November 4: Maureen Hynes and Lisa Shatzky
Maureen Hynes has published three books of poetry, Rough Skin (Wolsak and Wynn) Harm’s Way (Brick Books), Marrow, Willow (Pedlar Press) and is working on a fourth. She has twice been selected for the Banff Writers’ Studio and in 2007, a selection of her poems were shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award. She is Poetry Editor for Our Times, Canada’s national labour magazine
Planet Earth Poetry thanks The Canada Council for the Arts for funding Maureen Hynes reading.
Lisa Shatzky was born in Montreal, but has lived in Vancouver and Bowen Island for the past twenty-one years. Her poetry has appeared in Room, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, The Prairie Journal, The Antigonish Review, Canadian Women’s Studies and more, including several chapbooks and anthologies.
Lisa will be launching her first collection of poems: Do Not Call Me By My Name, from Black Moss Press, poems based on her experiences working with First Nations Children.
NO Planet Earth Poetry on November 11 Remembrance Day
November 18: Jan Zwicky reads from Forge (http://www.gaspereau.com/9781554470976.shtml)
Jan Zwicky is a musician, philosopher and award-winning poet. In 1999, she won the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry for Songs for Relinquishing the Earth. Her most recent collection of poetry, Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences (GP, 2005), was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Zwicky currently teaches philosophy at the University of Victoria.
November 25: Wendy Morton
Wendy Morton believes that poetry is the shortest distance between hearts. She has five books of poetry, and a memoir, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, in which her adventures as a corporate sponsored poet are revealed. Her latest book of poetry, What Were Their Dreams, is a book of photo-poems of Canada’s history.
She is the founder of Canada’s Random Acts of Poetry and is the recipient of the 2010 Spirit Bear Award and the Golden Beret Award. For her day job, she has been an insurance investigator for the last 28 years. She lives in Sooke, B.C. and is a raven watcher.
December 2: Jennifer Still and Meira Cook
Planet Earth Poetry thanks Brick Books for supporting their authors.
In her second book of poems, called Girlwood, Jennifer Still produces a rich and innovative collection that invokes the ghosts of girlhood past. Jennifer Still’s first collection of poems, Saltations (Thistledown Press, 2005) was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Poems from Girlwood were finalists in the 2008 CBC Literary Awards. After living her adult years until just recently in Saskatchewan, Jennifer now lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two children.
A Walker in the City is Méira Cook’s third book of poetry with Brick Books. The opening poem of this collection won first place in the 2006 CBC Literary Awards, and poems in this series were selected as part of the Poetry in Motion initiative. Her earlier books with Brick Books are Toward a Catalogue of Falling (1996) and Slovenly Love (2003). Méira Cook lives, writes, and walks in Winnipeg.