inflectionist review, issue 3

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 17 2014 | Comment now »

So this is out. The Inflectionist Review (issue 3). I have an interview in it which I really enjoyed doing and a selection of poems. All in all about 15 pages or so. If you get a chance give it a read.

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This is what one of the editors says.
“We’re excited to announce Issue #3 of The Inflectionist Review is now available. You can read the new issue at Inflectionism.com.
We are honored to present the ambitious and evocative work of Vancouver, BC poet Daniela Elza in this issue’s Distinguished Poet section, alongside the textured abstracts of featured artist Jonathan K. Rice.
Each piece in TIR thrives within its own created world yet adds to the larger dialogue we hope to foster. We invite you to join the conversation.
As a note, we have now begun reading for Issue #4.” —John Sibley Williams (editor)

Click here to go to the front page and then click on the cover to read. I am somewhere betwen page 45-60ish.
Let me know what you think.

tonight: hello Surrey

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 13 2014 | Comment now »

Tonight is the Southbank Reading Series:
I will be reading along with featured poet Kate Braid, and readers Cristina Viviani, Tanveer Sohal, Laurel Albina, Joan Boxall, and Bernice Lever. Doors open at 6pm, readings begin at 6:30pm. Location:
Surrey Central City Library, Room 120 (lower floor)

maybe you will join us.

sometimes things are what they seem

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 01 2014 | Comment now »

Yes, it happened in Vancouver as we unsuspectingly went about our day. We had to cross a busy street (at rush hour) to get to see it. The traffic lights were not synched up. No cross walk there, either. But we made it.

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Yes, this is a real pumpkin. It was not alone. It is big enough for me to sleep in. It is big enough for me to stand behind. I was not dressed up as anything. I was on my way to yoga, so you can imagine. That is why I hid behind it. It was my costume. It is almost as tall as I am, and surely it is as wide as I am tall.

As I said: it was not alone. It had an uncarved partner. You could see the effects of gravity on the way it lay there.
I feel the effects of gravity too. Hence all that work to defy it. And then generously give in to it. If you do not know what I am talking about, no worries. It is a yoga thing.

Now, can someone tell me how you grow such a monster of a pumpkin? Dad? Mom? Anyone?

[credit for the photo goes to my son]

Imaginarium 3

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 30 2014 | Comment now »

Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing is a reprint anthology collecting speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) that represents the best work published by Canadian writers in the 2013 calendar year.

So it was a pleasant surprise to discover that I am going to be in the Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Of course, that was only after I discovered the acceptance email in my spam folder. (So it is worth scanning through that spam from time to time before you delete it.)

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Click here to see the table of contents and the cover.

Also here you can see the line up and the honourable mentions.

I have not yet made it yet into the Best Canadian Poetry anthologies that get published each year by Tight Rope Books. So making it into this one was pretty cool, right along Cory Doctorow’s, By His Things You Will Know Him, Anne Carson’s excerpt of Red Doc, and a number of other familiar names, whose company I am happy to be keeping.

Thank you to Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi for selecting an excerpt from my milk tooth bane bone book to include in this anthology.

two events in two days

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 27 2014 | Comment now »

The year is winding down with the readings and events I am performing at. Here are the two events happening in the next couple of days and perhaps one last reading for this year in November. Of course, I still have hosting duties at Twisted Poets Literary Salon. But mostly November and December will be quiet that way.
Hope you are having a great fall season.

  • October 28, 2014, 7pm-9pm
    Featuring poems written to the art exhibit Marked Panels Panels Panels Panels by Joyce Ozier
    Poets: Mary Duffy, Daniela Elza, Falcon Ohara, Amanda Wardrop, and Warren Dean Fulton
    Host: Fran Bourassa
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  • Oct. 29th 2014, 7pm
    BOOK LAUNCH: Second Growth by Fabienne Calvert Filteau with Jen Currin, Surya Govender and Daniela Elza
    (The event is co-hosted by Pandora’s Collective and People’s Co-op Bookstore)
    Location: People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr Vancouver, BC (604) 253-6442
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    Readers:
    Fabienne Calvert Filteau (Second Growth),
    Jen Currin (School, Inquisition Yours, Hagiography, and The Sleep of Four Cities)
    Surya Govender (2014 graduate of The Writer’s Studio)
    Daniela Elza (milk tooth bane bone, the book of It and the weight of dew)

More information will be forthcoming for the reading on November 13.

