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 University of Waterloo and the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery.

Here is the link to the recording of this event on YouTube: https://youtu.be/14mJ8fqRlxA

The following is from the book’s publisher, Gaspereau Press:

The Grand River Watershed: A Folk Ecology
Karen Houle

How might we grasp the natural history of a river in a way that transcends mere data and description? How might we chronicle the way in which a living consortium of geology, weather, plants, animals and people has impacted, and been impacted by, the existence of a particular watercourse over the passage of time? In her new book, philosopher and poet Karen Houle employs the wiliest tool she knows—poetry—to contemplate the complexities of the Grand River watershed in southern Ontario, stretching our notions of what can be known about a river.

Houle’s writing is inspired by, and borrows from, various kinds of scientific inquiry and documentation, integrating strands of thought from across the fields of archeology, entomology, molecular ecology, cultural anthropology and geography. But these established sources aren’t presented as the sole custodians of all that’s worth knowing. With often jarring juxtapositions and a prosody that sometimes flirts with chaos, Houle’s poems make a virtue of straining against the settled rules, agitating for a more complex, robust portrayal of the Grand River watershed by fusing apparently disparate narratives and methodologies—the scientific and the anecdotal, the personal and the collective, the emotion and the information, and the organic and the manufactured.

Like the river itself, Houle’s The Grand River Watershed suggests how seemingly jumbled, separate parts in fact exist in a web of relationships. For Houle, the best hope we have of comprehending the complexities of a phenomenon like the Grand River is rooted in our accumulated encounters with, and our collective articulation of, the river’s countless aspects over time, not in any one measurable part or moment of it.

Houle’s creative pairing of literary and ecological modes presents the Grand River as a complex living system that is full of interconnection and meaning, reinvigorating poetry’s possibilities as a tool for engaging with and speaking of the natural world.

Virtual Panel Discussion on Literary Appropriation in Canada: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, 1:30-3:00 P.M.

In | Appropriate

https://www.gordonhillpress.com/collections/titles/products/inappropriate

The Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery, in conjunction with Renison University College, University of Waterloo, hosted a synchronous panel discussion on Canadian literary appropriation. Growing out of interviews on this subject recently published in Gordon Hill Press’s In/Appropriate, this event was open to members of ARTS 130, friends of The Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery, and the general public.

The panel included Jeremy Luke Hill (publisher), Kim Davids Mandar (editor), and three contributors to In/Appropriate: Farzana Doctor, Wayne Grady, and Mahak Jain. (Please see links for biographies below.)

Here is the video link to the synchronous discussion:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZTRkZDZmNDktOWNkOS00MmFlLWJlNjEtNTAwZjRhYzI0YzQ1%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22723a5a87-f39a-4a22-9247-3fc240c01396%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22f9f52fd2-fdcd-41ec-a954-ec07e9742d4b%22%7d

Assistance was provided by Victoria Feth of The Centre for Teaching Excellence at University of Waterloo.

The event was sponsored by two long-time friends of The Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery, Janice Ferri and Peter Skoggard.

The Elora Poetry Centre was excited to engage in present discourse on literary appropriation in Canada. It was our pleasure to host these five distinguished panelists who are helping to determine the direction that Canadian literature will take in the near future. In light of recent controversies that resulted in the publication of another important book on the current state of Canadian literature, Refuse: CanLit in Ruins, we want to be part of these discussions.

Here are the biographical links:

https://vocamus.net/press/authors/jeremy-luke-hill

https://www.gordonhillpress.com/products/kim-davids-mandar

read://http_farzanadoctor.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffarzanadoctor.com%2Fbio%2F

https://waynegrady.ca/

https://www.mahakjain.com/bio/

Jeremy Luke Hill’s Poetry of Thought

Book Launch: 29 June 2019, 4:00 p.m. Jeremy Luke Hill’s Poetry of Thought has been published by Interludes of the Elora Poetry Centre. Luke read from and signed his new chapbook. Music was by Adam and Rain, an acoustic duo who play folk/roots inspired original music, and uniquely interpreted covers.

Luke is the publisher at Gordon Hill Press, based in Guelph. He is also the Managing Director of Vocamus Writers Community, a non-profit community organization that supports book culture in Guelph.

He has written a collection of poetry, short prose, and photography called Island Pieces. Other works include three chapbooks of poetry called Can Con, Trumped, and These My Streets; two poetry broadsheets called Grounded and Indexical; and an ongoing series of poetry broadsheets called Conversations with Viral Media. He also writes a semi-regular column on chapbooks for The Town Crier. His writing has appeared in The Bull Calf, CV2, EVENT Magazine, Filling Station, Free Fall, The Goose, HA&L, The Maynard, paperplates, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Rusty Toque, The Town Crier, The Windsor Review.

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Covenant Chains: A New Folk Opera

Self-Portrait Exhibit

The Self-Portrait Exhibit is still planned to go ahead, as a series of videos. Anyone who is interested, please contact us as we would like to plan this event for late spring / early summer 2021.  A fun event with a minimal $20.00 entrance fee.  Details will be available on our web page.

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 September 30 4pm

Press Release – 100 Thousand Poets for Change
The Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery presents the annual, global “100 Thousand Poets for Change” day at which poets and artists around the world celebrate peace, sustainability, and justice, and call for serious social, environmental, and political change. Canadian poet and artist, bill bissett, the “shaman of sound and performance,” will read/chant/dance his work. Among bissett’s awards are The George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Join us September 30that 4p.m. at the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery. There will be live music, finger food, and conversation.
Admission by contribution. elorapoetrycentre@gmail.com. 519-846-2551