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Winter & Spring 2007 / 3.1&2

The Capilano College Issue

Preface to The Capilano College Issue
Series 1 & 2: Talking History
four poems
Phedra is a Cougar
Old Age Comes to the Island
Saving the Songs of Innocence
from I K M & Q
Midnight Cowboy
Performing The Capilano Review
Learning Chinese
from Swimming With Cancer
from The Eternal Lolita
Introduction to Takayuki Kawabata
Statement and three poems
from Plug
The Early Days of The Capilano Review
Tranter in America
Tranter in America
two poems
Small Fires
from Short Circuits: Walking Meditations
Translation from Eugen Serbanesscu’s Afternoon with a Nymphomaniac
two poems
Natural History
from The Music of the Spheres
The Queen Dreams
four poems
Of Mechanics in Rousseau’s Thought Bill
The Welder
from Light.Sweet.Crude
from Go Lightly
from Vancouver: A Poem
from Delible
The Consumptives at Tranquille Sanatorium, 1953
from ARTiculations
after Wen I’to’s “Laundry Song”
COVER: Nursery, Maple Ridge (detail) Archival inkjet print, 2005


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Marcus Bowcott is an alumnus of the Royal College of Art in London, England and has been teaching drawing and painting at Capilano College for the past 10 years. Having lived for over 50 years by the sea, he focuses his paintings on the nuances and plenitude of the ocean. More recently he has explored the structures we make in order to cope with and navigate this environment. His installations and sculptures explore human evolution as well as our natural and altered environments. His work is represented by the Bau Xi Gallery in Vancouver and Toronto.

Nancy Boyd teaches drawing and painting at Capilano College. Her work includes an open-ended exploration of evolving life forms and some of the sciences that probe them, including MRI scans, botanical/microscopic imagery and quantum physics. Her most recent series in encaustic and mixed media, Phylum, Genus and Morphology, reflects that an ongoing fascination with science and aesthetics. The introduction of somewhat volatile media, encaustic and heat-sensitive inks, amplifies the unpredictable, almost “alchemical” aspect of the new work. Boyd has shown extensively around Greater Vancouver in the public galleries of Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby and Coquitlam, and also abroad in the U.S., Japan and Australia. Her work can be seen at the Atelier Gallery (Vancouver), the Fran Willis Gallery (Victoria), and the Wallace Galleries (Calgary).

Clint Burnham is a Vancouver writer and teacher. From 2003 to 2005 he taught in the English Department at Capilano College, and since 2003 he has been a contributing editor for The Capilano Review. “Phedra was a cougar” was performed by Clint at Song Room 5, Vancouver, June 2006, with music by DJ Audiowhore (thanks to Tom Cone and David Pay). Clint’s novel Smoke Show was published in 2005 by Arsenal Pulp and nominated for a BC Book Prize. His collection of poems, Rental Van, was published in spring 2007 by Anvil.

Barry Cogswell has worked as a potter, ceramic designer, furniture-maker and sculptor. He now paints images concerned with the worldwide destruction of wildlife species and of wild places, which he considers the most important issue of our time. He taught in the Studio Art program at Capilano College for nearly thirty years and was the head of that program for eighteen years. More of his work can be seen at www.barrycogswell.com.

Recently retired from a long career of teaching in the English and Theatre Departments at Cap, Penny Connell is getting back to writing after raising her family. She has previously published poetry and short fiction in West Coast Line, Repository, Canadian Forum, and with High Ground Press, among others. She was born in Vancouver, and now lives at Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast. She is a former fiction/drama editor of TCR.

Pierre Coupey has exhibited paintings and prints in solo and group shows in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Dublin, Nagoya and Tokyo. His work has received numerous awards, grants and commissions, and is represented in private, corporate, and public collections in Canada and abroad. He was the founding editor of The Capilano Review, and taught English and Creative Writing at Capilano College from 1970 to 2006. He exhibited a major body of work, Tangle, at the Burnaby Art Gallery in 2006. The paintings in this issue are from a current series triggered by the ongoing violence in the Middle East. His work is represented in Vancouver by Gallery Jones.

