Zombie Literature Appreciation Day Party: our May monthly meeting!

Welcome to the zombie party!

Welcome to the zombie party!

In honour of Zombie Awareness Month, we will be hosting a discussion of the literature of the reanimated as our May event. What better way to celebrate the ripening Summer than to feast our minds on the ravening necronauts which have brought us so much pleasure over the aeons?

Attendees are invited to bring their favorite piece of zombie literature for reading: poems, screenplays (not the WHOLE thing, though!), short stories, short-short stories, and particularly haikus in the original Japanese are all welcome.

Zombie Literature Appreciation Day Party

7-9pm Monday, May 17
The Shebeen, 212 Carrall Street behind the Irish Heather (go right through and to the back; we will be lurking in the back corner)
$20 buys you dinner and a drink; it’s the best deal in town!
Note that salt-free menu options are available for the zombies in attendance.

Dress: Zombie or victim. Please, let’s keep it pure: no bloody vampires, for once!

Please check your weapons with the hostess.

In the event that ninjas materialize, there will be a rumble between ninjas and zombies to settle that question once and for all. Five bucks on the zombies.

See you then! Or not, if you’re ninjas.

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Shebeen Club April Meeting: Social Media for Non-Profit Organizations

Social Media

Social Media

Who: The Shebeen Club and Wesley Regan

What: Social Media for Non-Profit Organizations
$20 includes dinner and a drink

When: 7-9pm Monday, April 26th, 2010

Where: UPDATED: On The Edge gastropub, 303 Columbia at Cordova

Why: to help bring non-profit communications into the 21st Century.
And also to have a great dinner out with fellow literati

UPDATE: Note that we’ve had to move it due to the Shebeen being triple-booked that night. We are just a block East and around the corner, at 303 Columbia street around the corner from Cordova at the On The Edge gastropub.

Welcome Shebeen alumnus Wesley Regan as our presenter for the month of April! Note that our meeting’s been pushed back a week from the usual Third Monday for flu-related reasons; all better now!

When it comes to social media no one is an expert, and everyone is an expert. The effectiveness of social media tools to create lasting social change has become the gorilla in the room to social media advocates eager to pronounce a new age in communications. The jury is still out. In fact, the jury is also the defendant, judge, media, lawyers and plaintiff.  But there have been some proven benefits and some tricks discovered in the brief time social media has been adopted into mainstream communications strategies. Wes aims to bring the mystique and hyperbole of social media down to earth, exploring its practical uses for environmental, political and social activism, and recounts some of his personal experiences on the social media frontier.

Wesley Regan has worked in marketing and communications since 2004, primarily in health and wellness and community economic development. He is currently the Communications Liaison at Building Opportunities with Business, a community economic development non-profit group active in Vancouver’s inner-city since 2005, and is the Industry Trends Blogger for Thirdi Software, a Yaletown based internet marketing and eCommerce firm. His commentary on technology, social media and economic development in Vancouver has also been featured in Techvibes.

7-7:30 Meet and Greet

7:30-8 Listen and Learn

8-9 Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Or Pippin, if you prefer!

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Shebeen Club March Meeting: CSI Shebeen Club!

Vancouver Police Museum morgue by John Biehler

Vancouver Police Museum morgue by John Biehler

Interested in writing crime fiction or mystery novels but feeling unprepared for conveying the fine details of investigation and forensics? Join Chris Mathieson, Executive Director of the Vancouver Police Museum, as he introduces you to policing and the forensic sciences. Bring your questions, and he’ll do his best to answer them.

The Vancouver Police Museum is an independent non-profit organization and registered charity dedicated to telling the history of lawlessness and law enforcement in Vancouver. It also happens to be housed in Vancouver’s former city morgue and Analyst’s lab. In addition to its many popular programs for children, it also offers adult oriented tours on the history of vice crime (Sins of the City) and has recently announced a workshop series called “Forensics for Adults” that explores topics such as forensic pathology, blood spatter and ballistics.

About our presenter: In addition to being Executive Director of the Police Museum, Chris has also been a blacksmith, a philosopher, a university mascot and a neuroscientist. Mind you, he claims not to be as interesting as that sounds.

Chris Mathieson of the Vancouver Police Museum

Chris Mathieson of the Vancouver Police Museum

The Dirty Deets:

7pm-9pm Monday, March 15th, that’s this coming Monday

The Shebeen, Behind the Irish Heather at 212 Carrall Street in Gastown

$20 buys you dinner and one drink, preregistration is not required but please do bring cash. We have the back corner of the Shebeen reserved for us.

