100 Thousand Poets for Change

100 Thousand Poets for Change

24 September 2016

4.30 p.m.

This event, originally created by Michael Rothenberg, “ . . . as a demonstration / celebration to promote peace, sustainability and justice . . .and to call for serious social, environmental and political change,”

will take place simultaneously with hundreds of other sites throughout the world. Last year there were seven hundred sites.

This is our fourth year, and we have decided to ask three speakers, Greg Smith-Young, Peter Scott and Morvern McNie to give us their views in poetry and prose. A short period after they have all spoken will be open for discussion.

As the event is billed for artists as well as poets, we are inviting visual artists to bring with them an item which

they feel is in keeping with the above context. A written explanation should accompany each work.

During the afternoon Nick Kosonic will entertain us with his Solfeggio scale steel drum and Hang/Hung drum. We look forward to some new sounds!

The usual finger food and wine will follow the speakers, providing us all an opportunity to continue a discussion or meet new people.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Elora Poetry Centre

 

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30 July, 2016

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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.
After the reading and Abigail’s performance we will be holding a “Whacky Poetry Carnival Auction!”  Amongst the items being offered for auction will be CD’s, books, the best dress made from paper, the best paper trousers, and the best costume made from leaves! Further details can be found  by telephoning us at 519.846.2551 The auction will be followed by the usual finger food supper and drinks. Payment by contribution. All are welcome.
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Asa Boxer, Abigail Lapell and Whacky Poetry Carnival Auction, July 30 2016

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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.

After the reading and Abigail’s performance we will be holding a “Whacky Poetry Carnival Auction!”  Amongst the items being offered for auction will be CD’s, books, the best dress made from paper, the best paper trousers, and the best costume made from leaves! Further details can be found  by telephoning us at 519.846.2551 The auction will be followed by the usual finger food supper and drinks. Payment by contribution. All are welcome.

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Environmental Sculpture Day, Jerry Prager Chapbook Signing and Robert Priest, 25 June 2016

25 June 2016

1.00 pm. ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE DAY

“Impermanent Art”

(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

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: http://www.wordforword.info

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.

Asa Boxer and Fish Quill, 15 August 2015

The programme began at 3:00 pm with a reading by Asa Boxer, followed by performances by Fish Quill, and then a light finger-food supper and wine, allowing guests to mingle and exchange ideas.

Asa Boxer

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 Literary Awards. 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.

Fish Quill

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.

Dana Sipos is interested in alternative touring means and has toured by bicycle and tall-ship, and can’t wait to tour by canoe. She is a poet and song-crafter and recently released her third album described by Folk Roots Radio as “hauntingly beautiful, ethereal, mesmerizing and captivating.” 

Mira Pinkus is a poet-musician who is known to sing poetry without words and write melodies in silence. Her poetry, often balancing the highly abstract with the immediate and sensuous, has appeared in Red Claw Press and Fringe.

Bobby Gadda is an interdisciplinary interactive performance artist, best known for building and riding a freaky tall bike across North America. He is a classically trained flautist as well as an un-classically trained banjo player.

Alix Aylin is a self-taught trumpet player, having learned along the way on several bicycle trips through Canada, the US and Mexico.  She is an avid long distance tourer, seeking out inspiration in the vastness of landscapes accessible only by human powered vehicles.

Liana Rose couldn’t bring her piano on a canoe, so you might catch her with a ukulele, guitar or dulcimer. She’ll sing her little heart out anytime, be it alongside friends in the redwood forests or alone under the stars in rolling desert sands.