Join poets Gary Geddes, Catherine Graham, Julie Joosten, Jacob Scheier, Adam Sol and this year’s CBC Poetry Prize winner, David Martin, as they read from their latest works. Hosted by the CBC’s Mary Ito.
This event is part of CBC@IFOA, a curated series featuring some of the public broadcaster’s top hosts in conversation with renowned and debut authors.
Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and criticism. Geddes has won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile. Geddes presents his latest poetry collection, What Does a House Want?, a polished and cinematographic take on numerous ideas from Israeli-Palestinian violence to the reputation of Ezra Pound.
Catherine Graham is the author of five poetry collections, including Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the CAA Poetry Award. She received an Excellence In Teaching Award at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing. She was also the winner of Poetry NOW 2014. Her work is included in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets, and has appeared in The Malahat Review, Poetry Daily, The Ulster Tatler, Poetry Ireland and elsewhere.
Mary Ito has had a long history of broadcasting, most recently as host of CBC's Living in Toronto. She worked at TVOntario for five years as host of a daily talk show called More to Life, which covered an eclectic range of topics in health, education, arts and culture, business and family issues. She also worked at Global TV as the anchor of a daily health report called Health Matters.
Julie Joosten is originally from Georgia. She has an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD from Cornell University. Her poems and reviews can be found in Jacket 2, Tarpaulin Sky, The Fiddlehead and The Malahat Review. She presents her first book of poetry, Light Light, which was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. It explores the way language captures the undulation of a mind’s working, how that rhythm becomes the embodiment of thought and how that embodiment forms a politics engaged with the environment and its increasing alterations.
David Martin is this year’s recipient of the CBC Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in journals and magazines such as The Malahat Review, Grain, Event, The Fiddlehead, filling Station, CV2 and Alberta Views. He is a board member for the Single Onion, Calgary's longest-running poetry reading series. He lives in Calgary.
Jacob Scheier is a poet and journalist from Toronto. His debut collection, More To Keep Us Warm, won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry. Scheier’s poems have been published in literary journals and magazines across North America, including Descant, Geist and Rattle, and have been heard on CBC Radio. He presents his latest collection, Letter from Brooklyn, in which he explores themes of love, loss, history, identity, protest and popular culture. He moves from the inner worlds of grief and love to form a poetic dialect between the familial and the historical.
Adam Sol is the author of three previous books, including Jeremiah, Ohio, a novel in poems that was shortlisted for Ontario's Trillium Award for Poetry, and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He has published fiction, scholarly essays and reviews for The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and many others. He is an Associate Professor of English at Laurentian University's campus in Barrie, Ontario. Sol presents Complicity, an intimate, experimental and outlandish collection that focuses on the inescapable troubling structures that determine our lives.