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March 4, 2011: Susan Tefler and Aurian Haller
Susan Tefler lives in Gibsons, BC with her husband and three children. She teaches high school English and Social Studies. Her poems have been published in literary journals across Canada and she is the recipient of the Gillian Lowndes Award, by the Sunhsine Coast Arts Council. House Beneath is her first book.
Aurian Haller is an award winning poet and singer‐songwriter. He is the lead singer in the aurian haller band, whose unique blend of folk, rock and jazz is supported by Haller’s haunting lyrics. Haller’s poetry has appeared in Arc, Descant, The Antigonish Review and in his acclaimed collection, A Dream of Sulphur. He has won numerous national awards, including a National Magazine Award for poetry and the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. Haller grew up in the foothills of the Rockies and now lives in Quebec City.
March 11, 2011: Derk Wynand and Karen Enns
Born in Germany, Derk Wynand came to Canada as a child in 1952. He has published several translations of works by the Austrian writers, H.C. Artmann and Erich Wolfgang Skwara, and the German Poet, Dorothea Grünzweig. From 1969 to 2004, he taught Creative Writing at the University of Victoria, B.C., serving two three-year terms as Chair of the Department, and six years (1992-1998) as editor of 'The Malahat Review'. He lives in Victoria with his wife, Eva.
Karen Enns is from southern Ontario, where she was born and raised in a Mennonite farm community. Her poetry has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine, PRISM international and The Malahat Review. She lives in Victoria, B.C.
March 18, 2011: Alice Major and Sheila Martindale
Alice Major’s eighth poetry collection, The Office Tower Tales, won the prestigious Pat Lowther award (for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman) and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta’s Trade Book of the Year Award. Her ninth collection, Memory’s Daughter, has just been published by the University of Alberta Press. She is past president of the League of Canadian Poets and past chair of the Edmonton Arts Council. She served as the City of Edmonton’s first Poet Laureate from 2005 to 2007.
Sheila Martindale was born and educated in England, and came to Canada in 1966, settling in Montreal, but moving westward to London (Ontario), Calgary and finally Victoria, BC in 2009. She was poetry editor of Canadian Author from 1982 to 1997, and Canadian editor of Bogg magazine (USA) from 1988 to 2008. She was theatre columnist for Scene Magazine (London, Ontario) from 1989 to 2007. She has taught at the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College, and has been on many arts panels and juries.
Planet Earth Poetry at The Moka House (formerly The Black Stilt)
1633 Hillside Ave, Victoria BC
February 4, 2011: Two up and coming Canadian poets: Kyeren Regehr and Ali Blythe
Kyeren Regehr’s work has appeared in the Malahat Review and in Mother Tongue’s anthology Rocksalt. The current issue of Grain holds a genre-bending sequence she (loosely) based on years spent in the dance world. She has been shortlisted for several literary competitions, including the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize and presently interns on the poetry board of The Malahat Review.
Allison Blythe lives in Saanich and works for BC Transit. Her poetry has appeared in the anthology of contemporary BC poetry, RockSalt, and in magazines likePrism International, SubTerrain and the Malahat Review.
February 11, 2011: Cathy Ford and Jane Munro
the art of breathing underwater, is Cathy Ford's first full-length book of poetry in twenty-one years. She is the author of fourteen books of poetry and numerous chapbooks and folios published by blewointment press, Intermedia Press, Caitlin Press, Vehicule Press, Harbour Publishing and gynergy books.
Jane Munro's newest collection of poetry, Active Pass, explores connections among the visual arts, yogic discipline, and self-regeneration. The book opens with a suite of ghazals arising from the conflicts in mid-life, moves into poems about Mary Pratt's paintings, and closes with a reflective sequence called "Nearer Prayer than Story." A long poem in the third section won the 2007 Bliss Carman Award. Her fourth collection of poems, Point No Point, was published in 2006 by McClelland & Stewart.
February 18, 2011: Susan Stenson reads from Nobody Move.
Drawing from the details of her own life, Susan Stenson tosses everything into the Poetry Blender: words, images, memories, characters, dialogue, hot spices, then presses spin. Voila! Out come poems that are startling and challenging, passionate and outrageous, and at times, serious and rich with compassion. Covering a great swath of territory, these poems are glimpses into lives intensely lived, a celebration of life and its eccentricities.
February 25, 2011: Katia Grubisic and Kenneth Radu
Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor and translator whose work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications. She guest-edited the acclaimed Montréal issue of The New Quarterly, as well as the journal’'s recent non-fiction supplement. Since 2008, she has been the coordinator of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series. Her collection What if red ran out was a finalist for the AM Klein prize for poetry and won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.
Kenneth Radu is the author of thirteen books – three volumes of poetry, five novels, one memoir and four collections of short stories. Sex In Russia, a 2010 publication is another collection of short stories. He has twice won the Quebec Writers Federation prize for fiction – for A Private Performance (1990) and for Distant Relations (1989). Distant Relations was also shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award. His first collection of stories, The Cost of Living(1987), was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award.
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