Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mayworks Poetry: Kate Braid & Kim Goldberg

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Mayworks Poetry: Kate Braid & Kim Goldberg

Photos of the event

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Nanaimo Museum

100 Museum Way at Commercial Street

Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J8

(250) 753-1821

Join poets Kate Braid and Kim Goldberg and guitarist Evan Westre for Day One of Nanaimo’s Mayworks Poetry Festival celebrating working class poetry. Come early at 1:00 pm for the free writing workshop with Kate and Kim.

And bring a poem of your own about work or everyday life to share at the open mic at 2:00 pm.

And be sure to return on May 21 for Day Two of the festival with poets Wendy Morton and David Fraser.

Nanaimo’s Mayworks Poetry Festival is sponsored by Nanaimo Duncan and District Labour Council, Wordstorm Society of the Arts, Nanaimo Museum, Canada Council for the Arts, and League of Canadian Poets.

SCHEDULE (Saturday, May 14)

1:00 pm – “Write About Your Work” – Take a free workshop with Kate Braid and Kim Goldberg who will use guided meditation to help you create a short piece of writing related to your own work, past or present. (Remember, work can be anything from brick-laying to brain surgery to babysitting.)

2:00 pm – Welcome, Opening Remarks, Open Mic Poetry
2:30 pm – Kim Goldberg
3:00 pm – Short break
3:10 pm – Kate Braid & Evan Westre (guitar)
3:40 pm – Wrap Up


KATE BRAID has worked as a secretary, childcare worker, lumber piler, journey carpenter, construction contractor and creative writing instructor. Her five poetry books have won or been nominated for various prizes including the Pat Lowther Award, BC Book Prize, Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Prize and the Vancity Women’s Book Prize. She also co-edited, with Sandy Shreve, the first book of Canadian form poetry – In Fine Form. Kate will be reading from Turning Left to the Ladies – a wry, sometimes humorous, sometimes meditative look at one woman’s relationship to her craft and the people she met along the way. Kate will be joined by guitarist Evan Westre. Evan has studied and performed classical, jazz, electronic, folk and world music, and is part of the band Screaming Room.

KIM GOLDBERG is a poet, journalist and author of six books. Her latest book is RED ZONE, a poem diary of homelessness in Nanaimo. It has been taught in literature courses at Vancouver Island University and elsewhere. Critics have compared the writing in RED ZONE to the work of Allen Ginsberg, John Steinbeck and Marge Piercy. Kim is a winner for the Rannu Fund Poetry Prize for Speculative Literature, and a finalist for Canada’s Lampert Memorial Award for her previous poetry collection, Ride Backwards on Dragon.

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