Author Reading Series

Wednesday 23 February 2022 @ 7pm PST

Tiziana La Melia and Fan Wu
+ student writers Stevie Rose Poling and Oshi Spring

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Fan Wu + Tiziana La Melia

Fan Wu is the squeezed remnant of a quest for vitality. He’s currently working on an obsessive project on the strange intersections between Georges Bataille and Daoist philosophy. He is a member of the Toronto Experimental Translation Collective, and editor of Mourning Anthology, available here. Send him a love letter or a grievance at fanwu4u@gmail.com.

Tiziana La Melia is an artist and writer born in Palermo, raised on an orchard, and currently resides on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the author of two books and is currently working on a dual language book titled I come from a long line of people who don’t use words (Archive Books 2022), Kletic Kink, a forthcoming poetry album and The Simple Life: A Drama Between Mice consisting of video, confessions, drawings, clothing mood boards, and a collaborative tabloid magazine. Recent solo and collaborative exhibitions include Fly Robin Fly, Mecedes du Sud, Montpellier (2021); Global Cows, Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels (2029/2020); St. Agatha’s Stink Script, galerie anne baurrault, Paris (2019); Garden Gossip, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2017-18); Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery,(2016-17); Down to Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2016); Pigeon Looks for Death Between the Needle and the Haystack, Unit 17, Vancouver (2018). Her writing has appeared in Art21Organism for Poetic ResearchC Magazine, and The Interjection Calendar, among others.

Student Writer Biographies
Stevie Rose Poling is a first-year student in the University Arts and Sciences course. She was born in Trail but at age 7 she and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she grew up. Stevie moved back to the Kootenays in March 2021 and has loved every minute of it. Alongside being a Creative Writing student, she is a musician and artist. Stevie loves incorporating poetry and literary references into all art forms she practises. She views art and writing as an emotional outlet and is recently beginning to share her work. Stevie is studying to become a secondary school art teacher and hopes to inspire the future generations to love art and literature as much as she does.

Oshi Spring is a first year Associate of Arts student at Selkirk College. He got into writing because he loved making worlds out of nothing and was inspired by a friend who was writing a novel. He is currently at work on his first graphic novel, and his poetry was recently published in the Black Bear Review.


Wednesday, 26 January 2022 @ 7:00pm PST

Aisha Sasha John
Alexei Perry Cox
+ student writers from Selkirk College, Andrew Wood + Gwen Higgins

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Alexei Perry Cox + Aisha Sasha John

Alexei Perry Cox is a writer, teacher and organizer. She is the author of Night 3 | اليوم الرابع (Centre for Expanded Poetics), Re:Evolution (Gap Riot Press), Finding Places to Make Places (Vallum), as well as the full length collection Under Her (Insomniac Press). PLACE is forthcoming with Noemi Press. Her poetry and criticism has graced the pages of a wide variety of publications, including Journal Safar (جورنال سفر), Arc Poetry Magazine, Moko Magazine, Carte Blanche and The Georgia Review. At the core of her makings is the belief that we imagine relationally, sometimes with words and sometimes with grace.

Aisha Sasha John medium is energy. A poet and choreographer, Aisha is the author of I have to live. (McClelland & Stewart), finalist for the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize, THOU (Book*hug), finalist for the 2015 Trillium Book Award, and TO STAND AT THE PRECIPICE ALONE AND REPEAT WHAT IS WHISPERED (UDP 2021). Aisha was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto (Scarborough) in 2018 and served as guest faculty for the 2019 Writing Studio residency program at The Banff Centre. Aisha is also the 2019-2022 Dancemakers’ Resident Artist—in 2022 she continues research on the ensemble work DIANA ROSS DREAM.  She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and a B.A. in African Studies and Semiotics from the University of Toronto.

Andrew Wood is a professional snowboarder with photos published in Kootenay Mountain Culture, Coastal Mountain Life and National Geographic’s “100 Slopes of a Lifetime.” At Quest University Canada he explored the parallels between physical and social risk trying to understand why reading poetry in front of a small group of supportive peers felt so similar to jumping off thirty foot cliffs on his snowboard.As a writer Andrew has published in Coastal Mountain Life, CV Collective and a mixed-medium collaborative arts publication: W.E.R.D. Magazine. Andrew was a student of Leesa Dean’s Manuscript Development course and is a 2021 recipient of an Oxygen Arts Center mentorship program with Susan Andrews Grace for his in-progress first novel: “West of Hope.” 

Gwen Higgins is an accountant by day and writer by night who lives in Castlegar with her husband, two teenagers, and a dog. In her spare time, Gwen volunteers with Girl Guides. She’s currently a student in the Selkirk College Creative Writing program and a participant in Oxygen Arts’ mentorship program with Susan Andrews Grace. Gwen loves to read and is never far from her Kindle.


23 November 2021 @ 7:00 PM PST

Tanya Lukin Linklater
Alasdair Rees
+ student writer Kathleen Cauley
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About “Slow Scrape” (2020):

Slow Scrape is, in the words of Layli Long Soldier, “an expansive and undulating meditation on time, relations, origin and colonization.” Lukin Linklater draws upon documentary poetics, concrete-based installations, event scores, and other texts composed in relation to performances written between 2011 and 2018. The book cites memory, Cree and Alutiiq languages, and embodiment as modes of relational being and knowledge. The book unfolds a poetics of relation and action to counter the settler colonial violences of erasure, extraction, and dispossession. Slow Scrape can be read alongside Lukin Linklater’s practice as a visual artist and choreographer. Slow Scrape includes an introduction by Layli Long Soldier, as well as a dialogue between Lukin Linklater and editor Michael Nardone.

About the Author:

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, videos, installations, and writings work through orality and embodiment – investigating histories of Indigenous peoples’ lives, lands, and structures of sustenance. She has studied at Stanford University, the University of Alberta, and, presently, at Queen’s University, where she is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies. While Lukin Linklater’s Alutiiq homelands are in southern Alaska (Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions), she has lived and worked in Nbisiing Anishnabek territory in northern Ontario, Canada for more than a decade. Slow Scrape is her first collection of poetry.

Series Editors Nathan Brown and Michael Nardone
Design & Layout by LOKI

Published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics & Anteism

About “Mon Ecologie” (2021):

In this collection of poems, the ecology in question is at once that of the internal self and that of the external world. Through an intermingling of physics and philosophy, the poet unravels layers of meaning, examining the processes of nature and the mundane realm of objects, tracing their transformations and mapping their locations.

About the Author:

Alasdair Rees lives and works on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon where he teaches French at the University of Saskatchewan. He was Saskatchewan’s first Youth Poet Laureate and is a former associate editor of Grain magazine. His work was longlisted for the 2020 Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize and has been published by Moeubius, GUTS magazine, Urbania, and Metatron Press. His first book, Mon écologie, comes out in June 2021.

About our student writer:

Kathleen Cauley is a librarian and musician. Before moving to BC she was an active member playing violin in the Ottawa based band Loon Choir touring the country, playing festivals and receiving rotation on the CBC. Kathleen hosts the radio program “Big Shiny Turns” on the Kootenay Co-Op Radio. She is currently studying creative writing at Selkirk College. This is her first foray into creative writing. 


Watch the recorded 2020/2021 Author Reading Series videos online!

The Author Reading Series is generously supported by Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

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