Monday July 4, 2011

Upcoming Event

The Art of Harrison

Carolan reading at Literacy Café

Released by Anne Russell, UFV


ummer Love. Don’t we all remember it well? The Literary Café at this year’s Harrison Festival of the Arts considers summer love through the works of three poets and a musician. As always, the café is presented by Continuing Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley in cooperation with the festival.


This year’s Literary Café promises to be a sparkling evening of poetry, songs, and music that will leave you believing in the magic of summer love!  UFV English professor and prolific writer Trevor Carolan will read along with fellow poets Daniela Elza and Robert Martens.  Entertainment will be provided by alt-country musician and former UFV student Franklyn Currie.
The evening commences on Monday, July 11 at  7:30 pm in the mountain lake splendour of Harrison Hot Springs. Doors open at 7:15 pm at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Join Cheryl Isaac, master of ceremonies and director of Continuing Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, in celebrating a rich harvest of top-flight Pacific Coast literary and music artists.

“We’ll be presenting poetry, songs and music that ranges from down-home to downtown, local and cosmopolitan,” notes Carolan. “Daniela will sing at least one of her works, a wedding celebration poem, in a beautifully haunting Bulgarian style and I’ll read at least one of my poems in Gaelic; maybe sing a little blues poem from New York in there too.  Robert Martens was raised in Yarrow and he’s as local to the valley as blueberry cobbler and Jubilee sweet-corn.” 
The artist will address the theme of summer love in its many manifestations.

“Franklyn sings about growing up in the valley, about young love and heartaches. Daniela and I write poems about family love, about the wonder of maturing love, about love that transcends physical passing,” says Carolan. “Robert writes poems that come right out of the ground here, spiritual poetry, with a Mennonite heart. It’ll be a soulful night with good vibes and the magic of Harrison Lake. What could be better than that?”

Globe-trekking poet and acclaimed literary journalist Trevor Carolan collaborates frequently with musicians and artists. His many books include translations, anthologies and a novel, The Pillowbook of Dr. Jazz. His work has appeared in five languages and includes the contemporary Asian fiction anthologies The Lotus Singers and Another Kind of Paradise. He teaches English and creative writing at UFV and was recently featured in the Soundoff section of UFV’s new Skookum magazine.

One of the west coast's most exciting new poets, Daniela Elza has published work in more 50 publications. In 2011 she completed her doctorate in philosophy of education (at Simon Fraser University) and launched her first e-Book: The Book of It. Daniela’s poetry book The Weight of Dew is forthcoming with Mother Tongue Publishing (Spring, 2012).

With his poems that speak from the wisdom of the heart, Robert Martens is a Fraser Valley favourite who returns to the Literary Cafe.  He earned a BA in English literature from Simon Fraser University, and his writing on local history and culture has earned him recognition as Literary Artist of the Year in Abbotsford.

His work appears in Half in the Sun: Anthology of Mennonite Writers and in Down In The Valley.
Born and raised where city meets country, Franklyn Currie finds inspiration for his emotive songs in the vast fields of the Fraser Valley, and the train-tracks and alleys lining the core of his small-town home, Abbotsford, BC. Driven by his passion for writing and making music, Currie’s soft-spoken, “alternative country” style blurs the edge between downhome and downtown.  Hear his latest on Junkyard Recordings.
Tickets for the Literary Café are $12 at the door. They can also be ordered at 796-3664.



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