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Electronic Bulletin for Multilingual/Immigrant Writers
July 23, 2009, Number 12


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Steering Committee has taken a summer break, but will be back doing business soon. In the meantime, please check out our website @ to see profiles and projects that you might be interested in.


Just as the Steering Committee, the newsletter project has also been on a summer break. It was very exciting to come back and find emails from members sharing their news and ideas that might be interesting and helpful for other members of WBB. I would like to thank all of them for their participation even though they are not part of any of the currently running projects. It has always been our hope for the newsletter to connect fellow WBB members.


The initiator of this project, Rita, has been busy and already put a very exciting workshop together for ESL writers. Please find the details below in the "News from the Multilingual Front" section of this newsletter. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Rita Espeschit @


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 contact Argelia Gonzalez at

News from the Multilingual Front

Have you just published an article or won a prize? Are you launching a book? Are you giving a talk or a course somewhere? If you have any arts related news of your own that you would like to share with the group, send a short note to be published in our bulletin. Let's spread the good news!

Writers Beyond Borders invites you to participate on a series of workshops with writer, playwright and ESL instructor Jacqueline Dumas. Whether you are a published writer in a language other than English, a writer from the English diaspora, a writer in English who is also fluent in another language, a poet/storyteller who wishes to move from oral to written language, this course is for you. Readings, discussions and writing exercises will focus on integrating the rhythm, texture and patterns of your first language with those of English. This course is offered in partnership with the Writers Guild of Alberta, and with the generous support of the Edmonton Public Library.

When: October 7, 14, 21 & 28 - November 4, 9, 18 & 25 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: Stanley A. Milner Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square)

How much: $50 for WBB and WGA members, $60 for non-members.
Note: Writers Beyond Borders doesn't yet have a formal membership registration process, but for the purpose of being eligible to pay the lower fee for this course, you're considered a member if your name is included in our distribution list. In other words - if you received this e-mail directly from us, you'd be paying the $50 fee, should you want to participate in the course.

Registration deadline: October 7, 2009.
To register, go to and download the registration form, or phone (780) 422-8174 and talk to Giorgia. For more information, contact Rita Espeschit at

About the instructor: Jacqueline Dumas has a Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. She also has many years of experience in the book business, and is the author of two adult novels, a children's book and numerous published articles. Her first novel, Madeleine and the Angel, won the Georges Bugnet Award for best Alberta novel in 1989, and was a finalist for the Books in Canada/W. H. Smith Best First Novel Award. She is currently finishing her third novel and working on a play.


In the previous newsletter, Leo Campos Aldunez offered to send copies of a bilingual (English-Spanish) book to anyone who is interested; however his email address was incorrect. If you would like to receive a copy of this book, please send an email to

Upcoming Events

You are all invited (free admission) to the 7th Annual Mini-Conference to celebrate translation and reflect on the impersonating power of translators and translation! This one day meeting will take place on September 30, 2009 (St. Jerome's Day) from 8:45 am to 6 pm in the Senate Chamber (Old Arts, University of Alberta). Our keynote speaker, David Solway, Montreal poet, translator, and essayist, will speak at 1 pm on "Found in Translation". For more information please go to:

As part of our Edmonton annual tradition to celebrate translators and their craft, we look forward to a great literary evening on October 1, 2009 (6:00 - 8:00 pm) at the Stanley A. Milner Library (Room 7, 6th Floor, 7 Churchill Square). The first part of the evening will have authors and translators reading short pieces in a variety of languages and then we will turn the stage over to David Solway, Montreal poet, translator, and essayist. Don't miss this exceptional night of poetry and translation, followed by a convivial gathering in a downtown location yet to be disclosed. For a list of readers please go to:


WBB members! Why not consider participating in the Story Slam at the Blue Chair Café's short-stories reading contest. It's a great opportunity to further motivate writing, to listen to the works of others, to face the stage in a friendly atmosphere, and to have fun with literature. It can be a great opportunity to connect members of WBB to the broader cultural community. For dates of future Story Slams, call 780-989-861 or go to

Important notes:

1. EAC indicates information from Edmonton Arts Council's weekly electronic notices. To join EAC, check their website at

2. WGA indicates information from the online bulletin of the Writers Guild of Alberta. To join the WGA, visit