Posted: Monday, September 15, 2003
Trent University’s Writers Reading Series Fall Events
Book launch to kick-off 2003/2004 series
The launch of Peterborough poet Betsy Struther’s ninth book will signify the start of Trent University’s 2003/2004 Writers Reading Series and the beginning of "Poetry Season".
Titles Bookstore and the Writers Reading Series announce the launch of Still, published by Black Moss Press, a book of poetry by Ms. Struthers. She will read from this most recent work on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Titles Bookstore, 379 George Street North.
This year’s Writers Reading Series will see a number of poets participate. The University’s department of English organized the first Writers Reading Series in the 1988-89 academic year. They decided to mount a reading series which would not only bring to the University established writers who are well-known on the reading circuit, but also act as a showcase for newer writers who have not yet developed a wide audience.
One of the founders of Trent University's Writers Reading Series, Ms. Struthers, who has lived in Peterborough since 1977, is the author of six books of poetry and three novels. She received the Silver Medal in the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award competition in 1994 and has been president of the League of Canadian Poets.
Ms. Struthers also works as an editor and co-edited (with Sarah Klassen) Poets in the Classroom, an anthology of essays about teaching poetry. She will be leading a poetry workshop Telling Poems as part of Julian Blackburn College's Continuing Education Program this fall. For further information, visit www.trentu.ca/continuinged/.
Ms. Struthers' work has been widely published in journals and anthologies and she has read her work in many venues across Canada, in Australia and the USA.
Also this fall, as part of Writers Reading:
Karen Solie was
born in Moosejaw and grew up on the family farm in southwestern Saskatchewan.
Her first collection
Books 2001), was awarded the BC Book Prize, the Dorothy
Livesay Award for poetry and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry
Gerald Lampert Award and the ReLit Prize. Solie's short
won the 1999
Other Voices fiction contest, appeared in the Journey Prize
Anthology 12 and won this year's Subterrain short fiction
Solie lives in Toronto and is currently completing her
Ph.D. dissertation in English from the University of Victoria.
Ken Babstock was
born in Newfoundland and grew up in the Ottawa Valley. His poems have
appeared in several Canadian
including The Malahat Review, Fiddlehead, PRISM International,
and Canadian Literature. His first collection of poetry,
Mean (Anansi 1999), was awarded
the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Prize and the Atlantic
Babstock published his second poetry collection, Days
into Flatspin (Anansi), in 2001 and was awarded the K.M. Hunter
for literature in
2002. Currently living in Toronto, Ken Babstock has also
taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Bruce Meyer is a
poet, literary critic, and teacher, and is well known to CBC radio
audiences as the mind
produced by CBC in 1999. In addition to The Golden
Thread: A Reader's Journey Through the Great Books (2000), recent
the poetry collections The Spirit Bride (2002), Anywhere
(2000) and The Presence
(1999). Meyer has been a visiting writer at the University
Texas at Austin and the University of Southern Mississippi.
He was also
at Leacock House in July 2001. Meyer won the Ruth Cable
Memorial Prize for Poetry in 1998 and received honourable
for the T.S. Eliot
Poetry Prize in 2000.
the managing editor of Brick Magazine, studied acting, film production
University, and completed a B.A. in English at the
University of Toronto in 1992.
He is a poet, playwright, and novelist, and has also
been involved in publishing, film production, and
bookselling. Seven of Redhill's
were produced in the 1990s, including Building Jerusalem
(published 2001), which won the Dora Mavor Moore
Award. Redhill won the
Norma Epstein Award
for poetry in 1990 and the E.J. Pratt Prize for poetry
in 1991. His poetry collections include Impromptu
Feats of Balance,
Arms and Asphodel.
Michael Redhill's very successful first novel, Martin
(Doubleday, 2001), was shortlisted for the 2001 Giller
Frances Itani has
written novels, short stories, poetry and radio drama. She grew up
in a small
Quebec, and has
lived in various Canadian provinces and European
countries. Itani has held teaching and writer-in-residence
universities and libraries, including Trent University.
Her most recent publications
are the short story collections, Man Without Face
(1994), which won the Ottawa-Carleton Book Award,
was awarded the Tilden/CBC/Saturday Night Literary
Award for short stories in 1995 and 1996. Frances
this fall in Canada, USA, UK, and the Netherlands.
It will be translated and published in other countries
received his B.A. in English from Trent University and his MA in Creative
University of East
Anglia. He has
written two collections of short stories, Happy
Pilgrims and the recently published Foreigners.
a Creative Writing
the University of Toronto's School of Continuing
Studies and contributes to the Toronto Star's
book pages. He
Magazine's New Writer
of the Year in 2000, won the Humber School for
Writers Prize in 1997 and in 2000 was short listed
Craft Award and the Ian James Award for short
information, contact Gordon Johnston, 748-1011, Ext. 1522