Celebration of Canadian Poetry

In 2015 Brick Books celebrated its 40th anniversary! For over 40 years we have been proud to published well-known poets such as Michael Ondaatje, Anne Carson, Dennis Lee, Robert Kroetsch and P.K. Page, in addition to publishing the first books of poets Karen Solie, Julie Bruck, Adam Dickinson, Sue Sinclair, Jan Zwicky, Phil Hall, Sue Goyette and Steven Price.

We chose to celebrate 40 years of publishing through a broad conversation about Canadian poetry!!

For more than a year we featured articles about Canadian poets and Canadian Poetry. With contributions from poets, novelists, teachers, publishers, booksellers, musicians, readers, doctors, media people, and more, The Celebration of Canadian Poetry was an opportunity to highlight the diversity and depth of poetry from across Canada by those who know it best.

Below you’ll find the collection of all the contributions published as part of the celebration.

Week 83 – Marianne Micros presented by Kathryn Mockler

Poets, put your books in the hands of neighbourhood children! The first poetry book I ever owned was Upstairs Over the Ice Cream (Ergo, 1979) by Marianne Micros. I was ten years old, and she gave me my very own copy. She is not only a poet who happened to live on the street where […]

Week 83 – Chandra Mayor presented by Marjorie Poor

A contemporary Canadian poet I admire greatly and who should be celebrated widely is Chandra Mayor. From the first time I heard her read in the late 1990s at Heaven Art and Book Café in Winnipeg to more recent readings as part of her stint as writer-in-residence at the University of Winnipeg, I have been […]

Week 83 – George Elliott Clarke presented by Jeffrey Mackie

On January 29, 2016 I was pleased to have George Elliott Clarke as a guest on my radio show for CKUT Radio. This was just a few days before his reading at the Atwater Poetry Project and a few weeks after his being named Canada’s Poet Laureate. Prior to this interview I had read some […]

Week 83 – Kenneth Sherman presented by Fraser Sutherland

I should not have to introduce, laud, or otherwise present Kenneth Sherman. He is, after all, someone who has published 12 poetry collections of consistent achievement at regular intervals since 1978. He is not someone who throws a bunch of words at a page in the hope that some of them will stick. Yet each […]

Week 82 – Al Pittman presented by Carl Leggo

Al Pittman: Savory on the Tongue When I was growing up in Newfoundland in the 50s and 60s, I knew no poets. I read the poetry in school textbooks. I mostly read the poetry of Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Hardy, Rossetti, and Dickinson. I occasionally read the Canadian poets Bliss Carman, Charles G. D. Roberts, and […]

Week 82 – Karen Houle presented by Katherine Wheatley

Karen is my neighbour across the road. Years before I ever knew her, I discovered her poetry at The Bookshelf in Guelph and was thrilled and comforted and moved by it. The last few years, observing her as my neighbour and friend across the road, I’m inspired and tickled by her. She’s poetry…gritty and classy […]

Week 82 – Molly Peacock presented by Cathie Borrie

I pay homage to Molly Peacock with an erasure poem created from the bio text on her website. Erasure is a form of found poetry or found art created by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a poem. The results can be allowed […]

Week 82 – Poetry of Indigenous Canadians presented by John Mutford

It was very exciting for me to discover indigenous Canadian poetry with Eskimo Poems from Canada and Greenland, collected by explorer Knud Rasmussen and translated into English by Tom Lowenstein. From a time when there had still been little, or at least infrequent, contact it was fascinating to realize that the art form transcends language […]

Week 81 – Meaghan Strimas presented by Nathan Whitlock

A Good Time Had by All by Meaghan Strimas  Meaghan Strimas gave me a copy of her first collection, Junkman’s Daughter, years ago, while I was in the middle of falling in love with her. I read the whole thing in the bath, anxious about what I would say if the poems were too dense […]

Week 81 – Liz Howard presented by rob mclennan

This is an article presented by rob mclennan at Jacket2 on February 21, 2015. A short interview with Liz Howard Liz Howard was born and raised in rural Northern Ontario and is currently a poet and cognition research officer in Toronto. She is co-curator of the feminist reading series AvantGarden and graduate of the MFA […]

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