwriter. Though he has had some rough times in his life with his disability and bullying, he still has followed his dreams. Colby feels that if he can overcome the obstacles in his life to achieve his dreams, there is nothing that can stop anyone from achieving theirs.

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Vertigo Celebrates Irving Layton’s 100th Birthday!
Presented by Brown Communications Group
Mon. Mar. 12th, 2012, 7:30pm

Hosted by:
Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave

Christian Drake

Three time National Poetry Slam Finalist Christian Drake is a contradiction: a professional naturalist and science teacher with a rockabilly flair and a penchant for both subtle writing and bombastic performance. Originally from New England, Christian has won an ardent fanship from coast to coast for his raunchy sense of humor, his bold confrontation of taboos, his finely-crafted writing and his unique poetic perspective on everything from the natural world to war, sex, cooking, music and American politics.

Gillian harding-russell

Gillian harding-russell was raised in St Jean Que., attended McGill (B.A. and M. A.) and completed her Ph.D at the University of Saskatchewan (her dissertation was on post-modern Canadian poetry, focussing on MacEwen’s and Ondaatje’s poetry). Between 1986 and 2005, she was poetry editor for Event. At present, she reviews books for Prairie Fire Review of Books, freelances and edits manuscripts.

I forgot to tell you (Thistledown, 2007) was her third full-length poetry collection. Maya: Poems for the Summer Solstice  and “Stories of Snow” are chapbook or holm collections recently come out. Poems are forthcoming in two anthologies this spring: Poets on Poets (Guernica Press) and The Not Forgotten North (Hidden Brook Press).

Allison Kydd

Though she began her life as a southeast Saskatchewan farm girl,Allison Kydd had spent her adult life in cities in other parts of Canada until she returned to Saskatchewan and country living four years ago. From her office in Indian Head, Allison is currently working on a historical novel set in Cannington Manor and awaiting the release of a novella this fall, part of Thistledown’s New Leaf series. Allison also works as an English instructor/tutor for Athabasca University, is on the board of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and has an extensive publications list of fiction, personal essays, journalism and magazine articles.

Shayna Stock

Shayna Stock is a writer, journalist and emerging performance poet based in Regina. Inspired by the interconnectedness of life on this planet, the content of her work ranges from heartache to social justice.

InfoRed and Thomas Roussin

InfoRed and Thomas Roussin are members of The Local Onlyz, a 4-piece hip-hop group from Regina combining members of the Nancy Ray-Guns with InfoRed (Brad Bellegarde) and hip-hop producer Merky Waters (Chris Merk). The group forges a fresh path for hip-hop with the song writing arrangements and powerhouse vocal hooks of Thomas Roussin (the Nancy Ray-Guns), the hip-hop savvy of Merky Waters, and the rich, deep voice and thought-provoking lyrical passages of InfoRed to create tracks ripe for rippin! The group is dedicated to using original instrumentation as much as possible – creating sounds with guitar, mandolin, bass, Rhodes piano and live drums with the recent addition of Nathaniel Bowen (the Nancy Ray-Guns). Their upcoming album, Kings Among Klowns will surely leave its mark on the Canadian music scene with its array of addicting, triumphant anthems.

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Vertigo Reading Series
Presented by Brown Communications Group

Mon. Feb. 13th, 2012, 7:30pm

Hosted by: Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave
Suggested Donation – $5

Readers:

Ken Fox

Fionncara MacEoin

Caitlin Ward

Bernadette Wagner

Music:

Ryan Anderson

Vertigo Reading Series
Presented by Brown Communications Group

Mon. Jan. 23rd, 2012, 7:30pm

Hosted by:
Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave
Free admission

Kathleen Wall 

Kathleen Wall teaches at the University of Regina, where her specialties are Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, feminist theory, creative writing, modernism and postmodernism, and aesthetics.  She is at work on her second book of literary criticism, Virginia Woolf’s Aesthetics of Engagement.  She recently published ““Ethics, knowledge, and the need for beauty:  Zadie Smith’s On Beauty and Ian McEwan’s Saturday” in the University of Toronto Quarterly.  She has also published two books of poetry, Without Benefit of Words (Turnstone, 1991) and Time’s Body (Hagios, 2005).  Her novel, Blue Duets, was published by Brindle & Glass in 2010 and was nominated in the Fiction category for a Saskatchewan Book Award.

She believes passionately in the conversations that connect, transform, and query.  Since art is a culture’s way of thinking about and reflecting on ourselves and our world, it is one of the best inspirations to conversation we have.

