cypress falls

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 28 2014 | Comment now »

This was my first time going to Cypress Falls in North Vancouver.
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I have been meaning to go to the woods for so long and life has been just too demanding of my time.
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But really there is no excuse.

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Walking among trees that are probably between 500 and 1000 years old very quickly puts things in perspective.
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Long term and short term. From what endures to the most delicate structure that a wave of your unthinking hand can destroy.
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The inquiry of trees. Trees do not give up easily. Even when they fall they hold onto rocks (some as big as me) in their roots clenching them as if they are something precious. And they are.
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They do not only put things in perspective. They put things in poetry too. See those lives spinning, see those lines spinning in my head. See that height that is not making me dizzy? I can sit all day like that and grow roots to talk to trees. Every walk there is a poetry walk. Every walk there is a life-line walk. Every walk there is a reminder of what it is we love and what loves us back without imposing conditions on us.
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  • [all the photography in this post is courtesy of Robin Susanto and his poetic vision and light sensibility]

some new work in the fall issue of The Maynard

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 21 2014 | Comment now »

Thank you to the The Maynard editors for giving a few brand new pieces a home. They come from a section in my latest manuscript called self-p0rtraits. Here is the introduction to this latest issue.

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Check it out. On the left hand side is the contents. Click here to go directly to self-p0rtraits to read and listen. Or just read, or just listen.

In any case, check out The Maynard, and consider submitting to their next issue.
Here are the submission guidelines.

flash fiction runner-up

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 15 2014 | Comment now »

This year I submitted flash fiction and non-fiction to contests and anthologies. I have not done much with this genre even thought I have a few flash fiction/micro-stories out there. Two were published a while back in One Cool Word (or OCW) and one was published in Blue Print Review.

So when I heard that I made it to the long list for the short fiction contest I thought it was already an accomplishment. Today I found out I am the runner-up (or in some other words, second place). In good company too. The winner is Rob Taylor for his piece Here I Lay Down My Heart. Congratulations Rob, and to all that are on the long list and those that are on the editor’s choice list.

Thank you to Judge JJ Lee for selecting my story Waiting for Twilight as runner up for the 2014 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction contest. Click here to read the announcement. The story will be published in the Winter issue of Pulp Literature magazine.

My sequence of poems, intimacy requires more, that was runner-up for the Magpie Award for Poetry will be published in Issue 4 of Pulp Literature magazine.

:a poem is:

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 11 2014 | 2 Comments »

Two years ago I mailed a postcard poem to Cascadia Review with my submission of a few poems and a statement of place. I was leaving Vancouver at the time to go visit my parents and met my sister at the airport so we can travel together. I was planning to mail the postcard from the airport.

Once we went through security I realized it was too late to buy a stamp since the only place that sold stamps was out of bound at that point. With the help of two security guards I managed to have it mailed on time. I gave them money for stamps with my envelope and my sincere thankyous.

I had no idea if it will ever arrive, but judging by how their faces lit up when I told them it is a poem they were holding in their hands, and how they took the story to heart, I was pretty confident the letter will arrive.

Here it is on the Cascadia Review website.

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    In the busy days getting ready to travel I did not have time to look for a special card, and the only thing I had was the card my publisher made for my book. So I thought that might be an appropriate card, and got all that dew in the poem too.
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you can vote for my essay

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 07 2014 | Comment now »

I submitted a piece to the Contest Why Vancouver? Why You?
It seems like voting is going to be part of the selection process. Here is the link if you wish to read and cast a vote. There are 92 entries all together.
To cast your vote for my piece, click here.
I have never participated in a contest like that, where there is input from the community. It is kind of cool and at the same time unsettling for the authors who have to throw their writing out there. There is a first time for everything.
To read other entries click here. You can then browse and pick your favourites to vote for. You can vote once a day per IP address up until October 15.
Good luck to everyone.

tonight and sunday

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 04 2014 | Comment now »

A couple of things coming up this week and weekend.

  • September 4, 2014, 8pm
    The TWS READING SERIES
    The Writer’s Studio’s featured author for September will be poet Daniela Elza. The other readers are Ingrid Rose, Angela Kenyon, D.N. Simmers, Diana Joy, Sheila Galati, Jude Neale, and Dhana Musil. Hosts: Ivan Antoniw and Romney Grant.Thursday, September 4 at 8:00pm. Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver.

Did you stop by the Pop-Up-Poets this summer here on False Creek? Did you get a poem written, recited, even sang? No? If not you will have another chance this coming Sunday, Sept.7th. The poets, of course the poets will have their pens and pencils, and type writer keys, poised.
Here is the poster and info for the Sunday event. Spread the word.

  • Vancouver Pop-Up-Poets return on September 7th, 2:00 pm to 4:00pm.
    Your Word! We Write! We Recite! We invite you to request a poem be written on the spot. The poet performs it and gifts it to you.
    Find us 1600 Columbia St @ 100 Athlete’s Way. (Go to end of Columbia towards water, turn right, head about 10 ft East towards Science World, we will be near the silver railed dock on left.)
    Join Meharoona Ghani with guest poets:
    Daniela Elza,
    Barbara Baydala and
    Susilawati Bryant

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nomination for best of the net 2014

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 02 2014 | Comment now »

Thank you to the editors of the Inflectionist Review for selecting my poem stoking the fire II. It appreciates your love. Congrats to the other nominees–

The Inflectionist Review has just made its selections for submission to the 2014 Best of the Net anthology competition. Congratulations to the following Inflectionist contributors, whose award nominated poems are also listed.
Paulann Petersen “As If Each Breath Were the Last”
Daniela Elza “stoking the fire II”
Brenda Taulbee “The Fever”
Doug Bolling “Questions”
Alice B. Fogel “House of Happiness”
Rae Gouirand “Map”

If you haven’t already, visit (or revisit) Issues 1 & 2 to read the poems.
And remember that they’re still reading for Issue 3! So submit.

goodbye august

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 31 2014 | Comment now »

The last week the days have been perceptibly shorter. There is also a bit of a chill in the air. The sun seems lower and no longer slips behind the tree to the right on the roof patio, but rather disappears behind the roof on the left. Just like life, the sun too has shifted. Changes in life are also afoot.

