2015 Festival – Poets

Be sure to visit Rivermead (formerly The Chapel) where we will be celebrating poetry and Brick Books 40th Anniversary! The celebration will include readings by the poets listed below along with an interview with Brick Books’ founders Don McKay and Stan Dragland.


Madhur Anand’s poetry has appeared in literary magazines across North America and in the anthology The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science. She co-edited the anthology Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry. Anand completed her Ph.D. in theoretical ecology at Western University and is currently a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. She lives in Guelph with her husband and three young children. A New Index For Predicting Catastrophes is her first poetry collection.PHOTO: KAREN WHYLIE


Barry Dempster is the author of fourteen poetry collections, two novels, two volumes of short stories and a children’s book. He teaches writing workshops from Banff, Alberta to Santiago, Chile. His most recent books include Love Outlandish, Ivan’s Birches, Blue Wherever and Dying a LittleThe Outside World, a novel, was published in 2013. Invisible Dogs is his fifteenth poetry collection.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Antony Di Nardo is a poet and teacher. He currently divides his time between Beirut, Lebanon—where he teaches English at International College—and central Canada. He is the author of two previous collections of poems:  Alien, Correspondent and Soul on StandbyRoaming Charges is his third poetry collection.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Stan Draglandfounded Brick magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Prolific and critically acclaimed, Stan has published novels, essays, and poetry, including Wilson MacDonald’s Western Tour (critical collage), Peckertracks (novel), Journeys Through Bookland and Other Passages (fiction and non-fiction),  Apocrypha: Further Journeys (non-fiction), Stormy Weather: Foursomes (prose poems) and The Drowned Lands (novel).Deep Too, a prose oddity, appeared in 2013.The Bricoleur and His Sentences was published in 2014. Forthcoming in 2015 isStrangers and Others: Newfoundland Essays. Stan lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Western Ontario.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Ulrikka S. Gernes was born in 1965 in Sweden of Danish parents. Her first poetry collection,Natsværmer (Moth), was published in Denmark in 1984, when she was eighteen years old. Since then she has published an additional ten collections. She is also the author of two books for children. In 2001 A Sudden Sky: Selected Poems, translated into English by Per Brask and Patrick Friesen, was published by Brick Books. She manages the estate and artistic legacy of her father, the internationally known visual artist Poul Gernes, and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark with her daughter Perle. Frayed Opus for String and Wind Instruments is the second translation of Ulrikka’s work published by Brick Books (2015).PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Don McKay has published numerous books of poetry and several books of essays. His poetry has been recognized with a number of awards, including two Governor General’s Awards and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His most recent book of essays, The Shell of the Tortoise, received the Winterset Prize for Excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador Writing for 2011. Paradoxides was the winner of the E.J. Pratt Prize for Poetry, includes meditations on geology and deep time, while pursuing ongoing obsessions with birds and tools.Angular Unconformity: The Collected Poems 1970-2014 was published in 2015. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Arleen Paré is a poet and novelist. Originally from Montreal, she lived for many years in Vancouver, where she worked as a social worker and administrator to provide community housing for people with mental illnesses. She now lives in Victoria with her partner, Chris Fox. Lake of Two Mountains is her third book; it won the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Poetry.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Michael Crummey is an internationally celebrated novelist and poet; he has published nine books of poetry and fiction.Galore won the Canadian Authors Association’s Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and Caribbean Region), and was short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and the Governor General’s Award. Sweetland was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award in 2014. His most recent poetry collections are Under the Keel(Anansi, 2013) and Hard Light: Brick Books Classics 5 (Brick Books, 2015). He lives in St. John’s Newfoundland.


Leon Rooke is an energetic, prolific short- and longform storyteller. His novel Fat Woman(1980) was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and won the Paperback Novel of the Year Award. Shakespeare’s Dog won the Governor General’s Award in 1983 while 1989’s A Good Baby was made into a feature film. Rooke founded the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival in 1989 and in 2007 he was invested into the Order of Canada, one of his many extraordinary awards. His newest collection of poetry, The April Poems, was published in 2013 as was his short story collection, Wide World In Celebration And Sorrow: Acts Of Kamikaze Fiction.