Rolli

Rolli writes – and draws a little – for adults (Hayden’s Ferry Review, New York Tyrant, Rattle) and children (Ladybug, Spider, Highlights). He’s the author of God’s Autobio (short stories) and Plum Stuff (poems/drawings). Visit his blog (www.rolliwrites.wordpress.com), and follow his epic tweets @rolliwrites.

Nicole Pivovar

Nicole Pivovar, an unpublished writer, is sharing her passion for photography and poetry publically for the first time.  Her education and career have allowed her a terrific journey as a communications professional, with a keen knack for sales.  She deeply believes living should be the least of our hards, even though that’s not always the case.  She credits her whole life to her Faith in God and seeks to know others the same way God knows her.  Her curiosity for extraordinary people and experiences has inspired the collection she will share.  When asked why she chose to write and photograph pieces of her life this past year; she explains simply “It makes my heart happy!”  She is most often found outside with her sneakers on; running is her other favoured pass time.  Humbled by this opportunity to share her hobby, she wishes to say Thank You to the Vertigo organizers for all they do to make Regina better.

Jack Walton

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and author Jack Walton offers an eclectic sampling of melody and words sautéed in melancholic sauces of jazz, blues, swing and roots. His songs, poetry and short stories are drawn from a well travelled Canadian landscape and the real and imaginary people he has met along the way.  A New Brunswicker by birth, he has comfortably called himself a ‘prairie maritimer’ for half a life time.

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Vertigo Reading Series
Presented by Brown Communications Group

Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 2011, 7:30 pm
Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave

Britt Holmström

Britt Holmström was born in Malmö, Sweden, and came to Canada in 1970. She completed a visual arts degree at Sheridan College in Ontario, and has a B. Sc and M Sc in Microbiology from University of Regina. She published her first novel in Sweden in her teens and has since published three acclaimed novels in Canada: The Man Next Door (1998) which won a Saskatchewan Book Award, The Wrong Madonna (2002), and Claudia (2008) both shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Awards. She lives in Regina.

Sue Sorensen

A Large Harmonium is Sue Sorensen’s first novel. As an Associate Professor of English literature, Sue’s research interests extend from 19th and 20th century British literature – her core area of specialization – to film adaptations of literature and the examination of popular song lyrics as poetry. She is the editor of West of Eden, a collection of essays on western Canadian literature. Sue was born in Imperial, Saskatchewan, and attended the Universities of Regina and of British Columbia. She lives in Winnipeg.

Ian Ferrier

Ian Ferrier is one of the core writer/performers in the North American performance literature scene. His work is well-known across Canada, New York and Europe. Rooted in poetry, his live performances are a haunting blend of acoustic guitar, choir; whispered voice, and the trancelike music of a band called Pharmakon. His signature is the quiet, compelling voice at the centre of every piece.

His first CD/book, Exploding Head Man, received national acclaim. Rooted in the spellbound winters of his childhood, it took a passionate look at love, sex and death against a background of the falling snow; representing the best of three years of collaborations with musicians from Montreal and New York. Canada’s National Post called it “an insistence on the music of words that acknowledges the unique possibilities of language.” Said the Montreal Gazette: “Even without instrumentation, the poetry of Exploding Head Man-heady, impassioned, sometimes hallucinogenic stuff that regularly makes nods to the Beat work he grew up on-has sonic power. Dreamy words soothe, lusty sentences steam, and with a delivery that’s often more gentle that the imagery it yields (even at its most volatile, Ferrier’s vocalizations, with their warm, cushiony and almost child-like diction, scream pseudo-innocence) his spoken word is a complex song in and of itself.”

What is this Place? features two collaborations with the trance/improv band PHARMAKON, two solo works, and nine collaborations between Ferrier and a star-studded list of top Quebec musicians. Recently his work featured on Australia’s Going Down Slow CD and literature anthology, in Canadian Theatre Review and in the Review of the Americas special issue on Canadian Literature. Stories of his can be found in Telling Stories and the anthology You and Your Bright Ideas (both Vehicule Press). Impure-Reinventing the Word is a book from Conundrum Press that documents the literary scene of which he is a part, and you can find his poems and music in the Short Fuse anthology from Rattapallax Press and the Poetry Nation anthology from Vehicule. He currently collaborates with sax player Bryan Highbloom, voice artist Kathy Kennedy, singer/ poet Valerie Khayat, and the musicians of Pharmakon.

Ian Ferrier also co-founded the poetry/music label Wired on Words-which won public radio’s Standard Broadcasting Award in its first year. Pieces by Mr. Ferrier can be heard on CBC-Canada’s national radio station, as well as on public radio stations in the USA and Canada. He resides in Montreal, where he hosts the city’s monthly Words & Music literature series, and remains on the board of the Quebec Writers’ Federation as their past president.

