CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!
THE RICHMOND HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY IS PLEASED TO INVITE YOU TO THE
FIFTH ANNUAL POETRY GALA
Hosted by Barry Dempster
SATURDAY, APRIL 17TH - 1 PM TO 4 PM
RICHMOND HILL CENTRAL LIBRARY ,
(SOUTHWEST CORNER OF MAJOR MACKENZIE & YONGE STREET)
FREE ADMISSION! BOOKS FOR SALE! REFRESHMENTS! AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHAT WITH THE POETS!
Information at: 905-884-9288
Margaret Christakos is the award-winning author of seven acclaimed poetry collections and a novel, Charisma, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. She teaches creative writing and runs ‘Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon’ at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Her most recent collection, What Stirs, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award.
Kevin Connolly is a poet, editor and arts journalist. His first collection of poems, Asphalt Cigar, was published by Coach House Press in 1995 and nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Connolly’s second collection, Happy/and, was published by ECW Press in 2002. His collection, Drift, was published by House of Anansi Press in 2005, and won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His most recent collection Revolver was shortlisted for the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize in 2009.
Barry Dempster is the author of twelve books of poetry and four works of fiction. In 2009 he published Love Outlandish and Ivan’s Birches. His newest collection Blue Wherever is available spring 2010. He is a two-time Governor General’s Award for Literature nominee and the winner of Canadian Author’s Association Chalmer’s Award for poetry. He is the senior editor at Brick Books and a regular faculty at Banff Centre for the Arts. He served as Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill Public Library in 2005 and 2009.
Glen Downie was born in Winnipeg, worked in cancer care for many years in Vancouver, and currently lives in Toronto. He served as Writer-in-Residence at the Medical Humanities Program of Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine in 1999. He has published fiction, non-fiction, reviews, and six books of poetry. His latest collection is Loyalty Management won the 2008 Toronto Book Award.
Sue MacLeod's poetry collections are The Singing You Hear at the Edges and The Language of Rain. She has been shortlisted for the Milton Acorn People's Poet award, won Arc's Poem of the Year prize, and was Halifax's inaugural Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2005. In 2006 she was shortlisted for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia's Masterworks Arts Award for editing To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax, featuring work by more than 60 writers and photographers.
Alison Pick's writing has appeared in publications including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Walrus, and enRoute Magazine. She was the winner of the 2005 CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the 2003 National Magazine Award for Poetry, and the 2002 Bronwen Wallace for most promising Canadian poet under the age of 35.
Her first collection of poetry, Question & Answer, was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada, and for a Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. A second collection, The Dream World, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2008.
Terry Watada is a Toronto writer with many productions and publications to his credit. As a playwright, he has seen five of plays achieve a mainstage production. His publications include Ten Thousand Views of Rain (poetry, Thistledown Press 2001), Seeing the Invisible (a children’s biography, Umbrella Press 1998), Daruma Days (fiction, Ronsdale Press 1997), Bukkyo Tozen: a History of Buddhism in Canada (history, HpF Press 1996) and A Thousand Homes (poetry, Mercury Press 1995). His latest publication, a new book of poems called Obon: the Festival of the Dead (Thistledown Press), was released in the fall of 2006.