This month I broke two things: my submission record and my yoga record. It roughly works out to 2 yoga sessions per poetry (or other) submission. I have also submitted some short fiction and an essay in the last couple of months. This is new for me. So that is exciting.

I will have some new work (four fragments of my self-p0rtraits series) in the fall issue of The Maynard. Thank you to the editors for giving it a home. It was not too keen on looking. I will meet you in that issue (when it comes out) to celebrate. BYOB.
Check out their current issue and consider submitting.

A couple of events I will be reading at this month:

  • September 4, 2014, 8pm
    The TWS READING SERIES
    The Writer’s Studio’s featured author for September will be poet Daniela Elza. The other readers are Ingrid Rose, Angela Kenyon, D.N. Simmers, Diana Joy, Sheila Galati, Jude Neale, and Dhana Musil. Hosts: Ivan Antoniw and Romney Grant.Thursday, September 4 at 8:00pm. Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver.
  • September 14, 2014
    POETRY IN THE GARDEN
    An afternoon of poetry in the UBC Botanical Gardens featuring Lee Beavington, Daniela Elza, Veronica Gaylie, Kedrick James, Christi Kramer, Carl Leggo, Candice James, Renee Norman, Anar Rajabali, and Celeste Snowber. Sunday, September 14, 2014 2- 5 p.m. at Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre, UBC Botanical Gardens. Complimentary Access to Garden on day and free parking for 3 hours. Free event.
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Maybe I will see some of you there. Hope your summer was fabulous or at least relaxing and here is to a sweet September. I still hope I can get some more patio time before the rains and the cold come. But first, this proposal, this deadline.

on-the-spot poems

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 12 2014 | Comment now »

I hope you managed to stop by last Sunday and request a poem from the Pop-Up-Poets here on False Creek. We were located on the bike path between Olympic Village and Science World, near Creekside Community Centre 1 Athlete’s Way, at the outdoor piano. Other guest poets were Barbara Baydala, and Joshua Todd. The event is co-ordinated and organized by Meharoona Ghani, who also hammered out poems on the typewriter. There was a live artist who did art on the spot as well.

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I arrived at the Pop-Up Poets scene. Meharoona had already set up her typewriter. Josh had his little portable desk out, and Barbara was ready with colourful pieces of paper and pencil. The day was hot.(And I mean HOT.) Everyone was skirting the edges for the little shade. I spent all my time in the shade and here and there on the edges of sunshine and still got my worst sunburn for the year. Which is probably nothing compared to other people’s standards. But, I am the 6pm-8pm late sun kind a girl. So you can imagine the shock to my body, this noon sun and heat. It was my fault. I jumped right into writing poems and forgot to put on sunscreen.

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People stopped by to listen to the awesome piano playing by Brian Lodmell (the man sitting at the piano in the photo above). He was there doing his thing, and his thing was pretty good. Singing and telling stories while playing. He set a great mood to begin with. In the true spirit of collaboration he blended right in, became part of the team and even sang the poems before they were handed over to those who requested them. I wrote poems to the words: hope, yacht, bliss, moss, being and stake. The stake one came from far away by text. It was a request from the east coast, from a friend.

Did you stop by? Did you get a poem written, recited, even sang? No? If not you will have another chance this coming Sunday 17th. Maybe Brian will be there again to throw some summer joy in your heart. I might stop by to say hi, depending on how hot it is. And the poets, of course the poets will have their pens and pencils, and type writer keys, poised.
Here is the poster for the Sunday event. Spread the word.
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hello August

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 06 2014 | Comment now »

This is my favourite time of the year. It is the long days, which feel endless. It is the chance to sit on my patio when I can. It is watching the late sun sinking into the water. It is still busy, but with different things which makes it feel less busy. I have been catching up on submissions, and on reading. I have been doing a course on line. Of course, the kids are home and that is already busy. Definitely making time for more yoga as well. And time for all those pesky appointments like dentists, and eye doctor for the kids, and getting new glasses, and yearly check-ups of one kind and another. Even the car wants an appointment. Keeps flashing Service when I start it and showing me a wrench. It thinks that’s the thing for a car to do. So I am taking it in tomorrow, at 8:30am. Don’t let me sleep through that.

One thing I will be part of this month is the Vancouver Pop-Up-Poets. If you are in the area pop by. We will be at Olympic Village between 12 and 2pm on August 10th and will be writing poems for people who stop by and ask for a poem.

The event is hosted by Meharoona Ghani with guest poets Daniela Elza and Joshua Todd.

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Yes,

On the Spot Poetry!
Vancouver Pop-Up-Poets return on August 10th, noon to 2:00pm.

Your Word! We Write! We Recite! We invite you to request a poem be written on the spot. The poet performs it and gifts it to you.Find us in Olympic Village area, along the seawall heading kinda East towards Science World, close to Creekside Community Centre.