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3 Talks on Poetry: Fundraiser

Coming this week: The Factory Reading Series presents a VerseFest Fundraiser with lectures/talks on writing followed by a Q&A.

The idea is to give more depth and meat to the why and how and background of poetics than can be usually afforded in a format which is focused on people sharing their poems.

The first set of talks were by Monty Reid on How Come Inger Isn’t Here? and Marcus McCann on propriety and poetry. Reid’s is in issue 4 of 17 Seconds. The second set of talks were by Paige Ackerson-Kiely and Barry McKinnon. McKinnon’s essay from his talk is now up at the current issue of 17 Seconds.

This time it is a fundraiser for Ottawas third annual VerseFest Poetry Festival, March 2013.

When? Thursday, November 15, 2012, doors 7pm, reading 7:30pm
Where? The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square, Ottawa
How much? The $10 door cover includes a copy of The Peter F Yacht Club #17
Who? Cameron Anstee, Pearl Pirie & Stephen Brockwell

Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press and is pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the University of Ottawa. Recent chapbooks have been published by above/ground press (Ottawa), The Emergency Response Unit (Toronto) and St. Andrew Books (Ottawa). He plans to talk on the life and works of Raymond Souster.

Pearl Pirie has been organizing the Tree Seed Workshop Series for the Tree Reading Series since 2009. She is always on the lookout for new facilitators to bend their poetic passion to mentor local writers there. She tweets, photographs and verbs about town. Her blogs include pesbo, Humanyms, and Eaten Up. Her poetry collections include Thirsts (Snare, 2011) Mammals of Hoarfrost (Corrupt Press, 2011), Between Stations (epiphany press, 2011), been shed bore (Chaudiere, 2010) and over my dead corpus (AngelHouse, 2010). She is working on a couple full-length manuscripts. She plans to talk on the need for including the extraneous and the role and rule of safety in poetry and publishing.

Stephen Brockwell is the author of 4 books of poems. Fruitfly Geographic won the 2004 Archibald Lampman Award for the best book of poetry by an Ottawa writer. His Excerpts from Impossible Books is an interminable work in progress, with two sections of such appearing with chapbooks by above/ground press. Brockwell runs the small business from his basement, borrowed office space and coffee shops. His subject will be revealed on the night. spoiler: on various subjects (Poetry, Migration, Networks, Language)

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