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WGA Holiday Party (Calgary–December 13)

WGA Holiday Party (Calgary) 

Wednesday, December 13th, 2023, 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Joyce on 4th (downstairs in private event room)
506 24th Ave SW, Calgary

Please join us for our 2023 WGA Calgary Holiday Party! There is much to celebrate in the Alberta literary landscape this year, and we hope you’ll come along for a festive evening of food, drinks, prizes and readings from four wonderful local authors. You can expect catering of light finger foods, limited complimentary drink tickets, a Shelf Life Gift Basket door prize draw, and a fundraising raffle* with amazing prizes from the Calgary literary community.

The Raffle

We’re excited to be raffling off four amazing prizes from the Calgary literary community:

Wine set (4 bottles) donated by Rea Tarvydas. Value: $238
Wordfest 2024 ImaginAIRium pass. Value: $165
Owl’s Nest Books Gift Basket. Value: $133.82
Alexandra Writers’ Centre Gift Card. Value: $100

Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be available for purchase at the party by cash and card. All proceeds will go to the Writers Guild’ to support our continued dedication to providing quality programming for Alberta writers.

Accessibility/parking notes:

The downstairs private event room is accessible by elevator in the parkade. Street parking is free after 6:00pm.

This event is free for WGA members and $10 for nonmembers. Please register using the form below.

*AGLC Raffle License #671782

About the readers:

Lori Hahnel’s latest novel, Flicker, is published in the University of Calgary Press’ Brave & Brilliant Series. Her last book, Vermin: Stories, won an Alberta Literary Award, and was a finalist for a High Plains Book Award, the CAA Fred Kerner Award and the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Glengarry Book Award. Her previous books are the novels Love Minus Zero and After You’ve Gone, and the story collection, Nothing Sacred. Her work has been broadcast on CBC Radio, and has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Joyland, The Saturday Evening Post and many other journals and anthologies.

Marc Herman Lynch is a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary in creative writing and former president of filling Station magazine. He works with young writers through the Wordsworth Youth Writing Camp and the Writer in Residence program at Queen Elizabeth Highschool. He’s the double first-place winner of the Grain’s Kloppenburg Hybrid Non-fiction prize. His debut novel, Arborescent, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2020.

Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike is an assistant professor in the Department of English, University of Calgary, Canada. His teaching and research interests include African and African Diaspora literatures, postcolonial literatures, gender and sexuality, cultural studies, and creative writing. His critical works have been published in journals such as Metacritic, Men and Masculinities, Journal of African Cultural Studies, and Postcolonial Text, amongst others. An award-winning creative writer, Umezurike is the author of literary works such as there’s more (2023), Double Wahala, Double Trouble (2021), Wish Maker (2021), and a co-editor of Wreaths for a Wayfarer (2020).   

Nikki Reimer creates poetry, essays, and multimedia artworks that interrogate capitalist structures and consider the variegated forms that grief can take. Carrying forth the feminist complaints and refusals of My Heart is a Rose Manhattan, No Town Called We continues to punch through the veils of complacency and greed that shape the cultures of the petrostate. Other major works include, DOWNVERSE and [sic]. Creative work, non-fiction essays and critical writing have appeared in Arc, Order of the Good Death, Maisonneuve, The Rusty Toque, Capilano Review, and other print and web spaces. Reimer is a non-binary, chronically ill, neurodivergent prairie settler residing on the traditional territories of the people of Treaty 7 in southern Alberta.

WGA Calgary Holiday Party

Registration for the WGA Calgary Holiday Party on Weds, Dec 13th at Joyce on 4th.

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