Thursday, February 10, 2011
Antony Di Nardo has published two books of poetry, Alien, Correspondent (Brick Books) and Soul on Standby (Exile Editions) His work has appeared in journals across Canada and internationally. He has recently returned from Beirut where he taught at International College. Alien, Correspondent, documents Di Nardo's experience of the Middle East as "a clear-eyed witness" and "epitomizes the empathy required to be its perfect correspondent." On the other hand, Soul on Standby reveals another side to this poet, where the lyric and the narrative combine to tell "stories of a wry seriousness undercut by the slyly hilarious." He'll be reading from both books this evening; as well he has a new manuscript, Nothing to Declare.
While at Queen's University, David Helwig did some informal teaching in Collins Bay Penitentiary and he wrote A Book about Billie with a former inmate. In 1974, John Hirsch hired him as literary manager of CBC television drama, and he spent two years in this position, supervising the work of story editors and the department's relations with writers. From 1976 to 1980, he taught part time at Queen's while doing a great deal of freelance work, and in 1980, he gave up teaching and became a full-time freelance writer. He has from the beginning written both fiction and poetry as well as a wide range of radio, televison and journalism. Vocal music was for many years his avocation. Beginning in his forties, he sang with a number of choirs in Kingston, Montreal and Charlottetown. He appeared as bass soloist in Handel's Messiah, Bach's St Matthew Passion, and Mozart's Requiem. He currently lives in an old house in the village of Eldon in Prince Edward Island. His latest book is entitled Mystery Stories.
Marc di Saverio, an English student at McMaster University, hails from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His poetry, translations, criticism, artwork and Verso D’oggetti/Objectverse, have appeared in numerous on and offline publications. His chapbooks Sanatorium Songs (Cactus Press) is recently released and The Manifesto of Mortarism (Cactus Press) is forthcoming.
Julie Berry is the author of two collections of poetry: Worn Thresholds (Brick Books, 1995 and reprinted in 2006) and The Walnut Cracking Machine (Buschek Books, 2010). Her poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2009). She lives outside of St. Thomas, Ontario, with her partner, Jonathan and their dog, Guinness.
A poet, writer, artist, feminist and psychotherapist, Ann Carson was selected as one of Toronto’s Mille Femme at the 2008 Luminato Festival, which paid tribute to women who have made a contribution to the arts. Her latest book, The Risks of Remembrance, (Words Indeed ) distills a life’s experience in poetry and visual images. In this book she asks: What is remembrance and what does it mean? Carson distills a life’s experience in haunting lyric and narrative poetry and visual images as she explores the mysterious power of memory to shape us and to mould how we see and interact with life. You can reach her at her website.