Poets Warren Clements, Beatriz Hausner, Christine McNair, Peter Norman and the CBC English Poetry Prize winner, James Scoles, read from and discuss their latest works.
The audience is invited to a reception following the event, hosted by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and Kevin Sweet, who will present awards to both the English and French recipients of the CBC Poetry Prize.
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Warren Clements was on the editorial board of The Globe and Mail for many years. His comic strip Nestlings ran in that newspaper from 1979 to 1993, and he wrote columns on word play and home video. He co-wrote The Globe and Mail Style Book and edited such books as The Globe Challenge, The Full Mountie and Portfoolio 23/24/25, three annuals of Canada’s best editorial cartoons. He lives in Toronto with his partner, Alexandra Eadie. Clements presents his first book of poetry, Bird Doggerel, a collection of humorous and mostly accurate poems about birds.
Gill Deacon is an award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author. Her portfolio includes several prominent roles at CBC, including host of CBCTV’s Code Green, weekly arts correspondent for CBC News Morning, host of CBC’s flagship daytime show, The Gill Deacon Show, and guest host for CBC Toronto’s Here and Now. Deacon is also the author of the national bestsellers There’s Lead in Your Lipstick and Green for Life. She currently sings in a Toronto band called The Circumstantialists.
Christine McNair’s work has appeared in CV2, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, Arc, Descant and Poetry is Dead. She won second prize in the Atlantic Canadian Writing Competition, an honourable mention in the Eden Mills Literary Competition and was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is one of the hosts of CKCU’s Literary Landscape programme and works as a book conservator in Ottawa. McNair’s Conflict interweaves ghosts, bad communication, the uncanny and the archival to create a collection of poems that breaks down remembrance into abandoned historic markers, jet fuel, keening or teeth.
Shelagh Rogers has been a CBC journalist for over thirty years, working on flagship programs such as Morningside, Sounds Like Canada and This Morning. She is currently the host and a producer of the CBC Radio program The Next Chapter, devoted to Canadian writers and songwriters. Rogers has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds multiple honourary doctorates from Canadian universities.