In Memoriam: Heather Spears (September 29, 1934 – April 15, 2021)

Marion Heather Spears, Canadian writer and artist and long-time SF Canada member, passed away last year in Copenhagen, Denmark.

She was educated at the University of British Columbia, The Vancouver School of Art and the University of Copenhagen, and lived in Denmark and Canada since 1962. An award-winning poet, she published 15 collections of poetry and 5 novels, illustrated numerous books and articles and drew at literary festivals and other live drawing venues. Hundreds of her drawings are collected at the Welcome Trust, London, and the Merrill Collection, Toronto. The Heather Spears archive is housed at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

As well as being a long-time member of SF Canada, Heather Spears was a member of PEN, The League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Society of Authors, and Tegnerforbundet af 1919 (Danish drawing association). SFC member Candas Jane Dorsey and others recall Heather fondly at League of Canadian Poets.

Heather’s daughter has reframed  https://www.heatherspears.com  as a memorial, combining it with Heather’s blog and putting up an overview of her life and accomplishments.

As her obituary quotes:  “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.” – Terry Pratchett

She will be missed.

New works from Miriam H. Harrison!

SF Canada member Miriam H. Harrison is delighted to share several of her current publications. In the world of fiction, her darkly speculative microfiction “The Stones” is free to read at Pen of the Damned (https://penofthedamned.com/), and her speculative flash fiction “She Drips” appears in A Quaint and Curious Volume of Gothic Tales from Brigid’s Gate Press (https://brigidsgatepress.com/?page_id=144). In the world of poetry, five of her speculative poems can be found in the current issues of Scifaikuest: two poems appear in the print issue (https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/scifaikuest-february-2022-edited-by-t-santitoro) while three appear in the free-to-read digital issue (https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest-online) including “Through the reset portal”, which was selected as the editor’s favourite. Later this month, her speculative poem “Think Me Helpless” will appear in a special Women in Horror issue of Frost Zone Zine and will be free to read on the Frost Zone Zine site (https://frostzonezine.com/). More about Miriam’s work can be found on Facebooke(@miriam.h.harrison), Twitter (@MiriamHHarrison), or her website (miriamhharrison.wordpress.com).

Polar Starlight Issue #4 Now Available

Cover for Polar Starlight #4 December 2021

Issue 4 of Polar Starlight, the Magazine of Canadian Speculative Poetry, is now available for download.

This issue features selections from several SF Canada members, including “Vulcanism” by the celebrated speculative poet Colleen Anderson.

 

An excerpt from "Vulcanism" by Colleen Anderson.

Download the whole issue here:

http://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/POLAR-STARLIGHT-4-December-2021.pdf

Polar Starlight Opens to Submissions, November 2021

Cover for Polar Starlight, March 2021

Polar Starlight, the Magazine of Canadian Speculative Poetry, is open to submissions in November!
 
Canadian citizens and residents are invited to submit speculative poetry until November 30, 2021.
 
Submit up to 4 poems, science fiction and fantasy preferred. Payment is $10 per poem. For more information, see the submission guidelines:
 

Augur Magazine Workshops for October

Augur Workshops Masthead
Canada’s Augur Magazine is sponsoring a series of Sunday workshops in October!
 
  • October 17th, at 2PM EST: Slipping Between The Streams: What Makes Poetry Speculative? hosted by poet Tiffany Morris.
 
  • October 24th, at 2PM EST: Stronger Stories: Beginnings That Make Impressions – hosted by Arley Sorg, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fantasy Magazine.
 
  • October 31st, at 3PM EST: Editing Speculative Short Fiction: An Overview – hosted by Andrew Wilmot, co-publisher of Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and an associate/acquisitions editor for Poplar Press.
 
Workshops will be virtual, and take place through Zoom Meetings.
 
Participants can register through Eventbrite, with paid ($15 CAD) and PWYC options. Register now: https://www.augurmag.com/augur-workshops/