Kogawa House News

What Does Our Future Hold?

Community Conversation Open House Saturday, February 23, 2019 Drop in from 3:30–5:30PM 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver BC ABOUT: The Historic Joy Kogawa House Society is hosting a community Open House to engage with friends and neighbours to: Gather ideas for future...

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Poetry Blanked MadLib

No matter how quiet, every good poem has a gregarious underside where it kvetches, confers, and canoodles with a great many other poems. Lifting any solid piece of poetry, we’ll hear other poems and it behooves us as writers who hope to have an audience beyond our...

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Call for Applications for Residencies in 2020

We are now accepting applications for residencies at Historic Joy Kogawa House, the childhood home of Joy Kogawa. We are looking for writers to live and work at Historic Joy Kogawa House for residencies that take place next year, in 2020. Most residencies run for two...

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Living in a Garden of Chapbooks

Ever since I can recall, I’ve been a maker. Not of anything structurally sound, internally robust, or directly useful to the feeding, clothing, or sheltering of anything or anyone. No, I’ve been obsessed with making ephemera, tiny little objects and experiences that...

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En Parlant Japonais

When I arrive at the Kogawa House and I press the code to let myself in, words leap out of my mouth to fill the empty house: “Tada ima!” The direct translation of this Japanese expression is: here now. A minimal way of saying: I’m home.

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Views to the Interior

I can’t believe my good fortune to be doing my first residency at the Joy Kogawa House. I will be living not only in Joy Kogawa’s childhood home, which has provided her and countless Canadians with so much inspiration, but I will also be living blocks away from where my mother lived in the late 1930s.

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