Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
Special Guest: Sara Tilley
Host: Ken Cameron
Writers: Rita Bozi, Ken Cameron, Kris Demeanor, Naomi K. Lewis, and Marika Smythe
How iRan: a Play for iPod by Ken Cameron (Theatre/Installation)
"He drew the musk of her into his nostrils knowing that he could for that one moment contain some small part of her deep within his body only for as long as he could hold his breath. When finally The Teacher exhaled, he felt such a great loss that it made his head spin and stars appear in his eyes. The next day, when the sun rose The Wise Teacher was no more."
The Legend of the Hog Warden’s Wife by Marika Smythe (Fiction)
"The scene is a kitchen in Germany of long ago, in some sleepy burg, where a woman has grown tired of feeding her family bratwurst. Her husband brings in another dead pig and says, “Schatz, make me dinner.” She approaches the carcass, examining its ears. The little hairs stick up as she sings O schöner Mai! from a Strauss operetta about the life of an artist. The pig’s eyes snap open."
Uprising By Rita Bozi (Novel/Fiction)
"The quality of the flyer paper was actually better than what she could buy in state-owned stores designed for the function of taking care this kind of business. All the Soviet toilet paper out there was rough and unwieldy, like sandpaper. The flyers were actually smoother after she’d put them through the softening process. She flushed the toilet and felt power in her secret. Her dirty little resistance."
Skin Room by Sara Tilley (Fiction)
"My dead heart full of sand, the numbed-up sex organs. I can't help it, I have a hereditary tendency towards martyrdom, and these were the only things I owned and could therefore sacrifice. I pay the price."
Say Water by Naomi K. Lewis (Personal Essay/Creative Non-fiction)
"Each shy person in the room believes herself the only one, believes herself different and apart, a defect in the universe’s otherwise continuous pattern, exempt, even, from the platitudes of human nature – all while, according to surveys oft-cited by the experts, nearly half of North Americans consider themselves shy."
Russell by Kris Demeanor (Short Fiction)
"Russell was in the liquor store toilet masturbating for the entirety of the robbery. He trains for opportunities like this, and will not rest until he saves someone from something."
Wednesday, November 7, 2013
Memorial Park Library, downstairs (1221 2 St SW)