Wax Poetic

Your Weekly Appointment With The Muse!

Welcome to the official blog for Vancouver, British Columbia's longest-running poetry radio show

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Alex Gavrilovich

Alex Gavrilovich was born in 1972 in Lviv, Ukraine and in 1977 moved with his parents to Israel. There he learned Hebrew and his first poems were in that language as well as in Russian, his mother tongue.
In 1988 he immigrated to Canada and graduated high school in Toronto, still writing mainly in Hebrew, but slowly switching to English as his main language of expression.
In 1994 he gained his B.A. in political science from York University in Toronto and in 1998 graduated from law school at the University of Ottawa after 3 years of studies.
In 2000 he moved to Vancouver where he wrote my first novella "The Sky of God" and finished a collection of short stories that he began in 1998 in Toronto. He also completed two books of poetry and currently working on a book of philosophy "The Enlightenment of Adam".

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Meredith Quartermain

At age 11, Meredith Quartermain left her home in Ontario and travelled across Canada with her family to the tiny, one-time silver boom community of Argenta, British Columbia. There she developed a strong sense of place that influenced her writing and remained with her during her studies at the University of British Columbia. In 1983, Quartermain was commissioned to write a history of York House School, which prompted her exploration of Vancouver archival materials and pioneer narratives.

Quartermain is the author of several poetry collections, including the 2006 BC Book Prize for Poetry winner, Vancouver Walking. She is also the co-founder of Nomados, a small literary press in Vancouver.

Her latest collection, Nightmarker, was released in September 2008.

Preview before you buy! Get the full poetic experience and listen to Meredith Quartermain read from these Nightmarker pieces (click on the title to listen):

Discovery at Sea 7

Bird City

Queen Dreams

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Alicia Sometimes

UHeat, Poetrix, Short Fuse, Hecate, papertiger, Blue Dog, Overland, Meanjin etc. She has performed spoken word over 400 times as a feature or guest at many venues, festivals and events in Australia, Berlin, London and New Zealand, including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Writers' Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Mildura Arts Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Sydney Writers' Festival, The Big Day Out and the Newcastle Writers' Festival also appearing on the SBS TV program Nomad and ABC TV shows Recovery and Sunday Arts. Her work has appeared on many spoken word CDs, including Going Down Swinging, You Talkin To Me?, Short Fuse (US) and Synaptic Graffiti. Her first collection of poetry, kissing the curve was released in 2003 through Five Islands Press.

Alicia conducted many workshops in cities and regional areas working with communities to showcase poetry performances.

She has also been awarded residencies at Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre, Varuna and the Melbourne Aquarium.

Go here for a sneak peak of what to expect.