Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rockglen Arts in the Park was amazing!

I had a great time in Rockglen! This is what greeted us as we approached the town. Magnificent!




Rockglen Arts in the Park was amazing! Fantastic exhibits, fantastic entertainers, and a great crowd! Hats off to the organizers and volunteers! What a great community! And the landscape is breathtaking. Turkey vultures, nighthawks and doves all circled the courtyard as the music played. Thank you to the organizers of Arts in the Park for inviting me to this incredible event and thank you to everyone for the warm hospitality. I instantly felt at home.




"Turning Owls into Poems: Ten Ways to Find Magic Right Where You Are" was the title of my display and talk and I took great Saskatchewan poetry along and some free books courtesy of Brick Books.




I made a stack of bookmarks as well. 




So grateful to the amazing artist who took us to the Burning Hills just outside of Rockglen. The view was unbelievable!



Another angle of the Burning Hills. The Burning Hills Hiking Trail is now on my bucket list!


Another view from the head of the Burning Hills Hiking Trail. That's Rockglen way down there! Such a beautiful place!



This was the courtyard just after we returned from a delicious pancake breakfast. A gorgeous space on a gorgeous day.



All of the entertainment was superb!



I had a fantastic time. I look forward to visiting Rockglen again!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Rockglen Arts in the Park

In a few days time I'm off to Rockglen, Saskatchewan for the first time and I'm excited! Thank you to the organizers of Arts in the Park for inviting me. I'll be giving a talk titled "Turning Owls into Poems: Ten Ways to Find Magic Right Where You Are" on Saturday, June 10 from 1:00-1:30, and I'm taking a stack of wonderful books by Saskatchewan poets along as well as great poetry book giveaways courtesy of Brick Books. I plan to take in all the events, displays, workshops, and food, and look forward to meeting everyone. I'll report back!


Thursday, June 01, 2017

George Elliott Clarke is coming to town!

George Elliott Clarke is one of the most exciting and energizing presenters around. Looking so forward to taking in this reading and workshop!

Copied from the Ore Samples Writers Series blog:

Ore is so excited about George Elliott Clarke's upcoming visit to our community! July 20! He'll be giving a workshop and reading. Come to one or both. Host Kevin Imrie. Mark your calendars! Tell your friends! This will be great!
The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered wordsmith. He is a noted artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Now teaching African-Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato.
Here are the posters. 




Ore Samples Writers Series gratefully acknowledges support from Artists in Communities. Artists in Communities is a joint initiative of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture Inc., and is supported by funding provided by the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation. Thank you to our community partners Flin Flon Public Library and Flin Flon Arts Council, and sponsors Hudbay and the Victoria Inn.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The 2nd annual Poetry and a Pint

...happened on May 20 at the Bushwakker Brewing Company in Regina and it was so much fun! Thank you to Anne McDonald, Bruce Rice, Carle Steel, David Sealy, and Nathan Mader for their fantastic readings! 



The event was loosely themed around the title "On Special." The writers were asked to work a menu item into their intro or into the work itself. They all took the challenge in different and amazing directions. The crowd too was awesome. Thank you to everyone for coming out. Thank you to Grant from Bushwakker and Tracy Hamon from the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild for putting this fun together. Thank you to everyone at Bushwakker. Hats off to Bushwakker's pastry chef who is clearly a master. The limited edition Chocolate Muse cheesecake, made just for this occasion, was absolutely divine! I wrote and delivered my first ever ode in its honour using the form Keats seemed to favour. It was as cheesy as you can imagine!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 18 Ore Samples report

It's been an exciting spring! The Ore Samples Writers Series continues to grow and evolve and I'm really enjoying getting to know the local writing community better. The workshop by visiting author Candace Savage drew some writers I hadn't yet met. This workshop was one of the best I've ever attended. It was so brilliantly conceived and carried out and all the participants were fully engaged. And wow, the writing they produced and shared! Amazing. I'm still buzzing from it all.    

Copied from the Ore Samples Writers Series blog:

The May 18 Ore at the Flin Flon Public Library​ was amazing! The workshop led by visiting author Candace Savage was very inspiring and very well-attended. Thank you to Candace Savage and Myrna Guymer for their wonderful readings at the event that followed. Thank you to host Kevin Imrie, and what a great host he was. Thank you to the great audience. Thank you to the community, the sponsors, and the local media for their engagement with the arts and for making great things like this happen.


Ore Samples Writers Series gratefully acknowledges support from Artists in Communities. Artists in Communities is a joint initiative of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture Inc., and is supported by funding provided by the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation. Thank you to our community partners Flin Flon Public Library and Flin Flon Arts Council, and sponsors Hudbay and the Victoria Inn.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The 2nd Poetry and a Pint

...is happening at the Bushwakker in Regina on the long weekend! So happy to be part of this. Looking forward to hearing fantastic readings by Anne McDonald, Bruce Rice, Carle Steel, Dave Sealy, and Nathan Mader! Looking forward to sampling the limited edition Chocolate Muse Cheesecake! The food at the Bushwakker is always great! If you're in or around Regina please come by. This will be fun!