Dear Younger Me: Relax, you’ll turn out OK


What would you say to your younger self?

Dear Younger Me … A letter to myself
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
Latitude 53, 10242 106 St, Edmonton

Six area writers have been invited to pen letters to their younger selves, whether as children or as young adults, and share these aloud with the audience, followed by a Q & A session. The event includes a silent auction, cash bar, and desserts from Cafe Reinette donated by The Writers’ Union of Canada. Proceeds go to our kids camps and sponsoring youth in financial need from Edmonton and rural Alberta to attend.

Marilyn Dumont, Minister Faust, Mieko Ouchi, Thomas Trofimuk, Thomas Wharton and Laurie MacFayden are the featured literati letter writers and presenters. They’ll have copies of their books available for purchase.

Tickets are available at the door for $25.


Another Golden opportunity

My second book, Kissing Keeps Us Afloat, was honoured with a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in the poetry category in July. I was not able to attend the awards ceremony in July in New Orleans, so this afternoon Frontenac House publishers Rose and David Scollard have invited me to crash their Quartet 2015 preview party (2 p.m., Harcourt House, Edmonton). I’ve been asked to kick off the readings with some selections from KKUA and my debut collection, White Shirt, which also won a Goldie in 2011. The event starts at 2 p.m. and will be hosted by Quartet editor Micheline Maylor.

This year’s four-pack features:

  • Changelings by Calgary poet/storyteller Cassy Welburn;
  • Two Minds by prolific B.C. author Harold Rhenisch;
  • Niche by Nova Scotian visual artist and poet Basma Kavanagh;
  • ClockWork by California based poet Zaid Shlah


Book launch, Kissing Keeps Us Afloat

audreys books, 10702 jasper ave., edmonton7 p.m.  

launch of quartet 2014 featuring new work by poets laurie macfayden, david bateman,
sharanpal ruprai and joan shillington.

this book celebrates the unbridaled joy of romance and the colour red.

launch1kissing keeps us afloat is full of water and trees, animals and birds, lovers and liars.

we are lied to our entire lives — by our parents,
our siblings, our teachers, our intimates — and yet somehow we survive being lied to and live
to lust again.

this book is about the lust. the burgeoning. the lying. it’s about night swimming. and kissing. so much kissing.

colours. mostly red; but also the blues, the pinks, the sparking golden cymbal crashes of hormones and the ever-hopeful crushes of the human heart. the greens of nature. the lights and darks of the sky, of the human spirit.

yes, virginia, kissing keeps us afloat.

kissing = romance = love.

the state of being in love is all about floating, after all, isn’t it?

in love we float along as if on clouds, as if being carried away by a happy, effervescent stream.

my name is laurie and i like to write about the possibilities of love; of bobbing, floating, keeping our hearts and heads above water.

because love is the lifeline, and the reality is, we’re all drowning.

Sound Spiritus: An Evening of Words & Music

garden dance

ArtSpirit Festival 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 7:30 pm

Savour the interplay of text and music in performance
with a roster of River City’s celebrated poets and musicians

Host: Kathy Fisher

Featuring former Raving Poets frontmen Mark Kozub and Mike Gravel;
Laurie MacFayden; Nancy MacKenzie; Cliff Therou;
Suite Tweet – a recorder/classical guitar ensemble
with Donna Mae Mohrmann, Linda Jacklin and Alena Vysocil;
Trio avec Brio – poets Pierrette Requier, Adriana Davies
and multi-instrumentalist Alison Grant-Préville;
Roylin Picou; Tamara Carlson; and other special guests.

Photos, artwork, CDs, and books will be available for purchase.

Photography display by Jack Bawden

Feast your senses!

Holy Trinity Church, Old Strathcona
(downstairs in the Lower Art Space)
10037-84th Ave., Edmonton

Admission free / donations welcome
Theatre licence / cash bar
Doors at 7 pm