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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review Excerpt: Threading Light by Lorri Neilsen Glenn - Bookmark Bookstore Blog

A compelling and poetic work, this collection of linked prose explores Neilsen Glenn’s journey into poetry and deepening understanding of poetry as a model for secular compunction that serves as a form of prayer. – Bookmark Bookstore Blog [...]

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bard-uary Nights!

Hagios Press and McNally Robinson Booksellers present Bard-uary Nights, mid-winter readings by Hagios Press Poets... Thursday, January 17th - 7 p.m. Featuring: [...]

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Writing To Publish - A Poetry Manuscript Workshop

Workshop Leader: Paul Wilson, poet, publisher and editor Location: Celadon Lounge (lower level) Artesian on 13th (at Angus) Fee: $350 due by the deadline. Applicants must also submit five poems Deadline for Application: March 30, 2012 [...]

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review Excerpt: Grid by Brenda Schmidt - Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Schmidt brings clinical detachment, when needed, to human relationships or entanglements. In poems such as “Horsing Around”, with its superb line breaks, parts of the long poem, “Mystic Lake Corridor”, and “Midway”, with its hanging question of starting a family, Schmidt shows an ability to stand back, assess clearly and make a dry report. – Saskatoon Star Phoenix – Bill Robertson [...]

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review Excerpt: The History of Naming Cows by Mitch Spray - Saskatoon Star Phoenix

This collection is not for the faint of heart. The cattle at the Spray place were not pets. Spray and his family were making a living from raising cattle and sometimes the images he evokes are tough, even brutal. In these poems gives readers a graphic look at the live and death drama that sends us our beef.” – Saskatoon Star Phoenix – Bill Robertson [...]

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Brenda Schmidt and Grid

Some of my friends love to be photographed; others duck and run (a reaction I well understand). Whichever category Brenda Schmidt will admit to belonging in, I am delighted that she posed for me at the launch of her latest collection Grid (Hagios Press).   [...]

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review Excerpt: Threading Light by Lorri Neilsen Glenn - Saskatoon Star Phoenix

In Threading Light, a series of essays, Glenn explores the meaning of loss and ways in which it can be made into poetry. Glenn asks compelling questions about loss and “longing for wholeness we can never retrieve.”  – Saskatoon Star Phoenix – Bill Robertson [...]

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Victor Enns Book Launch in Winnipeg

Join us for the launch of Victor Enns' new book Boy. [...]

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Poet Victor Enns looks back at childhood in southern Manitoba

Winnipeg poet Victor Enns is about to launch a new book.  It's called boy and it's a collection of poetry that harkens back to Enns' childhood. [...]

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review Excerpt: Boy by Victor Enns - Winnipeg Free Press

Digging up the past, whether literal or figural, seems to be the theme of this collection, which, as the title suggests, focuses on childhood experience. In “The Dig” the speakers father literally digs up the past, finking skeletons while making a new outhouse hole, while another series of poems offers heartbreaking scenes from an episode of child abuse. – Winnipeg Free Press – Jonathan Ball [...]

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Review Excerpt: The History of Naming Cows by Mitch Spray - Western Producer

It’s gritty, moving, gory, farm loving and grassroots poetry. If you have the tiniest urge to catch some wonderful words, try Mitch Spray. If you’re from a farm, you’ll love them. – Western Producer – Joanne Paulson   [...]

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review Excerpt: Grid by Brenda Schmidt - Quill & Quire

Schmidt is both an observer and a participant in her poems and she successfully illustrates urban intrusions into the natural landscape around her. Grid is a true celebration of life in the northern Prairies. A wry humor, arising out of observation and irony, is prevalent in Grid, along with a certain sardonic detachment. – Quill & Quire – Alexis Kienlen [...]

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: The Cellophane Sky: jazz poems

In the same way a jazz musician feels into the heart of a melody to improvise a free expression of its soul, Jeff Park in this collection of poems imagines the inner lives of the jazz greats, spinning onto the page their physical worlds, the emotional meanings of events in their lives, and the stories they told themselves about their place in the scheme of things. [...]

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review: Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry by Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn’s Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry, is simmered to perfection; reading it wasn’t enough, I wanted to chew it, comprised as it is mostly of tender, slow-cooked self-reflexive prose, seasoned with poetry as earthy and rich as rosemary. A morsel of this work spends a moment in the mouth, red wine reduction keeps one licking the lips, and wanting another bite. This book presents to me, again, that we, in the [...]

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: The History of Naming Cows by Mitch Spray

The History of Naming Cows is one of the quirkiest titles for a poetry book that I’ve come across, but it’s a natural fit. It speaks to the tradition as well as the personal connection of farming and raising cattle on the prairies as found in the poetry. Many of the poems begin in childhood and describe the curiosity, wonder and contentment with farm life as well as bringing new life and brightness to seemingly mundane tasks. The objects and experiences that fascinate a chil [...]

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review Excerpt: Grid by Brenda Schmidt - Winnipeg Free Press

Brenda Schmidt turns a colder eye to the landscape than most other Canadian poets. Schmidt’s best poems have this sense of things “just slipping” out, even as they show clear evidence of careful craft. She doesn’t over-describe but makes each word count while building then releasing striking images: “The birch in the backyard / snapped last night in a storm / the top ten feet now borne / by the willow like a coffin.” – Winnipeg Free Press &ndash [...]

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Book Launch Elias, Keating & Safarik

Regina - Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. the Artesian, 13th Ave & Angus Saskatoon - Thursday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. the Refinery, 609 Dufferin Ave [...]

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hagios Launches Keating, Elias, Safarik

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

THE INTERVIEW PROJECT 36: LAURIE D GRAHAM

An online interview with Laurie D Graham. [...]

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Review Excerpt: Henry's Game by David Elias - Winnipeg Free Press

Elias, a veteran novelist and short-story writer who also teaches the craft, creates a perceptive snapshot of daily life filled with humour and surprising insights. His sentences are short and to the point, some just two or three words long. Just as a chess game moves from opening to middlegame to checkmate, the story races to its conclusion. – Winnipeg Free Press – Cecil R [...]

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Review Excerpt: Famous Roadkill by Allan Safarik - Saskatoon Star Phoenix

In the wonderfully and jarringly titled Famous Roadkill, Safarik drops little observations of everything that surrounds him. Safarik's poetry has an elasticity of vision that takes first the world, but not the poet, seriously, then switches perspective, keeping both Safarik and his readers on their toes. – Saskatoon Star Phoenix – Bill Robertson   [...]

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Review Excerpt: Red Ceiling by Bridget Keating - Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Bridget Keating sees vast tracks of myth and history in the trees, stones and ancestors around her. In “Oskana-ka-asateki “she considers the acts of violence that went into making her city and are now paved under its streets, "the bison bones/ locked beneath veins of asphalt”. These are poems both rooted in the land and rising above it. They see the stones and lichen up close, and the hills and houses from overhead. – Saskatoon Star Phoenix – Bill Robe [...]

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