See you then! Surgical masks and latex gloves optional.

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W2010 Launch at W2

Got this from the W2 email list. Do note this is not this “W magazine,” the glossy monthly version of Women’s Wear Daily. This W is probably much less focused on hem lengths and heel heights and far more focused on…I dunno, things people actually have to go to school for?

Jeremy Crowle by KK

Jeremy Crowle by KK

Time: March 12, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm
Location: W2 Perel Gallery
Organized By: Nikki Reimer

Event Description:
a group reading to launch the new issue of W magazine

readings by

Donato Mancini
Nikki Reimer
Heather McDonald
Jonathon Wilcke
Tony Power
Tomasz Michalak
Emily Fedoruk
Kim Duff
Cris Costa
Edward Byrne
Michael Barnholden
Sonnet L’Abbé

Friday March 12, 2010
W2 Perel Gallery
112 West Hastings
doors 8:00 pm
readings start at 9:00 pm
admission – 5$ includes a print copy of W2010
free admission without magazine
(no one will be turned away )

W2010 features poetry and fiction by Jonathon Wilcke, Nikki Reimer, Tony Power, Tomasz Michalak, Donato Mancini, Heather McDonald, Tiziana La Melia, Reg Johanson, Scott Inniss, Ray Hsu, Emily Fedoruk, Kim Duff, Cris Costa, Stephen Collis, Edward Byrne, Michael Barnholden, Anne Ahmad and Sonnet L’Abbé.

Edited by Anne Ahmad, Stephen Collis, Kim Duff, Emily Fedoruk, Donato Mancini, Tomasz Michalak, and Tony Power.

W2010 is published both in a limited edition print run, and as a free pdf downloadable from the KSW website. The pdf will be available online on March 12.


“W2010 announces a new formation—both for the magazine and the Kootenay School of Writing. KSW, the more venerable of the two, is 25 years old this fall; W is ten. A new collective structure is in place for the School: a cluster of semi-autonomous yet intersecting “pods” (or “cells” if you prefer a more radical conception), each with its own projects or “areas of influence” (readings / pedagogy / publication, etc). W2010 begins a new conception of the magazine as an annual: this first issue gathers work from the present collective (or perhaps we should now say collectives) written this year; future annual issues will be announced with a themed call, for which work will be gathered and published on-line over the course of the year (see below for the call for the next issue). We hope work will be written dialogically as an issue accumulates: an initial selection of material will be posted, and then responses / extensions / contestations /emendations, etc, as they come; at the close of a year/issue, a print run of at least a “selection” of the year’s material will ideally then be issued.

The work in W2010 might surprise some familiar with the magazine and the School. For starters, there is some fiction here. We are doing our cultural work at a time of unprecedented pressures, as the “long neoliberal moment” (to borrow Jeff Derksen’s phrase) grinds on, responding to the current market crisis not by a return to some sort of neo-Keynsean economics, but rather, with bailouts for the rich and amped up privatizations. Meanwhile the public sphere—already just a pool of faint light beneath one last sputtering streetlamp—seems set to finally wink out altogether. In Vancouver, this has a lot to do with the Olympics, its hundreds of new security cameras, its 1 billion dollar security budget, and its “safe assembly areas” (outside of which we can imagine the majority of the city as an “unsafe assembly zone”). Beside this we have the provincial government’s concerted efforts to privatize, expropriate, expel, and otherwise suppress a still-vital cultural sector. In such an environment, we feel it is essential to broaden and strengthen affinities, working towards something of a cultural front to face “a world that seems to hold together only through the infinite management of its own collapse” (The Coming Insurrection 7). From deep in the collapse, we reach out.”

For more information click here : http://www.kswnet.org/

>>> send your poetry, poetics and contemporary arts listings to info AT kswnet.org for posting to our community calendar

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The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series Grand Finale Tomorrow!

Real Vancouver Writers' Series by kc dyer

Real Vancouver Writers' Series by kc dyer

This is your last chance, I repeat, your last chance to experience Sean Cranbury‘s Real Vancouver Writers’ Series at W2. Every Wednesday night in February the space at W2 has been packed wall-to-wall with literati both performing and audiencing (is that a word? it is now!) and this final Wednesday will be hosted by Hal Wake, the Head Grand Poobah of the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival.

Here is an interview Sean did with Joseph Planta on PlantaOnTheLine outlining what’s in store for us tomorrow:

And here’s a YouTube video about the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series:

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