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Electronic Bulletin for Multilingual/Immigrant Writers
September 25, 2011, Number 13


Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.”
Cyril Connolly

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The poetry reading event organized by members of WBB - "Poetry Beyond Borders: Words of the Wind" - was on September 20th, 2011, at The Haven Social Club. Poets Melissa Morelli Lacroix, Ernest Chiasson, Henry Victor, Mario Flecha, Jalal Barzanji (first Writer-in-Exile of Edmonton), Pierrette Requier, Jocelyne Verret with Anna Marie Sewell (current Poet laureate of Edmonton), and Ella Zeltserman performed their readings in the inspiring atmosphere of the venue. Door prizes were drawn and a musical act by Jason Kodie added to the overall experience. The event was recorded in video and will be made available on Youtube.

The Writers Beyond Borders blog,, has three new pages. There is a page listing the current and active project, a page that has links to members’ blogs and/or websites, and a page for new books. If you’d like to start a new project, have a new book published or would like to have the link to your blog and/or website added, please email with all the details.

The Writers Beyond Borders website is continuously updated! It is a great place to have your profile posted. Send us information that you want to be on your profile, such as a brief biography and a picture, either in .doc or .pdf format. Also, if you have a personal website or blog, please send us the link. Please email

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 1, 10:00–10:45 am
St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street, presented by the WGA, St. Albert Public Library & the University of Alberta Bookstore.

Are you interested in self-publishing? Join Jacqui Wong from the University of Alberta Bookstore for a presentation on the U of A’s Espresso Book Machine. She’ll take you through the process of publication step-by-step, provide examples of Espresso Machine books and answer any questions you may have. To register for “Brewing Books: Self-Publishing with the U of A’s Espresso Book Machine”, please email

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Monday, October 17, Noon
CBC Centre Stage, City Centre Mall, Winston Churchill Square

Join Jalal Barzanji, Salah Sabih (translator), and Peter Midgley (editor) for a frank discussion about the obstacles and challenges of translating of cultures, decades and languages. This event is part of LitFest, Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival.

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Monday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Milner Library Theatre - 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Tickets are available @

WBB member, Jalal Barzanji, a Kurdish poet and human rights activist, became Edmonton’s inaugural Writer-in-Exile. His memoir of imprisonment in Iraq, and his flight to Canada in 1998, is told in vivid and passionate detail in The Man in Blue Pyjamas. Jalal Barzanji will be joined by Edmonton’s current Writer-in-Exile Goran Simic, translator Sabah Salih, and editor Peter Midgley. The University of Alberta Press is proud to partner with Edmonton LitFest in presenting this launch. Ticket revenues from this event will go to support PEN Canada.

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Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Milner Library Theatre - 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Tickets are available @

Edmontons first poet laureate and supporter of Writers Beyond Borders, Alice Major, launches Intersecting Sets, a new collection of essays about the interconnections and surprising similarities between the worlds of science and poetry. She is joined on stage by playwright David Belke and by audio artist Shawn Pinchbeck. The University of Alberta is proud to partner with Edmonton LitFest on this event.

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October 29th, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

For more information and to register go to

More than ever before, news organizations are eager to invite members of the public, sometimes known as “citizen journalists,” to participate in coverage of local events and issues. This practical workshop will explore the skills, style and ethics that a reporter would apply to a story, and it will demonstrate how citizen journalists can use those skills to write stories of interest to a wider audience. This is a joint presentation of the Get Publishing Communications Society and the Edmonton Journal.

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