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Nightwood Authors Celebrate National Poetry Month - Robson Reading Series

Posted: April 14, 2010

Celebrate National Poetry Month with British Columbian authors Gillian Jerome, Laisha Rosnau and Gregory Scofield on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm at UBC Library/Bookstore at Robson Square.

Established in Canada in April 1999 by the League of Canadian Poets, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, schools, libraries, and poets across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture.

Enter the surreal adventure that is Gillian Jerome's Red Nest, her debut collection of domestic, urban and intergalactic eclogues. Red Nest (Nightwood Editions, 2009) has just been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

Laisha Rosnau's Lousy Explorers delves into new territory, both physically and emotionally—relocation, the north, new marriage and motherhood—in a way that is honest, raw and insightful. Lousy Explorers (Nightwood Editions, 2009) has just been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.

Gregory Scofield's kipocihkân is his first anthology of urban Aboriginal songs and is a retrospective of his pivotal work to date. The word kipocihkân is Cree slang for someone who is mute or unable to speak, and charted in this book is Scofield's journey out of that silence to become one of the most powerful voices of our time. Scofield has received the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Canadian Authors Association award for most promising young writer and the Confederation Poets Prize.

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