In/Verse dives into the legacy of one of BC’s best loved poets, the late Patrick Lane. Patrick’s wife, poet Lorna Crozier and their friends will read from The Quiet in Me, his posthumous collection. But we won't leave it there! We will go on to explore Patrick's influence on these writers and listen for echoes as they read from their own work.
Patrick Lane, considered by most writers and critics to be one of Canada’s finest poets, was born in 1939 in Nelson, BC. He grew up in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of the BC Interior, primarily in Vernon. He came to Vancouver and co-founded a small press, Very Stone House, with bill bissett and Seymour Mayne. He won nearly every literary prize in Canada, from the Governor General’s Literary Award to the Canadian Authors Association Award to the Dorothy Livesay Prize. In 2014, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada, an honour that recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lorna Crozier has been acknowledged for her contributions to Canadian literature, her teaching and her mentoring with five honourary doctorates, most recently from McGill and Simon Fraser Universities. Her books have received numerous national awards, including the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry. The Globe and Mail declared The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things one of its Top 100 Books of the Year, and Amazon chose her memoir as one of the 100 books you should read in your lifetime. A Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, she has performed for Queen Elizabeth II and has read her poetry, which has been translated into several languages, on every continent except Antarctica. Her book, What the Soul Doesn't Want, was nominated for the 2017 Governor General's Award for Poetry. In 2018, Lorna Crozier received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award. Steven Price called Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats), her latest nonfiction book, “one of the great love stories of our time.” Lorna Crozier lives on Vancouver Island.
Rhonda Ganz’s Frequent, small loads of laundry (Mother Tongue) won the Relit Award for Poetry. It was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Victoria Butler Book Prize. Her poems are in The Malahat Review, Rattle, Room, Harvard Design Magazine, on city buses (Poetry in Transit) and anthologies, including Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, Poems from Planet Earth, Force Field: 77 Women Poets of BC, and Voicing Suicide. She reads crime fiction, watches Judge Judy, and needlefelts fancy hearts in the Victoria home she shares with a quiet man and a cat on its seventh life.
Born in Malta, Seán Virgo's gypsy life has involved learning four different national anthems, three of them bilingual. He has lived and worked in many parts of Canada, from Haida Gwaii to Newfoundland, but has made his home in southwest Saskatchewan for the last 20 years. He has won awards for his work, both poetry and fiction, here and in the UK, and has subsidized his writer's calling as a teacher, logger, shepherd, editor and TV host.
Susan Alexander is the author of two collections of poems, The Dance Floor Tilts and Nothing You Can Carry and a former journalist. Her work has won multiple awards, including the Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry in 2019. Susan’s poems appear in anthologies and literary magazines in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., have ridden Vancouver buses as part of Poetry in Transit and even shown up in the woods around Whistler. She lives on Nexwlélexm/Bowen Island, the traditional territory of the Squamish people.
Digital Doors Open at 1:55, Event Starts at 2PM
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This In/Verse event is supported by the League of Canadian Poets, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the British Columbia Arts Council. The Federation of BC Writers is grateful for their ongoing support.