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Professional Development Seminar: Questions to Ask a Poem: The Basics of Poetry Editing with Ruth Daniell

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 7:30–9:00 pm PST and Thursday, January 27, 2022, 7:30–9:00 pm PST
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: $90 for Editors Canada members ($70 early bird), $170 for non-members ($150 early bird), and $50 for student affiliates. Advance registration required. Registration closes January 21, 2022, at 11:59 pm; early-bird rates are in effect through December 17, 2021.

Registration is limited, so we encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment.

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An interview with Renée Sarojini Saklikar: Poetry, editing, and the path to finding a true passion

Interview by Marta Orellana; copy edited by Paige Shaw

This November, Renée Sarojini Saklikar will be presenting at our November 17, 2021, monthly meeting, “The nuance of poetry editing: A talk with Renée Sarojini Saklikar.

Editors BC is thrilled to welcome Renée—a poet, author, lawyer, and teacher—as she shares her insight into the world of editing poetry.

Her poetry book, children of air indiawon the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Prize, and she is co-author of the poetry and essay collection, Listening to the Bees, which won the 2019 Gold Medal Independent Publishers Book Award, Environment/Ecology

Renée answers questions about the qualities and skills that are important for a poetry editor, her journey from lawyer to editor, and the projects that have brought her success and fulfillment in her career.

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November 17, 2021: The Nuance of Poetry Editing: A talk by Renée Sarojini Saklikar

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:30–8:30 pm PST
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for student non-members

Renée Sarojini Saklikar is an award-winning author, instructor, and editor who lives in Vancouver. By sharing examples from her own poetry, teaching, and editing, Saklikar will answer the question, “What qualities and skills are important for a poetry editor?” 

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Distilling Words to Their Essence: Editing Poetry for Impact

Written by Emily Salja; copy edited by Meagan Kus

When we think about editing poetry, we first have to think about what poetry is. This is something that poets and critics have debated for decades—what is poetry?

All writing, to an extent, comes from the heart—creative writing in particular—and poetry is one of those strange, elusive creatures that is stitched together mostly by heartstrings. Poetry is the least efficient way of conveying a message. It is the language of trauma and inarticulable feelings. In poetry, we write around things instead of at them. How do we edit something so personal?

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November 16, 2016: The Art of Editing Poetry: A Conversation with Shazia Hafiz Ramji

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 pm (program begins at 7:30 pm)
Where: Welch Room, 4th floor, YWCA Health + Fitness Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students with valid ID. Registration at the door.

All editors must consider the needs of the writer, the reader, and the publisher or client when working on material, but this can be a particularly delicate balancing act for the poetry editor. What is considered? How does the editor navigate issues of poetic licence or the idiosyncratic use of writing mechanics? What are the desirable characteristics of a poetry editor, and what is happening in this publishing sector? Join us for a stimulating conversation about these and other topics as Talonbooks poetry editor and poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji speaks to moderator Lana Okerlund.

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the poetry editor at Talonbooks and an interviews editor at Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, and she co-edited the “Intersections” issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine. Her poetry has been nominated for the 2016 National Magazine Awards and is forthcoming in The Capilano Review and the “Augmented Reality” special issue of Letters to the Editors. Shazia’s chapbook of poetry will be published by Anstruther Press in 2017, and her first book of poems will be out with Talonbooks in 2018.