ghost fishing

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 22 2016 | Comment now »

My poem beware of dog will be in Ghost Fishing: An Anthology of Eco-Justice Poetry (University of Georgia Press, 2017). It was previously published in dANDelion magazine and FORCE FIELD anthology edited by Susan Musgrave. Thank you to the editors for selecting the poem.

*crow morphologies* CD

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 04 2016 | Comment now »

Recently, I made more crow morphologies CDs, and tucked them in their origami covers.

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[front cover]

The poems come from my book milk tooth bane bone and the vocals and soundscapes are by the wonderful Soressa Gardner.

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You can hear the spaces between the words in the CD the way they are meant to be read. I love what Soressa did in collaboration with the poems and my voice. It delights me still. The CD is 30 min. long and has six tracks on it.

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[back cover]

Each is $10. Each is a crow. So you can pick a number. We are at Crow # 60. Some of the numbers have already flown away like #63, 64, 66, 72 and #65 & #67 are spoken for.

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Click here to listen to at.tension (track three), which was also turned into a video poem by Tara Flynn.

Here is a review of crow morphologies by Catherine Owen (thank you, Catherine).

Let me know if you want one and I will find a way to get it to you. If shipping is involved and you are in Canada it will cost about $2 extra. If it has to be shipped further I can find out how much the shipping will be and can release a crow your way.

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Initially, I imagined listening to the CD in the car on a long drive somewhere. I listened to it for the first time in its entirety, and as a listener, driving between Smithers and Terrace, BC. Away from the noise and bustle of the city. It was overcast and there were low tatters and wisps of clouds floating in and out between the hills. Some of these formations almost looked like dragons in their shifting. And I cried. It was an unforgettable moment. I was delighted to receive this note from a perfect connoisseur:

“I listened to your CD on my way north to the Cariboo. It was joyous. I am so proud to be able to say that I am living in the time of Daniela Elza, to share this atmosphere with your breath. Thank you. You got it perfect. This is the kind of work the whole world should notice.”

Thank you Harold Rhenisch for these words. And thank you to the rest of you who emailed me with similar sentiments.

August events

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 31 2016 | Comment now »

Here are the events coming up in August. If you are in the area come and say Hi.

  • Writing Workshop, Revelstoke, BC
    I am giving a writing workshop on August 9th, from 7-8:30pm., at the Revelstoke Public Library, 605 Campbell Ave, Revelstoke, BC.
  • Flywheel Reading Series, Calgary
    I am reading at flywheel reading series alongside Martin West, Richard Kemick, and Ashley-Elizabeth Best on August 11th, 7:30pm, at Pages Bookstore, 1135 Kensington Road, Calgary.
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      [sunset, on the train back from Portland, OR]

    • Writing Workshop, Salmon Arm, BC
      I am giving a writing workshop on August 13th, 1-2:30pm and a poetry reading right after (3-4pm), at the Salmon Arm Public Library, 285 Piccadilly Mall, 1151 10th Ave. SW, Salmon Arm, BC.
    • Poetry New West Reading Series, New West, BC.
      Raoul Fernandes and I will feature at Poetry New West Reading Series on August 14th, 2-4pm., at Original’s Rstaurante Mexicano, 800 Carnarvon Street, New West. There will be open mic spots too.

    *book of it*

    Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 28 2016 | Comment now »

    the book of It took part in the Whistler Independent Book Awards 2016. It was super excited to come home with an Honorable Mention.

    the book of it cover - april 2011

    Thank you to the judges for their comments and recommendations. They loved the concept of the book. They made recommendations I can embrace and agree with. And they recommended using this book as a starting point for creative writing exercises in schools. I always delight when the book ends up in the hands of young people.
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    the book of it is jumping up and down with its usual joy. Today it is asking me to explain what an Honorable Mention means. It wants to know if that would change anything in its life. It is asking me a lot of questions I am not sure I can answer. Such a curious little book.

    summer events

    Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 10 2016 | Comment now »

    What’s coming up in the next few months? Here is the line up so far. I will keep updating the information as it comes in.

    • June 25, 2016
      House concert. Poetry and Music with Clyde Reed and Jared Burrows. (I hear it is sold out)
    • July 3, 2016, 7pm
      Al Rempel will be launching “Four Neat Holes” (Leaf Press, 2016) and Geoffrey Nilson & myself will accompany him. “Four Neat Holes” is a short suite of thirteen poems that examines loss and grief through the eyes of four children growing up and coming of age. I will be reading some new work. Sunday, July 3rd, at 7pm at People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr, Vancouver. Free Event. Books for sale.
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    • August 9th, 2016, 7-8:30pm
      Writing workshop at the Revelstoke Public Library, 605 Campbell Ave, Revelstoke, BC.
    • August 11th, 2016, 7:30pm
      I will be reading at flywheel reading series alongside Martin West, Richard Kemick, and Ashley-Elizabeth Best. @ Pages Bookstore, 1135 Kensington Road, at 7:30, Calgary.
    • August 13th, 2016, 1-4pm
      Writing workshop (1pm-2:30pm) and Poetry Reading (3pm-4pm) at the Salmon Arm Public Library, 285 Piccadilly Mall, 1151 10th Ave. SW, Salmon Arm, BC.
    • August 14, 2016, 2pm-4pm
      Featuring at Poetry New West Reading Series with Raoul Fernandes. There will be open mic too. 2-4pm at Original’s Rstaurante Mexicano, 800 Carnarvon Stree, New West. The series is run by local poet Alan Hill.

