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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.

September 8, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 89 – Top 10 podcasts on the Brick Books website

Brick Books has been recording their authors reading poems from their collections. Our poetry podcasts now number over 1,000 poems. Authors read from their poetry collections which span our full history from The Ledger by Robert Kroestch (1975) right up to Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments by Ulrikka S.…

September 1, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 88 – Robert Kroetsch presented by Penn Kemp

Here is a little poem I wrote for Bob, after watching the brilliant University of Alberta video “Robert Kroetsch won the U of A’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003” which now seems such an elegiac, fit tribute. “A great illumination” On Solstice night, Bob Kroetsch is killed in an automobile…

August 26, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 87 – Méira Cook presented by Catherine Hunter

Short Note on reading Méira Cook’s “Easing the Spring” “Easing the Spring” is only one of my favourite poems in Méira Cook’s Monologue Dogs, but it’s the one that dogged me most with its familiar, tip-of-the-tongue title. Where, where, where, had I heard that line before? Many readers have praised…

August 26, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 87 – Robyn Sarah presented by Madhur Anand

Brick Books’ reach is wide, and while it’s extremely discerning as a publishing house, it makes all poets, established or aspiring, those they have published or those published by others, feel the love. It’s difficult to know where to begin with this celebration. There are many Brick books on my…

August 26, 2016 in Celebration of Canadian Poetry

Week 87 – Jillian Christmas presented by Leah Horlick, Anoushka Ratnarajah and Amber Dawn

Not-So-Secret Admiration: A Love Letter to Jillian Christmas Here to interrupt your regularly scheduled white-poet-loving-white-poet-in-a-wheat-field are Leah Horlick, Anoushka Ratnarajah, and Amber Dawn to celebrate the genius of Jillian Christmas. Jillian is a multi-time champion of the Women of the World Poetry Slam, a celebrated community organizer, and radiant poet…

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