If you weren’t there you missed something special. With a nearly full house last Sunday, two seasoned and stellar poets kept us glued to the mic. Heidi Greco and Christopher Levenson, what a professional, playful, and profound duo!
Open mic readers were particularly peerless, too. We’ve said to those open mic’ers who didn’t have the chance to read, they’ll be first up at next month’s reading.
September’s session is promising to be nothing short of mind boggling. All the way from Ottawa, Henry Beissel is rolling into town on his Western Canada book launch. Joining him will be a talented local favourite, Eileen Kernaghan. Here’s more about them…
Henry Beissel is a poet, playwright, essayist, translator and editor who lives in Ottawa. His commitment to writing first came to national attention through the controversial political and literary journal Edge which he founded in Edmonton and edited from 1963 to 1969. Since then he has over thirty publications to his credit that have received high critical acclaim in Canada and abroad. His versatility as a writer is evident even in a partial list of them: twenty volumes of poetry; six books of plays, both for adults and young audiences; numerous productions of his plays as well as of his adaptations of plays (most recently Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, 2009, and Sophocles’ Antigone, 2011, both performed to much critical and audience acclaim); translations from the works of Bauer, Huchel, Ibsen, Mrozek, and Dorst; fiction and non-fiction; a book on Canada; a Festschrift for Irving Layton; two anthologies of plays for High Schools. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Eileen Kernaghan’s poetry has appeared in PRISM international, The Antigonish Review, Room of One’s Own, Acta Victoriana, Wascana Review, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, the anthology Quintet: Themes & Variations (Ekstasis Editions ) and other publications both mainstream and speculative. Her collection Tales from the Holograph Woods was published in 2009 by Wattle & Daub Books. Eileen has also published nine historical fantasy novels. In 2014 Sophie, in Shadow was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and for the Sheila Egoff Prize for Children’s Literature. She lives in New Westminster.
So mark your calendars for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday September 18, and in the meantime consider something you’d like to present at our Open Mic that day. Arrive on time in order to make the list before the cut-off. Also, don’t forget the last reading at Poetry in the Park goes on Wednesday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss the finale reading of PiP’s summer series. Check out the line-up here.