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Vertigo Reading Series
Presented by Brown Communications Group

Monday, Oct. 3rd, 2011, 7:30 pm
Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave

Wes Funk

The success of his chapbook Humble Beginnings inspired Wes to keep plugging away at his sort-of-memoir Dead Rock Stars. Shortly after being released, his novel was a subject on numerous radio and TV shows. It was short-listed in the Readers’ Choice category of the Saskatchewan Book Awards and received an Honourable Mention in Writers’ Digest’s International Self- Published Book Competition. Currently in its third printing, the book has now sold over a thousand copies and has also had success in e-book and audio book form.

Wes’s second novel Baggage, a tale of a group of Saskatoon misfits, has also become a Saskatchewan Bestseller and a pick-of-the-month of several book clubs around the world.

Besides participating in author readings and signings in many parts of Canada, Wes has conducted numerous independent publishing workshops in and around the prairies. A love of Saskatchewan, a strong belief in diversity, and a passion for rock ‘n’ roll, are all strong themes in Wes’ books. Currently, he is the host of the Saskatoon Shaw weekly TV Program, Lit’ Hap- pens. Cherry Blossoms, his most powerful novel yet, is set for release in 2012.

 Jacqueline Moore


Jacqueline Moore is a freelance writer who grew up in Regina, went on to live in Vancouver and Montreal, and these days calls Saskatoon home. The Saskatchewan Secret: Folk Healers, Diviners, and Mystics of the Prairies is Jacqueline’s first book. In it, she takes us out into the prairies, the villages, the forests and the suburbs to introduce us to thirteen of the province’s folk medicine practitioners. These are rare and gifted individuals; each of them utilizing their unique form of organic chemistry or subtle energies, each of them quietly making a remarkable difference in the lives of others. For the author, the quest becomes a personal one which candidly explores life, death, and most everything in between. This book is an homage to these healers, and an offering to share in the wisdom they have gathered about the natural world and our place in it.

Chris Triffo


Chris Triffo has developed original television programs for Discovery Channel, History Television, National Geographic, HBO, A&E and many more broadcasters around the world. His shows are enjoyed in over 160 countries. Chris’s work has received dozens of awards including an Emmy® Award two Gemini’s awards and a New York Film Festival Award.

Chris founded Partners in Motion in 1993. Partners quickly became one of the top non-fiction production companies in Western Canada. Chris also manages Gyro Productions, which produces TV commercials with offices in Saskatoon, Regina and Vancouver.

He has a wife of 24 years, four wonderful children and a cat Bella.

C.R. Avery


Outlaw Hip-Hop Harmonica Player
Beatbox Poet
Punk Piano Player
String Quartet Raconteur
Rock & Roll Matador
Playwright

Whether performing to thousands at the Royal Albert Hall or the lucky few who made it inside the packed past capacity speakeasy, C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist. A multi-talented front man for his Legal Tender String Quartet; a crazed lead singer/harp player for his rock & roll band The Special Interest Group; a lyrical dynamo & the musical backbone of the spoken word trio Tons of Fun University.

From musical beginnings in his late teens, C.R. Avery has recorded over fifteen albums as well as writing & directing six hip-hop operas, which were mounted and performed from New York’s Bowery to L.A.’s South Central.  He has toured throughout Canada (including almost every major folk festival) the USA and Europe (headlining or opening for Billy Bragg, Buck 65, and Sage Francis) and garnered the attention of music peers the likes of Tom Waits (“…he’s blowin’ my mind”); blues harp trail blazer Charlie Musselwhite (“…no one plays harmonica like him… no one…”); and folk legend Utah Phillips (“…raw talent”).

His incredible live performances have been described as Bob Dylan in the body of Iggy Pop; colliding with Little Walter, the Beastie Boys and Allen Ginsberg.  Every show is all or nothing and his fearless approach to all genres of music both on stage and in the studio proves the longevity of this talented, astonishing creator has so much more to come.

For more information – http://www.cravery.com

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Vertigo Reading Series
Presented by Brown Communications Group

Monday, Sept. 12th, 2011, 7:30 pm
Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave

Anne Campbell (Sept. 2011)

Anne Campbell was born in northern Saskatchewan in a Red Cross Outpost Hospital, the first in the British Empire. She is an award winning writer of five collections of poetry – she was one of the first to receive the City of Regina Writing Award. Her poetry and prose are included in magazines, journals and anthologies published internationally and her most recent poetry collection, Soul to Touch, was short listed for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2009. Her music, with composer Tom Schudel, has been performed world wide.

