Thursday, September 27, 2012

UNB Poetry Weekend!

The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to Poetry Weekend, a two day celebration of poetry that includes readings by Governor’s General and Griffin award-winning poets. Readings will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, at 11am, 2pm, and 8pm in Memorial Hall, UNB. A tentative list of readers and schedule appears below.

A major highlight in this, the 9th annual gathering of poets, is the Saturday evening launch of Icehouse Poetry, an new imprint of Goose Lane Editions.
Poetry Weekend is presented by The UNB Department of English, The Bookstore, The Fiddlehead, The Canada Council for the Arts, Goose Lane Editions, and The League of Canadian Poets.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Saturday, Sept 29

Jan Zwicky
Emily Skov-Nielsen
Richard Kemick             
Martin Ainsley                  
Sue Sinclair                   
Chasity St. Louis             
Patrick Leath               
Gerry Beirne                   

Ryan Marshall                  
Amanda Jernigan                  
Sharon McCartney              
Michael Pacey                  
Brian Bartlett                   
Jeffery Donaldson              
Kathy Mac                  

*****Ice House Poetry Launch 7pm @Ice House
Stewart Cole & Patrick Warner

Steve Noyes                   
Shane Neilson                   
Nick Thran                   
Travis Lane                   
Katia Grubisic                   
Stewart Cole                   
Patrick Warner                   

Sunday, Sept 30

Ross Leckie
Stewart Cole
Ian LeTourneau
Matthew Gwathmey
Peter Frieswick
Sarah Bernstein
Triny Finlay
Michael Jessome

Chantelle Rideout
Patrick Warner
Daryll Whetter
Steve Noyes
Phillip Crymble
Karen Schindler
Claire Kelly

Alex Boyd
Vanessa Moeller
Darren Bifford
Matt Tierney
Jim Johnstone
Mat Henderson
Jan Zwicky

Monday, September 24, 2012

CWILA Critic-in-Residence Application Deadline November 1

Attention female Canadian writers: there's an exciting opportunity from our friends at Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) to be a critic-in-residence. Here's their call for applications:
If you're a female Canadian writer (poet, novelist, storyteller, scholar) who'd like to raise awareness of women’s literary and critical presence in Canadian letters, we hope you'll submit your critic-in-residence application to by November 1, 2012.
The resident critic will work on critical essays and/or book reviews and submit them to one or more Canadian review venues (print or web). CWILA also archives the work, which will be available at following publication elsewhere, copyright permitting. If there's time, the resident critic is encouraged to support a climate of critical responsiveness in Canadian letters with a collaborative or community-based project. The residency is virtual, so the writer is free to work from home. Please visit for full details.

To apply, please send a letter of intent to describe your project, the venue (or venues) you plan to submit to, a one-page CV and a short sample of critical work to by November 1. A $3,000 stipend will be awarded in December.
We encourage applications from genderqueer writers, indigenous writers, as well as other women and/or genderqueer writers of colour.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The UNB Reading Series Presents Acclaimed Writers Joan Clark, Ruth Roach Pierson, and Maureen Hynes

The University of New Brunswick would like to invite you to a literary reading by acclaimed writers Joan Clark, Ruth Roach Pierson, Maureen Hynes. The reading will be held on Friday, Sept 21, 2012 at 8pm in the Alumni Memorial Lounge on the UNB Fredericton Campus.

Joan Clark is writer-in-residence at UNB from September 2012 to April 2013. She is available to the public and to make an appointment contact her at or at 506-452-6356. Joan is the multiple-award-winning author of several novels, short story collections for adults and novels for young readers. Her last adult novel, Latitudes of Melt, was nominated for the 2002 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2001 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Canada-Caribbean, and was a New York Times Notable Book.

Ruth Roach Pierson is a retired academic and award-winning poet. Her poems have appeared in ARC, CV2, Event, The Fiddlehead, The Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, MIX Magazine, Pagitica, Pottersfield Portfolio, Prism International, Queen’s Feminist Review, Quills, and Room of One’s Own as well as a number of anthologies. Her book of poems, Aide-Mémoire (2007), was named a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.

Maureen Hynes is the poetry editor for Our Times magazine and the author of two books of poems. Her work has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and appears in Best Canadian Poetry 2010. She is a past winner of the Petra Kenney Poetry Award (London, England), and her book, Rough Skin (1995), won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry.

The reading is presented by the UNB English Department, UNB Faculty of Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts NB, the UNB Fredericton Bookstore, & The Fiddlehead.
Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012-2013 Reading Series!

Below is a list of writers scheduled to read at the University of New Brunswick in the upcoming academic year, sponsored by the UNB English Department, the UNB Bookstore, the Canada Council for the Arts, The Writers Trust of Canada, and The Fiddlehead. All readings are free and open to the public! If you are here in the Fredericton area (or visiting), then take advantage to hear these great Canadian authors reading from their latest works!

Most readings are in the evenings either at Memorial Hall or Alumni Memorial Hall on the University of New Brunswick campus. Please click here for a map of UNB. Look for additional details in this space leading up to each reading.

Fall 2012
Joan Clark, Ruth Roach Pierson & Maureen Hynes21 Sept Alumni Memorial
Poetry Weekend29-30 SeptMemorial Hall
Margot Livesey8 NovAlumni Memorial
Stephanie Bolster & Susan Gillis20 NovAlumni Memorial
Winter 2013
Ami McKay22 JanAlumni Memorial
Madeline Thien5 FebAlumni Memorial
Clark Blaise12 MarAlumni Memorial

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A New Website to Follow, Plus Exciting News from a Recent Contributor

Want to keep updated on the literary culture of New Brunswick, the home province of The Fiddlehead? Our fiction co-editor Gerard Beirne has begun curating a website devoted entirely to New Brunswick writing, The New Brunswick Literary Times. In the website's own words: 
The province of New Brunswick has a rich literary history. The New Brunswick Literary Times provides up-to-date news of writers from or currently living in New Brunswick in a magazine format via articles available online.
One recently featured article caught our attention: an interview at Open Book Ontario with former long-time poetry editor Robert Gibbs.

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The Fiddlehead is pleased to report that Orlando Ricardo Menes, a contributor to our recent all-poetry summer issue, has recently won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry. His winning manuscript, Fetish, contains the two poems we published in No. 252, "Parable" and "Panegyric for the Condor." Congratulations Orlando!