Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Where in the world is Franci Louann?

Rumours are flying! Franci Louann is travelling across Canada bringing copies of Beautiful Women to sell at various locations.  Lipstick Press will be keeping in touch with Franci to report where she will be, as she takes to the skies, the roads, and the rails to bring Beautiful Women to Canadians everywhere and anywhere.

There may be a reading in New Westminster in September.

There are also rumours of a launch happening in Nanaimo in the fall too.

Watch this space for sightings of Beautiful Women behind a mic and between the covers.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Elsie K. Neufeld author of Grief Blading Up has a birthday today

and to help her celebrate, Lipstick Press is awarding her the 2013 Literary Facebook Status Update prize ... which is ... well, um, this post here.

Wishing you happiness and success, and of course, many fans.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Naomi Beth Wakan and David Bateman at The Old Crow Cafe July 18th


is happy to present




NAOMI BETH WAKAN AND DAVID BATEMAN

reading from ‘pause’— response tanka

PLACE:     THE OLD CROW CAFÉ, FOLKLIFE VILLAGE, GABRIOLA
TIME:        JULY 18TH, 2013, 7:00 pm - ALL WELCOME
ADMISSION: BY DONATION

Contact for information and reservations:altogetherlisa@yahoo.ca

Naomi Beth Wakan, Gabriola’s resident and profuse poet, and Toronto performance poet, David Bateman, (who will be familiar to Gabriolans from the performances he has offered at Poetry Gabriola Festivals) will be presenting a reading of their dual-written poem “pause” at the Old Crow Café, Folklife Village, Gabriola, at 7 pm, on July 18th.

Soon after the 2010 event “Canada Speaks,” held at Dragon’s Lodge on Gabriola Island, where David offered a presentation, Naomi and David began to correspond by email and created, over the course of eight months, a full length manuscript in tanka form that chronicles their responses to a diverse array of life circumstances. From forms of drag and masquerade found in both culture and nature, to the daily chores of keeping homes in the city (David), and within the rural setting of Gabriola (Naomi), both poets strove to navigate the essence of an ancient form of Japanese poetry in order to reveal that that essence itself lies within so many opposing, contradictory, fleeting, and at times beautiful instances of reflection, meditation and celebration.

As a kind of call and response across generations, genders, and geographic sites, from two very different poets, pause explores the ways in which tanka can elegantly defamiliarize the familiar and bring two disparate voices together in conversation.

no matter 
how many words we say
to each other
the essence lies in the spaces between
the essence lies in the pauses                                                   (from ‘pause’)


The generous support of The League of Canadian Poets and Poetry Gabriola is gratefully acknowledged