Sunday, September 26, 2010

Kerry Schooley

The Lit Live committee is saddened to announce the passing of Kerry Schooley, the founder of the reading series. Kerry's vision and design for Lit Live continues to this day in the format and schedule of the series; we uphold his interest in presenting a wide stylistic range of writers, and remain committed to presenting talent from Hamilton and the region alongside published writers from away. Kerry participated in many, many ventures to promote literary work around Southern Ontario, in addition to writing books under the names of John Swan and Slim Volumes, editing anthologies of noir fiction, and editing the work of other writers, most recently for Seraphim Editions. He will always be missed in this corner of the writing world.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

October 3rd, It'll be Three and Three at Lit Live

Three winning stories from the Arts Hamilton Creative Keyboards Contest will vie with three outstanding poets for your ears and hearts at Lit Live on Sunday, October 3rd. Join us at 7:30 p.m. at the Skydragon Centre on King William Street in Hamilton for your monthly shot of the best in literary entertainment.

Jan Conn reads from Botero's Beautiful Horses, her 2009 collection of poems from Brick Books.

Catherine Owen debuts her latest poetry in Seeing Lessons from Wolsak and Wynn (2010).

Eve Joseph has signed on for The Secret Signature of Things, her newest poetry from Brick Books (2010).

Who will win the Creative Keyboards prizes? You'll have to come to Lit Live on October 3rd to discover and celebrate with three talented writers of short fiction.

Jan Conn

Jan Conn was brought up in Asbestos, Quebec. She now lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and works as a professor of Biomedical Sciences whose research focuses on mosquitoes, their evolution and ecology. She is the author of seven books of poetry. Her latest collection is Botero’s Beautiful Horses, published by Brick Books in 2009.

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen is a Vancouver writer. Her latest books are Frenzy (Anvil Press, 2009) and Seeing Lessons (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010). She's been nominated for a variety of honours including the BC Book Prize and the CBC award. Her work has been translated into three languages and has appeared in literary magazines in Canada, the USA, Austria, and New Zealand.

Eve Joseph

Eve Joseph was born in 1953 and grew up in North Vancouver. Her first book of poetry The Startled Heart (Oolichan Press, 2004) was nominated for a Dorothy Livesay Award. Her second book The Secret Signature of Things came out with Brick Books in 2010. Her work has been published widely in Canadian and American journals and anthologies. Eve took second place in the Great Blue Heron Contest sponsored by The Antigonish Review in 2007 and 2009. She was recently awarded the 2010 P.K. Page Founder's Award for the best poem of the year in the Malahat Review and was shortlisted for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards in the creative nonfiction category.

Winning Stories in the Arts Hamilton Creative Keyboards Contest!

Join us for readings of the First, Second and Third Place winning stories in the Arts Hamilton Creative Keyboards short story contest, a competition open to writers all over Canada. While the three writers and their stories will not be announced until October 3rd, the short list includes three writers from Hamilton: Marion Christina Kemmett, Jeff Seffinga, and Gunter Ott. Two are from Burlington: Margo Karolyi and Jody Aberdeen. Two live in Toronto: John Norris and Lucile Barker. Judith McLeod is an Oakville resident, and Sylvia Barta makes her home in Fonthill, near Welland. Two out-of-province writers are shortlisted: Chuck Lovatt of Carroll, Manitoba, and Alvin G. Enns of Abbotsford, British Columbia.