Welcome to Pig Squash Press! You have arrived at the cyber-home, alter ego, publishing imprint and creative conduit connecting me – Kim Goldberg – to the rest of the planet (and possibly beyond).  My latest books are:

RED ZONE, a graffiti-strewn poem diary of homelessness in Nanaimo, BC, where I live. RED ZONE has been taught in university literature courses. Reviewers have compared it to the writings of Allen Ginsberg, Marge Piercy, and John Steinbeck….

and Ride Backwards on Dragon: a poet’s journey through Liuhebafa – finalist for Canada’s Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A collection of 66 linked poems following the 66-move sequence of the ancient martial art of Liuhebafa on a mythic quest for internal alchemy and immortality. Visit my Liuhebafagirl blog for deets.

RefugiumMy current project is: REFUGIUM: Wi-Fi Exiles and the Coming Electroplague. (Where do you go when an invisible matrix spanning the globe is making you sick?)

So make yourself comfy, have a boo at my blog postings about upcoming literary happenings and other current events, leave a comment, walk your dog, follow me on Twitter @KimPigSquash, like me on Facebook.

May the metaphors be with you!

Kim Goldberg

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Call for Submissions: Children’s Poetry Anthology on Food and Agriculture

Call for Submissions: Children’s Poetry Anthology on Food and Agriculture

Submission Deadline: June 14th, 2014

Photo © Kim Goldberg

Photo © Kim Goldberg

An independently published anthology of children’s poetry dedicated to the theme of food and agriculture is in the works. Adults who write children’s poetry, including people who are emerging poets, are invited to submit their work.

What to Submit:

The editor is looking for original, unpublished poems, written in English, aimed at kids 8-12 years old that deal with various aspects of food and agriculture such as (but not limited to): food deserts, edible landscapes, food banks, vertical gardens (also known as living walls, biowalls, ecowalls, green walls), children’s food assistance programs, gardening (ie. family gardening, school gardens, rooftop gardens, community gardens, balcony/container gardening, window boxes), types of farming (i.e., rural, urban, organic, sustainable), farmer’s markets, public markets, fair-trade food, 100-mile diet, vegetarianism/ veganism, and any other sub-topics you can think of!

The editor is interested in receiving poems written in a variety of forms including but not limited to the following forms: couplet, triplet, limerick, haiku, tanka, cinquain, diamante, mask poem, apostrophe poem, list poem, etheree, palindrome, etc.


Poets whose work is selected for the collection will be contacted shortly after the deadline. They will also receive a small one-time honorarium.

Where to Submit:

Please email poems to Carol-Ann Hoyte at kidlitfan1972@yahoo.ca.

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PODCAST: Urban Poetry Cafe

April 2, 2014

Urban Poetry CafeYesterday we kicked off National Poetry Month with another Urban Poetry Café on the Changes Radio show on CHLY 101.7 FM in Nanaimo.

You can listen to the podcast here—one full hour of poems from around the world and across centuries with hosts Shirley Goldberg, Leanne McIntosh, and Kim Goldberg, including poems by Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Jane Hirshfield, Wendell Berry, William Stafford, Ono No Komachi, and others.

For Rhino in a Shrinking World - an international anthology of eco-poetry. Artist: Sally Scott

A number of selections I shared were from the fabulous international anthology of eco-poetry: For Rhino in a Shrinking World, available from the Poets Printery in Capetown South Africa.

Kim Goldberg

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Nanaimo Poem Gallery on “Change” Launching April 6

Kim Goldberg
March 22, 2014

Poem gallery Join us on Sunday, April 6 (2014) at 1:00 pm for the launch and public readings for the latest round of poems on display in the Nanaimo Poem Gallery at Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street.

The theme of the new Poem Gallery is “CHANGE”. 

The following 37 poets from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Island have contributed 56 poems about change to this year’s Poem Gallery:

Amy Falkenberg, Barbara Botham, Bill Engleson, Bruce Burnett, Carla Stein, David Fraser, Evelyn McGachy, HawkOwl, Heide Brown, Jacquie Howardson, Jessica Dawson, Jim Erkiletian, Jock McKeen, Joe Rosenblatt, Justice, Katy McCuish, Kim Clark, Kim Goldberg, Larry Gambone, Lee-Anne Dore, Leanne McIntosh, Madeleine Nattrass, Marina Blokker, Mary Ann Moore, M.C. Warrior, Meldy Wilton, Naomi Beth Wakan, Patricia (Pat) Smekal, Paulette McCarthy, P.C. Vandall, Philip Gordon, Reinie Heydemann, Robin A. Sams, Susan Pederson, Sheila Simpson- Brown, Sherry Marr, Violet Walter. 

