“Jerry Prager’s Echoes in the Timbers is a prose poem that relates the death and inquest of Margaret Buckingham, a former slave who settled in Puslinch County in the mid-nineteenth century. The narrative is broken into several parts, each with a different speaker – including Margaret herself; her suitor, Jerry Collins; and a member of her inquest jury, Nicholas Beaver, whose house has since been moved to the grounds of the Elora Poetry Centre. Margaret actually visited Beaver House in her day, so it’s fitting that it was where Jerry first read Echoes in the Timbers in 2014 and where the published version was recently launched.”
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THE ELORA POETRY CENTRE held a special reading by the Montreal poet Asa Boxer from his new chapbook Etymologies, on 30 July, 2016 at 4.00 p.m. Asa had read at the Elora Centre for the Arts and the Elora Poetry Centre on several occasions and so we were delighted to have him back once more. His reading was followed by another friend, Abigail Lapell, a singer-songwriter who had been here with the Fish Quill poets in the past.
After the reading and Abigail’s performance we held a “Whacky Poetry Carnival Auction!” Amongst the items offered for auction were CD’s, books, the best dress made from paper, the best paper trousers, and the best costume made from leaves! The auction was followed by the usual finger food supper and drinks.
Abigail Lapell is a Canadian folk noir singer-songwriter. Drawing from traditional folk, indie and punk rock influences, her music is at once fresh and familiar—intuitive melodies, sparse-plucked guitar and a voice like autumn smoke.
After years of performing and collaborating around Montreal and Toronto, Abigail released her first solo album, Great Survivor, in 2011. Recorded by Heather Kirby of Ohbijou, Great Survivor features talented collaborators like Jessica Moore, Lisa Bozikovic, James van Bolhuis, Aaron Lumley and Julia Collins. The album reached #4 on Canada’s !earshot Folk/Blues/Roots radio charts.
The mutli-instrumentalist has toured across North America, Europe and the U.K. and appeared at festivals like North By Northeast, Pop Montreal, Sappy Fest and Winterfolk.
Her sophomore record, produced and engineered by Chris Stringer at Toronto’s Union Sound, will be released in 2016.