Launch Screening Presentation of Powerground: The Life and Breath of the World, 30 min. eco-documentary film. Produced-directed by T. Carolan. At 4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network. Université Libre de Bruxelles. Oct. 30, 2015.
Opening Session Presentation, “Asian Wisdom Traditions, Ecological Poetics and Allen Ginsberg.” 4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Oct. 28, 2015.
Presenter, “On GeoActivism”. With Eric de Place, Sightlines Institute. Cascadia Poetry Festival. Seattle University, May 4, 2014.
Moderator, “Reading Cascadia: The Life and Breath of the World”. Assn. of Writing Programs Conference. Seattle. March 1, 2014
Presenter, “Reconciliation & Indigenization - Antidotes to the Wounds of History”. UFV Residential School Day of Learning and Reconciliation. Sept. 18, 2013.
Presenter, “The Ecological Poetics of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder.” Canada-India Scholarly Exchange. University of Mumbai, Kalina, India. Nov. 2012.
Conference Keynote Presentation, “Poets and Writers of the Emerging Cascadia-Pacific Region”. Cascadia Poetry Conference, Seattle, Washington. March 24, 2012.
Presenter, “Ecosystems, Mandalas and Watersheds: The Dharma Citizenship of Gary Snyder”. At Tools of the Sacred, Techniques of the Secular: Awakening, Epiphany and Doubt in Contemporary English Language Poetry. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. May 4-7, 2010.
Presenter, “Rethinking Creative Non-fiction”. Seminar presentation, Canadian Authors Assn. National Conference, Victoria, B.C. June 26, 2010. Interactive Media Presentation: “A New Way of Seeing: Fresh Approaches to Teaching About Asian Literatures”. Live-streamed script and powerpoint on-line seminar for international college & university educators. Using my new survey text anthology Another Kind of Paradise: Short Stories from the New Asia-Pacific. Conference panel leader. Coordinators, Lisa Kimball and Ginevra Morse, Cheng & Tsui, Boston. March 11, 2009.
Moderator, “Beat Lit and the Pacific Rim”, with David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg. Pacific Festival of the Book. Victoria, B.C. May 10, 2009.
Moderator: “The Cracked Mirror—Reflecting Social and Political Realities Through Fiction.” Vancouver International Writers Festival. With David Davidar, Jakob Arjouni, Edeet Ravel, Ian Holding. Vancouver, Oct. 20, 2007.
Moderator, “Politics and the Page.” Banff-Calgary Writers Festival. With Anita Rau Badami, Rewi Hage, Yusef Saadi. The Banff Centre, Alberta. Oct. 2006.
Doctoral Research Presentation: “Reconceptualizing Ideas of Citizenship, Community and Commonwealth: Some East-West Intercultural Models for the Global Age.” Dept. of International Relations, Bond University, Queensland, Australia. April 28, 2005.
Conference Presenter: “Writers, Translators and Editors as Cultural Representatives.” Assn. Of Writers & Writing Programs AGM. Vancouver. April 1, 2005.
Presenter: “Translators of Literature: The Natural Advantage.” Creative Writing Master’s Series. With Robert Bringhurst and Genni Gunn. University of British Columbia, Centre for Cross-Faculty Inquiry and journal Educational Insights. Nov. 17, 2004.
Presenter: “Tongue Tied: Issues in the Theory and Practice of Translation.” With Monique Proulx, David Homel and Christophe Claro. Vancouver International Writers Festival, Oct., 2003.
Panel Respondent: “Chae In-Ho and O Chong-hui: Some Observations on Recent Korean Literature.” Asian Studies Colloquium, Dept. of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Nov. 2000.
Research Presentation: “The Idea of Sacred Space in East Asian Cultures.” Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, Vancouver, Summer, 1995.
New World Dharma: Encounters and Interviews with Buddhst Writers, Teachers and Leaders. Albany: NY. SUNY Press, 2016.
The Literary Storefront: an Official History. Ganges: Saltspring Island. Mother Tongue Press. 2015
Cascadia: The Life and Breath of the World. Manoa. Ed. with Frank Stewart. Honolulu: Univ. Hawaii Press. 2013
The Lotus Singers: Contemporary Stories from South Asia. Ed. Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 2011
Along the Rim: the Best of Pacific Rim Review of Books, Vol. II. Ed. with R. Olafson. Victoria: Ekstasis, 2011
Making Waves: Reading B.C. and Pacific Northwest Literature. Ed. Vancouver: Anvil-UFV Press. 2010
Another Kind of Paradise: Short Stories from the New Asia-Pacific. Ed. Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 2009
Against the Shore: the Best of Pacific Rim Review of Books. Ed. with Richard Olafson, Victoria: Ekstasis, 2008.