    If there are any questions, please contact me. Hope to see some of you here and there this summer.

    the taste of summer

    Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 10 2016 | Comment now »

    I can taste summer. Literally.

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    The garden is flourishing and there is an abundance of kale. The last few weeks we cannot keep up with it.

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    We planted some nasturtiums too. The leaves delight me. Just imagine what happens when the flowers come in.

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    We have been picking kale every other day and my friends have been enjoying it too. I am remembering all the things I can do with it. We are even freezing some of it.

    How does your garden grow?

    I am updating my reading and workshop schedule for the summer and will post the line up of what is growing on the literary front in the next post.

    alphabet day

    Posted by Daniela Elza on May 24 2016 | 2 Comments »

    There is one thing I can always celebrate with a clear conscience and enthusiasm. That is the day of the alphabet, the day of the written word. Bulgarians celebrate the written word on May 24th each year.
    I can delight in such a celebration the way I delight in spring blossoms. daniela on False creek in awe of purple bush
    The way each bloom accumulates to display the splendour of the whole bush, the same way each letter, each word accumulates to display a big thought, a big heart, a big idea.

    So, happy alphabet day.
    Read a poem.
    Buy a book.
    Read something to inspire you today.
    Write to someone. Write something for yourself. Do whatever it is you do to celebrate the miracle of the written word. Can you imagine a world without written language today? Spend some time imagining that too.
    Here is for the moments of beauty, love, and awe we can share through words.

    four more poems

    Posted by Daniela Elza on May 06 2016 | Comment now »

    I have three poems accepted in the Mental Health Anthology, A Phoenix Longing, which will accompany the Northern Ireland Mental Health Film and Arts Festival.

    The three poems that will be included are:

    • I hold you this way
    • through you
    • too long now

    I also submitted some amazing poems written by Alex Winstanley, who is sadly no longer with us. I was working with him on his latest manuscript when he passed away. Some of his work will find a home in this anthology as well. Thank you to the editors for their enthusiasm and support.

    Another poem that came out in the last few months was one I wrote for poet Kate Braid. The After You project is one where you write a poem after or for another living poet. And it becomes a chain in which each next writer writes for or after another. Here is the one I wrote for Kate:

    The invitation came to me from poet Arlene Ang who wrote a poem after me. I was honoured and touched by this gesture. Who would not?
    Here is the poem Arlene wrote.

    Thank you, Arlene.

    growing things

    Posted by Daniela Elza on Apr 24 2016 | Comment now »

    Another busy month. Spring break is gone.  The little garden plot is planted and the kale is about three inches tall already. Back at the Writers’ Room doing exciting work and witnessing wonderful writing by young people. I love the work I do.

    The first Okanagan Writers’ Festival has come and gone. Penticton, you did it again. Thank you for making me feel so welcome.  Last I saw you was when I launched my book the weight of dew in 2012.

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    Thank you to the Writers’ Festival organizers. Thank you to those who came and worked hard in the workshops. Thank you for your amazing feedback. And for coming to the final Paper Trails reading after two intense days.
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    Thank you for your support and for purchasing books. I will sing for you again, Penticton!

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    During April I also wrote to the current art exhibit at the Gertrude Zack Gallery.

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    We had a night in which we featured the poetry written to the art with the artists in attendance.

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    [Photos above are courtesy of an audience member]

    It was great to spend time with the kids as well. Listening to them play guitar and cello always delights me. Important conversations, off-screen time. They are now teaching me how to put away my computer and not to text on the cell phone when we are together. Love it. I must have done something right.

    Hope everyone is having a great April.
    Happy birthday to my sister and my dad who were born in April. Best wishes for a beautiful year ahead, good health, and much love to you both.

    three more poems to go out into the world

    Posted by Daniela Elza on Apr 08 2016 | Comment now »

    After a bit of a dry spell, I got two acceptances in two days. Today three more poems are getting more than my love and will start their journeys into the world. This never gets old.

    • their thin mouths will be published  in Don’t Talk to Me About Love, 2016.
    • plotting and lost language will be in the next issue of Word Magazine, 2016.

    Thank you to the editors for selecting these poems and also for the effort they make to pay writers they publish.