my picks for Word on the Street

Last night I read the program for Word on the Street (WOTS), which is happening Sunday, September 28th from 11-5pm at Library Square in Vancouver.  Here are some of my picks for this year.

11am-5pm IFC/IPC table in the Village

The Intellectual Freedom and Information Policy Committees are doing a table again this year.  We’ll be located in the Village, which by the outside of the library, along Homer Street.  Come by and say hello, and spin the wheel and show us how much you know, or learn some new things.  There are still a few slots left for volunteering on the day.  You’ll meet lots of interesting people and can eat lots of candy too.  Good times!

12:15-12:45pm on the mini-stage, Elizabeth Bachinsky

Always entertaining, Elizabeth Bachinsky‘s mix of playful and poignant poetry is not to be missed.  As poetry editor of Event magazine, she will be reading exciting new works in progress, along with sleections from her Governor General’s Award-nominated collection, Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood Editions, 2006) Elizabeth is also the author of another book of poetry, Curio (Bookthug, 2005) Her work as appeared in journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the US, and abroad.  It has also been translated into French and Chinese.

3:00pm Word Under the Street (Inside the library downstairs) Queer Comic Artists

The world of  independent and self-publishing, particularly in the realm of comics and graphic art, has always been a haven for those who live outside the margins of convention.  Come listen to four Queer comic artists talk about their art and experience:  Sarah Leavitt (comic artist, Xtra West contributor), Patrick Fillion (comic artist and co-founder of Class Comics, an adult erotic art company), Tyler Dorchester (The Brotherhood), Ken Boesem (The Village, printed in Xtra West), and animator John Crossen.  The panel will be moderated by Janine Fuller, manager of Little Sisters Bookstore and co-author of Restricted Entry : Censorship on Trial, which won an Editors’ Choice Lambda Literary Award, 1995.

4:20 Mainstage C.R. Avery

In the past four years C.R. Avery has played every major Canadian folk festival with spoken word trio Tons Of Fun Universaity (T.O.F.U.), and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as a beat-box poet, solo, or with his band the Boomchasers.  C.R. has also paid his rent as a sideman for such asts as Po’ Girl, Sage Francis, and Tom Waits.  No live show will go without Avery’s recontextualization of the Delta Blues.  His signature beat-box harmonica had Tom Waits growling, “he’s blowin’ my mind.”

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