Writing Memoir (Toronto Public Library)
6:30 PM18:30

Writing Memoir (Toronto Public Library)

Toronto Public Library presents ‘Writing Memoir’, featuring Chelene Knight, author of Dear Current Occupant. Also with Kamal Al-Solaylee and Jan Redford. Hosted by TPL Writer-in-Residence Ayelet Tsabari.

Ayelet Tsabari, award-winning author of The Best Place on Earth, and current Writer in Residence at Toronto Public Library, will lead a panel of authors who have written memoirs (Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Brown and Intolerable, Jan Redford, author of End of the Rope and Chelene Knight, author of Dear Current Occupant). They will share their stories and struggles with the genre and offer insights and advice. After a reading by each author, there will be time for Questions and Answers. Books will also be available for purchase and signing. Free. No registration required.

For more information, contact the Languages & Literature Department at 416-393-7085.

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Where are you really from? Stories on being black in Vancouver
to Feb 14

Where are you really from? Stories on being black in Vancouver

What does it mean to be asked questions like this? Being Black in Vancouver holds something different for many people who grew up/live in this ethnically-diverse city. Join writers Chelene Knight, Juliane Okot Bitek, and Wayde Compton, artist Chantal Gibson, and special guest Randy Clark for a unique mash up of stories on being Black in Vancouver.

Through art, the written word, and our personal stories ... we can create space and understanding in about where we are REALLY from. 

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7:00 PM19:00


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The Writing Practice on Social Media: A Reading + Panel Discussion


//Real-time narrative on Facebook

//Participatory poetry on Twitter

//Collective creativity on Instagram


How are writers adapting their creative labour to social media? Join us in the East Studio for a reading and panel discussion exploring the influence of digital media on the work of four Vancouver writers. Free with registration. 





@PoetChelene Knight





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8:30 PM20:30



July 10, 2017 by Auriel Niven

Date(s): Monday, July 10
Time: 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location: : Harrison Hot Springs Memorial Hall


Summer Stories: UFV’s Literary Café at the Harrison Festival of Arts

UFV’s Literary Café at the Harrison Festival of Arts offers an intimate opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the west coast’s brightest writers and poets.
Join us for an evening of summertime stories that celebrate nature in beautiful British Columbia.

This year we proudly introduce a vibrant mix of rock stars, writers, poets, educators, and eco-activists whose works are featured in the recently released collection, The Summer Book, published by Mother Tongue Press.

Special thanks to UFV alumna and Raspberry Magazine editor, Katie Stobbart, for hosting this year’s event. Great music will be provided by Tim Readman and Jennie Bice.

Literary Café is sponsored by UFV’s Department of Continuing Education and the Kuldip Gill Writing Fellowship.

Monday, July 10 at 8:30 pm
Harrison Hot Springs Memorial Hall
290 Esplanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

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4:00 PM16:00

The Summer Book Vancouver Launch

Join us in celebrating the publication of a beautiful new and uplifting collection of non-fiction in the PENDRELL ROOM (by the lobby) at the Sylvia Hotel, 4-6 pm. Readings, books for sale. Appies served. Cash Bar. Free parking between stalls 9-75.


In this satisfying collection of new personal essays, humour and meditations on nature, 24 BC writers capture the joys, memories and spirit of summer. Dip in and relax in the warmth of The Summer Book, anytime of year. It’s perfect for backpack, bus, boat, beach or bed. A small positive treasure in this complex crazy century. 
With Original art by Gary Sim, Peter Haase and Briony Penn.

Authors: Luanne Armstrong, Kate Braid, Brian Brett, Anne Cameron, Trevor Carolan, Claudia Cornwall, Sarah de Leeuw, Daniela Elza, Carla Funk, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Eve Joseph, Des Kennedy, Theresa Kishkan, Chelene Knight, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Grant Lawrence, JJ Lee, Peter Levitt, Christine Lowther, Pearl Luke, Susan McCaslin, Briony Penn, DC Reid and Harold Rhenisch.

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Room Magazine Rooftop Reading Series: Launch for Issue 39.4 "This Body's Map"
7:00 PM19:00

Room Magazine Rooftop Reading Series: Launch for Issue 39.4 "This Body's Map"

Join us for the launch of our December 2016 issue, 39.4 "This Body's Map", edited by Chelene Knight.

