“Covenant Chains”: A Folk Opera written by Jerry Prager, music by Peter Skoggard

25 May 2019, 3:00 p.m.

This workshop production describes the 1842 controversy between Anglicans and Tuscarora Baptists. The performance will be preceded by a short historical explanation. This should provide an interesting insight for most people of this area who probably are not aware of the negotiations at that time. The usual finger food and drinks will be available afterwards.Haudenosaunee elders.jpg

Jeremy Luke Hill’s Poetry of Thought

Book Launch: 29 June 2019, 4:00 p.m. Jeremy Luke Hill’s Poetry of Thought is being published by Interludes of the Elora Poetry Centre. Luke will be reading from and signing his new chapbook.

Luke is the publisher at Gordon Hill Press, based in Guelph. He is also the Managing Director of Vocamus Writers Community, a non-profit community organization that supports book culture in Guelph.

He has written a collection of poetry, short prose, and photography called Island Pieces. Other works include three chapbooks of poetry called Can Con, Trumped, and These My Streets; two poetry broadsheets called Grounded and Indexical; and an ongoing series of poetry broadsheets called Conversations with Viral Media. He also writes a semi-regular column on chapbooks for The Town Crier. His writing has appeared in The Bull Calf, CV2, EVENT Magazine, Filling Station, Free Fall, The Goose, HA&L, The Maynard, paperplates, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Rusty Toque, The Town Crier, The Windsor Review.

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Asa Boxer and Max Layton

28 July 3.30 p.m.

A perfect summer afternoon was the setting of a double-bill of two esteemed poets, Asa Boxer and Max Layton, both sons of poets who emerged from Montreal in the 1950’s.  Asa read from his new chap book Field Notes From the Undead (published by the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery/Interludes) and earlier publications The Mechanical Bird and Skullduggery, along with some wonderful new material composed since his last visit.  Tilly Kooyman provided a creative accompaniment to parts of the reading on her clarinet.  Max, eldest son of Irving Layton, read from several of his works, including his latest book of poems LIKE, which has just been published by Guernica Editions, after opening with three of his songs, on which he accompanied himself on the guitar.  A short discussion followed in the house and garden, with a buffet and drinks. Tom Althouse of Silk Purse Recordings, Elora, has agreed to assist us in archiving this and future events.

croc E Moses

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.

 

bill bissett and Brian Henderson

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. 000085190005

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.

Asa Boxer Reading

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.

Environmental Sculpture Day

26 May 2018

A big thank you to those who attended our annual Environmental Sculpture Day and the  Elora Puppets who, even though en route they lost Sir Arthur Montgomery-ffinch, who was to have been the attending art critic, still performed their version of Stone Soup.  Soup, focaccia and drinks, plus goodies supplied by guests, followed the work of the day!  Janice Ferri and Peter Skoggard sent some of the photographs of the day which will be on the webpage shortly.