Forgive us but we’ve had a glitch with posts to the website. All’s good again — for now. Last month we were thrilled to have two powerful voices sharing the podium. Kate Braid, a previous visitor to PJ, was joined by new-to-PJ poet, Richard Therrien. For some reason, the readings seemed rushed this time, but not before we were dazzled by these two stellar poets.
It’s worth repeating, even if you know, we’re taking a break over the Christmas holidays. There is no reading in December, but we’ll be firing up the engines again in January.
Joining us on January 15 are E.D. Blodgett and Chelsea Comeau. We decided to combine ‘tried and true’ Ted with ‘up and coming’ Chelsea. E.D.’s been around the block and knows the whole neighbourhood while Chelsea’s rounding the first corner on her way to great things. Here’s more about these fine poets…
E.D.(Ted) Blodgett, FRSC, is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta where he taught about 40 years, and held the Louis Desrochers Chair in Études Canadiennes, Campus Saint-Jean (2008-10). His publications in mediaeval studies include two translations, notably, The Love Songs of the Carmina Burana with Roy Arthur Swanson (Garland Publishing, 1987), and The Romance of Flamenca (Garland Publishing, 1995). He has written books on D.G. Jones and Alice Munro, and more recently, Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and Les Enfants des Jésuites ou le sacrifice des vierges (Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2013). He has published 27 books of poetry, of which two have received the Governor General’s Award. His most recent book is Horizons, the third of his books in both English and French. He is a past poet laureate of Edmonton (2007-09), and a former Writer-in-Residence at Grant MacEwan University (2004). He is currently involved in writing another bilingual renga.
Chelsea Comeau is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Claremont Review, Quills, and CV2. In 2015, she was the Canadian winner of the Leaf Press chapbook contest, and attends poetry retreats with Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier. She is currently the poetry editor of WordWorks magazine.
So mark your calendars for Sunday January 15 and please don’t forget the earlier start time of 11:30am. Come early so you can register for open mic and place your food & beverage order before we get underway. So see you for brunch with items starting at $10!