The Pillow Book of Dr Jazz. Ekstasis, 2006; London: Anchor, 1999
Down in the Valley: Contemporary Writing of the Fraser Valley. Ekstasis, 2004
Return To Stillness: Twenty Years With a Tai Chi Master. Marlowe, NY: 2003
Celtic Highway: Poems & Texts. Ekstasis Press, 2002
Giving Up Poetry: With Allen Ginsberg At Hollyhock. Banff Centre Press, 2001
The Supreme Way: Inner Teachings of the Southern Mountain Tao. (co-Trans. with Du Liang). Berkeley: North Atlantic, l997
Big Whiskers Saves The Cove. Concorde, Vancouver, l995 (childrens)
The Colours of Heaven: Short Stories From The Pacific Rim. Ed. New York: Vintage, 1992. Foreign editions, 1996
The Book of the Heart: Embracing the Tao (trans. with Bella Chen). Boston: Shambhala Pub. 1990; foreign language editions, 1994. Canadian ed., Vancouver: Heron Press, l988
Polestar International Writers Daybook Anthologies, 1990 & 1991. Ed. Vancouver: Polestar Press
Closing The Circle. Vancouver: Heron Press, 1985
Selected Criticism, Essays & Interviews:
“The Kyoto Journal Interview with Gary Snyder at Sakura Time”. Kyoto Journal, July 2016.
Editor’s Introductory essay, Cascadia: The Life and Breath of the World. Manoa/University of Hawaii Press. 2013.
“Dancing with China’s Ancient Masters: an Interview with Red Pine/Bill Porter.” in New World Dharma: Encounters with Remarkable Teachers. SUNY Press, Albany: NY, 2016.
Feature review: “Runaway Dreams”. Richard Wagamese. Ronsdale, 2011. Pacific Rim Review of Books. Victoria, BC (No. 18. Summer 2012).
“Spring Winds: the Birthing of New Japanese Women’s Poetry.” Feature review essay, Other Side River (Stone Bridge), eds. Leza Lowitz & Miyuke Aoyama; and A Long Rainy Season, eds. Lowitz, Aoyam and Akemi Tomoika (SB ), Pacific Rim Review of Books, #15, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2011.
“Ecosystems, Mandalas and Watersheds: The Dharma Citizenship of Gary Snyder”, critical essay in MAKING WAVES (UFV Press-Anvil Press, 2010).
“Finding Freedom in Writing: A Profile and Brief Talk with Nobel Prize Winner Gao Xingjian. “ The BloomsburyReview. Vol 30:2, Summer 2010. pp 78.
“Vancouver Literary Landmarks” and “This Beloved City”. Essays. Vancouver: Subterrain Magazine, March, 2010
“Dorothy Livesay and North Vancouver”. Essay. The Capilano Review, June 2009.
“Wrestling With Myth”. Kyoto Journal, #72. Essay. Kyoto, Japan: Summer, 2009.
“Joanne Kyger; A Bloomsday Interview in New York City”. Feature interview. Coventry, U.K: Transit. No. 20; Autumn, 2008. pp. 2-15.
“Crisis Darfur”. Feature critical report. Vancouver: The Georgia Straight. Vol. 43. No. 2120, Aug. 7, 2008. pp 35-36.
“Working the Seiners in Barkley Sound,” creative non-fiction in *Imagining British Columbia: Land, Memory & Place. Daniel Francis, ed. Vancouver: Anvil Press, 2008. pp. 41-52.
Everywhere Being Is Dancing & The Tree of Meaning. Robert Bringhurst. Gaspereau Press. Pacific Rim Review of Books. Spring, 2008.
“And So Make Peace…”: An Interview with Maxine Hong Kingston.” Cover feature. The Bloomsbury Review, Jan./Feb, 2008.
“Back On The Fire: An Interview with Gary Snyder”. Cover feature. The Bloomsbury Review, July-Aug., 2007.
“What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been”: 25 Years of the Federation of B.C. Writers.” Essay. Wordworks. July, 2007.
“In Formless Circumstance: On Leonard Cohen”. Feature Review. Book of Longing. Pacific Rim Review of Books, Spring, 2007.
“Native American in the Land of the Shogun”, by Frederick Schodt. Stone Bridge. Kyoto Journal. June, 2006.
“Gary Snyder’s Wild Medicine”. Feature review, Danger On Peaks. Transit. U.K. Summer, 2005: pp. 25-29.
“Messing With Mother Nature: An Interview With Dr. David Suzuki”, cover feature. Shared Vision, April 2003; New Times, Seattle, May, 2003.
Interview: “On Compassion and Forgiveness: H.H. the Dalai Lama, Verbatim”. Cover feature. The Bloomsbury Review, Sept., 2001.
