Shane Neilson and Jim Johnstone West Coast Book Tour

Hi there Quill fans! If you’re out in BC and are hoping for some PQL action, here’s your chance.

Shane Neilson will be in Victoria and Vancouver over the next few days to talk to UBC creative writing students about the art of the poem, and to promote his latest collection of poetry, Dysphoria.

Dysphoria is a powerful collection that considers the experience, treatment and perception of mental illness both now and in the past. It is a raw and emotional book and shows a great degree of technical prowess as well.

Shane will be joined by Quill friend Jim Johnstone, who recently published his latest book, The Chemical Life, with Véhicule Press. (He is also the editor of two volumes in our Essential Poets series: The Essential Earle Birney and The Essential D. G. Jones.)

If you want to mark your calendars, here’s the agenda below. Many of these events are for UBC and UVic students, but there are a few public events (in bold, below) just for you!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

STUDENT EVENT: Poetry Reading
4:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m
Canadian Poetry Class

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bolen Books
#111-1644 Hillside Ave.
Victoria, BC


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

STUDENT EVENT: UBC Visiting Writers Talk
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m
Intermediate Poetry Class

STUDENT EVENT: UBC Visiting Writers Talk
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Intro to Creative Writing Class


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Visiting Writers Poetry Reading
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Advanced Poetry Class

STUDENT EVENT: UBC Visiting Writers Talk
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
Intro to Poetry Class

PUBLIC EVENT: Tonic Reading Series
7:00 p.m.
The Drive Coffee Bar
1670 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, BC


Friday, October 27, 2017

STUDENT EVENT: UBC Visiting Writers Talk
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Careers in Writing Class


We hope you can make it to say hello to these wonderful authors. You’ll be guaranteed to have fun, learn something, and experience all the feels!


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The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.