Poetry Night with Richard Dittami

On Tuesday, September 6 at 8pm come out for Poetry at the PO with featured poet Richard Dittami.

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Retired from the Laborers International Union, Richard Dittami is a poet from Massachusetts who first came to Nova Scotia on a walkabout in 2003 and has been back every year since.

Richard writes constantly and has done so for many a year.  He has read at various venues in both Massachusetts and Nova Scotia.

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Xmas 2011
Christmas
Mid morning
Churches dot the country side
Shouldering with Jesus fumes like stubbed out cigarettes.
Wrapping paper is torn and crumpled
Feasts split open like overripe fruit.
High tide of Xmas.
The collective psyche returns
like schooling fish to open water…

Editing & Poetry workshops (and more!) with Sandra Stephenson

Editor, teacher, and poet Sandra Stephenson is in Parrsboro for a Nonesuch Residency from now until late September.

She will be hosting 2 workshops during that time, a Poetry Workshop on Wednesday afternoons and an Editing Workshop on Thursday afternoons.

For more information, visit the workshop pages here: Poetry Workshop and here: Editing Workshop.

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While she is here Sandra will also be offering Sivananda Yoga on Tuesdays and Fridays and a ceremonial drumming evening on 27 August.

On 9 September, Czandra will be reading her poetry live alongside poet Darryl Whetter at Main & Station’s Nonesuch Café and if you miss that, or want to see them again, they will be performing together on 10 September at Truro’s Noveltea Bookstore & Cafe.

And if you like to be read aloud to, or to read aloud, join us weekday mornings, Tuesday – Friday, from 11am for Bruce Chatwin’s ‘On the Black Hill’ and other literary treats.

Czandra & Darryl Whetter

Darryl and SandraOn Wednesday 9 September, poets Darryl Whetter from Advocate Harbour, NS and Czandra (Sandra Stephenson) from Rigaud, QC will be at Main & Station’s Nonesuch Café to read and perform their work.  The evening will begin at 7:30pm.

Czandra is an eclectic poet and essayist of many styles and a single voice.  Her poems range from playful and melodious to terse and formal. Her subjects cover social commentary, language, the everyday and the unique.  Her voice has been acclaimed by listeners who find an arresting “je ne sais quoi” in the way Czandra reads.
Czandra has a history of organizing poetry events, editing books for other people and Radish coverproviding venues for poets to read, work, protest and learn.  She is a regular reader at Twigs & Leaves near Montreal, has many poems in various publications (magazines and anthologies) in seven provinces, the US and New Zealand.  Recordings of her readings are archived in several places. Currently one poem is part of an exhibit at a BC University because it helped save a 27-acre forest, and another is displayed in a poem garden in Kingston Ontario.  Her four chapbooks are as different from each other as sea creatures.  Nova Scotia’s Antigonish Review was Czandra’s first Canadian publisher. MORE ABOUT CZANDRA

dw_beachDarryl Whetter is a short-story writer, novelist, poet, critic and professor. His debut collection of stories was chosen to The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books of 2003. His bicycle-novel The Push & the Pull followed in 2008. In 2012, he released Origins, a book of poems about evolution, energy and extinction. Darryl holds a PhD in English and has taught creative writing and English at the University of New Brunswick, the University of Windsor, Dalhousie University and Université Sainte-Anne. He has published or presented papers on contemporary literature in France, Sweden, Canada, Germany, the United States, India and Iceland. His book reviews appear regularly in papers such as The Globe and Mail,  The National Post and The Vancouver Sun. Between 2005 and 2008, he was a regular reviewer on the national CBC Radio show Talking Books. The pot-smuggling novel Keeping Things Whole is his fourth book.  DARRYL’S WEBSITE