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Poetry Gala 2015
Celebrate National Poetry Month in April, when the Richmond Hill Public Library joins libraries across Canada in celebration of poetry and its vital place in Canadian culture. Hosted by Barry Dempster. Poets of Honour include: 

Kate Cayley has written a collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, and a short story collection, How You Were Born. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre since 2009, and has written two plays for Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece.

Sue Chenette, a classical pianist as well as a poet, grew up in northern Wisconsin and has made her home in Toronto since 1972. She is an editor for Brick Books, and the author of Slender Human Weight (Guernica Editions, 2009) and The Bones of His Being (Guernica Editions, 2012.)

Barry Dempster, twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award, is the author of fourteen poetry collections. His collection The Burning Alphabet won the Canadian Authors’ Association Chalmers Award for Poetry in 2005. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Ontario Premiers Award for Excellence in the Arts and in 2014 he was nominated for the Trillium Award for his novel, The Outside World.

Jacob McArthur Mooney’s work has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award in Poetry and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He is presently editing the 2015 edition of The Best Canadian Poetry in English and preparing a third collection for Spring, 2016.

Emily McGiffin’s first poetry collection, Between Dusk and Night, was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award and the Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Subduction Zone, was published by Pedlar Press last October. Emily currently lives in Toronto where she is a PhD student in York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of two books of poetry, and the winner of the 2007 ReLit Award for Poetry and the 2006 Saskatchewan Book Award for Best Book of Poetry. Oxford University Press recently published his poetry textbook, The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems.

Books will be available for purchase and author signing. Refreshment will be served.

Note: Room A, 2nd Floor
Age group: 18 and older.
Admission: Free, but please register online.
Currently, there are no dates scheduled for this program. Please check back for future program dates.