John Dixon teaches philosophy at Capilano College. He serves on the Executive Committee of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. He has a special interest in freedom of expression issues, and has instructed counsel in the line of Little Sisters Bookstore cases since 1985. Dixon is co-author with Stan Persky of On Kiddie Porn: Sexual Representation and the Robin Sharpe Case (New Star, 2001), winner of a $10,000 Donner Prize for best book of the year on Canadian public policy. Four of Dixon’s essays on law and public policy were published this spring in In the Agora: The Public Face of Canadian Philosophy, ed. by Irvine and Russell (U of Toronto). In 2003 he was honoured with a Doctor of Laws Degree from Simon Fraser University in recognition of his contributions to public life. Dixon occasionally writes on topics far removed from civil rights, and a version of the essay reprinted here first appeared in The Globe and Mail newspaper.

Wayne Eastcott (RCA) has taught in Capilano College’s Studio Art Program since 1973, and he established the Art Institute Printmaking Program in 1983. He has exhibited internationally since 1976, especially in Japan and Eastern Europe, including the show Four Canadian Artists at the Moderna Gallerija, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia in 1989, and The Ten exhibition at the Fuji-TV Gallery/Tochigi Museum, Tokyo in 1984. Since 2003 he has been involved in collaboration and exhibitions with Tokyo artist Michiko Suzuki. The Bellevue Gallery in West Vancouver and Gallery Concept 21 in Tokyo represent their work.

Roger Farr is the author of a sonnet cycle, SURPLUS (Linebooks 2006), and of the forthcoming collection Homage to Charles Fourier. He joined the faculty at Capilano College in 2001 and teaches a range of first and second year English courses, specializing in creative writing and literary theory. He was the guest editor of The Capilano Review’s “Six Cities” issue (2:48, 2006), and is currently curating the Open Text Reading Series at Capilano. His critical writing on autonomous social movements and avant-garde literature appears in a number of journals and magazines.

Dwight Gardiner teaches linguistics at Cap College. He has published several books of poetry, including The New York Book of the Dead (Talonbooks 1984). His connection with TCR includes one forgettable poem and participation in interviews with bpNichol and Robin Blaser. Apparently retired from poetry, he is known to frequently disappear into the sagebrush to speak Shuswap.

Reid Gilbert teaches English, with a special interest in Canadian literature and drama, at Capilano College, where he has been a member of faculty since 1971. He has written a stage play and published more than 80 entries, reviews and articles. He has read papers on iconography and performative identity at national and international symposia. He is a co-editor of Canadian Theatre Review and a member of the editorial board of Theatre Research in Canada. With Sylvan Barnet, he has written A Short Guide to Writing about Literature, now in its second Canadian edition. He was drama editor of TCR from 1982 to 1988. He guest-edited issue 35 in 1985, an issue that published Six of One by Leonard Angel, with a critical introduction and rehearsal journal.

Will Goede lives in Vancouver and has published stories and articles in The Capilano Review, Canadian Fiction, Windsor Review, Event, Saturday Night, Malahat Review, and Grain. He has published a novel, Quantrill, and his cycle of stories, Love in Beijing, was a finalist for the BC Book Prize in fiction and shortlisted for the Edith Wilson Prize in 1989. His play, The Man from Vancouver, was broadcast on China’s national radio for several years in the 90s. “Sleeping Arrangements,” published in The Malahat Review, won the Federation of B.C. Writers’ “Literary Writes X Contest” in 1996. He taught English at Capilano College until he retired in 2000.

G. Maria Hindmarch taught English at Capilano College from 1974-2002 and was the assistant editor of MAXINE GADD lives in Victoria but has spent a number of years in Vancouver. Her publications consist of Guns of the West (Blew Ointment Press), Hochelaga (Blew Ointment Press), Practical Knowledge (printed in 1969 at Intermedia), and an issue of Air (1971, published by Bertrand Lachance). "It came in a dream" first appeared in IS 14, an issue of work by women, edited by Penny Chalmers.

A former fiction editor of The Capilano Review and current member of its board of directors, Crystal Hurdle teaches English and Creative Writing at Capilano College. The poems in this issue are from the last section of her manuscript The Hunted Enchanters, based loosely on Vadimir Nabokov’s Lolita. The collection After Ted & Sylvia: Poems was published in 2003. Hurdle’s work has been published widely in Canadian journals, including Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, The Dalhousie Review, and The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature. Work is forthcoming in Room of One’s Own and CV2, among others.

