Friday, December 05, 2008

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Manitoba Association of Playwrights Presents
The 12 HOURS of Christmas!

What the Dickens is the 12 HOURS of Christmas?

On Saturday, December 13th from noon to midnight, over 30 Manitoba playwrights, actors, writers and poets will present 12 hours of festive literary readings. The evening culminates in an ensemble cast reading of Dicken’s yuletide classic: A Christmas Carol!

The twinkling list of guest readers includes: Current Writers-in-Residence, Bruce McManus (Winnipeg Public Library), Armin Wiebe (University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing & Oral Culture), Amy Karlinsky (Aqua Books), and previous Aqua w.i.r. Anita Daher. Actors reciting resplendent readings include playwright and performer, Carolyn Gray, Arne McPherson, Gord Tanner, Brent Hirose, Brian Richardson, Jane Burpee and Michelle Boulet – to name but a few.

Plus a special word on Christmas from “Joe from Winnipeg,” a.k.a award-winning playwright, Ian Ross.

The clock starts on this Merry 12 Hour Christmas Marathon:

Noon – 9pm at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street and
10pm – midnight at The Rory Runnells Studio, 504–100 Arthur Street.

Admission: Just $5!

Drop by to hear ye, hear ye the readings, mingle with writers, poets, playwrights & performers, sponsor a reader, try for some Raffle Prizes or take home Christmas Baking for your own festive feasts! Please join us to raise cheer (and some funds) for MAP – a year round resource for Manitoba’s emerging, existing and award-winning playwrights!

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I've been asked to read as a part of MAP's Christmas fundraiser, which is sort of fun...except that I've never written a Christmassy poem.

As such, the best I can do at 2:30 on December 13th will be to read a winter poem. A ccccold poem.

In other news, I received word that one of my How-To poems will be published in a forthcoming issue of Guelph's art/lit mag Carousel.

Another poem was awarded third place in The Writers' Collective's poetry contest, with the awards ceremony taking place next Wednesday.

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