The final UNB Reading Series event will take place on Tuesday, April 12th at 8pm in the East Gallery of Memorial Hall. This reading will say farewell to the 2010/2011 UNB writer-in-residence, John Barton, and launch The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 with Anne Compton, Allan Cooper and Ross Leckie.
For UNB’s 2010/2011 writer-in-residence, this will be a farewell reading after a generous tenure. John Barton is a prolific poet with nine collections to his name. He is also editor of The Malahat Review, and has worked extensively co-editing Arc. He is the recipient of the Ottawa Book Award and has been awarded the Archibald Lampman Award three times. In his most recent collection, Hymn, “the journey is as much geographic and aesthetic as it is carnal and emotional.”
An accomplished Maritime poet, Anne Compton has received the Governor General’s Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the National Magazine Award for Poetry. She will be reading in support of the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2010. Her most recent collection, asking questions indoors and out has also met with high praise: “Spirit-haunted yet critical, Compton is intermediary here in a complex poetic argument, over which she presides with a confidence ruled by passionate intellect.”
Allan is a poet, musician and publisher living in a small village on the Bay of Fundy. He has published over 10 books of poetry. His most recent collection, entitled The Alma Elegies, reproduces his very first collection. The initial publication’s reflection on the village of Alma, New Brunswick is extended to the present-day, including new poems as well. Allan Cooper is among the distinguished poets who appear in The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 collection.
As Director of the Creative Writing M.A. program at UNB, the Editor of The Fiddlehead and a former president of The League of Canadian Poets, Ross Leckie has made significant contributions to the poetry community of Canada. He is an esteemed poet of three collections of work, the most recent being Gravity’s Plumb Line from Gaspereau Press. Ross will be reading some of his latest work in support of The Best Canadian Poetry 2010 launch.