Poets Claire Caldwell, Ulrikka S. Gernes, Stevie Howell, Damian Rogers and Deanna Young read from their latest works. Jessica Moore hosts.
Claire Caldwell is a poet and editor living in Toronto where she edits romance and action-adventure novels at Harlequin. She was the 2013 winner of the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize and her work has appeared in publications such as Maisonneuve and PRISM international. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph and a BA in English and French Literature from McGill. Caldwell presents her debut collection of poetry, Invasive Species, which contrasts the calamities of climate change and the dangers of the natural world with the intimacies of everyday life.
Ulrikka S. Gernes was born in Sweden of Danish parents. At the age of 22, she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, already a published and highly acclaimed poet. Since then she has published an additional 10 collections. She is also the author of two books for children, as well as many short stories, songs and various contributions to literary anthologies, art catalogues, magazines, newspapers and Danish National radio. Gernes presents Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments, a dreamlike collection of poems that attempt, with honesty and humour, to fathom what it is to inhabit a specifically unspecific point in life. Supported by Danish Arts Foundation
Stevie Howell’s poetry and criticism have appeared in publications such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail and National Post. Her poems have been finalists for the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize and the 2012 Walrus Poetry Prize. She is from Scarborough and studies psychology. Howell presents ^^^^^^ [Sharps]¸ which was published to critical acclaim in 2014 and shortlisted for the 2015 Gerald Lampert Award. Emergencies, faith, truancy and poverty intersect in this wry debut.
Jessica Moore is an author and translator. Her book, Everything, now, has been called “a powerful journey through love and loss." She is a BILTC and Lannan alumna, and winner of a PEN America Translation Award. She is VP for Ontario for the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and creator of Toronto’s Common Readings series. Moore is also a songwriter—Beautiful in Red is her debut solo album. She presented her translation of Maylis de Kerangal's Birth of a Bridge at IFOA 2014; her translation of de Kerangal’s moving and unusual story of a heart transplant, Mend the Living, is forthcoming in 2016.
Damian Rogers is from the Detroit area and now lives in Toronto, where she works as poetry editor of House of Anansi Press, poetry editor of The Walrus and as creative director of Poetry in Voice, a national recitation contest for Canadian high school students. Her first book of poems, Paper Radio, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Rogers presents her latest poetry collection, Dear Leader, with poems that provide instructions for what to leave, what to take and what to fight.
Deanna Young’s writing has appeared in journals across Canada and in 2013 she received the grand prize in the PRISM international Poetry Contest. She lives in Ottawa where she co-directs the Tree Reading Series. Young presents her third collection of poetry, House Dreams, which was a finalist for the 2015 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, the Ottawa Book Award and the Archibald Lampman Award. House Dreams is a haunting sample of the life we all live underground, and a view beneath the foundations of the various eras and places that make up one woman’s life story.