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Poets: Kelsey Savage, Emily Carr, Timothy Shay, Emilee Nimetz, & Julie Peters
Friday, February 17, 2017
6:30pm to 8:15pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

Join us for Banyen’s first-ever Spoken Word Poetry Evening! Our stellar lineup features Emily Carr, Julie Peters, Timothy Shay, Emilee Nimetz, & Kelsey Savage. The evening's theme? Wonder.

Emily Carr says she “writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney’s editors, for example) called divorce poems.” She has lived all over the world and is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems. After she got an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, she took a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. These days, she’s the program director of the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her newest book, Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet—, is available from McSweeney's. It inspired a beer of the same name, now available at the Ale Apothecary.

Timothy Shay's work has appeared in many Canadian literary magazines and anthologies, on CBC Radio and in The Rolling Stone. He is the author of five poetry chapbooks and one collection of poems. His new collection of poetry, The Dirty Knees of Prayer, has been launched by Caitlin Press earlier this year. Timothy Shay is a well known figure on the literary scene in Vancouver. He hosts the monthly Hogan’s Alley Open Poetry Readings in Chinatown, and co-hosts the Pandora’s Collective Twisted Poets series at the Prophouse on Venables. Earlier, in Nelson, Shay had hosted a reading series for 22 years. He is also the former editor of Horsefly Literary Magazine.

Kelsey Savage is a writer, performer, and graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program. She has been a featured playwright in the Brave New PlayRites Festival. Her book Four Photos made the CBC Non-Fiction Prize Longlist. In 2009, she was one of six poets chosen for the East Van Cultural Centre’s IGNITE! Spoken Word Mentorship Program and won a spot on one of the Vancouver Poetry Slam Teams. Kelsey hosts ‘Open Mic at the Lyceum’, a monthly arts event in its sixth year, at which she strives to promote a creative safe space for veteran and budding artists alike.

Julie Peters is a poet, author, yoga teacher, and radio host. She has represented Vancouver twice in the Women of the World Poetry Slam, and has won first place at the Vancouver Poetry slam. Julie has a radio show devoted to Canadian writing called AudioText on CITR, UBC's community station, and writes freelance for several publications including a biweekly column in Spirituality & Health. Julie has a Master's degree in English Literature from McGill. She is the co-owner and operator of Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio, and is the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses.

Emilee Nimetz is a multi-talented creator: a spoken-word performance artist, dancer, choreographer, actor and singer. As a graduate of Sheridan College's Musical Theatre Performance Program and the Banff Centre's Spoken Word Residency, Nimetz has performed as a poet and actor across Canada and the US. She is the author and solo artist of the forthcoming play, How To Build a Home. Nimetz was Vancouver's Individual Poetry Slam Champion in 2014, a finalist in the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2015 and her work has been featured on Button Poetry.