Alexandra Oliver (ON)
Alexandra Oliver’s last book Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (Biblioasis 2013) was the recipient of the 2014 Pat Lowther award. Oliver is the co-editor (with Annie Finch) of Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters (Random House/Everyman 2014) as well as a co-editor of Canadian formalist journal The Rotary Dial, and a contributing editor for both Partisan and ARC Poetry.
Let the Empire Down
Oliver's previous collection was hailed as "an incredible feat of vision and voice" by The National Post. Now, with Let the Empire Down, Alexandra Oliver takes us on a journey of escape from the suburbs of North America to Glasgow, Scotland. Training her eye on the locals--on the streets, by rivers, in museums, in playgrounds--Oliver reflects on issues of escape, exile, and memory.
Garry Gottfriedson (BC)
Garry Gottfriedson is from the Secwepemc Nation (Shuswap) and lives in Kamloops, B.C. His published works include volumes of poetry, nonfiction and children’s fiction. Glass Tepee was nominated for the First People’s Publishing Award; Whiskey Bullets was a finalist for the Anskohk Aboriginal Award; and Skin Like Mine was shortlisted for the Canadian Author’s Literary Award for Poetry, 2011.
As the title suggests, Gottfriedson’s latest collection examines the ways is deaf to the problems First Nations people face in Canada today. Eloquent and witty, these poems are power-packed with imagery that uncovers the raw politics of race and explores age-old struggles both within First Nations groups and between First Nations and settlers. There is nothing polite about these poems—however, even while Gottfriedson offers a bleak view of present day conditions for First Nations people, they are woven with threads of optimism.
John Pass (BC)
John Pass is the author of nineteen books and chapbooks, most notably the quartet AT LARGE, comprised of The Hour’s Acropolis, Radical Innocence, Water Stair—shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award—and Stumbling in the Bloom—winner of the Governor General’s Award. His 2011 collection, crawlspace, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2012.
Forecast recovers early out-of-print work by John Pass. These poems engage potentialities—travel, an orchard he cares for, evolving relationships, house-building, becoming a poet and husband and father. They’re grounded in place and time, but attuned to constancy. Throughout the collection, darker premonitions—dislocation, environmental damage, poetry’s shift from modernism to postmodernism—are mitigated throughout by Pass’ subtlety and the solace of attentive expression.
Special Guest Host:
Rachel Rose (BC)
Acclaimed writer Rachel Rose is the winner of numerous awards for her poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She has published poems, short stories and essays in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Japan. Her most recent collection, Song and Spectacle, won the 2013 Audre Lorde Poetry Prize in the U.S. and the Pat Lowther Award in Canada. Rose is the current Poet Laureate of Vancouver.