| Trent University's Department of English Literature Launches 2004/05 Writers Reading Series
Poet Molly Peacock to read from her work September 23
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004, Peterborough
Trent University's Department of English Literature is pleased to announced the beginning of the 2004/05 Writers Reading Series on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Traill College, Junior Common Room with Poet Molly Peacock.
Ms. Peacock is poet-in-residence at The American Poets' Corner, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and divides her time between New York City and Toronto. She is the author of Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems (2002), How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle, and the memoir, Paradise Piece by Piece. Former President of the Poetry Society of America, Ms. Peacock is one of the creators of "Poetry in Motion" on subways and buses throughout North America and co-edited Poetry in Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses. Ms. Peacock's latest project is a one-woman monologue in poems, "The Shimmering Verge," which she is performing throughout North America.
The Department of English organized the first Writers Reading Series in the 1988-89 academic year. Its members 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.
Also this fall, as part of Writers Reading:
Joanne Findon is the author of two picture books, The Dream of Aengus, a retelling of an ancient Irish myth, and Auld Lang Syne, a story of Robert Burns told from the poet's own perspective. She has studied medieval history and literature, particularly Celtic literature, and has a PhD in Medieval Studies. Her first young adult novel, When Night Eats The Moon, was published by Red Deer Press in 1999. Ms. Findon's published short stories include "The Scarlatina," "On the Road," and "The Importance of Being Bracknell." She was awarded the Toronto IODE Award in 1994 for The Dream of Aengus. Ms. Findon is a member of Trent University's Department of English Literature where she teaches medieval literature and children's literature.
Monday, October 18, 2004 at 5 p.m. in Room I110, Durham College, Trent in Oshawa
Jonathan Bennett is the author of the novel, After Battersea Park, and the short story collection, Verandah People, which was runner up for the Danuta Gleed Award in 2003 and selected by January Magazine as a "best of 2003" book. Mr. Bennett's first collection of poetry, Here is my street, this tree I planted, was published by ECW Press in 2004. His poem, "Last Stand of the Wollemi Pine," was a finalist for ARC magazine's 2003 "Poem of the Year." Mr. Bennett's writing has appeared in many periodicals and journals, including the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, and Descant. Mr. Bennett, originally from Sidney, Australia, now teaches Creative Writing at George Brown College.
Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at Otonabee College, Room 214.1 (Private Dining Room)
Jill Battson is an internationally published poet, and poetry activist. Her first book, Hard Candy (Insomniac 1997), was nominated for the "Gerald Lampert Award." Ashes are Bone and Dust was published by Insomniac Press in 2001. She has initiated and produced many poetry events, including "The Poetry Express," "Liminal Sisters," "The Poet's Refuge," and "The Festival of the Spoken Word." Ms. Battson staged her one-woman show, How I learned to live with obsession in New Mexico and at Toronto's Fringe Festival. Ecce Homo is an enhanced monologue for dance and voice. Ms. Battson is currently writing a novel and a series of performance pieces.
Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at Champlain College, Senior Common Room
For further information, contact Professor Margaret Steffler, 748-1011, ext. 1733