New Atlantic Canadian Publication!

An old Miramichi pal of mine, Medic Tairie, has launched a new online magazine, “Crossroads.” The purpose of the project is talent promotion. It features visual artists, musicians, models, photographers, and writers. As Tairie says in her welcome address; “I want you to be heard, seen, read and appreciated by an obscene amount of people!”

I am proud to have some of my poetry included in the inaugural issue! You can read the first edition for free right now – http://issuu.com/crossroadstalentmagazine/docs/crossroads_final_13f6b1c8562e0f

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Look Out Fredericton!

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A Lill Perspective on things

Hey folks,

Our long-since-left literary friend, and current Regina resident Lillian Drysdale has once again picked up the creative non-fiction pen (so to speak). You can follow her hilarious and precarious adventures here: alillperspective.com.

-JT

Under Construction (or is it Deconstruction?)

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Mind Bloating #27 Hits the Town!

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It’s at the usual dives, available for FREE pickup @ Westminster Books, and Backstreet Records. It’s also available at The Annex Gallery @ The Fredericton Playhouse… where if you haven’t heard, a couple of Vagabonds have an art exhibition up. Until February. 27th. Open for viewing from 10 AM to 6 PM daily. The zine’s kind of a companion piece/shameless advertisement. See what we did there? Cross promotion! Go get your copy today! If you like what read/see go gawk at our art!

TONIGHT!!!

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For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/474555415923383/

Hearts & Pills is a hybrid of art and poetry. A creative collaboration in which two poets interpret five of their own poems each in a visual, eye-catching medium. For over five years, Jordan Trethewey and Corenski Nowlan have worked closely together on their literary endeavours. They are founding members of the local writers group, The Vagabond Trust, operating a biweekly workshop for the purpose of critiquing and editing their own work and that of their peers. They have self published countless chapbooks and zine projects, and have read their work in public everywhere from St. John’s to Montreal. Both have worked in the world of theatre, as playwrights, on stage as actors, and behind the scenes as directors. As eclectic as they are, having a gallery show of their work is a first for both artists.

“We had a table at Gallery Connexion´s zine fair last year selling our chapbooks and zines,” says Trethewey. “We were approached by GC staff and told that they liked the internal artwork of the zines, how they blended image and words, and asked if we ever did anything larger scale.”

“I´ve dabbled in painting for years. I wanted to be a visual artist before a writer, but that got gummed up somehow,” says Nowlan. “It used to be a dream of mine to have my art in a gallery, but I gave up on that a few years back and started considering art more of a hobby, something to decorate the walls of my house with. Be careful when giving up on dreams. They can come back to bite you!”

“If there was a tagline for this show it would be, anyone could have done this… but they didn´t,” says Trethewey regarding the nature of work in the exhibit.

Most of the pieces were created with “found objects” such as old tires, worn baseball mitts, rusty medicine cabinets, and literally trash such as fast food wrappers. These are works of art that shatter conventions, and mix every medium imaginable; paint, wood, glue, collage, and metallurgy. Some of the pieces are even interactive. Viewers are encouraged to touch them, something that is normally taboo in the art world.

“We´re both big fans of The Simpsons,” says Nowlan, “and we can´t help but think of the episode about Outsider Art. Homer becomes a famous artist when his failed attempt at building a barbeque pit is mistaken for a sculpture.”

Hearts & Pills will be at The Annex Gallery at the Fredericton Playhouse from Januray. 17th through February. 27th. The official opening is Thursday, January. 17th from 5 PM to 6:45.

Read us in this Saturday’s Salon!

Hey all,

Corenski Nowlan and yours truly have new winter-themed poetry appearing in the holiday edition of the Telegraph Journal’s Salon arts supplement (Saturday, Dec. 22nd). Grab your copy while they last, and regale your loved ones with verse to warm your hearts and scratch your heads.

A new appointment!

Hey folks,

Just letting you know that our faithful Boxcar Breezer, Corenski Nowlan, has been appointed to the board of directors of Gallery Connexion. Fringe benefits for our little workshop await, no doubt, but for now join me in congratulating the great multi-disciplinarian himself.

Read N’ Hop N’ Drink – Wednesday, December. 12th!

November was National Novel Writing Month and it swiftly passed us by! Members of The Vagabond Trust committed themselves to work as diligently (and prolifically) as possible on various novel projects. In celebration of our hard work, we are presenting an evening of original novel exerts! We’ve even asked along some of our novelist friends to join us.

The really exciting part? *drum roll* This is a double bill! Like a pub crawl, only with less drinking and more reading. A clever idea courtesy of our host for the evening, Micah O’Donnell. We’re calling it “Read N’ Hop N’ Drink”

We’re starting at…

Westminster Books, (445 King Street) at 6:00 PM.

We’ll be moving to…

Wilser’s Room, (362 Queen Street) for 7:30 PM, where we will be reading until 9 o’clock or so, or until the Reggae Night crowd boo us off stage.

Spend the whole evening with us, or only come for half!

Featuring readings by:

John Barlow
Amanda Jardine
Corenski Nowlan
Nick Piers
Jordan Trethewey
Mike Woodside

& Special Guest, Raymond Fraser!!!*

Zine Launch! (& it’s not Mind Bloating)

From the creator of Nonymous, (& frequent host of Vagabond Trust readings) Micah O’Donnell launches a new zine in which he criticizes the prose of his own friend, Kelly Jarman. Come out and support this indie deforestation effort! Every little bit counts.