7:30pm on Wednesday, January 14, 2014
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Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Patrick Lane is one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets, having won numerous awards including the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. In November 2014 he received the Order of Canada, recognizing more than 50 years of contribution to Canadian poetry and literature. Lane lives in Victoria, BC with his wife, the poet Lorna Crozier.
While publishing his Collected Poems in 2011, the process of revisiting his past works rekindled his love of the written word and launched him on a new phase of poetry composition. Washita is the result. Honest and self-aware, Lane’s new collection explores all facets of his own life, as well as the lives of those he has touched, and evokes some of the most inexpressible experiences a human being can undergo.
Arleen Paré is the author of four books, including her latest poetry collection Lake of Two Mountains, which won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Originally from Montreal, she lived in Vancouver for over two decades working in Social Service. She now lives in Victoria, BC with her partner Chris Fox.
Lake of Two Mountains
A contemplation of landscape and memory, Lake of Two Mountains maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. Paré explores the contested human presences and natural history of the region, ultimately reflecting on how a place comes to inhabit us even as we inhabit it.
Kayla Czaga recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Her poetry is already making waves and she’s received The Fiddlehead's 23rd annual Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, The Malahat Review's 2012 Far Horizon's Award for Poetry and an Editor's Choice Award in ARC Poetry Magazine's 2012 Poem of the Year Contest. Cyzaga lives in Vancouver, BC. Her debut collection is For Your Safety Please Hold On.
For Your Safety Please Hold On
The poems in For Your Safety Please Hold On move in thematic focus from family, to girlhood, to adulthood, each permeated by Czaga's lively voice and quick-witted, playful language. They test the line between honest humour and bitter reality in a sophisticated, incisive manner that tugs at the gut and feels true.