Good Friday - No Planet Earth Poetry
April 13: Cornelia Hoogland and Sheila Martindale
Since coming to Victoria in 2009, Sheila Martindale has become a fixture on the literary scene. She is the Poetry Editor for Island Writer magazine, the editor of the James Bay New Horizons newsletter, and she proofreads for the Diocesan Post newspaper. She was one of the Times Colonist’s Solstice Poets in 2010, and her drama Inauspicious Events was produced at Christ Church Cathedral in December 2011. Her ninth book of poetry, Here, There and Somewhere Beyond, was published in November 2010.
Cornelia Hoogland takes the story of Little Red Riding Hood and turns it inside out in this sensuous Canadian retelling.
Cornelia Hoogland has published five poetry collections, most recently, Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011). Her poetry has been published internationally and has been short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards on multiple occasions. Hoogland is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario , and is the founder and the co-artistic director of Poetry London, an organization that brings prominent writers into lively discussion with local writers and readers. Hoogland divides her time between London, Ontario, and Hornby Island, BC.
April 20: Naomi Beth Wakan
Naomi Beth Wakan was born in London, England, and has travelled extensively, including living in Japan for two years. Naomi has authored education books, children books, and poetry collections, as well as non-fiction titles, including the ALA selection, Haiku - one breath poetry. She continues to write prolifically and also conducts workshops on writing later in life. She is a member of Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada and The League of Canadian Poets. She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan. More information about Naomi Beth Wakan
April 27: Stephanie Bolster and E. Alex Pierce
Stephanie Bolster reads from A Page from The Wonders of Life on Earth, a book with a coherent vision of nature—constructed or framed, both in the present and in the recent past—through zoos, aviaries, formal gardens, menageries, and books like the Time-Life one named in the title. Informed by the author’s grand tour of these zoos and gardens, these poems provide a strong lens for considering the many paradoxes of inter-species relations; they open up the possibility of honest, unsentimental elegy. The book is also a model of what might be called investigative poetry, taking the poet’s combination of perceptual acuity, craft, music and sensibility into these richly troubled places (prisons of, monuments to, museums for the lost natural world) where “arcades sell postcards of old photographs of the arcades,” and where questions of what it means to be human, to be animal, to be other and to be art are tangibly in the air. This is Bolster’s best work.
“Bolster’s work demonstrates a surety of vision supported by an insider’s eye for the telling aberrant detail everywhere matched by her impeccable ear . . . ” – Judith Fitzgerald, The Globe and Mail
“What a startling voice she has . . . ” – Patrick Lane, The Vancouver Sun
Stephanie Bolster is a Governor General’s Literary Award-winning poet. She has published three other collections prior to A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth and has been awarded the Archibald Lampman and Gerald Lampert Awards.
E. Alex Pierce lives in East Sable River, Nova Scotia where she is developing a centre for writers and artists. E. Alex Pierce’s voice can be heard echoing down the long corridors of memory and myth. It’s not that these poems live in the past; instead, they manage to bring it back to life with uncanny sensual details and an urgency that makes you realize some fires never really go out. Vox Humana is all lilt and discipline in its courtliness, its surrender to the theatre of the moment at its most alive.