AT THE 7TH ANNUAL
RICHMOND HILL POETRY GALA
hosted by The Richmond Hill Public Library and Barry Dempster.
Saturday April 28, 1 to 4 pm
RICHMOND HILL CENTRAL LIBRARY
SOUTHWEST CORNER OF MAJOR MACKENZIE & YONGE STREET
Information and pre-registration online at www.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca
In the month of April, Richmond Hill Public Library will be joining libraries across Canada in celebration of poetry and its vital place in Canadian culture. Poets of Honour include:
Dani Couture is the author of two collections of poetry: Good Meat and Sweet both from Pedlar Press. Sweet was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and won the ReLit Award. In 2011, Dani also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Grant. Her debut novel, Algoma, was published in fall 2011 by Invisible Publishing.
Barry Dempster, twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award, is the author of sixteen books. His collection The Burning Alphabet won the Canadian Authors’ Association Chalmers Award for Poetry in 2005. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Ontario Premiers Award for Excellence in the Arts. His most recent books include Love Outlandish, Ivan’s Birches, Blue Wherever and Dying a Little.
Brian Henderson is the author of 10 collections of poetry, one of which, Nerve Language, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. His latest, Sharawadji, was released in 2011. He has published articles, reviews, and poetry in many literary magazines and is the director of WLUPress.
Bruce Hunter has published five books of poetry, a collection of short stories and a novel. His Two O’Clock Creek – Poems New and Selected won the 2011 Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award. His novel, In the Bear’s House, won the 2009 Canadian Rockies prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival.
Maureen Hynes is a past winner of the Gerald Lampert Award and the Petra Kenney Poetry Award (England). She has published three books of poetry, Harm’s Way, Rough Skin, and a third collection, Marrow, Willow, just released from Pedlar Press. Maureen is poetry editor for Our Times magazine.
Priscila Uppal is a poet, fiction writer and professor. Publications include: Ontological Necessities (shortlisted for the $50,000 Griffin Poetry Prize), Traumatology, Successful Tragedies (Bloodaxe Books, U.K.), and Winter Sport: Poems. She was the first-ever poet-in-residence for Canadian Athletes Now during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic games as well as the Roger’s Cup Tennis Tournament in 2011 . Time Out London dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet.”
Books will be available for purchase and author signing. Refreshment will be served.
Note: Registration is FREE, but you must pre-register online at www.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca.