A reading series where writers meet makers

Hosted and curated by authors Leanne Prain and Kim Werker

The Crafted Reading Salon is a reading series that celebrates the process and products of making things. Focused on creativity, the series welcomes readers of original works of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction whose text includes a nod to the fields and pursuits of craft or design.

Each salon takes place approximately every two months and features an eclectic line-up of 6-8 readers who will share their perspective on the creative process, craft or design. Subjects will be diverse – from ceramics to architecture, weaving to screenprinting.

The audience is invited to bring their own works in progress and to knit, stitch, embroider, hook, whittle, and sketch while they listen and discuss.

Curatorial themes

  • Craft as Camouflage (hiding behind or amongst craft)
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Craft (love stories can go many ways)
  • Ravelled / Unravelled (on coming undone or remade)
  • Crafted Fictions (creating new realities with what we make)

Save the dates 2020: All dates remain unconfirmed until further notice.

Launch Date Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7-9 pm (doors 6:30)
Iron Dog Books – 2671 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (doors 6:30)
Location TBA

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 doors 6:30)
Iron Dog Books – 2671 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC


Your hosts:

Leanne Prain helps communities and people connect through creative ideas. She is the author of three books, Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (2014); Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti  (2009 & 2019) co-authored with Mandy Moore; and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery (2014), all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. When she’s not writing, Leanne organizes art and design events in the city, and acts as the co-artistic director of The Imprint, a literary collective that she founded with Laura Farina to explore participatory acts of writing in public spaces. | @leanneprain

Kim Werker is a creative community builder who’s like a camp counsellor for grownups, helping folks to connect with and explore their creativity and have more fun making crafts and art. She is the author of six crochet books and Make It Mighty Ugly (2014), and she leads workshops on creative experimentation and slaying creative demons. She is a writer, editor and podcaster, and she hosts an online community of creative adventurers. An avid reader, compulsive craft dabbler and climate activist, Kim lives in Dunbar with her family and their mutt who’s named after a tree. | @kpwerker


Please direct your Reading Salon questions to Leanne and Kim at [email protected].



Submission Form

Interested in reading your work at a Crafted Reading Salon? We’re curating a diverse line-up including both experienced and emerging writers, makers and crafters of all varieties, and placing a particular emphasis on including voices from underrepresented or marginalized groups.

We invite submissions from makers who write, and writers who make.