Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Factory Reading Series: Vavassis, Earl, Rice + Joudry, February 7, 2015;

span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:

The Factory Reading Series presents
readings by four writers:

Vivian Vavassis (Ottawa)
Amanda Earl (Ottawa)
Waubgeshig Rice (Ottawa)
+ Shalan Joudry (Bear River First Nation NS)
lovingly hosted by rob mclennan
Saturday, February 7, 2015;
doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm
The Carleton Tavern,
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

Vivian Vavassis
is a Montréal ex-pat who currently lives in Ottawa and calls both cities home. Her poems and essays have appeared in several issues of Arc, ottawater, Peter F. Yacht Club, Montage, A Crystal Through Which Love Passes: Glosas for P.K. Page, and Studies in Canadian Literature, among others. She was shortlisted for the Diana Brebner Prize (runner-up) and in November 2014, her work was featured as part of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate’s Poem of the Month Program (Canada). Once upon a time, she also co-founded and ran a little ‘zine called incunabula.

Amanda Earl is the author of Kiki, just published with Chaudiere Books in 2014. Also in 2014, her smut collection "Coming Together Presents Amanda Earl" was published. Her chapbooks have been published in Canada, the UK and the USA. Her poems appear in journals on line & in print in Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland and the USA. Amanda is the managing editor of and also runs AngelHousePress with its transgressive imprint DevilHouse. For more information, please visit

Waubgeshig Rice [pictured] is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. He developed a strong passion for storytelling as a child while learning about being Anishinaabe. The stories his elders shared and his unique experiences growing up in his community inspired him to write creatively. Some of the stories he wrote as a teenager eventually became Midnight Sweatlodge, his first collection of fiction published by Theytus Books in 2011. His debut novel, Legacy, was also published by Theytus in the summer of 2014. His journalism career began when he was a 17-year-old exchange student in northern Germany, writing about being Anishinaabe in a European country for newspapers back in Canada. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and has worked in a variety of media across Canada since. He started working for CBC in Winnipeg in 2006. Along with reporting the news, he has produced television and radio documentaries and features for the public broadcaster. He currently works as a video journalist for CBC News Ottawa.

Shalan Joudry is a Mi'kmaw writer, storyteller, musician and ecologist. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and the Mi'kmaq Anthology II. Her first poetry collection, Generations Re-merging, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2014. Shalan also works as a cultural interpreter and community ecologist at Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia, where she lives with her two daughters.

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