June 16, 2018, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Saturday
Program Fee: $10
Program Fee Member: $8.50
Bask in the transportive words of guest Richard Harrison, winner of the 2017 Governor General's Award for his poetry collection "On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood," joined by Banff Poet Laureate, Amelie Patterson and Calgary (Past) Poet Laureate, Micheline Maylor, hosted by Canmore spoken word artist and 2018 Mayor's Arts Award recipient, Tim Murphy.
Richard Harrison is the author of 6 books of critically praised poetry, most recently On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood, which won both the 2017 Governor-General’s Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Prize for Poetry. His other books include Big Breath of a Wish, poems about his daughter learning to talk, and Hero of the Play, poems in the language of hockey, a book that will soon celebrate its 25th year in print, and which was launched both at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the Saddledome. Richard is a Full Professor of English and Creative Writing at Mount Royal University, where he also specializes in comics and the graphic novel. His “Thursday Group” workshop, which meets weekly has, over the last 15 years, nurtured the talents of scores of poets, and been the source work for over a dozen books of poetry in the last decade.
The title of the award-winning book, "On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood", refers to the 2013 Alberta flood that swept through Calgary and, in particular, Harrison’s basement in Sunnyside. It was where he kept his father’s ashes. Friends who were helping to clean the mess left behind the flood found the ashes and moved them, but for 48 hours Harrison thought they’d been swept away.