The LGBTQ community will be well represented at The Word on the Street Vancouver 2010 with readings from Billeh Nickerson and Jen Currin, a queer writer’s workshop and performances from David C Jones and Vancouver’s queer improv group The Bobbers.
Nickerson and Currin will join poets Gary Geddes, Garry Gottfriedson, Ray Hsu, and Evelyn Lau in the Poetry Tent during the one-day event scheduled for September 26th at Library Square and CBC Plaza in downtown Vancouver.
Billeh Nickerson’s first poetry book, The Asthmatic Glassblower, was shortlisted for the Publishing Triangle’s Gay Men’s Poetry Award. The hilarious poems in his new collection, McPoems, are based on his years working at a particularly well-known fast-food restaurant and paint a vivid picture of life behind the counter and will resonate with anyone who has ever held a fast-food job.
Jen Currin follows up her acclaimed Hagiography, with The Inquisition Yours, continuing her her unique exploration of the surrealist lyric. This new collection “speaks to the atrocities of our time – war, environmental destruction, terrorism, cancer, and the erosion of personal rights – fashioning a tenuous bridge between the political and the personal.”
The LGBTQ community will also be represented as part of The Word Under The Street talks with “Finding Your Queer Voice” featuring Nickerson, Currin and filmmaker & performance artist Amber Dawn and playwright, fiction writer, poet, editor, and teacher C. E. Gatchalian.
In addition to the various literary readings, workshops and the massive marketplace, the mainstage at Robson & Homer Street will also include comic acts from David C Jones and Vancouver’s queer improv group, The Bobbers.
The Word on the Street Vancouver 2010
Library Square and CBC Plaza
26 September 2010 @ 11am to 5pm
Free, accessible, and fun for all ages, Vancouver’s annual celebration of reading brings visitors face to face with Canada’s vibrant writing and publishing community. The Word On The Street is one of Canada’s biggest annual book and magazine events with festivals taking place in Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener, and Halifax simultaneously. Check out www.thewordonthestreet.ca/vancouver for the most up-to-date festival information.