“Expatriate Passions”: A Conversation with Donald Richie”. Cover feature, The Bloomsbury Review, Mar-Apr. 2001.
“Embracing the Responsibility of the Moment: An Interview with Jerry Brown”. Cover feature. Shambhala Sun, Sept. 2000.
Feature length rev. The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, trans. Garma Chang. Shambhala. Manoa, Winter 2000.
Feature rev. “An Affinity for the Sacred”: Stormy Weather, A Biography of Frederick H.Varley, Maria Tippet, M & S. ArtsAlive, Jan. 1999.
“Notes from the Gone World: Lawrence Ferlinghetti On Street Smarts & The Poetry Rebellion”. Common Ground, December 1995; Tokyo: Printed Matter, Vol. XX, No.1.
“Dangerous Work: the Retirement Interview, with Robert Aitken, Roshi”. Shambhala Sun, Jan. 1996.
“Wild Medicine: The Masterwork of Gary Snyder”, cover feature profile & interview. Shambhala Sun, April 1996.
Essay: “John, Yoko and the Great Western Cultural Revolution.” Kyoto Journal, No. 31, Spring 1996.
“The Mindfulness Bell”; feature profile essay, Thich Nhat Hanh. Shambhala Sun, Jan. 1996.
Feature length critical essay: “The Arrival of Modern Fiction from China”: The Three Inch Golden Lotus, Feng Jicai; The Remote Country of Women, Bai Hua; Chaos And All That, Liu Sola. Modern Chinese Literature, Winter 1994, Vol. 8, No. 3.
“John Lennon: In Memoriam”. Common Ground, Dec. 1984.
Echoes After The Storm: Catalogue Foreword, Tienanmen Memorial Art Exhibition.” Translation. Vancouver-Hong Kong-New York. Asian Studies Gallery, UBC. 1990.
Rev. The Redesigned Forest, Chris Maser. Common Ground, Spring 1990.
“Private Conscience and State Security”, Report, prepared for PEN International Congress Final Report on Proceedings. Toronto. Sept. 26, 1989.
The Music of the Stones, with composer Mark Armanini & Vancouver Classical Chinese Ensemble. Vancouver Arts Council commission, Jan. 1992. CD production, 2000.
* The Healing Place, Invitational short opera, libretto-text, music by M. Armanini, The Vancouver Opera; performance, Vancouver Civic Art Gallery, Summer/92. CD archival recording, “Imagistic Music”, Dec. 2000.
Vancouver Public Library Literary Landmarks: Excerpt from The Literary Storefront selected for inclusion on public plaque honouring Mona Fertig and the Literary Storefront, 131 Water Street, Gastown, Vancouver. August 2016.
Invited to select excerpt of poetry by Dorothy Livesay from The Unquiet Bed for new Civic Library Memorial Plaza Marker Stone. City of North Vancouver. Unveiling, Nov. 29, 2009
Invited to compose wording of Malcolm Lowry Memorial Heritage Marker, Cates Park, North Vancouver, 2005.
Commissioned to write wording of The Varley Trail Memorial at Rice Lake, honouring Group of Seven artist Frederick Varley, North Vancouver, Sept. 1998.
With sculptor Chung Hung, invited to co-translate wording of The Goddess of Democracy Memorial, Student Union Building, UBC, Vancouver, honouring victims of the Tiananmen Massacre, Beijing. 1989.
What the Critics Say:
The Literary Storefront: The Glory Years: Vancouver’s Literary Centre 1978-1985
Few bookstores figure prominently in modern literary history. Shakespeare and Company in Paris, once frequented by Joyce, Stein, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, and City Lights in San Francisco, made famous by Ginsberg and Kerouac, are shrines for bookish pilgrims. But Vancouver’s Literary Storefront, established in imitation of such venerable stores, was in its heyday relatively obscure, and unlike Munro’s Books of Victoria, which shares in the glory reflected by Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize, today it exists only in memory. In The Literary Storefront Trevor Carolan recounts the short history of what he terms “Vancouver’s first grassroots literary centre” (12), its “bohemian consular centre” (13), and “a society of friends” (13): the Storefront was significant not for commercial reasons but as a venue for literary performance, administration, and carousal. Founded by the young poet Mona Fertig, it operated from 1978 until 1985, and was first located at 131 Water Street in Gastown. As the book’s numerous photographs show, Vancouver before Expo 86 was a different world, a smaller and less cosmopolitan city than it is now. In her foreword, Jean Barman observes that in Vancouver during the early twentieth century, “To be ‘literary’ was to head elsewhere or, for the select few, almost wholly men, who were admitted into its ranks, to acquiesce to the closed world of the University of British Columbia” (8). A perceived division between UBC and “Downtown” persisted for decades. As an undistinguished author in Vancouver, Al Purdy found the campus at Point Grey culturally and geographically remote; he imagined Earle Birney, poet and professor of English, to be sequestered in academe, as if Acadia Camp might be mistaken for the Bodleian.
