V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

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Overview

V6A is the postal prefix for Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Canada's poorest neighborhood and a prime example of the ramifications of urban blight in North America; it is also the epicenter of a notorious missing women's case in which many sex workers and others were murdered, and home to a controversial safe-injection site for drug users.

This anthology refracts the experience of those who live and work in the Downtown Eastside, reappropriating the coding of the area and recasting the neighborhood as a site of creative energy, community spirit, and human dignity.
Cathleen With (Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison) writes about the area’s street kids. Michael Turner (Hard Core Logo) recalls years living in an apartment on Powell Street. Madeleine Thien (Certainty) examines the effect of the neighbourhood on her family's dynamic and its role in her development as a writer. Wayde Compton (After Canaan) writes about Hogan's Alley and the history of Vancouver's black community. Other pieces explore the sex trade and the Missing Women of the DTES, the culture of Chinatown and other ethnic communities, and the simple, human truths around poverty, kinship, forgiveness, and faith, and remind us that expression flourishes regardless of barriers.

Includes a preface by writer Gary Geddes. Partial proceeds from the sale of this book will fund Thursdays Writing Collective, a program for DTES writers directed by co-editor Elee Kraljii Gardiner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551524627
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

John Mikhail Asfour: John Mikhail Asfour is the author of four poetry collections, the most recent of which is Blindfold (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
Elee Kraljii Gardiner: Elee Kraljii Gardiner directs Thursdays Writing Collective in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Table of Contents

Foreword Gary Geddes vii

Acknowledgments x

Introduction 1

Savour the Taste Phoenix Winter 15

The Eight-Year-Olds Anne Hopkinson 17

Dance Lightly Brenda Prince 22

The Fire Before Madeleine Thien 24

A Child's Plea Stephen Lytton 32

Distant Traffic in Postcards John Barry 33

An Old Spook and His Coyote Don Macdonald 39

Muriel Marjorie, 16 42

Super Phat Angel Baby Cathleen With 44

High-track, Low-track Antonette Rea 52

Disposable Don Larson 55

Evolution Elisabeth Buchanan 58

Wine and Doorbells Daggar Earnshaw 59

immaterial; unbroken chain; velvet Jonina Kirton 61

Painter and Lover Sen Yi 68

Elementals Angela Gallant 85

I Might Be Nothing Rachel Rose 87

Ma; Ride Along East Hastings from the patricia Hotel to Woodward's Elaine Woo 89

A Little Girl Fight Lorren Stewart 95

Breakfast With Wordsworth; Creative Thinking James McLean 97

Stapler Kevin Spenst 99

Compass Robyn Livingstone 101

Clear Gisele LeMire 102

Disappearing Act Lora McElhinney 103

Watermelon; I Know That Sound Patrick Foley 110

Seven Routes to Hogan's Alley: 2. A Home Wayde Compton 114

Milonoa Irit Shimrat 120

Poem #1 Albert Flett 122

Death Isn't Lonely; Laundry Day with Charles Bukowski; Broken Key Henry Doyle 123

441 Powell Michael Turner 128

GTL or Gym Tan Laundry; Vancouver Sunrise Daniel Zomparelli 132

My Name Is Scot, Sfeid Road (Establishing Footage) 135

Credits 140

About the Contributors 142

About the Editors 149

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