Local Poets Celebrate Stanzas
Armstrong, Bob, Winnipeg Free Press
April isn't just the cruellest month. It's also the most poetic.
A celebration of National Poetry Month at McNally Robinson will feature an assortment of local bards whose work crosses genre boundaries.
John K. Samson, lead singer for the Weakerthans and one of the founders of Arbeiter Ring Publishing, will be joined by visual artist/poet and U of W women's and gender studies professor Roewan Crowe (Quivering Land), editor and author Maurice Mierau (Fear Not), boxer/poet Kerry Ryan (Vs.), luthier and birder John Weier (Where Calling Birds Gather) and Melanie Dennis Unrau (Happiness Threads), who also works as poetry editor of Geez magazine. The event begins Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Poetry fans who have prior commitments on Monday can celebrate National Poetry Month online at the website of Winnipeg's Turnstone Press, which has been posting a poem for each day in April, featuring Turnstone poets reading their own work.
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Winnipeg book lovers will gather at The Gates on Roblin at 10:30 a.m. on May 4 for the annual Books and Brunch fundraiser to support the Winnipeg Public Library.
Historian Frank Albo, known for decoding the art and architecture of the Manitoba Legislative Building, and Winnipeg Free Press pop-culture watcher Alison Gillmor are the featured guests for a discussion of "Books I Have Known and Loved." Broadcaster Joanne Kelly is the MC.
For tickets to the partially tax-deductible fundraiser, contact the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library at 204-947-0110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Canadian writing community will gather at the University of Toronto Sunday to pay tribute to a former Winnipegger who spent decades advocating for writing as a profession. …