On March 10th, musica intima vocal ensemble will premiere a commission by Canadian composer Jennifer Butler, “Uta’s Escape,” based on a story of mine of the same title. “Uta’s Escape” follows the disappearance of a synchronized swimmer during a training session. You can read the story on The Guardian website.

The concert’s program highlights all aspects of the female voice, from its ethereal heights to its profound depths.

Composers Jennifer Butler, Katerina Gimon and I will give a pre-concert talk at 6:45pm, open to all ticket holders.

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Friday, March 10th, 2017 (7:30pm)
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Adults $25 | Students $15

Tickets can be purchased here.

“Novostroïka” – The Atlantic

My story “Novostroïka” is in the December issue of The Atlantic. The story is part of a linked collection in progress.

You can find a copy of the issue at a bookstore or newsstand near you, or read “Novostroïka” online.

Update: I am happy to report that “Novostroïka” has been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2017. This year’s anthology is edited by Meg Wolitzer, and will be published in October.

Photo: Troieshchyna, Kiev

The Lost Operas of Mozart

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This past year I’ve had the pleasure of working with City Opera Vancouver on The Lost Operas of Mozart. I wrote a script tying together Mozart’s unfinished operas. The show opens October 25th, 2016, at Christ Church Cathedral (8pm).

“In his early twenties, Mozart started three operas he never completed. Two are Italian comedies, and the third is a German Romance. Each is a tantalizing hint of what might have been. Each is the voice of Mozart himself. City Opera Vancouver offers an event premiere: three forgotten operas in one evening of wonderful theatre, delightful music, and original exploration. This re-construction will be a Canadian first. In two acts and two hours, The Lost Operas of Mozart will delight, inform and enchant. Stage direction and production concept by Alan Corbishley, original script by Maria Reva, and set in our own time at the Gates of Limbo.”

Oct 27,28 and 29, 2016 at 8pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver
Tickets: $48/$24, general admission, available at the door or online.

Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano
Elaina Moreau, soprano
Rose-Ellen Nichols, mezzo
Frédérik Robert, tenor
Samuel Chan, bari-tenor
Alan MacDonald, baritone
Michael MacKinnon, bass
Bramwell Tovey, impresario

Janet Lea, Nora Kelly, co-producers
Alan Corbishley, stage director
Charles Barber, music director and conductor
Maria Reva, original script
Ines Ortner, costume design
John Webber, lighting design
Jayson McLean, production manager

More info:
City Opera Vancouver website
The Georgia Straight

North Shore News interviewed me about the script here.

Photo: Rose-Ellen Nichols, Bramwell Tovey and Elaina Moreau in The Lost Operas of Mozart. Photographer: Emily Cooper.

“Subject Winifred” – The Malahat Review

My story, “Subject Winifred” (Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award Finalist), has been published in The Malahat Review‘s Spring issue (no. 194).

You can find a copy of The Malahat Review at a bookstore near you, or you can order it here.

The Guardian & Tin House

My story, “Uta’s Escape,” is now up on The Guardian as part of the Tin House Flash Fiction Fridays series.

“Two days before the synchronized swimming nationals, our Flyer vanished. I don’t mean she didn’t show up to training, and I don’t mean she left the pool through a door and didn’t re-enter the door. In the ninth hour of training, we threw Uta Franke into the air and Uta Franke did not land.”

You can read the rest of the story on The Guardian or Tin House website.

 

“Selfie” receives U.S. premiere

“Selfie” (music by Shelley Marwood, text by me) will receive two more performances as part of the Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred tour.

March 13, 7:30pm : Philadelphia
March 20, 2:30pm: Toronto

“Featuring music by Anna Höstman, Brian Harman, Joseph Glaser, Leila Lustig, Rodney Sharman, Saman Shahi, Shelley Marwood, Dan Martin, Jenny Beck, Ross Crean, Tony Marasco.

Featuring texts/lyrics by E.D. Blodgett, V. Lok, Leila Lustig, Rodney Sharman, Forough Farrokhzad, Maria Reva, Michael Biello, Ross Crean, Billy Collins.

This year’s program focuses on questioning reality, gender and sexuality, and being in-the-moment. Each piece represents a reality that is blurred, a line that is crossed, a time that is both past and present.

**Early-bird tickets for Toronto are $15, available online until March 7 online at www.maureenbatt.com, and general admission is $20 (students/arts workers) and $25 at the door.”

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Where are you Little Red Ball?

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My translation of Patricia Côté‘s Où estu Petite boule rouge? is now available in Canada (Tradewind Books), and will be available in the US in Spring 2016.

Where Are You Little Red Ball? is a board book following the adventure of a runaway ball. Charming illustrations by Yayo will delight very young children and parents alike.

You can find more information about the book here.

 

“Methodology of Grace” – The New Quarterly

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My story, “Methodology of Grace” (Writers’ Union of Canada 2013 Short Story Competition finalist), has been published in The New Quarterly’s Issue 135.

You can find a copy at a Chapters near you, or purchase the digital copy from Kobo.

Southbank Reading Series

What: Southbank Writers’ Program Reading Series (featuring Phinder Dulai)
When: Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Where: City Centre Library (Room 120), 10350 University Drive, Surrey

Simon Fraser University’s creative writing community hosts regular readings in Surrey that allow local writers to share their work with the public.

Who reads:
Current members and alumni of The Southbank Writer’s Program, local emerging writers and authors, and authors on book tours.

This month’s featured reader:
Phinder Dulai is the Surrey-based author of dream / arteries (Talonbooks) and two previous books of poetry: Ragas from the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995) and Basmati Brown (Nightwood Editions, 2000). His most recent work has been published in Canadian Literature and Cue Books Anthology. Earlier work appeared in Ankur, Matrix, Memewar Magazine, Rungh, The Capilano Review, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Toronto South Asian Review, subTerrain, and West Coast LINE. Dulai is a co-founder of the Surrey-based interdisciplinary contemporary arts group The South of Fraser Inter Arts Collective (SOFIA/c). His most recent poems are published in Canada and Beyond, a Canadian Studies journal published in Vigo and Huelva, Spain.

 

I’ll be hosting the event with the fabulous Nikki Hillman!

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist

My story, “Novostroïka,” made the Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist! I’m proud to be one of three Canadians on the list. You can read a passage from each of the shortlisted stories the Commonwealth Writers website.

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