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Launch / PRISM international’s Summer Launch – Issue 60.4
August 25, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
At this in-person event, writers Alice Turski, Brandi Bird, K. Ho, Helen Luo, and Fiona Tinwei Lam will read from their works. There will be a brief intermission in which those who want to participate in a trivia contest about the Vancouver Literary Community can test their knowledge to win back-issues of PRISM international!
This event is free + open to all of our community, and registration is mandatory. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.
Covid Protocols: For all in-person events, attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.
Please be sure to register for this event.
You can purchase I Am Still Too Much by Brandi Bird at Massy Books.
You can purchase Odes & Laments by Fiona Tinwei Lam at Massy Books.
Alice Turski received her MFA from Cornell University, where she also taught as a Teaching Fellow. A finalist for the 2021 Gatewood Book Prize, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Verse Daily, The Iowa Review, The Greensboro Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and more.
Brandi Bird is an Indigiqueer Saulteaux, Cree and Métis writer and editor from Treaty 1 territory. They currently live and learn on Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam land. Their work has been published in Catapult, The Puritan, Poetry is Dead, Room Magazine and others. They are a 4th year BFA student at UBC and live with their three cats, Babydoll, Burt and Etta.
K Ho is a writer and photographer from the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Their lyric essay “Dispatches” won The Fiddlehead’s 2021 Creative Nonfiction Contest, and their work has appeared in PRISM Magazine, THEM lit, the National Arts Centre, and elsewhere. They are completing their MFA in creative writing at the University of Minnesota.
Helen Han Wei Luo is a Chinese-Canadian writer from BC and is currently a philosophy PhD student at Columbia University. In addition to poetry publications, her prose has twice been long-listed for the CBC Literary Prize. She is currently completing a radically feminist novella retelling Han dynasty Chinese mythology, titled Elegy for Daji.
Vancouver’s 6th Poet Laureate, Fiona Tinwei Lam has published three poetry collections and a children’s book. Her poems have been featured in Best Canadian Poetry and in award-winning poetry video collaborations. Shortlisted for the Vancouver Book Prize and other awards, her work has been included in over 40 anthologies.
PRISM international is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose office is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people. Our mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world.
Editors at PRISM international
Toke Adejoye is our managing editor. Toke is a lawyer and writer from Nigeria. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She enjoys exploring unusual fictional worlds whether as a reader or writer.
Vivian Li is our prose editor. She is a writer, editor, musician, an aspiring filmmaker, and multidisciplinary artist. Her creative works are forthcoming or published in League of Canadian Poets Anthology: In the Storm/Struggle, The Fiddlehead, filling station, CV2, and elsewhere. She can be reached @eliktherain.
Jasmine Ruff is our poetry editor. Jasmine is a queer writer living on the ancestral and unceded lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. Currently, they are an MFA student at the University of British Columbia. They publishe under the pseudonym “Clara Otto”. Their work has been published in The Puritan, Plenitude Magazine, The Waking, and elsewhere.
Eleanor Panno (she/her) is our reviews editor. She is a queer, non-binary writer and editor. She writes fiction, lyrics, and comics with a focus on grey areas between reality and perception.
Andrew Calderone is our promotions editor. His first novel, Thirsty Scholars, was written at the Humber School for Writers in Toronto. His next book, Borders in the Sand, was crafted while living in the Dominican Republic and is out now from AOS Publishing. Andrew’s third novel is underway at the UBC’s School of Creative Writing.