Huge Blue Reading: Pilarski, Pakan + Stefanik

Please join Aqua Books in welcoming a pair of Edmonton poets to Winnipeg for a mid-summer reading, Nicole Pakan and Patrick M. Pilarski will be reading along with Winnipegger Jason Stefanik at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street (between Graham & Portage), Friday, July 30th from 7 pm – 8:30 pm


Jason Stefanik is a Winnipeg writer whose poetry has appeared in The Nashwaak Review, Grain, Misunderstandings Magazine and a few other small literary magazines. Recently, he attended the Banff Centre and also contributed to HOT AIR, the official blog of THIN AIR, Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

Nicole Pakan is an active member of the Edmonton literary community, performing and organizing events around the city. She is the Co-Editor for the international online and print literary journal DailyHaiku, and Art Editor for its sister publication DailyHaiga. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in: filling Station, Carousel, CV2, Other Voices, and the Blue Skies Home and Away Anthology. Nicole was also the winner of the 2009 Edmonton CBC Poetry Faceoff, placing third in the national competition.

Patrick M. Pilarski is the co-editor of DailyHaiku, an international journal of contemporary English-language haiku, and poetry editor for its new sister publication, DailyHaiga. His first full-length collection, Huge Blue, was released in 2009 by Leaf Press, and he is the author of the chapbook Five Weeks (2007). Patrick’s poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies across North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, recently including The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, CV2, Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, and on CBC Radio One as part of the CBC Poetry Face-off. Patrick is on the organizing committee for the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and is Alberta/NWT representative for the League of Canadian Poets. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in computing science at the University of Alberta.

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