Friends of Vocamus Press is holding our 1st Annual Writers’ Getaway on Saturday, October 22. It’s your chance to get away with other writers for a day to focus on your work.
THE ELORA POETRY CENTRE is holding a special reading by the Montreal poet Asa Boxer, from his new chapbook Etymologies, on 30 July, 2016 at 4.00 p.m. Asa has read at the Elora Centre for the Arts and the Elora Poetry Centre on several occasions and so we are delighted to have him back once more. His reading will be followed by another friend, Abigail Lapell, a singer-songwriter who has been here with the Fish Quill poets in the past.
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.
25 June 2016
1.00 pm. ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE DAY
(Artists are welcome to visit the site beforehand to select a space. Please call (519) 846-2551 prior to June 25)
1.00-3.00 pm. Chapbook Signing: Jerry Prager “Echoes In the Timbers”
5.00 pm. ROBERT PRIEST—Spoken Word poet—author of twenty books of poetry and prose, and three spoken word recordings. He is considered to be a mainstay of the spoken word circuit in Canada and all over the world.
7.00 pm. Mingle to enjoy finger food and wine
25 June 2016
1.00 ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE DAY
(artists are welcome to visit the site beforehand to select a space. Please call (519) 846-2551 beforehand)
Chap-book Signing: Jerry Prager “Echoes In the Timbers”
PRAGER, Jerry—“ECHOES IN THE TIMBERS”
This prose poem, told in three voices, focuses on an inquest into the death of Margaret Buckingham, an escaped American slave found frozen by a picket fence in Puslinch, 1854.
The characters speaking in the seven monologues of the poem are Margaret Buckingham, Jerry Collins, and Nicholas Beaver—the Quaker Abolitionist who had built himself a log house on Brock Road, south of Aberfoyle, back in 1832 and later sheltered refugees, such as Margaret. This house, in whose timbers the events of the narrative now echo, was the very setting of Jerry’s first performance of his poem in September 2014. Having been moved to Pilkington Township in the 1980s, Beaver House is now home to the Elora Poetry Centre.
“Echoes in the Timbers” was read by Jerry at the Centre on two occasions, the first performance preceded by music from the Canadian Underground Railroad performed by Muddy York.
The 21-page poem is printed on high quality paper, with stiff paper covers, and hand-stitched in the style of an old chap-book, accompanied by a booklet of copious endnotes. The two parts are enclosed in a stiff card sleeve to make a presentation gift.
Limited to 50 copies. Numbered and signed by the author. $49.00 (postage extra)
19-22 May 2016
We welcome participants in the Elora en Plein Air– Grand River Painting Festival!