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Multi-disciplinary Exhibit 4 February 2017
Friends of Vocamus Press 1st Annual Writers’ Getaway
Friends of Vocamus Press held its 1st Annual Writers’ Getaway on Saturday, October 22. It was a chance to get away with other writers for a day to focus on work. Here’s Luke Hill’s description of the day:
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30 July, 2016
Asa Boxer, Abigail Lapell and Whacky Poetry Carnival Auction, July 30 2016
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.
Environmental Sculpture Day, Jerry Prager Chapbook Signing and Robert Priest, 25 June 2016
25 June 2016
1.00 pm. ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE DAY
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
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)
Elora en Plein Air– Grand River Painting Festival!
19-22 May 2016
We welcomed participants in the Elora en Plein Air– Grand River Painting Festival!
Asa Boxer’s debut book, The Mechanical Bird (2007), won the Canadian Authors Association Prize for Poetry, and his cycle of poems entitled “The Workshop” won the 2004 CBC/enroute Literary Award. His work has been anthologized in various collections, including The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, the Oxford-Poetry Broadside Series and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2009 and 2012. His writing has appeared in various magazines in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and Belgium. His poems, articles and reviews have appeared in Poetry London, Poetry Ireland, The Dark Horse, Arc Poetry Magazine, The Malahat Review, Books in Canada, Maisonneuve, and Canadian Notes & Queries. His latest books are Skullduggery (Signal, 2011) and Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World (Frog Hollow Press, 2013). Boxer is also founder and manager of the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Asa Boxer’s poetry has garnered several prizes and is included in various anthologies around the world. His books are The Mechanical Bird (Signal, 2007), Skullduggery (Signal, 2011), Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World (Frog Hollow Press, 2013) and Etymologies (Anstruther Press, 2015). Boxer is also a founder and manager of the Montreal International Poetry Prize.