  • November 13, 2014, 6:30pm
    Southbank Reading Series:

    Surrey Central City Library, Room 120 (lower floor)
    Time: doors at 6, readings 6:30-8:30

AIR series salon 78

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 19 2014 | Comment now »

Last night I had the honour to perform at the Art in Residence Salon hosted by Keiko Honda in her home. I was nervous somewhat since I have never really done a performance this long (ended up going over an hour with conversation) and also where it was by invitation only. The moment I walked in the kitchen where everyone was busy with food and serving and talking I knew it was a good place to be in. The food was delicious, the care and attention people showed for each other was inspiring. After dinner the living room got transformed into a stage with an audience around it. And we were off.

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The audience was wonderfully attentive and engaged.
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The gestures were wide and far reaching.
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I delighted in the questions and the discussion.
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There was deep conversation. There was love.
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Thank you Keiko Honda for the invitation and for running this wonderful art series. This morning, the sweet memory lingers.

October events

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

Ok, here are the last events I have scheduled for the year. It seems they all ended up in October.

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30-9:00 pm.
    Launch of Emerge Anthology, The Writers Studio, SFU. I will be giving an introduction.
  • I was the guest editor for this anthology this year and so this is the culmination and celebration of the process.
    Host SFU The Writer’s Studio
    @ SFU Harbour Centre
    515 Hastings Street Room 1430
    Vancouver, BC
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  • October 18, 2014, 7pm
    Performing at AIR Series Salon. Attendance by invitation.
  • You can click here and scroll down to see the event.
    Description:
    This poetic performance will invite you on a journey. Daniela will showcase the ground she has covered over the last decade between poetry and philosophy, between awe and delight, between poetry and knowing and between poetry and dance. She will be joined by dancer and choreographer Su-Lin Tseng for the poetry-dance portion of the performance. Bring your poetic mind, your curiosities, your questions, and your passions. The performance will be followed by a Q&A period. Daniela loves to answer the call of the muse and she loves to answer questions.

  • October 22, 2014, 10-11:20am
    Talk/workshop at Elder College in Chilliwack
  • October 28, 2014, 7pm-9pm
    Wordwhips, Poetry and Art in the Gallery
    Featuring poems written to the art exhibit Marked Panels Panels Panels Panels by Joyce Ozier
    Poets: Mary Duffy, Daniela Elza, Falcon Ohara, Amanda Wardrop, and Warren Dean Fulton
    Host: Fran Bourassa

    @ Jewish Community Centre,
    950 West 41st Ave. Vancouver
    The featured poets will be writing to the visuals on the wall. Everybody will have an opportunity to be involved. There is time for the audience to write to the exhibit and to recite their poems.

    Presented by the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery in collaboration with Pandora’s Collective. Made possible by the Yosef Wosk Poetry Initiative Grant

  • Oct. 29th 2014, 7pm
    BOOK LAUNCH: Second Growth by Fabienne Calvert Filteau with Jen Currin, Surya Govender and Daniela Elza
    (The event is co-hosted by Pandora’s Collective and People’s Co-op Bookstore)
    Location: People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr Vancouver, BC (604) 253-6442
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    Readers:
    Fabienne Calvert Filteau (Second Growth),
    Jen Currin (School, Inquisition Yours, Hagiography, and The Sleep of Four Cities)
    Surya Govender (2014 graduate of The Writer’s Studio)
    Daniela Elza (milk tooth bane bone, the book of It and the weight of dew)

Maybe you will be able to come out to one of them. Hope you are all having a lovely Autumn/Fall season. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

playing in the poetic surf

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 11 2014 | Comment now »

The weekend at the Oregon Poetry Association gathering in Bandon, Oregon, was wonderful. The motel was perched right above the beach with the surf rolling in and the foghorn at night. The sound of the surf was constant, permeated everything. Oh, how I love that sound, that constant reminder of the power of the ocean.

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My workshop was very well received. Lots of good conversations.
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By the end of the stay there I felt that not only I loved it, but I was loved back.
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By the people, by the ocean,
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by the rocks, and cliffs. Even by the smallest of living things.
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Oh that incessant surf, and how things looked so different at night and in the mist.
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I had that don Juan (Carlos Castaneda) feeling

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when we descended to the beach in the dark
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and everything looked like something else.
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And how in the morning everything was different, new, swept clean except for what the ocean coughed up at night. What the ocean composed.
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Thank you to the organizers, all the participants for their enthusiasm, and presence, and to Analoly, who was kind enough to give me a ride between Portland and Bandon and back.

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.