As a Research Fellow a the Uof R’s Canadian Plains Research Centre, Anne co-edited, with Jeannie Mah and Lorne Beug, the award winning Regina’s Secret Spaces: love and lore of local geography. And with Jeannie Mah and Susan Birley, she is presently working on a near completed history of the Regina Public Library. After that she’ll return to her “life work,” a biography of beloved Regina Five visual artist, Arthur McKay. She loves seeing movies, even after she learned to call them films, and she always writes poetry.

Jim Aho (Sept. 2011)

Jim Aho is Executive Vice-President and a partner with Brown Communications Group in Regina. Born and raised in rural Manitoba, Jim has been drawn to writing since he could hold a pencil. Trained at one of the great advertising schools in western Canada, Jim how has over 30 years of experience as a professional writer, marketer and senior communicator.  He is recognized as one of the most successful creative directors in the west. With a broad base of experience in television, radio, print and internet marketing, Jim has amassed an impressive collection of industry awards for his clients.

InfoRed (Sept. 2011)

Brad Bellegarde, aka InfoRed, started writing rhymes in 1992 and began doing live performances around 1998. He has been recording music since 2000 and has worked with artists from across Canada and the United States, collaborating on and off stage. In 2009 InfoRed was a guest artist in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics as part of the Cultural Olympiad which featured hundreds of artists from across Canada.

Andre Prefontaine (Sept. 2011)

Andre Prefontaine is a Spoken Word artist from Calgary, Alberta. He was on the 2011 Calgary SLAM team and competed on a national level. He represented Calgary at the Individual slam last April. He attended the Banff Centre two week Spoken Word Workshop in April 2011. Andre was invited to Montreal in June to perform at the Montreal Fringe Festival.

Yanina Bilyk
(Sept. 2011 – Musician)

Yanina is a musician/singer/songwriter from Netishyn, Ukraine, who moved to Regina in 2010. Yanina’s music consists of Ukrainian traditional songs as well as nu-jazz, pop, and lounge styles. She plays piano, guitar, and cello. Yanina has generously performed at several regional cultural events. Most recently, a group project involving Tara Dawn Solheim, Dennis Ficor and Yanina Bilyk made it to the top 6 finalists in the 2011 Regina Folk Festival’s “SaskSampler” competition!

Yanina’s talent is not only known locally. Prior to coming to Canada, Yanina wrote and recorded the song “Endless” with the German lounge/nu-jazz band “Venus International”. The song has been released on the cd “SYLT: Finest Lounge Music, No.8” and has been recently picked up on CBC Radio 2. She is currently recording a CD with the same band. Her music can be enjoyed at http://www.myspace.com/yaninabilyk.






JARRETT RUSNAK

Photo Credit: Amber Slonski

Jarrett Rusnak is President and CEO of Dacian Productions Inc.  He concentrates his efforts on writing, producing and directing, though you will also find him behind a camera capturing images, or in an edit suite pushing buttons.  When not developing TV projects, Jarrett indulges his love of theatre at the University of Regina, taking the odd directing or performance class to improve his writing and directing chops.

Most recently, Jarrett has been writing a feature length play, ‘That Moment In Between’.  The play won the Saskatchewan Playwright Centre’s 2007 24 Hour Play Writing Competition.  After further development it was accepted into the SPC’s 2010 Spring Festival of New Plays and workshopped for two days under Vancouver director, Don Kugler.  Dramaturges Heather Inglis and Colleen Murphy were also present during this time.
Jarrett was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and has been working in the Saskatchewan film & television industry since 1995.  He is passionate about history, beat poetry, physics, theatre, film making, football, automobile racing, music and the outdoors.
You can follow his daily blog at www.jarrettrusnak.com
That Moment In Between
A script writer in agony watches key moments of his life flash before his eyes on stage.  This dramedy sleeps around with the reality that you only get one chance to live your life, and only one kind of life to live it in.The Story
As a playwright at war with himself, Robert has only 95 minutes to figure out the ‘non- decision’ to end his marriage.  To this end he manifests his younger self on stage and proceeds to wage a high stakes dissection of every key moment of his life.  Every scene is BOTH a win and a loss as the women of his past and present come back to haunt him.  In the final scene he finds himself hovering a pen over his divorce papers.  Sign or not sign?
ALISON LOHANSPhoto Credit:  Ellen Lohans Gross Alison Lohans is an award-winning writer who lives and works in Regina. Writing since childhood, she has published twenty books for children and young adults with Canadian and international publishers. The past couple of years have been incredibly busy. Three books have been published in New Zealand by Pearson Education – of which This Land We Call Home won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Her first speculative fiction novel, Collapse of the Veil, was released by Bundoran Press in October 2010. Two popular out-of-print titles, Don’t Think Twice and Germy Johnson’s Secret Plan, were re-released in 2008 and 2009; spring 2010 brought the publication of Germy Johnson’s Piano War and Doppelganger.

