Four celebrated poets, one unforgettable event – that’s what Niagara College has in store to kick off National Poetry Month in April.
The public is welcome to join the College community for Ode to the Road. The free poetry event will be held on April 4 (1 to 3 p.m.) at Benchmark Restaurant, located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.
Co-organized by College faculty member and author Eva Tihanyi, and NC Libraries director Karen McGrath, the event will feature presentations by accomplished poets including Tihanyi, as well as special guests Susan Glickman, Andrea Thompson and Patricia Keeney. All four presenters are known as masters of their craft with many published works between them.
This will be the first poetry event at the College for Tihanyi, who has been a professor in the English department since 2000 and has been working at the College since 1989. She noted the idea for the event was sparked by her wish to mark National Poetry Month as well as the upcoming release of her new poetry book – The Largeness of Rescue – which will be officially launched in Toronto this spring.
“I thought it would be a great idea to have a group reading with other poets,” said Tihanyi. “I am very excited about this event because it brings poetry both to the college and the Niagara community at large. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that ‘we need poets to change the world’ so what better time than now to host a poetry event at Niagara College.”
Additional event details are available on the NC Libraries website at: http://nclibraries.niagaracollege.ca/poetryevent
National Poetry Month was established by the League of Canadian Poets and the theme for 2016 is ‘The Road.’ View the League of Canadian Poets website here: http://poets.ca/
Eva Tihanyi has taught in the English Department at Niagara College since 1989. She is the author of eight poetry collections including the just-released The Largeness of Rescue, which is already being called her finest work to date. Her most recent previous collection is Flying Underwater: Poems New and Selected (2012). Her poetry has been called “moving and powerful” (Anne Michaels) and “very accomplished, beautifully crafted” (Susan Musgrave). She has also published a short story collection, Truth and Other Fictions (2009), which the Globe and Mail hailed as “an impressive and promising debut.” Tihanyi also reviewed more than 250 books between 1994 and 2008 for Books in Canada, the National Post, and the Toronto Star.
She is a longtime member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Writers’ Union of Canada.
Writer and spoken word artist Andrea Thompson has performed her work at venues across North America and overseas for the past 20 years. A pioneer of Slam poetry in Canada, Thompson’s work has been featured on film, radio, and television; and included in magazines, literary journals and anthologies across the country. Thompson’s poetry is hybridist and unique — blending elements of jazz, dub, hip-hop and traditional literary verse. In 2009 she was awarded the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour: For Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Spoken Word, in 2005, her spoken word CD One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award, and in 2015 she was named runner-up for Now Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Poet. Thompson is the co-editor of the anthology Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out (Inanna, 2010), the author of the novel, Over Our Heads (Inanna, 2014) and the poetry collection Eating the Seed (Ekstasis, 2000).
Thompson currently teaches Spoken Word through the Ontario College of Art and Design University’s continuing studies department and Creative Writing through Workman Arts.
Susan Glickman is the author of six volumes of poetry, most recently The Smooth Yarrow (2012). Her first novel, The Violin Lover (Goose Lane, 2006) won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and was named one of the year’s best novels by the National Post. Her second, The Tale-Teller (Cormorant, 2012), was a best-seller in Quebec after appearing in French as Les Aventures étranges et surprenantes d’Esther Brandeau, moussaillon (Editions du Boréal: 2013). Her Toronto murder mystery, Safe as Houses, was published in 2015. Her first children’s book, Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch, was named one of the best books of 2008 by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and was followed by two others, also highly praised: Bernadette in the Doghouse (2011) and Bernadette to the Rescue (2012); all three are currently being translated into French by Editions du Boréal. Her literary history, The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998) won both the Gabrielle Roy Prize for the best work of English Canadian literary criticism and the Raymond Klibansky Prize for the best work in the Humanities.
Patricia Keeney is the author of two novels and 10 volumes of poetry, including Selected Poems with an introduction by the distinguished Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and an experimental theatre piece, Vocal Braiding written with sound poet and playwright Penn Kemp.
In 2012, she published two new volumes – You Bring Me Wings, a series of conversations and poems on national and personal culture with the Mexican poet Ethel Krauze (Antares Press) and a volume of poetry entitled First Woman (Inanna Publications). Her forthcoming books include Orpheus in Our World (NeoPoiesis Press) – and One Man Dancing, (Inanna Publications). A longtime member of The League of Canadian Poets and The Writers’ Union of Canada, Keeney is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Toronto’s York University.
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