August 13, 2017 | Sunday, 7:30 pm
Program Fee: FREE (Donations gratefully accepted)
An evening of performance poetry with Calgary’s Poet Laureate Dr. Micheline Maylor, poet and founder of Migratory Words David Eso, and Canmore poet Tim Murphy. Local artist, Wanda Ellerbeck shares the stage in interpretive painting.
“The trouble with poetry is, you never know when the poem’s over.” - Tim Murphy
Dr. Micheline Maylor is Calgary's first female Poet Laureate, serving as an artistic ambassador for the city between 2016 and 2018. A “certified poetry fanatic”, academic, critic and editor, she teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University, where she won the Teaching Excellence Award in 2015. Maylor is a member of the Alberta Magazine Publisher's Association, and was appointed as Author in Residence of the Calgary Public Library in 2016. Maylor’s poetry has been published in over 85 journals in five countries. Her works can be found in Partisan, The Literary Review of Canada, and she is a regular poetry reviewer at Quill and Quire. Her newest collection, Little Wildheart, was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry, and deals with the question: “What does it mean to be human?”
David Eso is a poet and scholar whose writing appears in Arc, CV2, filling Station, Public, and Mosaic. In 2008, Eso founded the Migratory Words collective in Canmore, an organization set to celebrate its first decade in the Bow Valley. Now residing on Vancouver Island, Eso is a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria, studying the poetry and archives of Alden Nowlan from a Geo-humanities and Text World Theory perspective.
Tim Murphy is a local carpenter and ski bum caught between physical and cerebral dimensions. His poetry reflects the experience of living in several realities which happen to intersect in the Bow Valley, none of which may actually exist.
Wanda Ellerbeck’s artistic practice has spanned over a lifetime and has covered the disciplines of painting, drawing and sculpture. She has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Ellerbeck has an extensive Canada-wide exhibition record and has taught drawing, painting and sculpture in post-secondary institutions in Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. She is actively engaged in the local art community, as well as teaching adult classes in drawing and painting.
Migratory Words is a collective of accomplished and aspiring writers and poets gathering in Canmore to share their work. “In 2008, I could not find a visible writing community in Canmore. To solve that problem, Migratory Words was formed as a literally and metaphorically free community network. It has touched the lives and practices of hundreds of Bow Valley literary artists and I'm thrilled to see this work continue in my absence.” David Eso.