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Award-winning poets will read from their work as part of the Lorenzo Reading Series at UNB Saint John

Author: Communications

Posted on Nov 9, 2012

Category: UNB Saint John

Award-winning poets Stephanie Bolster and Susan Gillis will read from A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth and The Rapids respectively on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Hazen Hall, room 232 on the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick.

Stephanie Bolster’s latest book, A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth (2011), was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award in 2012. Her first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems, won the Governor General’s and Gerald Lampert Awards in 1998. Her work has also received the Bronwen Wallace Award, the Archibald Lampman Award and The Malahat Review’s long poem prize, among other awards, and has been translated into French, Spanish and German. She edited The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems by the Ottawa poet Diana Brebner, and co-edited Penned: Zoo Poems (2009). Raised in Burnaby, B.C., Bolster teaches creative writing at Concordia University and lives in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

Susan Gillis’s first book, Swimming Along the Ruins (2000), was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Relit Award. Canadian Bookseller says that she “transforms the familiar themes of ‘Poet Abroad/Poet in Love’ into a work that is both new and remarkable.” Her second collection, Volta (2002), won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. The Winnipeg Free Press praised her poetry for its “balanced, measured, and unpretentious sensibility that takes love as its principal theme.” This year brings the launch of a new collection, The Rapids, which explores the turbulent passages in our lives. Born in Halifax, Susan has lived on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Canada, and now lives most of the year in Montreal, where she teaches English.

The reading is hosted by the Lorenzo Reading Series and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact Margaret Anne Smith at (506) 654-3753 or email