Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Fabulous February at Planet Earth Poetry at the Black Stilt

FEBRUARY 5, 2010: KATE BRAID

In 1972 Kate Braid got her first job in construction as a labourer on a small island off the coast of B.C. Never in her wildest dreams did she plan to be a construction worker, much less a carpenter; but she was desperate to stay on the island and had run out of money. Turning Left To The Ladies is an autobiographical account of the fifteen years she worked as a labourer, apprentice and journey carpenter, building houses, high rises and bridges. It is a wry, sometimes humorous, sometimes mediative look at one woman's relationship to her craft and the people she met along the way.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the League of Canadian Poets.





FEBRUARY 12, 2010: KIM GOLDBERG & PATRICK PILARSKI

KIM GOLDBERG is an award-winning poet, journalist and author of six books. She has lived in Nanaimo over 30 years. Her latest book, The Red Zone, takes its title from the "Red Zone", a 40 block area of the city core where homeless people are barred. She has spent the last three years verse-mapping and photographing Nanaimo's back alleys, graffiti galleries, underpasses and homeless encampments. She reconstructs a landscape of cultural decay through a stunning combination of poem, image, artist projects and journal entries until the city itself becomes a person speaking to us.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.




PATRICK PILARSKI, Edmonton poet and co-editor of Daily Haiku, an expert in computer intelligence and the author of Huge Blue from Leaf Press, a poetic tour guide to Canada's western landscape.




FEBRUARY 19, 2010: CLAREMONT STUDENTS

Fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders Haitian relief campaign, featuring students of Claremont's Writing 12 class, taught by Susan Stenson. The students will be reading from their manuscripts as well as providing musical interludes, monologues and entertainment.




FEBRUARY 26, 2010: GRACE COCKBURN & CHRIS LEVENSON

GRACE COCKBURN, one of this year's Times Colonist's Solstice Poets, is also a mortgage broker and a finalist in The Malahat Review's Open Season competition. She has a chapbook, Winter Egg.

CHRIS LEVENSON, author of 10 books of poetry, the latest is Local Time. He is the co-founder of Arc magazine and was a teacher at Carleton University in Ottawa. He now lives in Vancouver.

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