Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Factory (West) Reading Series, July 15, 2008

A monthly Edmonton reading series of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction originally established by rob mclennan during his tenure as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta (2007-8) in January, 2008, now organized/hosted by Edmonton poet Trisia Eddy, editor/publisher of Red Nettle Press;

The name "Factory (West)" refers to the fact that mclennan has been running readings in Ottawa since 1995 that now exist under the title The Factory Reading Series, held regularly(ish) at the Ottawa Art Gallery;

Due to the very sad demise of our beloved venue, Cafe Select, this month's readings will be held at Remedy Cafe, who have very graciously opened their doors to be sure to make your way down to 8631-109th Street;
doors @ 7pm
readings @ 7:30pm

with readings this month by:

Clarice Eckford
Lainna Lane
Kevin Kerr
& Ted Bishop

Clarice Eckford
is an Edmonton-based actor and poet. She is a former member of the Stroll of Poets Society, and her work can be seen in 4 Corners: A Feminist Review, Xpress: Youth Book Project #1 and This Magazine. Eckford is a three-time nominee for the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for excellence in theatre performance and she holds a BFA in drama from the University of Alberta. Her award-winning theatre company, Pony Productions, is dedicated to the production of new works.


Lainna Lane has lived in Ottawa, Vancouver, and most recently Edmonton where she is very slowly completing her English and Comparative Literature degree at the University of Alberta. She finances this by working in an office tower guarded by peregrines. When not in office or school she enjoys traveling, working at Other Voices literary magazine, playing dodgeball, and mixing a mean mint julep. She has one publication in this year's student edition of the Olive Reading Series chapbook, as well as the Peter F. Yacht Club, #10.


Kevin Kerr is a playwright, director, actor, and founding member of Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre, with whom he’s co-written numerous plays including The Wake, The Score, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Flop, The Fall, and Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla.

In the 1999/2000 season, he was Writer in Residence at Touchstone Theatre where he developed Unity (1918) (Talonbooks, 2002), which earned him the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. He is the recipient of three Jessie Richardson Awards for Outstanding Original Play (Brilliant!, The Score, and Unity) and his work has been produced across Canada, in the U.S., France, Australia, and the U.K.

Recent works include The Remittance Man, which was commissioned and premiered by Kelowna’s Sunshine Theatre, Studies in Motion, which was co-produced by Electric Company Theatre and Theatre at UBC, and the feature-length screen adaptation of the Electric Company play The Score for CBC Television. His latest work, Skydive, received its premiere in 2007 at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver, co-produced by Vancouver’s Realwheels Theatre and the Belfry Theatre in Victoria.

At present he’s at work on an Adaptation of Pierre Berton’s “Secret World of Og” for Vancouver’s Carousel Theatre, as well as a new collectively created work with Electric Company Theatre.

He is currently the Lee Playwright in Residence, a two-year position at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he is living with his wife, poet Marita Dachsel, and his two sons.


Ted Bishop’s [see his 12 or 20 questions here] literary nonfiction has appeared in Cycle Canada, Enroute, Prairie Fire, Rider, Word Carving: The Craft of Literary Journalism, and What I Meant to Say: The Private Lives of Men. His Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books (Penguin 2005 /Norton 2006), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and the Writers’ Trust Award, won the City of Edmonton Book Prize and the MAX Award (Motorcycle Awards of Excellence), and has been translated into Korean; it was also named a Best Book by the Globe and Mail, CBC’s Talking Books, and Playboy magazine, where he appeared (in textual contiguity) with Pamela Anderson. He is at work on a new book for Penguin, “The Social Life of Ink.”

info: Trisia Eddy at
further readings: begin again in October!