Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Halifax Central Library | 10am - 4pm

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2018 Word on the Street Halifax Schedule

The 2018 Word on the Street Halifax Schedule is now available for download.  Please select the red Download Schedule tab on the left of the screen to access a PDF file containing complete festival details at a glance.  

Atlantic Canadian Poets

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Chad Norman – Selected Poems Old and New

Chad Norman lives beside the high-tides of Cobequid Bay, just outside, Truro, NS. He has published in magazines and literary publications around the world. each July he arranges and hosts RiverWords: Poetry and Music Festival to showcase NS talent. Norman has 17 titles out, his most recent being Selected & New Poems, 2017, (Mosaic Press), and his first children’s book, Waking Up On The Wrong Side Of The Sky, with an anti-bullying theme. He is working on a new manuscript, The Black Rum Poems.

Kayla Geitzler – That Light Feeling Under Your Feet

That Light Feeling Under Your Feet plunges headfirst into the surreal and slogging world of cruise ship workers. These masterfully crafted poems challenge perpetuating colonial and class relations, as well as the hedonistic lifestyle attributed to the employees of these floating resorts. Kayla Geitzler’s debut collection interprets isolation, alienation, racism, and assimilation into the margins as inevitable consequences for the seafaring workforce of the most profitable sector of the tourism industry.

Kayla Geitzler’s debut collection plunges headfirst into the surreal and slogging world of cruise ship workers. Exploring the liminal space between labour and leisure, the poems in That Light Feeling Under Your Feet are at once buoyant and weighty, with  language that cuts like a keel through the sea.

Lewis MacKinnon – Raithean airson Sireadh / Seasons for Seeking

Lewis MacKinnon’s fourth Scottish Gaelic poetry collection features translations of the Rumi interpretations of poet Coleman Barks alongside MacKinnon’s own original poems. The poems in the collection are grouped thematically in sections corresponding to days that are celebrated in the Gaelic cultural calendar year in Nova Scotia. The book is fully bilingual and is subtitled “Poems of Rumi for the Gaelic Cultural Calendar in Nova Scotia.”

MacKinnon was born in Cape Breton to a Gaelic-speaking father and an Acadian French-speaking mother. He was raised on the Nova Scotia mainland in Antigonish. In 2011, MacKinnon was awarded the Bardic Crown of the Royal National Mòd in Scotland. MacKinnon works to advance Gaels’ language, culture, and identity in Nova Scotia, Canada, and internationally.