An essentially anecdotal work, The Literary Storefront draws on writers’ correspondence and interviews conducted by Carolan, who notes that his “book of oral history and archival research” (11) is intended to “serve as a necessary archival document for students of BC’s literary history” (12). The volume is impressively detailed: Carolan, it seems, mentions every writer to have passed through Vancouver in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Many of their names will be familiar to specialists in Canadian literature, yet most of them have never graced the pages of The New Yorker. Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, and Michael Ondaatje appear, but Carolan focuses on unsung characters, Fertig foremost among them. The Literary Storefront thus suggests not only the diversity of Canadian literature but also the inherent difficulty of narrating the past comprehensively. At times Carolan is distinctly sanguine, describing the Storefront’s milieu for instance as a kind of Canadian North Beach: “Working-class, shake and shimmy, down at heel, creative and cheap, the Gastown-Downtown Eastside district was a natural magnet for the young and artistic with a dream, and for outsiders of every social hue” (18). And on occasion authors are portrayed in somewhat simple terms. Birney, who in 1978 gave one of the first readings at the Storefront, is “the dean of Canadian poetry” (56), Purdy is “a huge colloquial worker poet with a voice to wake the dead” (93), Robin Skelton is a “celebrated poet-witch” (75). But Carolan’s enthusiasm propels the narrative. A champion of the local literary sphere, he has produced with The Literary Storefront, as he did with Making Waves: Reading B.C. and Pacific Northwest Literature (2010), an important addition to the record of the province’s literary culture. A certain wistfulness accompanies his verve; it is hard to leaf through The Literary Storefront without nostalgia for a time before Amazon. Carolan demonstrates that one version of the writing life has disappeared, and his book is all the more valuable for its evocation of another time and another city.
- Nicholas Bradley, B.C. Studies. no. 188 Winter 2016
The Lotus Singers
“Let me do some numbers for you. The Lotus Singers gives us nearly 20 contemporary pieces of short fiction from a number South Asian nations mainly India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh; stories either written in English or translated by various hands from the Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Bangla and Marathi...Their subjects are pressing: hunger, rape, feudal oppression, struggle among castes and social classes, the struggle of women to achieve a modicum of equality, civil war; overbearing matters, yes. But there's some incidental joy here, too, And there's the bliss that comes with understanding...No tour like a serious anthology such as this one to show you how a distant part of the world seems so foreign and yet so close to home."-Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, National Public Radio, Washington
Making Waves: Reading Literature from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest
“As the planet goes through unprecedented climate chaos brought on by rampant materialism, the Newtonian-Cartesian ethos of reductionism, and the abandonment of the sacred, it will be the ethos represented well in many essays of Making Waves that survives. In the editor’s parlance, it is a “Dharma Citizenship” that must take root...Making Waves is a primer into the quickly maturing regional literature that can lead a new global culture deeply into this Third Millennium.” - Paul Nelson, Pacific Rim Review of Books
Giving Up Poetry: with Allen Ginsberg at Hollyhock
“Carolan’s compressed account brings the grandfather of Beat poetry and poetics vividly back to life in a portrait that is at once intimate and instructive. Writing not as a recording secretary but as one bent on capturing the essence of Ginsberg’s wide-ranging, deeply informed and illuminating discourse, he humanizes him as Plato did Socrates in The Symposium.” - John Moore,The Vancouver Sun
The Colors of Heaven/Rim of Fire
"Suggests the East will remain inscrutable only if we choose not to know it." - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The stories have been scrupulously chosen...While none are directly about politics, all are about political facts which shape local lives."- Donald Richie, The Japan Times
"An enormously impressive and important book...Has its sights set on tyranny of any hue." - South China Morning Post
"Vintage should expand this interesting anthology into an annual series." - Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times
"An introduction to Asian-Pacific literature at its very best...fascinating, breathtaking reading." - Ryszard Kapuscinski
"An extraordinary collection of marvels. Enough to satisfy the most inquisitive and best-travelled reader." - Alberto Manguel
The Book of the Heart
“Destined to be a modern classic of Taoism. This lucid and subtle translation can be read again and again: for guidance, for simple, direct contemplation.” - Diane di Prima
Closing the Circle
“Clean, clear poems out of the New World -- Asia and western North America -- they embrace large space and fine detail." - Gary Snyder
"The Calgary Suite" (Celtic Highway)
“A Canadian breakthrough rare in the beauty of its presentation of contemporary images and scenes of life on the west coast." - Patricia Osoko,Victoria Times