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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tree on Tuesday-Robert Kroetsch Innovative Poetry Award Shortlisted & Winner



A funny thing happened in Montreal this year when four of the poets shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Innovative Poetry Award all came from Ottawa. And one of these, Pearl Pirie, won.

To celebrate this rare alignment of the planets, the Tree Reading Series invited us all to read on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 8pm. You will find us upstairs at Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue.

The readers will be Christine McNair, Pearl Pirie and in the persona of Samandra Eardly: Amanda Earl and Sandra Ridley.

Bios & Info are over at the Tree site.

The award has had a lot of meaning to me since its inception because it is named after Robert Kroetsch, a poet whose work I admire greatly and have even tried to emulate. This year the award is even more poignant with his death in the spring. For me, being on the shortlist for an award in his name is a way of paying tribute to a kind man and a skilled poet. Hope you can join us in the celebration.

Thanks to Brian Pirie for his artistry with the above photo meld. And to Charles Earl for my updated photo, taken at the St. George Subway Station in Toronto last June.

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