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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

REMINDER: October Flywheel at Pages this Thursday Oct 7th, 7:30 pm!

Join host Meghan Doraty for the October edition of Flywheel with local writers Patrick Horner, Jen Kunlire and Angela Dillon! And, making a rare Calgary appearance, Hamilton's Gary Barwin will be launching his book of poems from Coach House Books, The Porcupinity of the Stars. For more information about Gary Barwin, check out his Serif of Nottingham blog or visit Also coming through on tour will be Antony DiNardo, reading from his new book, Alien, Correspondent (Brick Books). Check out the Open Book interview with Antony at

Pages Books on Kensington
1135 Kensington Road NW
Thursday, Oct 7th
7:30pm sharp

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Inner Poet – filling Station's Alberta Arts Days Writing Contest!

This year for Alberta Arts Days, an annual celebration of culture happening September 17-19 2010 and comprising a number of special events, filling Station Magazine presents Inner Poet, an Alberta Arts Days Writing Contest. Win prizes from Pages Books on Kensington, Freehand Books, and filling Station. Haven't been published before? No problem. First time writers welcome. Judging is blind by guest judge, published Calgary poet Natalie Simpson. Ready to tap into your inner poet? Entry is free. Email your one to three page poem during Alberta Arts Days (between September 17th and 19th) to Deadline is 11:59 pm on Sunday September 19th. Please put Inner Poet in the subject line. In the body of your email, include the title of your piece, your email address, and your mailing address. Attach your poem as Word document. Do not include name or contact info in the Word document, only in the body of your email. Contest open to residents of Alberta only. Good luck!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunday's Cool for Poetry in the Park this Sunday Aug 29!

Passion Pitch Presents
Sunday's Cool for Poetry in the Park
Sunday, August 29, 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Riley Park, Calgary

Hot on the heels of a hot, hot summer on Venus, it's time to refill your poetry batteries with the next installment of Poetry in the Park. This time, Sunday's Cool.

Come poets and lovers of beauty to Riley Park on Sunday, August 29, 3 pm. Bring poems and voices -- there is no microphone. Bring a lawn chair if sitting on grass is not to your liking. This will be a very informal gathering. Exact spot to be determined. Look for the people doing poetry.

All styles and ages welcome. Bring poems of every pleasure but do have some PG poems with you to read in case there is a PG audience present.

Optional: Meet at the Roasterie a bit earlier to grab a coffee.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Reminder: Special Flywheel this Thursday at Truck Gallery, 7:30!

Flywheel Reminder! Flywheel Reading Series: Visual Poetry Night and the Cultural District’s First Thursdays

When: 7:30pm Thursday August 5th

Where: TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary
The Grain Exchange (Lower Level)

815 - 1st Street SW
 Calgary, AB T2P 1N3

Join host Meghan Doraty for the August edition of Flywheel with the First Thursdays initiative of the Cultural District. This is a special visual poetry themed Flywheel with poets Helen Hajnoczky, Eric Zboya, Ross Priddle and the work of Stephanie Davis.

AND don't miss our Flywheel teaser Tuesday, August 3rd 8-9pm on *Writer's Block*,CJSW's weekly foray into literature. Join radio hosts Paul Kennett and Stephanie Weidmann for a special preview of some of our August Flywheel readers. CJSW: Calgary's independent radio - 90.9 fm or

Flywheel is a monthly reading series, which runs every first Thursday at 7:30pm sharp. The series is curated by volunteers from the collective that brings you filling Station, your locally created, nationally distributed literary arts magazine. Email for more info or to join our email list.

Friday, July 16, 2010

SPANCings July 16 2010: filling Station Poetry Submissions Call, Final Slam, and Writer's Block Call

please forward & help spread the word!

filling Station, Canada's Alternative Literary Magazine, is always looking for great

poetry. Yes, we read all year long!
Send our Collective your most innovative, original, challenging, &/or experimental

unpublished poems today!

Send any number of poems comprising no more than 10 pages of poetry to:

Beth Langford, Poetry Editor -

Submission Guidelines*:

- Send up to 6 poems of any length in a Word attachment to
- Visual files should be in jpg or eps format and 300 dpi or greater.
- Simultaneous submissions acceptable.
- Please allow up to 4 months for reply.
- Include your name & email address on each page of your Word document.
- In your covering email, please include a short bio in the 3rd person, email address,
mailing address, and the name of the pieces being submitted.

*Submissions that do not include bio and address will be considered incomplete.

We look forward to reading your work!

- the filling Station Collective

For Immediate Release:

July FINAL SLAM! & Open Mic

Thursday, July 29, 2010 -- 8:00 PM -- $5

Auburn Saloon, #163, 115-9th Ave SE

Hosts: Jen Kunlire & Sheri-D Wilson

(Calgary, AB) July 12, 2010 – The Calgary International Spoken Word Festival would like to

announce the upcoming Calgary SLAM! & Open Mic - The SLAM! that determines the Calgary

National Team!!!

