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Spend the evening with our Poet Laureate Helen Humphreys
March 16, 2015 -
Spend the evening with Kingston's Poet Laureate Helen Humphreys from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in the Wilson Room at the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St. Humphreys will be joined by Eric Folsom (our former Poet Laureate) and Alice Major (former Poet Laureate of Edmonton) who will all read from their work. This event is free and everyone is welcome.
City council appointed Helen Humphreys for a four-year term as new Poet Laureate for the City of Kingston in December. In this role, overseen by the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Humphreys will work with library and City staff to develop programs and serve as our literary ambassador - an advocate for poetry, language and the arts within the community. She is also responsible for increasing awareness of Kingston as a centre of writing excellence within the city and beyond.
To kick-off her duties, Humphreys read her original poem, Three Owls and a Bayonet, at the Mayor's New Year's Levee. A line from the poem captures some Kingston spirit:
We are made
up of history and nature; of the past that is built on top
of a past we cannot see; of the lake and woods and sky
that surround our town.
See the full poem and find out more about the poet laureate's role at www.CityofKingston.ca/explore/culture-history/arts/poet-laureate
Humphreys is the author of four books of poetry: Gods and other Mortals (1986); Nuns Looking Anxious, Listening to Radios (1990); Perils of Geography (1995) and Anthem (1999). She is also the author of seven novels: Leaving Earth (1997); Afterimage (2000); The Lost Garden (2002); Wild Dogs (2004); Coventry (2008); The Reinvention of Love (2011); and The Evening Chorus: A Novel (2015) as well as two works of non-fiction: the creative non-fiction masterpiece The Frozen Thames (2007) and the heartbreaking and personal memoir about the death of her brother, Nocturne (2013).
The winner of many accolades, including the City of Toronto Book Award, the Lambda Prize for Fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and a Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize, Humphreys teaches writing workshops across the country and has served as writer-in-residence at Queen's University, the University of Illinois, and the North York Public Library. In a city of exceptional writers, Humphreys is widely respected as one of our most skilled literary talents.
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