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Submission Deadline for Edmonton Poetry Festival is April 8, 2011.

The Edmonton Poetry Festival, set to run April 25 to May 1, 2011, is inviting submissions to their lineup until April 8, 2011.  Poet about town Adam Snider will launch a new blog for the festival on April 1. According to the festival’s website, “He’ll be keepin’ it real with personal updates and plenty of poetic commentary.  Stay hip, and stay tuned!”

See the 2011 festival schedule at


Calgary’s Lite 95.5 and XL 103 Swap Show Hosts

Earlier this year, Roger’s Lite 95.5 and Newcap’s XL 103 in Calgary swapped show hosts with Don and Joanne moving from Lite 95.5 to XL 103 and then replaced by Mookie Wilson and Billie Jo Ross, as the morning show co-hosts, Christina Rowsell weekday and weekend mid-day host, Bruce Ritchie, early afternoon weekdays and weekend hosts. At  Newcap’s XL 103 in Calgary, Don and Joanne now co-host the morning show.

Step Up and Step In Website for Youth

StepUp and StepInStep Up and Step In is a campaign that was created for youth by youth in 2010.  Step Up and Step In is designed to address the issue of youth violence by building on the City of Edmonton’s Fight Violence campaign launched in 2007 under the leadership of Mayor Stephen Mandel and Police Chief Mike Boyd. (

With support directed to YOUCAN Edmonton by REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities ( Step Up and Step In has aimed to be a grass-roots initiative that focuses on youth engagement, youth resiliency and youth empowerment as a means to create a homegrown model for change.  Through this support, the Step Up and  Step In project was officially launched with a free music festival in Churchill Square on the International Day of Peace (September 21, 2010).

Interested people are invited to voice their views on their blog, view the photo galleries and participate in this project aimed to inform youth and reduce violence at school, at home and in our communities. See

Stray Dog, Persistance and Conflict Resolution Training Nets Alberta Writer a Hollywood Contract

On Toby's TermsWhen Charmaine Hammond and her husband Chris discovered that their newly adopted stray dog had a serious behavior problem, she responded like most people would. She took Toby to an animal behaviorial expert. Along the way to discovering and curing what made Toby respond so violently to being left alone that he tore apart the house, she added successful writer, remarkable publicist and soon to be Hollywood screenwriter to her accomplishments.

I learned about Toby and about Charmaine’s new book, On Toby’s Terms, when she sent me this email in response to having read the January 2011 issue of mediamag ezine and my request that readers to submit an article on a recently published Alberta book.

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Bill Evans New Executive Director of AMPIA

Bill Evans, formerly of the Whistler Film Festival and the National Screen Institute-Canada, is now the Executive Director at AMPIA replacing Melody Jacobson formerly the ED of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers.

Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)