Many of these 37 poets will be on hand on April 6 to read their poems.

The Nanaimo Poem Gallery has been going since 2008, when I created the first one in an empty storefront window in downtown Nanaimo. It has since become a permanent feature of the Harbourfront Library, and the poems on display are changed every year during National Poetry Month.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Juice and cookes will be served.

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Poets Cruise to Cascadia Poetry Festival 2014

Kim Goldberg
March 22, 2014

Clipper Heading for Cascadia Poetry Festival, happening May 1-4 in Seattle? Join a bunch of us on the Poets Cruise aboard the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry, departing downtown Victoria on Wednesday, April 30, at 6:00 pm. We will arrive in downtown Seattle at 8:45 pm.

Kick off a fantastic weekend of bioregional poetics with a gorgeous 3-hour ocean cruise among your fellow poets.

Ferry fare is $117 round trip, if you book in advance. Just book your ferry ticket for that date, and we will all meet up on board.

Rates and schedule here: http://www.clippervacations.com/schedules-fares/

And the Festival Gold Pass for taking in all 4 days of the Festival is just $25. Festival schedule here: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/

Here are a few of the poets who will be aboard the Poets Cruise on April 30. If you plan on joining us (and we hope you will!) and you would like your name and photo added to this posting, leave a comment for me.

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National Poetry Month in Nanaimo – 2014

Kim Goldberg
March 18, 2014

You’ll have bees in your bonnet and similes in your sonnet throughout April in Nanaimo with all of the National Poetry Month events happening around town. Here are a few of the ways and places that poetry is being celebrated locally. (If I have missed any poetic happenings, please leave the info in a comment below.)

Urban Poetry CafeApril 1 (Tuesday) – Urban Poetry Café, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, on Radio CHLY. Tune in to the Changes Radio show as the hosts kick-off National Poetry Month with an Urban Poetry Café. Your hosts Shirley Goldberg, Leanne McIntosh, and Kim Goldberg will share poems from across the country and around world, and they will discuss what makes good poems work. Listen at 101.7 fm or online at chly.ca.

The Vault

April 5 (Saturday) – Roaming Poets, 1:00-3:30 pm, The Vault Café, 499 Wallace Street. Join Roaming Poets Pat Smekal, Andrew Brown, Leanne McIntosh, and David Fraser for some sidewalk poetry in front of The Vault Café in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. There will be an open mic segment as well, so bring a poem of your own to share. If it’s raining, the event will move inside The Vault. Free.

Poem GalleryApril 6 (Sunday) – Poem Gallery Readings, 1:00-2:30 pm, Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street. More than 30 poets are represented in this year’s Poem Gallery at the library, and many will be on hand to share their poems that are displayed in the window. Emcee is Kim Goldberg, who created Nanaimo’s first Poem Gallery in 2008 and has been coordinating the annual Poem Gallery ever since. Light refreshments. Free.

Fishing for MermaidsApril 12 (Saturday) – Fishing for Mermaids Book Launch, 1:00 pm, Bethlehem Retreat Centre, 2371 Arbot Road. Join Mary Ann Moore for the launch of her first full-length poetry collection, Fishing for Mermaids, published by Leaf Press. Coffee, tea, and sweet treats will be served. Everyone is welcome. Free. 

DrawingBackCoverApril 29, (Tuesday) – Wordstorm, 7:00 pm, The Vault, 499 Wallace Street. Nanaimo’s premiere spoken-word event, Wordstorm, closes out National Poetry Month with featured readings from Lorne Daniel and Emilia Nielsen. Come early for coffee and a snack, or to sign up for the open mic. Program starts at 7:00 pm with the open mic. Admission: $5.

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Poetry Launch: Fishing for Mermaids

March 16, 2014

Kim Goldberg & Mary Ann Moore (right) at Nanaimo's Mayworks Poetry Festival 2011.

Kim Goldberg & Mary Ann Moore (right) at Nanaimo’s Mayworks Poetry Festival 2011.

My friend and colleague Mary Ann Moore will be launching her first full-length poetry collection, Fishing for Mermaids, on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Bethlehem Retreat Centre in Nanaimo (2371 Arbot Road).

All welcome! Please join Mary Ann in ushering her new book into the world. Coffee, tea and sweet treats will be served.

Fishing for Mermaids is published by Leaf Press.

Fishing for Mermaids

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Unist’ot’en Camp (haiku)

(photo © Kim Goldberg)

Northern BC—

warriors block a pipeline, two bears

in the sky wake up

(Text & image © Kim Goldberg)
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