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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017.
What can be known? What can be seen? What is simply in our imaginations? Take a poetic journey of discovery through the natural world with your guides Gillian Sze, Lisa Richter, and Roo Borson.
In Panicle, Gillian Sze makes her readers look and, more importantly, look again. It’s a collection that challenges our notion of seeing as a passive or automatic activity by asking us to question the process of looking. The book includes a creative translation of Roland Giguère’s Pouvoir du Noir, and sections on the moving image and the still image, exploring a wide range of periods, movements, and media. It ends with a meditative suite of poems that ruminate on nature, desire, and history.
Gillian Sze is the author of five poetry collections, including Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press, 2014) and Redrafting Winter (BuschekBooks, 2015), both of which were finalists for the QWF A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Her work has received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 3Macs carte blanche Prize. She studied creative writing and English literature and has a Ph.D. in Études anglaises from Université de Montréal. She lives in Montreal.
This diverse debut collection follows the speaker on a path of self-discovery and navigates the tension between memory and imagination, between the personal and the political, and the primacy of sensual, sensory, lived experience. The poet explores overlapping/intersecting identities that shape and inform us, celebrating the importance of telling our stories as a means of bringing us closer to our authentic selves.
Lisa Richter’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Puritan, Minola Review, The Malahat Review, Canthius, and lichen, amongst others, and has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Closer to Where We Began is her first full-length collection of poetry. Lisa lives and teaches English in Toronto.
After Roo Borson’s two previous collections — Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida and Rain; road; an open boat — set the seasons in motion, focusing the poet’s mind on time, mortality, transience, and absence, Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar arrives to complete the triptych. From the glittering, classically rendered image to a freighted, lucid, narrative line, Borson’s voice can shift and refract while holding true to the momentary facts of the shifting, given world.
Roo Borson has published thirteen previous books of poems, most recently Rain; road; an open boat and Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, winner of the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also won awards for her essays. With Kim Maltman, she writes and translates collaboratively under the pen name Baziju. She lives in Toronto.