I’m very pleased to say this BC-based poet is finally making it all the way to Ontario, and it’s for the Words Aloud Festival based in Durham. If you’re nearby, I do hope to see you there. I’ll be performing work from my book The Brightest Thing and travelling with my newest (won’t-take-a-bottle) baby. I’ll let you tell me how cute he is!
Hi, friends! Just a reminder that I’m going to be in Vancouver all this week, ready to talk poetry, process, fairy tales, feminism, and the joys and pitfalls of searching for happily ever after. On March 14, I’m throwing the Vancouver launch of The Brightest Thing, and I’m super excited about this event: Vancouver is the city where I really grew up as a writer, and I’m looking forward to seeing a whole lot of my fellow writers there, as well as old and new friends–you, I hope!
♥ The Brightest Thing Book Launch – Vancouver Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00pm nə́ c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch – Vancouver Public Library 730 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC Free event. No need to register, but you may RSVP (through Facebook events) here. Books will be available for purchase.
I’m also really excited to be participating in Growing Room 2019. Room Magazine has been one of the most supportive magazines to me as an emerging writer and I’m really proud to be a part of their feminist literary festival this year. I’m over the moon that the workshop I’m leading, Speech Arts for Writers, is sold out; it promises to be a really fun afternoon of learning and performing and talking about process with the fellow writers who signed up. If you missed out, don’t worry: I’ll be participating in two panels/readings that are going to be super fun: “Mother Goose Was a Feminist: Crafting the Modern Day Fairy Tale” and “Close-Up Magic: Launch of Room Issue 42.1.” Registration is now closed for those events, but you can still show up. According to the Growing Room organizers, there’s space for walk-ups at all of their panels and readings (with the exception of “Funny Feminists”)–so even if you didn’t register, I hope you’ll consider coming out! Both events are going to be magical. Here are the details below.
♥ Mother Goose Was a Feminist: Crafting the Modern Day Fairy Tale part of Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival Friday, March 15, 2019, 7:30-9:30pm Annex Performing Arts Theatre 823 Seymour, Vancouver, British Columbia Free event. Registration closed. Walk ups welcome!
♥Close-Up Magic: Launch of Room Issue 42.1 part of Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival Saturday, March 16, 2019, 7:30-9:30pm Red Gate Revue Stage 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC Free event. Registration closed. Walk ups welcome!
I’m pleased to pass on the news that I have agreed to be the adjudicator for all the speech arts and drama sessions of the 2017 Penticton Kiwanis Music, Dance, & Speech Arts Festival! The exact dates will be confirmed as we get closer to spring 2017, but you can find more information through the Festival’s website. It promises to be a fun festival.
After nearly five years of teaching at the Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts in Vancouver–and helping to run and adjudicate the school’s festivals and exams–I’m excited to get a glimpse into the growing speech arts community that’s here in the Okanagan!
Echolocation, a beautiful annual magazine produced by graduate English students at the University of Toronto, just published its fourteenth issue, and I am pleased to announce that within its pretty pages are two new poems by me!
The launch of issue 14 is happening next week, on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30pm EDT in Toronto. In my absence, I have trusted friend and fellow poet Laura Ritland (recent winner of The Malahat Review‘s Far Horizon Award for Poetry) to perform my poems for me. If you’re in Toronto, then I highly encourage you to head down to No One Writes to the Colonel at 460 College Street to hang out with Laura and take in some of the fine literary offerings from the magazine’s other contributors. Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook! I know it will be a very fun evening, and I wish that I could be in two places at once!
After the launch on the 23rd, the magazine will become available for ordering online on the Echolocation website. Especially if you’re not in Toronto to buy a copy at the launch, I highly encourage you to order yourself a copy! If you need extra enticing, then I’ll leave you with this: the poetry I’ve written that is featured in the issue includes the appearance of Lacanian literary theory, the Incredible Hulk, and a protoctologist’s office. And as my friend Rebecca Hales (a talented screenwriter and a current resident of the prestigious 2014 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program) said, when I mentioned the poems to her, “Hulk AND a proctologist?!? What more does a girl need in a poem?”
The program for WORD Vancouver Festival is now available online and on ISSUU; you should also be able to find print copies in local coffee shops, libraries, and bookstores. And guess what? I’m in it!
That’s right–this year, I’ll be performing some of my poetry as a featured reader for Room Magazine! I recently announced (in this post) that two of my poems are forthcoming in the “Geek Girls” issue of Room, which is so exciting, and it’s even more exciting to get to participate in WORD. I hope you’ll come and share my excitement: the Room Magazine event will take place at 12:20pm on Sunday, September 28 as part of the festival’s Magazine Words programming and I would absolutely love to see you there. Come on out! There are loads of other fun and fascinating events happening for WORD–browse through the program and you’ll be hard pressed not to find other events that spark your interest, too!
The reading will take place downtown at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. When I have more exact details about where (and if the time changes at all), I’ll update you as quickly as possible!
Last Friday (October 18) I performed at the Romantic Era Salon Concert, as part of the Cowichan Valley Music Teacher Association’s History of Music Weekend Series. (My first post on this event can be found here.)
I felt very humbled to be performing at the same concert with such talented and accomplished musicians: Susan Young (soprano), Bruce Vogt (piano), James Mark (violin), Ruth Williams (piano), and Elizabeth Volpé Bligh (harp). Laura Neithercut and Anthony Thompson from the Arthur Murray Dance School in Victoria also demonstrated the Viennese Waltz, which was great fun to watch! What a wonderful Romantic-inspired evening.
From left to right: James Mark (violin), Ruth Williams (piano), Elizabeth Volpé Bligh (harp) Ruth Daniell (speech), Susan Young (soprano), and Bruce Vogt (piano)
Are you or your club or workshop interested in having me perform for you at an upcoming event? I would probably love to! Please feel free to contact me outlining your needs at ruthdaniellwrites(at)gmail(dot)com.
I’m pleased to be able to tell you that I have been invited to participate in the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association‘s biennial history workshop series, History of Music. I will be performing poetry from the Romantic Era as part of the workshop’s Friday “Soirée” on October 18. The poetry performances are designed to complement other performances of piano, violin, harp and song, along with dance, in order to help students develop a deeper understanding of the intertextuality between music and literature within the Romantic Era. For more information about the full workshop line-up, please visit the History of Music Series page on the CVMTA website.