Last Big Show of 2016


This Saturday, November 19 is the last Teen Angst Night of 2016.

As a Canadian I’ve been shocked and appalled by the results of the American election so I’ve decided that 20% of all ticket sales will go to the American Civil Liberties Union who work to protect civil liberties in America. My teenage self, who protested her heart out in Calgary at events like Take Back The Night in the 90s (see photo above), would want me to take action.

We need to laugh. We need to love one another.We need to listen to each other. We need to speak up.

I’ll also be sharing some of my high school dramatic political action poetry and… some of my awful journals from Christmas 95 because it’s getting to be that time of year.

Teen Angst Night

Saturday, November 19 | show at 8 PM sharp

Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street

Tickets are $10 on eventbrite before Friday midnight or $15 at the door.

Eventbrite | Facebook Event

Say Wha?! The Podcast – Episode 43 Kyle Fines Introduces Us to Vegan Steven

Say Wha Podcast

Say Wha?! The Podcast shares recordings from the comedy show Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

In this episode Kyle Fines reads from a book of vegan poetry.

Appologies for the sketchy audio levels. It happens.

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Say Wha?! The Podcast – Episode 42 Chip Ellis Shares the Poetry of Leonard Nimoy

Say Wha Podcast

Say Wha?! The Podcast shares recordings from the comedy show Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This episode features a reading from the poetry month edition of the show by the always funny and charming Chip Ellis. Warning: singing and slightly bad audio quality.


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Tomorrow is Teen Angst Night

Teen Angst Facebook Event

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 17 is Teen Angst Night

If you know anything about me you should already be familiar with this event. I’ve been running it since I was barely legal. It started in Calgary in 2000 – that’s 15 years of making fun of my teen angst. My Teen Angst Night is a full grown teenager!

Last month a team of students from BCIT came and did a radio story about the night. It perfectly captures the fun of the event. Please have a listen here:

Still not sure about it? Need more information? Okay, here’s the full package. I hope to see you at the show! It’s going to be a great one. There’s a whole bunch of new readers sharing stuff and 4 of those newbies are men,


Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe at your former feelings if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst.

Teen Angst Night is an open mic comedic reading series where everyday people read from their embarrassing old journals, poems, songs, essays (and more). So, get digging through your old notebooks and find some gems!

You can share anything (poetry, songs, letters, journals, diaries, essays, stories, plays, lists, etc) so long as it follows these rules:

1- The work must be your own.
2- You must have written it between the ages of 10-19.
3- You can’t be proud of the work you share. It must be embarrassing or humiliating. That’s what people want to hear. Of course, you must also be over your angst and able to laugh at yourself. 

If you want to get on the list to read/ know about the next event sign up here:


Tuesday, February 17
Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street
Show 8-10PM
Tickets: at the door, $10, cash only

More info:

Verses Festival – Shut The Front Door!


I’m thrilled to be recognized by the Verses Festival and invited to share something amusing and writerly at this humour event Shut The Front Door – happening this Sunday, April 6.

Here’s all the info from the Verses Festival:

Both spoken word poets and comedians confront audiences with nothing but a microphone and their words. But their art forms are seen as worlds apart. What’s up with that? This talented group of funny poets and writerly comedians will blur the line between stand up and spoken word.

Doors at noon. Show starts 1pm.

Hosted by Brendan McLeod.

Featuring a whole bunch of awesome, namely:

Graham Clark
Cheryl Maddalena
Sara Bynoe
Fernando Raguero
& Al Mader aka “The Minimalist Jug Band”


Sunday, April 6

1pm show time

Asterino’s – 1739 Venables Street, VancouverBritish Columbia V5L 5C9  + Google Map

This show is All Ages. Box office and Will Call will open with doors at noon. Box office is CASH ONLY. There is an ATM located directly across the street. Advance tickets (see below) can be bought with PayPal or credit card. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

This is NOT an April Fool’s day prank. I’m really performing at this great festival with these talented people. 

Edinburgh Fringe – FOAD

That’s right, this is happening. Really soon. Today I’m flying to the London. I’ll take the train up to Edinburgh to hang with my awesome friend Daniel-Ryan Spaulding and even hang with the Literary Death Match people on Monday night. It’s going to be a very exciting time!

Wish me luck and tell all your friends who might be in Edinburgh so I don’t have only one person in the audience. Well, with this image on the flyer I might scare a few people away. Thanks to Vincent Parker for the poster design!

Haiku Finalist

Last week I participated in the Vancouver Poetry Slam’s Haiku Death Match.

To prepare for the event I was supposed to write 26 haikus. Did I do that? Sure.

What I didn’t prepare was 26 awesome haikus. Yet, by some magic I made it to the final round battling head to head with Duncan Shields, the reining champion. I was shocked and baffled that I made it that far. For my second place win I received $20 and some Hello Kitty pens, which is more than I got from the Literary Death Match. It was a fun night and I hope I have the chance to do it again someday. Next time I’ll be more sure of myself and come with better arsenal.

Here’s a sampling of some of my ‘better’ haikus of the night:

I spent more time on / your facebook page than I did / lying in your bed.

Remember that night/ we stayed up past dawn talking?/ We shared the same voice.

Your love was magic / it took away my heartbreak / to make room for yours.

Counting on fingers/ a man writes a short poem/ smiling while he does.

Drinking coffee is/ a social event make sure/ you bring your laptop.

A night of bad sex: / he snorted some ecstasy. Don’t f*ck the DJ.

Hmmm maybe I would/ win this haiku death match if / I made a dick joke.

… and one I didn’t share but should have:

Top news in London/ Riots in the streets. Top news/ here: bear attacks man.