Reading History: A Celebration of Poetry at Rutherford House
- Sunday April 16, 2017
- 2:00pmDoors 1:30pm
- Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site
11153 Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton[Map to venue]
- Door charge: $7 admission to Rutherford House
As founder of the University of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford evinced a great appreciation of literature, including poetry. In fact, Eric Broadus, the University of Alberta’s first English Professor (in 1908), dedicated his 1923 Anthology of Canadian Prose and Verse to him:
To Alexander Cameron Rutherford, who played an honourable part in the upbuilding of the West, this book is affectionately dedicated.
The poets gathered for this event explore the idea of “History” – they each apply their voice to personal histories, cultural histories, Edmonton/ Strathcona’s history, or the larger history of our land and the earth. The poetry readings will begin at 2:00pm, with each poet reading a small selection of poems, and will take place in Mr. Rutherford’s Library and the Dining Room. Guests will have the opportunity to wander through the house, and will engage with poetry in many areas of the house. Encounter WWI poetry in Cecil Rutherford’s room (he was at the Front), or discover romantic poetry in the master bedroom. Create your own poems in our magnetic poetry area, or collaborate on a group poem inspired by the site.
Note: Rutherford House is open from 12:00 noon – 4:30pm. Poetry readings begin at 2:00pm.
Tracey Anderson lives life in red ink and blue ink as a writer, editor and poet. She’s been writing and exploring poetry for over thirty years, but only recently started sharing her work with others. Her favourite poetic form is haiku, which she loves for its complex simplicity and its connection to the natural world. To return to regular poetic practice, Tracey wrote over 300 new haiku in 2016, focusing on the small things she noticed by taking a few moments at a time to pay close attention to the world. In a previous life, Tracey was an English teacher overseas for fifteen years. She loves to travel the world in books and on airplanes.
Jennifer Bowering Delisle is the author of The Bosun Chair (NeWest Press 2017), a hybrid of poetry and family memoir. She has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in magazines and anthologies across North America. She has a PhD in Canadian Literature from UBC, and is also the author of The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration. She lives in Edmonton.
Gail Sidonie Sobat is a poet, novelist and singer. She is the creator of YouthWrite®, a camp for kids who love to write…just about anything!©, and an instructor in the communications programs at MacEwan University and in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, where she completed a Master’s degree in English in Children’s Literature, specializing in fantasy. An experienced workshop facilitator and writer-in-residence, Gail has presented across Canada, including Canada’s North; Doha, Qatar; Hanoi, Vietnam; Bern, Switzerland; Helsinki, Finland; Istanbul, Turkey; and most recently at the Northeastern Modern Language Association in Baltimore, Maryland. Gail has been writer-in-residence in several Canadian schools, at Queens’ University, in Doha, Qatar, at the University of Alberta through the Canadian Authors Association, for the Metro Edmonton Federation of Public Libraries, and this past February, for NorthWords in Yellowknife, NWT.