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 are posted elsewhere on this site.

Covenant Chains: A New Folk Opera

MLA Chernoff Virtual Poetry Performance Jan. 31

Renison University College and the Elora Poetry Centre are co-sponsoring, with funding from the League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council, a virtual poetry performance by MLA Chernoff      1.00—2.20 p.m.  Monday 31 January 2022  Join Zoom Meeting: MLA CHERNOFF (they/them/@citation_bb) was born at Women’s College Hospital in December of 1991––oops. They are … Continue reading MLA Chernoff Virtual Poetry Performance Jan. 31

Live Reading by croc E moses at 4:00 on Tuesday, April 6

croc E moses performed Rhythm as My Mother Tongue Funded by The League of Canadian Poets and The Canada Council for the Arts Co-sponsored by the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery and Renison University College, University of Waterloo Photo credit: Open Book Festival croc E moses – Open Book Festival croc E read and recited a … Continue reading Live Reading by croc E moses at 4:00 on Tuesday, April 6

Karen Houle Read from The Grand River Watershed: A Folk Ecology on Feb. 4, 4:30-5:50 p.m.

Karen Houle gave a synchronous reading on Feb. 4 from The Grand River Watershed: A Folk Anthology, short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2019. This event, funded by the Canada Council and Writers’ Union of Canada as part of the National Public Readings Program, was cosponsored by Renison University College at … Continue reading Karen Houle Read from The Grand River Watershed: A Folk Ecology on Feb. 4, 4:30-5:50 p.m.

100 Thousand Poets for Change: 26 Sept. 2015

The theme of the day was WATER, linked with Nestle’s plan to bottle water from the aquifer on Middlebrook Road, former Pilkington Township.

Michael Basinski, Curator of the Poetry Collection at the State University of New York at Buffalo, shared his knowledge and poetry, reading from various works, some of which “contained water in one form or another.” Some of the poetry was from script; some unconventional, not to be read at home while sipping a Manhattan, which is to say he performed poetry and provided information about the Poetry Collection via dazzling improvisation! (Our website features a photograph of Michael’s intricately rendered “Something Watur Poem” by which he entered into his spontaneous performance.) Micheal performs his work as a solo poet and in ensemble with BuffFluxus and the Don Metz Experience. Among his recent books of poetry are Piglittuce (Propolis Press – 2013), Learning Poem About Learning About Being A Poet (Press Board Press – 2012) and Trailers (BlazeVox – 2011).  Recent visual opems (yes, opems) located in:

Also, on the subject of water, we were delighted to have Georgia Simms, dance artist, choreographer, and facilitator specialist who is passionate about “doing democracy and governance differently.” She is actively experimenting with arts-based approaches to civic engagement, and seeks to creatively animate learning processes with experiences that are physical, emotional, and energetic. Her site-specific choreography, inspired by a strong desire to raise awareness about protecting water, has been presented in Downtown Guelph around the St. George’s fountain and in the water feature in Market Square. Glass of water in hand, Georgia gave a stunning performance on the veranda of our stone house.

We then moved down to Beaver House where Morvern McNie and Jerry Prager engaged their audience with recently created poems also on the subject of water.

After the readings and performance we offered the usual finger-food supper and wine so that guests could speak to the artists and each other, while enjoying a beautiful fall evening. No bottled water was to be had.