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Above: Quarmby and Collis lead protesters
Congratulations to Talon poet Stephen Collis! On Friday, September 25, Collis was awarded by Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy.
The Sterling Prize was established at Simon Fraser University in 1993 to honour and encourage work that provokes and/or contributes to the understanding of controversy. It may be awarded for work in any field, including – but not limited to – the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and education. The selection of the annual prize winner is the responsibility of the Sterling Prize Committee.
Collis’s co-recipient this year is Lynne Quarmby, an SFU professor of biology. Together Collis and Quarmby faced litigation by Kinder Morgan earlier in the year as representatives of civil disobedients against the building of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on Burnaby Mountain. Read more about the award and its receipients on SFU’s website.
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
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