Di Brandt


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


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.


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:


Asa Boxer, Abigail Lapell and Whacky Poetry Carnival Auction, July 30 2016

ellra poetry 30 july 2016


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.



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

25 June 2016


“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

Jerry Prager, “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)