10 August 2019 — 4.00 p.m. Confluence of Words & Music

We are very excited to have Rae Crossman , well known poet on both CBC Radio and stage, and Tilly Kooyman, distinguished clarinetist of international acclaim, who have collaborated together for many years. 

Confluence of Words and Music

Poetry of Rae Crossman with Music Performed by Clarinetist Tilly Kooyman

Featuring Compositions by R. Murray Schafer

In this presentation, language and music flow together to evoke misty dawns, forest hikes, and river passages. Listen to bird song, cataract chants, and wind wail. Touch the tip of a young spruce. Read the rough calligraphy of bear marks. See an amber bead of sap lanced with light. Marvel morning.

Living in Kitchener, Rae Crossman writes poetry both for the page and for oral performance. His poems have been published in literary magazines, broadcast on CBC Radio, dramatized on stage, performed and recorded as vocal music, and displayed on transit systems across Canada. Collaborative projects include storytelling, choral compositions, and theatrical pieces set in natural environments.For more than twenty-five years, in canoes and along forest trails, Rae has lived the roles of several mythological characters in R. Murray Schafer’s Theatre of Confluence. He has served as a short story editor for The New Quarterly and has received a Waterloo Region Arts Award for his artistic endeavours across disciplines.

Guelph clarinetist, Tilly Kooymanis an active solo, chamber and orchestral musician, with particular interests in contemporary music, interdisciplinary works and sound ecology. She has performed across Canada and toured Japan with the Higashi-Hiroshima Clarinet Ensemble. An advocate for Canadian music, Tilly has premiered many works by Canadian composers at the World Bass Clarinet Convention in the Netherlands, the International Bohlen-Pierce Symposium in Boston, and with various ensembles broadcast on CBC Radio.

Tilly and Rae have frequently collaborated as members of the performance group SlanT, and have appeared together at the Open Ears Festival, Stratford Summer Music Festival, International Clarinetfest, Narrative Matters Conference, Soundstreams, and other events. For three decades they have participated in R. Murray Schafer’s Patria works and drawn inspiration from his call for art to be transformational. “What is the purpose of art? First, exaltation. Let us speak of that.”

We do hope that you will be able to join us!

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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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

Asa Boxer Sunday 30 July -4pm

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PRESS RELEASE – July 10, 2017
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.

Di Brandt

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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.