Robson Reading Series celebrates National Poetry Month

April 22nd, 7pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square

The Robson Reading Series will celebrate this passionate, language-rich way of life for Canada’s 10th Annual National Poetry Month. Join poets Gillian Jerome, 2010 Dorothy Livesay Prize nominee; Laisha Rosnau, 2010 Pat Lowther Award nominee; and past Livesay winner Gregory Scofield for readings and conversation.

Gillian Jerome (East Vancouver, BC) will read from Red Nest (Nightwood, 2009), her debut collection of domestic, urban and intergalactic eclogues in which brave and rambunctious creatures nest in the humour and horror of the 21st-century. Gillian’s first non-fiction book, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, won the 2009 City of Vancouver Book Award and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She has also been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets.

Laisha Rosnau (Vernon, BC) will read from Lousy Explorers (Nightwood, 2009), her second collection, in which husbands and wives stumble into each other at the end of days, children find the wild edges of suburbs, new mothers try to navigate through a map-less terrain, and a relentless epidemic of bugs eats away at the forest. Laisha’s first collection, Notes on Leaving, won the Acorn-Plantos Poetry Award in 2005 and her novel, The Sudden Weight of Snow, was a finalist for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award.

Gregory Scofield (Maple Ridge, BC) will read from kipocihkân, his first anthology of urban Aboriginal songs, which is a retrospective of his pivotal work to date. The word kipocihkân is Cree slang for someone who is mute or unable to speak, and charted in this book is Gregory’s journey out of that silence to become one of the most powerful voices of our time. Gregory is a Metis writer and activist. He has published five highly praised books of poetry and a memoir, Thunder Through My Veins. He has received the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Canadian Authors Association award for most promising young writer and the Confederation Poets Prize.

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