Alison has given hundreds of readings and writing workshops across Canada. She has taught writing off and on over the years, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Regina Public Library in 2002-2003. Three more books will be out in 2011: Crossings (Bundoran Press, sequel to Collapse of the Veil); Dog Alert (Pearson Education New Zealand); and Picturing Alyssa (Dundurn).

MELISSA RICHARDSON

Photo Credit:  Ryan Wilker

Melissa was born in Alberta, spent her childhood in BC, and her adolescence in Georgia.  She has been writing since she could hold a pen and has recently embarked on compiling an anthology called ‘Oh, Canada’, a collection of her poems showcasing the sights, sounds and people of the great white north.  An abstract free-verse poet, Melissa focuses on using powerful and contrasting imagery to engage her readers and stir the imagination.  Her poetry is published on Storm-Artists and deviantART and she recently recieved a ‘Daily Deviation’ for her poem dedicated to her grandparents.

http://onyxabrasion.deviantart.com
http://sweetened.storm-artists.net
http://apoetgardener.blogspot.com

ROLLI

Photo Credit:  Kathleen Nameth

Cover Art:  Rolli

Hailing from Southey, Saskatchewan, Rolli writes – and draws a little – for adults (Rattle, Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, subTerrain) and children (Ladybug, Spider, Highlights). He’s the author/illustrator of the tasty poetry/art book Plum Stuff (Montreal: 8th House Publishing), and the forthcoming collections God’s Autobio (short stories), and Mavor’s Bones (poems). Visit his blog (www.rolliwrites.wordpress.com), and follow his epic tweets @rolliwrites.

April 24, 2011

STEVEN ROSS SMITH


Photo Credit:  James Tworow

Steven Ross Smith, writer and sound poet, has published eleven books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and has appeared on more than ten recordings in group and solo contexts. He has been creating and performing sound poetry for three decades in collaborative and solo contexts. His poetry book fluttertongue book 3: disarray, won the 2005 Saskatchewan Books Awards Book of the Year Award. The chapbook Pliny’s Knickers, a collaboration between Smith, poet Hilary Clark and artist Betsy Rosenwald, won the 2006 bpNichol Chapbook Award. His new work – fluttertongue 5: everything appears to shine with mossy splendour – will be published in 2011. Smith has performed his work and/or been published in England, Holland, Russia, Portugal, USA, and Canada. He is currently the Director of Literary Arts at The Banff Centre.

BETTY JANE HEGERAT


Betty Jane Hegerat is the author of two novels, and a collection of short stories. Delivery, the novel from which Betty Jane was delighted to read with Vertigo in fall 2009, was shortlisted for the George Bugnet Fiction Prize in the Alberta Book Awards.
Betty Jane is coming back to Vertigo with a new book, The Boy, which fuses memoir, fiction, journal writing and investigative journalism around the infamous slaying of an Alberta family in 1959.

RHONA MCADAM

Photo Credit:  Alexis Yobbagy

Rhona McAdam is a poet and food writer who currently lives, writes and cooks in Victoria. Her fifth full-length poetry collection, Cartography, was published by Oolichan in 2006, and she launched Sunday Dinners, a JackPine chapbook, with Calgary artist Colleen Philippi last June. This spring another delectable chapbook of her food poems, The Earth’s Kitchen, is published by Leaf Press.

KEITH FOSTER

Keith Foster retired from the Saskatchewan Hansard office in 2008. He has a keen interest in Saskatchewan history, with a Master’s degree in history from the University of Regina, 1978. A member of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Saskatchewan Poetry Society, and Wascana Writers Group, he has won several awards for non-fiction. Keith had material published in Folklore, Western People, Freelance, Early Canadian Life, The Saskatchewan Poetry Book, and six anthologies by Wascana Writers. He has lived in Regina since 1948.

May 23, 2011 Cathedral Village Arts Festival

Tara Dawn Solheim performing to open the event.

Please note that this is a literary open mic and Queen Victoria Costume contest!

Prizes for best costume, so donne a crown and a frilly dress and bring some original written work to perform!

Queen Victoria Images from assorted websites.