Dorothy Jantzen was editor of The Capilano Review from 1985–1988. Between the years of 1976 and 2000, she was active with TCR in a variety of capacities, either as editor, assistant editor, associate editor, co-editor, or contributing editor. She taught English at Capilano College for 25 years and is now Dean, Fine and Applied Arts.

Born in Leduc, Alberta, Reg Johanson lives in East Vancouver, BC, and has been teaching comp and lit at Cap since 2000. Courage, My Love (Line Books 2006), brings together a selection of works that have appeared over the last decade in W magazine, the chapbook Chips (Thuja 2001), and in the anthologies Shift and Switch: New Canadian Poetry (Mercury 2005) and Companions and Horizons (WCL 2005). Critical work on Standard English as a classist and racializing disciplinary practice, and on the political economy of “cheating” and plagiarism, has appeared in XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics and as “Working Papers in Critical Practice #1” (recomposition.net); other essays on liquor policy, “the radical” in poetry, representations of missing women, the poetry of Marie Annharte Baker, and global urbanization appear or are forthcoming in West Coast Line, The Rain Review, and The Gig.

Bonnie Jordan was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in 1951. She came to Vancouver in 1971 and attended part-time Studio Art classes at Capilano College. She graduated from ECIAD in 1981 with honours in both Printmaking and Interdisciplinary Studies and now teaches in the Studio Art Program at Capilano College. She is currently investigating digital applications to printmaking. Her work is an enquiry into the realm of digital imagery incorporating traditional and digital printmaking processes. She has participated in national and international exhibitions, and her work is represented in national and international collections, both private and public.

Takayuki Kawabata acknowledges that his poems are written in collaboration with writers, artists and musicians. His translator is Kumi Kondo. The small sample of work in this issue was assembled for TCR as part of an issue on contemporary Japanese writing planned for 2000. Takayuki lives in Kanagawa, Japan.

Crawford Kilian has taught English and Communications at Capilano College since it opened in 1968. His writing career has included radio plays, hundreds of articles, and 20 books including 11 novels. His most recent books are Writing for the Web 3.0 and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, both published by Self-Counsel Press. He is a frequent contributor to The Tyee (thetyee.ca), an online Vancouver magazine.

August Kleinzahler is a graduate of the University of Victoria and poet laureate of Fort Lee, New Jersey. In March 2003, he was TCR Writer-in-Residence at Capilano College. He has a Canadian wife and an American cat. He is, thusly, bifurcated.

Andrew Klobucar joined the English Department at Capilano College in 2001 in order to serve on the board of The Capilano Review. Since 1996, he has continued to publish a wide assortment of critical writings on contemporary North American poetry. He co-edited the Canadian poetry anthology Writing Class (New Star 1999) on the work and early history of the Kootenay School of Writing, an important literary collective known throughout North America for its experimental poetry reading series, publications and writer residencies. Current critical work remains based in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and the Digital Humanities, exploring various issues and innovations in new media, electronic publishing and the increasingly important role technology plays in today’s literary and pedagogical fields.

Ryan Knighton is a former editor of The Capilano Review. He continues to teach at Capilano College in its venerable English Department. The author of three books, including the internationally acclaimed memoir Cockeyed (Penguin 2006), Knighton is also the subject of As Slow As Possible (2007), a documentary feature film directed by Scott Smith (Falling Angels). Knighton’s journalism and comic personal essays have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Salon.com, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine (UK), The Walrus, Saturday Night, Utne Reader, The Globe and Mail, Waitrose (UK), Vancouver Magazine, Saga (UK), and many others. Occasionally he lends his voice to CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera as a pop culture critic.

South African poet Ingrid de Kok was TCR Writer-in-Residence in Spring 2004. Her interview and poems appear in issue 2:46. De Kok’s most recent book is Seasonal Fires: New and Selected Poems published in New York by Seven Stories Press (2006).

Toni Latour is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, Canada. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1994, and has been awarded numerous grants and awards in support of her practice. She teaches Media Art at Capilano College. The work published in this issue is excerpted from The Drag King Project. The two Vancouver King troupes she worked with, DK United and $3 Bill, explore constructs of masculinity from a variety of perspectives, giving a better understanding of the fluidity of gender and sexual identities. Overall the project aims to expand queer Canadian representations and to mark a time of celebration of transsexual, transgender, and King
visibility. Readers of Xtra West have nominated Toni Latour for a 2007 Hero Award in the category of Artist of the Year.

