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Brad Cran


Brad Cran is a writer and social entrepreneur who served as Poet Laureate of Vancouver from 2009 to 2011. He is also the author of The Good Life, Ink on Paper and, with Gillian Jerome, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Brad Cran recalls the three times in his life he was sure he had super powers. more

Dispatches 2 Comments

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This poem from Poet Laureate Brad Cran was inspired by two gray whales that swam into the harbour in downtown Vancouver in 2010. more

Poetry 3 Comments

Brad Cran reviews Terry, Douglas Coupland's homage to Terry Fox and Canada circa 1980. more

Reviews

Because he thought that a woman short of breath was an affront to good manners, Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the modern Olympics with only the strength of men in mind. more

Dispatches 7 Comments

Please arrange the following terms in order of preference, starting with the least important: Health Care, Education, the Environment, Homelessness, Logo Placement at Sporting Events. more

Poetry 12 Comments

A cinematic perspective of war: glory preserved, scandals ignored. more

Essays

The woman in the fur coat and the photographer of this image are engaged in nearly the same act. How can we judge one without judging the other? To judge the woman, we would have to know what she is filming. I am tempted to think that a violent act i more

PHOTOGRAPHY

Somewhere this is a collection worth polishing. A little red mailbox. The corner grocer. Streets and gutter grates. more

POETRY 1 Comments

"Leading Men” is taken from a work-in-progress, Cinéma-Verité and the Collected Works of Ronald Reagan: A History of Propaganda in Motion Pictures. more

Essays

In 1917 the Canadian government transported more than 84,000 Chinese workers in secrecy across Canada from Victoria to Halifax; from there they were shipped to Europe to serve in the Great War as non-combatants. more

PHOTOGRAPHY

One man watches another sleeping on the subway. more

PHOTOGRAPHY

I was reading Wittgenstein when all three were killed on the viaduct. A picture shrine and flowers on three of the four corners at the intersection by my house. more

POETRY

Crowd of Sounds is a fine new book of poems by Adam Sol (House of Anansi), with great lines and poetic epiphanies that give the book instant appeal, but its overall allure is much quieter and perfectly subtle. more

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There is a long tradition of boy-publishing in Canada. Many of our prestigious small magazine and book publishing outfits were founded some thirty years ago by young male writers and publishers who were determined to reinvigorate the publishing indus more

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After hearing about Greenboathouse Books for a few years, and flirting with their web site every once in a while at www.greenboathouse.com, I finally ordered one of their chapbooks: The Land Beyond. more

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If you are an Allen Ginsberg fan, you may want to pick up a copy of Family Business (Bloomsbury), selected letters between Ginsberg and his father Louis—“a published poet himself,” as the dust jacket reveals. If you are not a Ginsberg fan, you may ju more

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