Main & Station is very pleased that writer and performer Ian Ferrier is once again in Parrsboro for a writer’s residency. You might remember Ian from one of his previous residences: he has taught several writing workshops here and in 2013 he came here with For Body and Light, a contemporary dance company directed by choreographer Stéphanie Morin-Robert and, on that occasion, featuring the dancers Linnea Gwiazda, Marie-Pier Gilbert, and Marie-France Jacques.
At the end of their residency, For Body and Light wowed Parrsborians with their first performance of Coming and Going in our secondfloor gallery. The dance-music-poetry performance was created during the previous weeks while in residence at Main & Station and was inspired by the local environment and lore and especially by the tides coming and going in the Minas Basin. Since that time the company has taken Coming and Going across Canada and to New York City. They have also created and performed several other works, including Bear Dreams which they worked on while Nonesuch artists in residence at Techno-Lith (New City Gas) in Montreal. Ian has now also published books based on these performance works, Coming and Going & Bear Dreams.
The books are available for purchase at Main & Station.
While in Parrsboro Ian is working on a documentary about the wild paper pickers of Minas Basin.
For more information about Ian and what he does, take a look at his website http://ianferrier.com, the Wired on Words website http://wordsandmusicshow.com, and the For Body and Light website http://www.forbodyandlight.org
We are delighted to welcome Katrina Maloney as Nonesuch writer in residence during the month of September at Main & Station. Katrina lives and writes in southern New Hampshire and, while here, is thrilled to be dedicating her time to the second volume of letters from her great grand aunt who was in Russia from 1917-1919. The first volume Dearest Ones at Home: Clara Taylor’s Letters from Russia, 1917-1919, came out in 2014, published by SheWrites Press, Berkeley, CA. Katrina is also the author of Strong Women and Horses: poems, published in 2014 by Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY.
You can find out more about Katrina on her website, http://www.katrinamaloney.net, and by attending her presentation in the Nonesuch Café at Main & Station on Saturday, 16 September at 8pm.
Renga is an old form of Japanese poetry related to Chinese forms of short poems, predating even haiku. It is a tool for socializing happily, as people sit together and write single two or three-line verses according to content prescribed by a formula. The Renga Masters (Brendan Hewitt and Czandra) will choose from the verses produced, and link it with the next, and so on, for a total of 18 or 36 verses.
This form was used as a safe form for correspondence also: one poet sends three lines to her friend, who responds in two lines, and back and forth. Participants should be prepared to enjoy the exercise as a kind of game, but also need to observe the Asian formalism and respect it to some extent!
連歌 the evening will take place in English!
Brendan and Czandra have participated in renga for several years. Brendan is known in his home town as the Haiku Master. Czandra compiled and printed hand-made haiku broadsheets for KaDo haiku group two years in a row, which were read consecutive springs at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa. Both she and Brendan have read for the Japanese Ambassador from their own work. Both are members of Haiku Canada, and they’re married, with two sons.
The result of the first Renga night at Main & Station in 2015 was published in the online journal, A Hundred Gourds… http://www.ahundredgourds.com
Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry, two collections of short stories and two children’s books. She has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award in poetry, The Atlantic Poetry Prize, and, for her last book of short stories, the Alistair MacLeod Award for short fiction.
She has given readings and workshops in South Africa, India, Kauai and Paris, France. She was writer/artist in residence at the Dalhousie Medical School in 2015-2016 and writer in residence at the Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver for February and March, 2017. She teaches Creative Writing: Poetry at Dalhousie University.