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Wordstorm Winners April 26

April 26th Open Mike Winners

Darcy Ingram, Kathleen Miniely, and Karen Miller

Venue generously donated by Acme Food Co., 14 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC

PayPal Reservations can be made using the Paypal button. So far the trend has been for each WordStorm to almost reach capacity by reservations alone. If you can't reserve, come early and take your chances at the door. There may be a few seats available. Take a look at this month's slate of performers on our program presented further down the page.

WordStorm is an on-going reading series that focuses on all types of the spoken word: poetry, short fiction, storytelling, improv, music, song. There are two components of WordStorm - a prearranged reading series, and an excitingly competitive spoken word competition. (Reserve a ticket and ask to be an open mike reader or sign up at the door.) The readings will always be a mix of genres, and the sign-up for WordStorm will be in categories - poetry and prose. The key elements will be quality writing and entertainment. Material read must be the reader's own work, and be read without props or instruments. Three judges will be chosen from the audience for each WordStorm, and audience participation is encouraged. The sign-up for WordStorm Open Mike can be in advance, by email, and also between 6:30 and 7:00 at the door. Admission is $3.00 at the door. The money collected will go entirely to prize winners and towards our annual Super WordStorm Night in the future. The Bombay Lounge has a capacity of about 45 people, so don't be disappointed, reserve ahead through the PayPal link, or take your chances at the door. All reservations must be picked up before 6:30 or they will become void, and spaces will be given out on a first come, first served basis. No refunds. You can reserve with payment for future events at the reservation table on any night of WordStorm. Come out to just listen and be entertained, or sign up to be part of the entertainment. Everyone is welcome!

From its beginning WordStorm has played to packed houses with a full slate of readers-some coming from as far away as Seattle! Unfortunately we have had to turn people away since we have been at capacity for the room. The May 31st WordStorm promises to be the same with reservations already being made. Come out for the final event of the spring season. We will be taking a break for the months of June, July and August and will be back in September with a major storm.


Tim Lander Feb07


avid Rizzi Poetry Winner

Tim Lander, Third Place Open Mike Winner February 22nd

David Rizzi of Seattle - Poetry Open Mike Prize Winner, January 25th


Cindy Shantz


David Fraser


WordStorm Organizer - Cindy Shantz


WordStorm Organizer - David Fraser

Come on out to WordStorm and set the writing/performing world of Vancouver Island on FIRE!

Everyone is welcome to get involved and participate.

May 31st WordStorm Program

Headline Readers

Elizabeth Bartel - Poetry

Elizabeth Bartel

Elizabeth Bartel has lived with her husband between the mountains and the sea on Vancouver Island since 1980. She has however, one foot firmly planted in the prairie soil of her childhood. She writes from the richness of her cultural heritage that celebrates the lives of ordinary people by showing them to be much more than that. Her work spans many years as she takes the reader on a journey of life and death, laughter and tears vividly reflecting upon her personal life from youth to the present. Her poems and short stories have been published in Geist, Praire Fire, Room of One's Own and other literary magazines. Her first novel Even Such is Time was published in 2002.

Elizabeth is the co-founder of "Mostly Poets", a Comox Valley group of eight women poets who have been working together for the past four years. This March they launched A Murder of Crones a collection of poetry which has been well received. Elizabeth now lives in Nanaimo but remains an active participant in group critiques and readings.

Besides her commitment to poetry she is at present working on another novel and her memoirs.

Trish Shields - Poetry and Prose

Trish Shields

Trish Shields studied creative writing at the Algonquin College in Ottawa and with Matt Hughes in BC. Her first book of poetry, Soul Speak, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2001. Her first novel, Inferno, was published in 2003 and was on the Open Book's Best Sellers List the following year. Her short stories and poetry have been published internationally. She is the past editor/co- ordinator for the CPA's 20th Anniversary Anthology, published in 2006. Her new chapbook, Coast Lines, is co-authored by Katherine Gordon, published in 2007.

Kim Clark - Prose

Kim Clark

Kim Clark most often writes from the heart of BC's Sunshine Coast. Disease and desire, mothering and the mundane propel her ongoing journey between poetry and prose. Kim's work can be found in The Malahat Review, Portal, Ascent Aspirations, as well as e-zines and other publications in Canada and the U.S. She is currently pursuing a Creative Writing degree at Malaspina University College.

Pat Smekal - Poetry

Pat Smekal

Pat Smekal is a Canadian-born teacher/educator who returned to B.C. in 1989, after twenty-nine years in Australia. Her two micro-mini books, Grief ...Feeling Your Way Through, and Some Reflections on Being There, published in 1996 and 1997, together have sold over 12,000 copies. In 2001, Pat joined two local writers’ groups and began to devote more time to poetry. She has attended three summer sessions of the Victoria School of Writing, as a student of Kate Braid, Sue Wheeler and George Bowering. Ms Smekal has won several minor prizes for poetry and prose, and was shortlisted for the Ray Burrell Award for Poetry in 2004.

Open Mike Sign-up

Prizes and certificates for first, second and third-place winners will be awarded based on:

quality of content

inspiration and/or entertainment value


Our esteemed panel of judges (purple-wigged, bunny-eared, pilot-helmeted) will be chosen at random from the audience.

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