Cross-Border Pollination – July 9th Reading
June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
This July’s Cross-Border Pollination Reading is not to be missed. Come take in some spellbinding works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry by incredible writers from Canada, The U.S. and Scotland(!). This reading will feature Carmen Aguirre, Maggie De Vries, Andrew Feld, Robert Alan Jamieson, Bren Simmers and Pimone Triplett.
Carmen is a Vancouver-based playwright and actor whose first book, a memoir entitled Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, has just been published by Douglas & McIntyre. It will be published in the fall by Granta/Portobello in The United Kingdom. She has written and co-written eighteen plays, has sixty stage, film and television credits, and is an acting instructor at Vancouver Film School. Her writing is political in a highly personal way and she is interested in exploring the tension between political commitment and personal desires. Carmen is a graduate of Studio 58.
Prose writer Maggie De Vries has written many children’s works as well as an historical fiction set in Holland and a memoir for adults about her sister, one of Vancouver’s missing women.
Andrew Feld is the author of two books of poetry, Citizen (HarperCollins 2004) and Raptor, forthcoming from the University of Chicago, April 2012. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and the Editor-in-Chief of The Seattle Review. He is obsessed with forms: highly specialized natural forms like raptors, and the highly specialized artifice that is poetry.
Robert Alan Jamieson is a Scottish novelist and poet, originally from the Shetland Isles, who teaches Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. His last novel – ‘Da Happie Laand’ (2010) – was shortlisted for both the Saltire Prize and the SMIT Scottish Book of the Year, and his most recent book of poetry is ‘Nort Atlantik Drift’ (2007). His current project is a Scottish/Canadian story spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Bren Simmers lives in Vancouver, where she works as a park interpreter. Winner of the Arc Poem of the Year Award, and finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, her first book of poems, Night Gears, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2010. She is currently working on a cycle of poems about seasonal changes in her East Van neighbourhood.