There will be readings by Jen Sookfong Lee, Chantal Gibson, Beni Xiao, and Nefertiti, as well as an artist talk by cover artist Samantha deVries-Hofman.

Entry by donation.


Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, and Shelter, a novel for young adults. Her poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Elle Canada, Hazlitt, Room, and Event. A popular CBC Radio One personality, Jen appears regularly as a contributor on The Next Chapter and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club. Jen teaches writing at The Writers’ Studio Online with Simon Fraser University.

Chantal Gibson in an artist-educator living in Vancouver. Her written and visual works, academic and creative, engage a process of Historical In(ter)vention, exploring themes of gender and race in the cultural (re)production of knowledge. She teaches in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University. 

Nefertiti has been published in various genres, in publications as diverse as Reader’s Digest, Aesthetica, On Spec: Canada’s Magazine of the Fantastic - and Room! She is “beginning again” after a long spell of shock and loss and appreciates literary groups: Poetic Justice, Poetry In The Park, Poetry Wars, and especially Surrey Muse for resuscitating her.

Beni Xiao (bio to come)
Sam deVries Hofman (bio to come)

Hosted by Chelene Knight.

Please note that this event is hosted on the third floor of a heritage building, and unfortunately there is no elevator and it is not wheelchair accessible. We apologize for this. Our landlords allow us to use the space for free, which makes this reading series possible.

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7:00 PM19:00

Room Magazine Roof top Reading Series

Come celebrate several exciting new ventures with Room Magazine! On Friday, August 19, 7-10pm, we're holding a reading to announce our forthcoming fortieth anniversary anthology (to be published March 2017 and launched at the first ever Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival in Vancouver).

Readers: Amber Dawn, Doretta Lau, Cyndia Cole, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Junie Desil (more to be announced)

Location: 24 West 4th Avenue (4th and Ontario), Vancouver

We'll have deals on back issues and subscriptions, as well as the opportunity to pre-purchase the anthology! 

Entry free / by donation. 

Appetizers and water will be provided, but no alcohol will be served (however, there are tons of breweries nearby if you want to go out afterwards!) 

This event takes place on unceded Coast Salish terrorities.

Please note that unfortunately this venue is not wheelchair accessible. We're holding this event on the third floor & rooftop patio of the office building we just moved into, and it's a heritage building with no elevator. We apologize for this.

Room's 40th Anniversary Anthology will be published with the support of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Periodical Fund.

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to Aug 12

VPL Writing & Book Camp

For a week in August, (Monday August 8-Friday August 12) from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. I will be delivering a workshop on poetry to teens aged 14-16, as part of VPL's youth Writing & Book Camp. There will be a handful of amazing mentors, writers, authors and speakers of all genres. More info to come! If you have a teen who loves writing and reading then I suggest you sign up through VPL for this years' camp! More info on my workshop will be available soon. For now click below for more information on last years' camp.

This Ain't Your High School Poetry!

Poetry is everywhere. It's in your texts, your music, your conversations, your homework, your textbooks, your arguments, the backs of cereal boxes: it's tucked away and hiding everywhere! My workshop will focus on the creation of modern hybrid forms of poetry, with a deep focus on using unique combinations of words from unlikely sources to create poetry like never before. Check out my two workshops:

The Truth About Literary Magazine Publishing

The literary magazine community in Vancouver can seem like a mysterious, intimidating, and exclusive club. Are literary magazines the equivalent of the "high school clique?" Why is it so tough to get into the lit mag world? We will take a look at these questions from both sides of the table: Chelene as Editor and Chelene as submitter. This workshop will focus on what a lit mag is, how production works, and how to get your poetry, fiction, and non-fiction published in these journals.

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1:00 PM13:00

East Side Friday "Homegrown Stories"

"Homegrown Stories EAST SIDE FRIDAY! Join us at Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) for an evening of poetry, spoken word, and storytelling! Our feature word artist is Chelene Knight, whose writing is deeply rooted in her experiences of mixed ethnicity. Recently, Chelene has been exploring the idea of "home" in her writing and poetry, and she will be sharing pieces of that exploration from her second book in progress (Dear Current Occupant) with us at Homegrown Stories at the Atira Women's Resource Society 800 East Hastings Street on Friday April 29th 5-8 p.m. It will be a party so come check it out. Open mic and MORE."

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