25 August 4.00 p.m.
croc E Moses, whom several of you may have met here last year, read from a wide range of poems and songs from his thirty years in South Africa. He topped it off with some new material written since he returned to Canada, where he has been living in rural Ontario.
29 September 2018
This was another double bill to celebrate Michael Rothenberg’s annual global initiative 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE.
It was a day to promote peace & social change with emphasis on the needs of all children. bill bissett, accompanied by pete dako, returned for a half reading, continuing from their colourful range of work of the previous year.
Our other featured poet was Brian Henderson, who has now retired as Director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Brian has eleven publications, the latest being [OR] from Talonbooks. Nerve Language (2007) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Brian read from his twelfth publication, Unidentified Poetic Object, forthcoming from Brick in spring 2019.
Both bill bissett and Brian Henderson were sponsored by The Canada Council for the Arts and The Writers’ Union of Canada. Morvern McNie and Jerry Prager rounded out the poetry performances.
A highlight of the day was The Voices of the Anatolian Girls, with Ali Ihsan Okan playing the kanun, and Mehlika Altay and Betul Okan singing. They delivered a powerful performance dedicated to the children presently imprisoned in Turkey.
Afterwards, everybody enjoyed the usual finger food and drinks, with people mingling and sharing their thoughts on the day’s memorable performances.
7 April 2018
Asa Boxer read from his newer works, accompanied by Tilly Kooyman on the clarinet. A lengthy discussion period followed, after which there was the usual finger food and drinks. Asa’s new chapbook, Field Notes from the Undead, will be published at his reading at the poetry centre 28th of July. Copies will be available for purchase.