Nightwood authors at Word Vancouver this year

Word Vancouver is coming to soon! The festival runs from Wednesday, September 24 to Sunday, September 28. Don’t miss the opportunity to see events, readings, and discussion from the vast array of authors and publishers in attendance. Let’s hope the weather holds out! If not, you can always find cover on the poetry bus.

Below are the reading times for some Nightwood Editions authors:


Sunday, September 28

Poetry On The Bus

11:00 am The World Poetry Reading Series presents A Taste of China
Hosts Elaine Woo, Yilin Wang. Featured poets Laifong Leung, Synn Kune Loh. The World Poetry Woven Word Tapestry multilingual segments introduced by Tommy Tao and presented by Ariadne Sawyer (English), Anita Aguirre Nieveras (Tagalog), Jaz Gill (Punjabi), and Bong Ja Ahn (Korean).

11:30 am Elaine Woo
Cycling with the Dragon

2:15 pm andrea bennett

3:45 pm Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Children of Air India: un/authorized exhibits and interjections

Canada Writes

11:00 am Doretta Lau
How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?


See the Word Vancouver website for a full schedule of events.

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Elaine Woo Selected for World Poetry’s Empowered Poet Award!

Congratulations to North Vancouver-based poet Elaine Woo, who’s releasing her debut poetry collection with Nightwood Editions in September 2014. Elaine has been selected as one of the recipients of World Poetry’s Empowered Poet award! The awards, given to poets with a book or body of work who embody the World Poetry focus on multicultural empowerment, will be given out at Grand Opening of the Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival. This year’s opening will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in Vancouver in mid-October 2014.

Elaine Woo is a poet, librettist, and non-fiction writer. Her work appears in Arc Poetry Magazine, Shy: An Anthology (recipient of a 2014 silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), in the anthology category), V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (a finalist for the City of Vancouver Award in 2012), The Enpipe Line, Ricepaper, and more. Her art song collaboration with Daniel Marshall, Night-time Symphony, won a Boston Metro Opera festival prize in 2013. For more information on Elaine, visit her website at

Her upcoming poetry collection, Cycling with the Dragon, is a personal investigation of family, love, culture and self. Woo’s poems champion the virtue of “smallness”—characters marginalized by society for their age or status (be they women, children, ethnic minorities) struggle to overcome the limitations imposed upon them. Like tenacious seeds breaking through to reach the sun, they ultimately find survival and inspiration in treasured authors and their words, the wilderness, and sometimes dreams and imagination.

World Poetry is a volunteer-based organization created by Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea in 1997 in order to give recognition to multicultural and multilin­gual poets and writers, who have written in more than 100 languages spoken in Canada. It now encompasses the World Poetry Reading Series at the Vancouver Public Library; The World Poetry Café Radio Show, which airs every Tuesday from 9-10 pm on CFRO (PST); the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival, which will run from October 6 to 26, 2014;  and more. For more information, go to

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Performance: Allegheny, BC

Allegheny, BCOn July 11, 2014, Vancouver singer/songwriter Rodney DeCroo will be performing his show, Allegheny, BC, for one night only in Vancouver. It is the final chapter in a trinity of works that began in 2012 with the release of DeCroo’s album, Allegheny, and his book of poetry, also entitled Allegheny, BC. This event, put on by Tonic Records, will take place at Renegade Studios (125 E. 2nd Ave., Vancouver) on Friday, July 11 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by going to: There will also be an limited number at the door.
Rodney DeCroo  delivers raw footage of a childhood marred by violence, sudden uprootings, and abuse. Allegheny, BC is a candid, gritty tour through DeCroo’s troubled past in a small coal town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, the bush of northern BC, and his young adult years in Vancouver. Scenes of boys growing up along the banks of the filthy Allegheny River cut to hunting trips with an unpredictable father haunted by the Vietnam War to snapshots of seedy bars and strip clubs as the narrator struggles to come of age despite his circumstances.
DeCroo searches out available meaning and transcendence in fierce attentiveness to the often painful realities of life. Allegheny, BC is a reclamation project, an imaginative remembering through the savaged places of the human heart into beauty and acceptance. It is the river that flows through DeCroo’s life, at times lazily meandering, at times whitecapped and raging, but constantly working its way around moments that shaped a life and inevitably led to the man who stands before us.
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Directed by: Jane Heyman


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Renée Sarojini Saklikar wins the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award

Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s book children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, which recognizes the best full-length English-language book of poems for adults by a Canadian writer. The CAA Award for Poetry winner receives $2000 and a silver medal. In the long-held tradition of writers honouring writers, the Canadian Authors Association announced the winners of its 2014 Literary Awards at a gala reception in Orillia, Ontario on Saturday, June 21.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar was 23 years old when her aunt and uncle were murdered on June 23, 1985, in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. In her first book of poems, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, Saklikar presents a powerful and deeply personal collection. These poems offer a fresh perspective on a heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history—the bombing of Air India Flight 182, which killed all 329 passengers and crew, including 82 children under the age of 13.

Saklikar breaks new ground in her approach to the Canada/Air India saga. The collection is animated by a proposition: that personal and shared violence produces continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, even when we choose to be unaware or indifferent. These poignant poems invite us to help bear witness to an aviation disaster that continues to resonate around the world, decades after the original event.

Introduced in 1975, the Canadian Authors Association Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal in the categories of fiction, Canadian history and the poetry. Joseph Boyden was awarded the CAA Fiction Award for The Orenda (Penguin Group Canada). Charlotte Gray was named the recipient of the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for The Massey Murder: A maid, her master, and the trial that shocked a country (HarperCollins Canada). Grace O’Connell won the Emerging Writer Award for a promising writer under 30; her achievements include the novel Magnified World (Knopf Canada). The CAA Award for Poetry shortlist also included Catherine Graham, for Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers), and Tom Wayman, for Winter Skin (Oolichan Books).

For more information about the Canadian Authors Association Literary Awards, refer to their website at


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