Author Archives: Ariadne

World Poetry Celebrates Michael Johnson From Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes: A wonderful World Poetry Plus show on August 25th, 1-2 pm,  CRFO, 100,5 FM featuring the talented Michael Johnson with his new book: How to Be Eaten By A Lion, a unique book full of vivid imagery and flowing words. E-poems by La Shawna Griffith, Barbados and Johanna Boal, England. Music by Penn Kemp and Kris Allen.

Radio team: Host and producer, Ariadne Sawyer, MA, co-host, Neall  Ryon, engineer, Victor Schwartzman , volunteer, Sharon Rowe.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

 

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Michael Johnson’s work has appeared in numerous literary journals including The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, PRISM International, Mid-American Review and Gargoyle. He was a finalist for Poetry magazine’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and, in 2014, won the Dr. Sherwin W Howard Award for best poetry in Weber: The Contemporary West. He lives in Penticton, BC.  For more  information about the book, go to Nightwood Editions, www.harbourpublishing.com

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World Poetry Celebrates the Unique Kim Fu!

Ariadne’s Notes: On August 18th,  CFRO 100.5 FM, The World Poetry Café Plus welcomed Kim Fu whose unique creative voice is outstanding, Mixing humour and darkness with irony, her poetry is both compelling and fascinating. She was our second poet from Nightwood Editions and deserves a featured spot here .  Kim will be participating in WORD and we hope to meet her then. World Poetry will be celebrating the poetry and music of Korea at WORD. Music from Don Amero and Andy Vine.

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Kim Fu is a Canadian-born writer living in Seattle, WA.

Her debut novel FOR TODAY I AM A BOY (2014) was the winner of the Edmund White Award, finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and long-listed for Canada Reads, among other honors.

Her first poetry collection HOW FESTIVE THE AMBULANCE (2016)

includes a Best Canadian Poetry selection and poems originally published in Grain, Room, PRISM International, Carousel, Ricepaper, Numero Cinq, Poetry is Dead, and The Rusty Toque.

Fu’s nonfiction credits include The Atlantic, NPR Books, The Rumpus, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, and republication in Best Canadian Essays.

Fu has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. For 2015-16, she has received residency fellowships from Berton House (Dawson City, YK), the Ucross Foundation (Ucross, WY), Wildacres (Little Switzerland, NC), and the Wallace Stegner Grant for the Arts (Eastend, SK).

At the poet party

we talk about all the poets

who committed suicide.

The comparative merit

of stones in a pocket

over the gas oven.

“She didn’t want to leave

her children alone,” we say.

“But she did.”

 

We imply

as modern poets,

we are made of sterner,

less sentimental stuff.

We can weather the draft

through a crack in the bricks,

the presence or absence

of children or fame.

 

When one of us

commits suicide,

we say he was ill,

not a poet.

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World Poetry Celebrates Lisa Bird-Wilson!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Plus  Radio Show on August 18th, CFRO 100.5 FM was so honoured  to welcome the great poet, Lisa Bird-Wilson with her new book The Red Files published by Nightwood Editions “Inspired by family and archival sources, Lisa Bird – Wilson assembles scraps of a history torn about by colonial violence.” Quote: Nightwood Editions.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

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Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Cree-Métis writer whose stories have been nominated for the Journey Prize, among others. Her work has appeared in periodicals such as Geist, Grain, Prairie Fire and in anthologies such as Best Canadian Essays and cîhcêwêsin. Lisa’s award-winning fiction Just Pretending (Coteau Books 2013) won numerous prizes including Saskatchewan Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award. He poetry book, The Red Files (Nightwood Editions), was released spring 2016.

 

Miss Atwater’s Class

hats askew and mitts bejeweled
with snow, coats open
to the weather, the girls play
in the shadow of the school, just inside
the invisible fence line
they make snowmen and snowwomen
while a huddle of trees holds watch

the girls’ class grows up in nine years
of sharp-edged photos, each time exposed
after play, exhausted—
in the front row an unwavering eye
catches the camera, an Indian
girl, number One-
Seven-Four on the school roll call
the girl with a narrow look, small
for her age, straight-faced,
never smiling, never
frowning, unreadable
as if she willed her young self long
ago to stop scenting the trap line, smoked
hide a vivid memory, pushed
aside: dense sage,
wild root, the open plain.

Lisa Bird-Wilson (C)

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