Asa Boxer Sunday 30 July -4pm

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Montreal poet, Asa Boxer, returns to the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery for the fourth year on Sunday, July 30, at 4:00 P.M. to read from his series of poems about the undead: zombies, vampires, and ghouls, including the poem “Zombie Apocalypse – after Solzhenitsyn.” With mischievous humour, these poems examine cruelty, brainwashing, and just plain stupidity.
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, 2016). He is also a founder and manager of the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Asa Boxer is the son of the well-known poet Avi Boxer, who with others, such as Irving Layton, formed the poetry scene in Montreal.
For more information, go to The Elora Poetry Centre at EloraPoetryCentre.ca.
Works by Asa Boxer:

Di Brandt Saturday 24 June—4.00 p.m

Saturday 24 June—4.00 p.m. Di Brandt will be reading from her work. Here is a brief biography.

 

Di Brandt is the author and editor of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, creative essays and literary criticism. She has received numerous recognitions and prizes for her writing, including the Gerald Lampert Award for “best first book of poetry in Canada” for her bestselling debut collection questions i asked my mother (which was recently re-issued in a 30th anniversary tribute edition with afterword by Tanis MacDonald); the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award for Agnes in the sky; the CAA National Poetry Prize for Jerusalem, beloved; the Foreword Gold Medal for Watermelon Syrup: A Novel (with Annie Jacobsen and Jane Finlay-Young), and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for “best book of literary criticism in Canada” for Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women’s Poetry (with Barbara Godard).  Now You Care was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Trillium Ontario Book of the Year, and the Pat Lowther Award.

 

Di Brandt’s collaborative multimedia works include Emily, the Way You Are, a one woman chamber opera about the life and works of Emily Carr, with composer Jana Skarecky; and Awakenings: Poetry and Music in Four Voices (with Dorothy Livesay, Rebecca Campbell

and Carol Ann Weaver).  Di Brandt has taught at five Canadian universities including the University of Alberta, the University of Windsor, Ontario, and Brandon University, Manitoba, where she held the first Canada Research Chair in the Creative Arts, and  developed an innovative multimedia creative arts program that was emulated in new interdisciplinary

programs across the country.   She has given readings, lectures and  workshops around the world, and held guest fellowships in Scotland, New York, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Japan. She currently lives in Winnipeg.

 

We also have two young  cellists , Gillian and Rachel Young, who will play for us after the reading.  Following this there will, of course, be the usual finger food and drinks so we can all exchange ideas and experiences.

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Di Brandt is the author and editor of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, creative essays and literary criticism. She has received numerous recognitions and prizes for her writing, including the Gerald Lampert Award for “best first book of poetry in Canada” for her bestselling debut collection questions i asked my mother (which was recently re-issued in a 30th anniversary tribute edition with afterword by Tanis MacDonald); the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award for Agnes in the sky; the CAA National Poetry Prize for Jerusalem, beloved; the Foreword Gold Medal for Watermelon Syrup: A Novel (with Annie Jacobsen and Jane Finlay-Young), and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for “best book of literary criticism in Canada” for Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women’s Poetry (with Barbara Godard).  Now You Care was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Trillium Ontario Book of the Year, and the Pat Lowther Award.

 

Di Brandt’s collaborative multimedia works include Emily, the Way You Are, a one woman chamber opera about the life and works of Emily Carr, with composer Jana Skarecky; and Awakenings: Poetry and Music in Four Voices (with Dorothy Livesay, Rebecca Campbell

and Carol Ann Weaver).  Di Brandt has taught at five Canadian universities including the University of Alberta, the University of Windsor, Ontario, and Brandon University, Manitoba, where she held the first Canada Research Chair in the Creative Arts, and  developed an innovative multimedia creative arts program that was emulated in new interdisciplinary programs across the country.   She has given readings, lectures and  workshops around the world, and held guest fellowships in Scotland, New York, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Japan. She currently lives in Winnipeg.

Friends of Vocamus Press 1st Annual Writers’ Getaway

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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.

It’s not a workshop. It’s not a seminar. It’s a day long writing getaway at the scenic Elora Poetry Centre. You’ll be provided with lunch and dinner, ample quiet time to write during the day, and then a few drinks (BYOB) and some chat in the evening.
The Elora Poetry Centre is just outside the town of Elora, at 7324 Wellington County Road 21. It features beautiful grounds, a sculpture garden, a collection of literary memorabilia, collaborative works of art, and lots of places to write or take a walk.
The cost for the day is $50 per person. If you’re interested, contact jeremylukehill@vocamus.net or 226-500-7301.

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Jeremy Luke Hill
Vocamus Press
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Is it time to bring back the Arts Olympics?

When Asa Boxer was last here to share his new work Etymologies, he mentioned he would soon be off to Rio for the Arts Olympics.  Here is a segment on CBC Radio’s Q discussing the Arts Olympics.

“As 2016 Olympics wind down in Rio, preparations have begun for an entirely different kind of games.

Few present-day fans know that Olympic organizers used to give out medals for artistic achievement. From 1912 to 1948, artists would compete in categories such as music, painting, literature and sculpture.”

The links are below:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-for-thursday-august-18-2016-1.3726060/is-it-time-to-bring-back-the-arts-olympics-1.3726076

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