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6th ANNUAL RICHMOND HILL POETRY GALA
Sat Apr 16, 2011 / 1:30pm - 3:30pm

CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH AT THE 6TH ANNUAL RICHMOND HILL POETRY GALA hosted by The Richmond Hill Public Library and Barry Dempster.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH FROM 1:30 PM TO 4:30 PM

This year's poets include: Ken Babstock, Karen Connelly, Barry Dempster, Richard Greene, Ruth Roach Pierson, Karen Solie (see bios below)

RICHMOND HILL CENTRAL LIBRARY
SOUTHWEST CORNER OF MAJOR MACKENZIE & YONGE STREET
Reserve your seat at: 905-884-9288

ABOUT THE POETS

   KEN BABSTOCK, Griffin Prize and Governor General's Award nominee

Ken Babstock is the author of Mean, which won the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People’s Poet Award, and Days Into Flatspin, winner of a K.M. Hunter Award. His poems have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards, have been anthologized in Canada and the United States, and have been translated into Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, and Latvian. In addition to being shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, Airstream Land Yacht is the winner of the Trillium Book Award for English language poetry. His fourth book Methodist Hatchet will be released in April 2011.  Ken is the  currently Poetry Editor for the Toronto based House of Anansi. 

   KAREN CONNELLY, Governor General's Award winner

Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story, a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border.,She has won the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry, the Governor General’s Award for her non-fiction, and Britain’s Orange Broadband Prize for New Fiction for her first novel The Lizard Cage. Published in 2005, The Lizard Cage was compared in the New York Times Book Review to the works of Orwell, Solzhenitsyn, and Mandela, and hailed in the Globe and Mail as “one of the best modern Canadian novels.”Her other books include Grace and Poison, One Room in a Castle, This Brighter Prison, The Disorder of Love, and The Small Words in My Body.

   BARRY DEMPSTER, Governor General's Award nominee

Barry Dempster is the author of 16 books which includes 12 books of poetry and 4 books of fiction. He has been nominated for the Governor General's Award for literature twice, for his first book, Fables for Isolated Men and most  recently for The Burning Alphabet  in which won the Canadian Authors Association Chalmers Award for poetry. In 2010 he was a finalist for the Ontario Premiere’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  He is the senior acquisitions editor with Brick Books where he has discovered and edited many of Canada's finest emerging poets and many of Canada's best poets. He has been on the faculty at The Banff Centre as mentor for the Writing Studio, Wired Writing and Writing with Style programs and has been the Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill Public Library twice.

   RICHARD GREENE, Governor General's Award winner 2010

Richard Greene has played numerous roles in Canada’s literary community – poet, biographer, critic and professor of English at the University of Toronto. He edited Graham Greene: A Life in Letters (2007) which was highly acclaimed by the British and Canadian literary press, and he was recently commissioned by Time Warner to write a biography of British poet Edith Sitwell (in press). He is a contributing editor to Books in Canada and his reviews of contemporary poetry have been published in numerous journals in Canada and abroad – as has his own poetry. Boxing the Compass , his third collection of poetry was the 2010 recipient of the Governor General’s Award for literature.

   RUTH ROACH PIERSON, Governor General's Award nominee

Ruth Roach Pierson, professor emerita of OISE/UT, is the author, co-author, and co-editor of numerous academic works including “They’re Still Women After All”: The Second World War and Canadian Womanhood (McClelland & Stewart, 1986) and Nation, Empire, Colony: Historicizing Gender and Race (Indiana University Press, 1998). Since retiring from academe, she has published three poetry collections, the first two with BuschekBooks: Where No Window Was (2002) and Aide-Mémoire (2007). The latter was named a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Contrary, her third book of poems, was published in March 2011 by Tightrope Books.

   KAREN SOLIE, Griffin Prize winner 2010

Karen Solie's first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine published by Brick Books, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the ReLit, and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her second book, Modern and Normal, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her most recent book of poetry Pidgeon published by House of Anansi was the 2010 recipient of the Griffin Prize for Poetry, The Trillium Award and the Pat Lowther Award for poetry.

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