Helene Littman took her first creative writing courses at Cap College when she was eighteen, and returned to teach English from 2004 to 2006. Her book Peripheries: Three Novellas (Cormorant) was published in 1998. She is currently working on a second book of fiction and on a critical study of temporality in the poems of Ezra Pound and Walt Whitman. She teaches English at the B.C. Institute of Technology and has just completed her PhD in American Literature at The Johns Hopkins University.

Daphne Marlatt’s last collection of poetry was This Tremor Love Is (Talonbooks). Spring 2006 saw full production by Pangaea Arts of The Gull, her contemporary Noh play about Steveston’s Japanese-Canadian fishing community. Her chapbook Seven Glass Bowls (Nomados) comprises the first movement of an intergenre text she is currently working on. She was the Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Calgary in January-February 2007. Marlatt taught at Capilano College in its inaugural year at West Vancouver High School in 1968 and again from 1973 to 1976; she was Poetry Editor of TCR issues 1:4-9 and returned as TCR Writer-in-Residence in February 2000.

Tiki Mulvihill, although currently situated in Vancouver, sees herself as a reluctant nomad, moving throughout her adult life between rural and urban communities. This transience generates an ongoing dialogue within her installations and accompanying performances. Beginning with the strategy of fictional premise, her studio practice develops out of truths often overlooked in conflicted relationships with place. Her experiential installations/performances voice contradictions of belonging in disparate environments. Mulvihill currently teaches sculpture and drawing classes in the Studio Art Program at Capilano College.

Dan Munteanu received his first Master’s Degree in English from the University of Bucharest and his second, also in English, from UBC. He joined the faculty of Capilano College in 1993. His main area of interest is world literature, with a double focus on the western tradition and Latin American literatures. He is a member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia and member by affiliation of the Canadian Translators, Terminologists, and Interpreters Council.

John Pass has taught ABE English at Capilano College since 1975. His most recent book, Stumbling in the Bloom (Oolichan Books 2005) won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2006.

Jenny Penberthy is the current editor of The Capilano Review. She has published a number of books on American poet Lorine Niedecker. In this issue, her poem is based on Lorine Niedecker’s collection of notes made in the process of writing the poems “Lake Superior” and “Darwin.”

Stan Persky is the author of several books, including Buddy’s: Meditations on Desire, Then We Take Berlin: Stories from the Other Side of Europe, Autobiography of a Tattoo, On Kiddie Porn: Sexual Representation, Free Speech, and the Robin Sharpe Case (co-authored with John Dixon and winner of a 2001 Donner Foundation prize) The present essay is excerpted from The Short Version: An ABC Book, winner of the 2006 Hubert Evans Prize for nonfiction. His new book, Topic Sentence: A Writer’s Education will be published in spring 2007. He teaches philosophy at Capilano College, where he has worked since 1983.

Meredith Quartermain lives in Vancouver and for many years was an instructor in the English Department at Capilano College. Her most recent book is Vancouver Walking, which won the 2006 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Other books include Wanders (with Robin Blaser) and A Thousand Mornings. With husband Peter Quartermain, she runs Nomados Literary Publishers.

Peter Quartermain is revising Growing Dumb, the first long section of his autobiography, and (while seeking a publisher) is beginning work on the second part, Dumber. He was TCR Writer-in-Residence at Capilano College in January 2003—what a pleasure that was!

George Rammell encourages students to nominate and collaborate with the characteristics of discarded materials to explore sculptural possibilities. The results foster an understanding of re-contextualization and the innate value of materials. He also maintains an understanding of historic sculpture techniques of casting and carving for students to employ in an inventive, contemporary context. Rammell graduated from the Vancouver School of Art (ECI) in 1976. He has participated in two international sculpture symposia, 2 solo shows and 14 group shows. His work references history and sculptural practices specific to the region. He is based in his warehouse studio space near Main and Terminal Streets in Vancouver.

Lisa Robertson’s most recent book is The Men, from Bookthug. Her 2004 Nomados chapbook Rousseau’s Boat won the bpNichol chapbook award. In Spring 2006 Chicago Review published “Palinodes” (a new poem), an interview, and a critical section on her work, including an essay by Christine Stewart. Lisa taught in the TCR Writing Practices Program at Capilano College in Fall 2000 and was TCR Writer-in-Residence in March 2002.

Bill Schermbrucker is finishing up the last of three oral histories, Saturna In The 1920s (2005), Campbells Of Saturna (2006), and Bonded To An Island: Gloria Manzano (2007), after which he returns to the three fiction manuscripts which have been accumulating on his hard drive on Saturna Island for too long. Schermbrucker was editor of TCR from 1976-1982 and an instructor in the English Department from its earliest days.

Sandra Seekins has been an instructor at Capilano College since 2001. She teaches Art History and Women’s Studies courses. Her academic research and writing is one pursuit; others pursuits include writing poetry and painting. Recently, she has been composing a series of poems about painting, of which “Bristle” is one. The poems examine both an engagement with the painting process itself and the visceral and cerebral responses one canhave when viewing paintings created by other artists.

Nancy Shaw taught at McGill, Rutgers, Wilfred Laurier, SFU, and most recently—and at the time of her much mourned death on April 16, 2007—in the Communications Department at Capilano College. She had been published in TCR since the 1990s. Nancy was the current chair of the Vancouver New Music Society and a founding member of the Kootenay School of Writing. Her book-length works include Affordable Tedium (Tsunami 1991), Scoptocratic (ECW Press 1992), and written in collaboration with Catriona Strang, Busted (Coach House Press 2001) and Cold Trip (Nomados 2006).

Bob Sherrin is a writer and visual artist who has published or exhibited his work in Canada, the United States, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, and India. He lives in Burnaby, BC, and teaches in the Humanities Division of Capilano College. He is a former editor of and contributor to TCR.

Jane (Hamilton) Silcott adopted her grandmother’s surname three years ago to avoid further confusion with all the other writers with her birth name. Except here, among friends, she now writes simply as Jane Silcott. Jane was managing editor of TCR from 1991 to 1995. Since, she has served on the board and has periodically worked in the office. Her writing has appeared in a variety of journals including The Malahat Review, Geist, and Utne. In 2005, Jane won 2nd prize in nonfiction in the CBC Literary Awards.

George Stanley received the 2006 Shelley Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems have been included in Seminal: The Anthology of Canadian Gay Male Poets, and, translated to Italian, in Nuova Poesia Americana: San Francisco (Milan 2006). He taught English at Capilano College from 1992 to 2003 and is an active board member for TCR.

Anne Stone is an editor of Matrix Magazine and co-editor of an upcoming special issue of West Coast Line on representations of murdered and missing women. Her latest novel, Delible (Insomniac 2007), tells the story of Melora Sprague, a 15-year-old girl whose sister has gone missing. Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Council for the Arts, this novel explores how our identities exist in the traces we leave behind us. Anne Stone has taught creative writing/literature at Capilano College in North Vancouver and at Concordia University in Montreal.

Michiko Suzuki graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo, in 1974 with honours in Graphic Design. In 1993 she developed a new etching technique that she named “Toneretching.” Her printmaking collaboration with Wayne Eastcott began in 2003, and she was Artist in Residence at Capilano College from 2003 to 2004. Since 1975, Suzuki has exhibited her work internationally, winning prizes and awards in Asia, Europe, and North America. She is currently pursuing printmaking in the Art Institute at Capilano College.

Sharon Thesen edited TCR from 2001 to 2005, and was poetry editor for several years beginning in the late 70s. She now lives near Kelowna and teaches Creative Writing at UBC Okanagan. Her most recent book of poetry is The Good Bacteria (Anansi 2006).

Fred Wah has published poetry, fiction, and criticism. His recent writing includes Diamond Grill, a biofiction about growing up in a small-town Chinese-Canadian cafe, Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity, a collection of critical writing, and a chapbook Isadora Blue. His work first appeared in The Capilano Review in 1974. He was writer-in-residence at Capilano College in 2006.

Rita Wong is the author of monkeypuzzle (Press Gang, 1998) and forage (Nightwood, forthcoming in 2007). Currently a visiting instructor at the University of Miami (2006-2007), she is an Assistant Professor in Critical + Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr Institute. She has fond memories of working at Capilano College from 2003 to 2004.