Life is poetry; poetry is life
- Monday April 17, 2017
- 2:30pmDoors 2:00pm
- Theatre Dialog
10005 - 80 Avenue
Edmonton[Map to venue]
- Door charge: $5
Poets were treated like gods in 19th & 20th Century Russia. The story of three such poets – Nikolai Gumilyov, Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam – will be presented by weaving together poems and memories against the background of Russia’s tumultuous, tragic history. Staged by Edmonton poets Ella Zeltzerman and Randy Kohan in collaboration with the Edmonton Russian Poetry Club. Also featuring Pierrette Requier, Edmonton’s current Poet Laureate, and Gary Garrison. This event is presented in two parts of 45 minutes each, separated by a 30 minute intermission. Russian tea, coffee and cookies will be served.
Space generously donated by TACOS.
Ella Zeltserman is an Edmonton poet. Her first book of poetry, small things left behind, was published by University of Alberta Press and won the Robert Kroetsch prize for best book of poetry from ABPA and Betty Averbach Foundation poetry prize. Her newest collection, The Air Is Elastic, will be published by Turnstone Press in spring 2018.
Randy Kohan has had two collections of poetry published by Ekstasis Editions – Hammers & Bells (2013) and Rain of Naughts (2015). Hammers & Bells has recently been translated into Russian; plans are in place for publication of a dual-language edition in Russia with book launches in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Dagestan by late 2017.
Pierrette Requier, Edmonton’s 6th Poet Laureate, child of la grande prairie canadienne, is a bilingual poet, playwright, performer, producer, mentor and arts activist. Although her work constantly brings her to new places, her pieces come from some deep core of home in her, a rising up of words, of a rhythm, through the ears, like a heartbeat; a surging, like the August wind in the leaves.
Gary Garrison is an Okie from Muskogee who let his hair grow long, came to Canada, and raised three children instead of killing people in Vietnam. He has been the Editor of Alberta Hansard, coordinator of volunteer prison visitors at “the Max”, and an active member of Edmonton’s writing community.