Elana Krol came away the winner in the May SLAM! & Open Mic. Now this is it! This is your

last opportunity to land a spot on the Calgary SLAM! Team!

Two-time Calgary SLAM! Team veteran, Jen Kunlire will share the stage with the Mama of

Dada, Sheri-D Wilson as the hosts of the July FINAL SLAM! & Open Mic. Passion Pitch Poetry

organizer Kirk Ramdath will open as the fabulously crafted Sacrificial Poet. The night

will also feature special guest readings from SLAM! enthusiasts: ‘da lyrical pitbull’

Wakefield Brewster will be laying down his latest verses; and Hamlet The Clown himself,

Kirk Miles will be back in action.

The night will also include a Wild Card Round where 2 lucky winners will be entered into

the SLAM! Finals, facing off against the previous month’s winners. Please note: there will

be a limited amount of spots for the Wild Card Round, so come early!

For those who do not wish to SLAM!, there will also be an Open Mic BUT with limited spots.

So come down, come early, strut your stuff and showcase your work. All styles are welcome!

The SLAM! phenomenon has taken hold in Calgary and the audiences continue to grow

exponentially. Hundreds of emerging poets have taken an interest in this fabulous new

form. Ten poets storm the stage to share their words and beats to packed-out, cheering

crowds! Judges from the audience score their performances in three intense rounds of

poetic excellence, until a winner is crowned! With different local performers every time,

SLAM! nights are impossible to predict and not to be missed!

How do you compete?

* An entrance fee, which is $5 (unless otherwise indicated).
* Bring 3 poems, each of them no longer than 3 minutes. You may not get to perform

them all, but bring them just in case.
* Friends! Part of the score is based on audience reaction.


Andrew Forbes -- 403.686.4292

Writer's Block is a radio program about writers and writing, and airs every Tuesday evening

at 8 PM on CJSW 90.9 FM, Calgary's campus and community radio station. The program is

hosted by myself and Stephanie Weidmann.

We would like to extend an invitation to you all to share your interests and expertise with

our listeners. We'd appreciate suggestions on books to feature on the program (poetry,

fiction, non-fiction, ficto-criticism, memoirs, biography, etc), suggestions for guests to

feature on the program, and I'd also be happy to invite those of you who are interested to

appear on the program to participate in interviews and/or discussions about topics that

interest you.

Writer's Block has monthly themes that we use to select programming.

July (right now!) is devoted to travel writing: memoirs, criticism, blogs, websites,

guides, etc. I'm looking for some content for our July 27th program.

August's programs will be devoted to gender, sex and sexuality:

- On Aug 16 we will host a live panel discussion (we call these panels the monthly Skull

Session) about "Blood and Guts in High School: A Novel", by Kathy Acker, and have one or

two seats available at the table for interested parties.

- We are currently scheduling programming for the other four programs in August: the 3rd,

10th, 24th, and 31st. Please let me know if you have suggestions for content. Again, we are

looking for both topics and people!

I look forward to hearing from interested parties. Please save my email address and feel

free to contact me anytime about the program.


Paul Kennett
Writer's Block, CJSW 90.9 FM
Rm. 312 MacEwan Hall,
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

filling Station’s Flywheel, Dandelion Magazine, and Single Onion Present POETRY OCEAN at Sled Island! July 1 2010, Arrata Opera Centre

filling Station’s Flywheel, Dandelion Magazine, and Single Onion Present

at Sled Island!

Thursday July 1st 2010
Arrata Opera Centre
1315 7 Street SW

Time: Doors at 8:30, Music at 9:30, Poetry at 10:30

Poetry by Natalie Simpson & Rael Bischoff (filling Station's Flywheel), Claire Lacey & ryan fitzpatrick (Dandelion), Francis Willey & Tiana Hunter (Single Onion)

Music by Woodpigeon, Christine Owman, and Savk

Poetry Ocean is presented as part of the Sled Island Music Festival.
Sled Island wristbands are available at Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.
Magazines and CDs will also be available for purchase.
Proceeds from bar sales raise funds for these 3 wonderful non-profit literary organizations.

*Please note that there is no cash machine on site. Machines are nearby on 17th Avenue.*

Don't miss the Poetry Ocean teaser TONIGHT - Tuesday, June 29th 8-9pm, part of
*Writer's Block*, CJSW's weekly foray into literature. Join radio hosts Paul Kennett
and Stephanie Weidmann for a special preview of some of our Sled Island
readers. CJSW: Calgary's independent radio - 90.9 fm or

For more information about filling Station Magazine, please visit
For more information about Dandelion Magazine, please visit
For more information about Single Onion, please visit

For media inquiries or to speak to someone about this exciting event, please contact Laurie Fuhr, Event Manager

Please help spread the word!

filling Station thanks Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Calgary Arts Development Authority for their kind ongoing support.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

filling Station seeks reviewers!

filling Station seeks reviewers for upcoming issues. You don't have to live in Calgary to taste test delicious books for fS (but if you do, that's great too!). Email to find out more.