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Single Onion #186

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW
AND the reading will be available via Zoom, with a link coming soon.

The Single Onion kicks off its fall programming with poets reading from the new (M)othering Anthology:

Adrienne Adams, Dorothy Bentley, Joan Crate, Vivian Hansen, Josephine LoRe, Joan Shillington, Anne Sorbie, and Yvonne Trainer.

About the readers:

ADRIENNE ADAMS is a poet, artist and curator dedicated to creating safer inter-sectional space to honour the feminine. She curates Woolf’s Voices, joking that it’s an excuse to howl in public. Her work is published in Antilang, FreeFall, Politics/letters live (Car Poems), Polyglot, Wax Poetry and Art, Rose Quartz and forthcoming in NōD, Voices of Eve and several other publications. Adrienne has featured at South Country Fair, The New Beat, The Storytellers (IndieYYC), Expressions Poetry, FlyWheel, University of Calgary Spoken Word, YYCSPEAK Reading Series, The People’s Poetry and Ignite Festival. She has also co-curated for Single Onion and the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival.

DOROTHY BENTLEY began writing poetry as a child. While she is previously published in nonfiction articles, columns and books, her poetry picture book Summer North Coming, was published in 2019, and a children’s chapbook is forthcoming, both by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Additionally, she studied literature and writing to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English, and works for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, southern Alberta office in Calgary.

JOAN CRATE lives in Calgary, Alberta. She is the mother of three sons and one daughter; each of her children was born in a different decade. She is also the proud grandmother to two lovely girls. Joan has published two novels and three books of poetry. Her first novel, Breathing Water (NeWest Press, 1989), was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award (Canada) and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. She is a recipient of the Bliss Carman Poetry Award and her last book of poetry, SubUrban Legends (Freehand Books, 2009), was awarded Book of the Year by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Joan’s novel Black Apple was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016 and won The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize in 2017.

VIVIAN HANSEN has published poetry, creative nonfiction, essays and memoir in Canadian journals and anthologies. “Hundedagene and the Foxtail Phenomenon” was published in Coming Here, Being Here (Guernica Editions, 2016). “Telling” was published in Waiting (University of Alberta Press, 2018). Her three full-length books of poetry are Leylines of My Flesh (Touchwood Press, 2002), A Bitter Mood of Clouds and A Tincture of Sunlight (Frontenac House, 2013 and 2017). She published a long poem, “Design Charette for 220 Blakiston Park,” with Loft 112 in 2019. Her contribution to (M)othering, “Toward Hygge,” was published in Freefall XXVII, no. 1 (Winter 2018). Vivian teaches poetry and creative writing in Calgary.

JOSEPHINE LORE’s words have been read on stage and in Zoom rooms globally, published in eleven countries and three languages, put to music, danced and integrated into visual art. In 2021, her poetry was published in Canada’s FreeFall and Vallum magazines, the Fixed and Free Anthology in the US (Mercury HeartLink), and Ireland’s Same Page Anthology. Josephine has two collections, which integrate her poetry and photography: Unity and the Calgary Herald bestseller The Cowichan Series (Kouros Publications, 2019). She belongs and contributes to a variety of Canadian and international poetry societies.

JOAN SHILLINGTON is a Calgary poet who writes in a loft overlooking the Rocky Mountains. She has been published in The Antigonish Review, grain, Prairie Fire, FreeFall, CV2 and has placed first, second and honourable mention in poetry contests. As well, she has poems in various anthologies. Her third collection of poetry, Let This Lake Remember, was published by Frontenac House in 2020.

ANNE SORBIE’s fiction, poetry, essays and book reviews have been published by Inanna Publications, the University of Alberta Press, Frontenac House, House of Blue Skies and Thistledown Press; in magazines and journals such as Alberta Views, Geist and Other Voices; and online with Brick Books, CBC Canada Writes and Geist. Anne’s third book, Falling Backwards into Mirrors, was published by Inanna Publications in 2019. Most recently, her work can be found in the anthology You Look Good for Your Age (University of Alberta Press, 2021). She is a mother/stepmother of five and grandmother of three.

Dr. YVONNE TRAINER is a poet, editor, researcher and writer in Lethbridge, Alberta. She has published a chapbook and four books of poetry and is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and Academy of American Poets. Her First Nations poetry collection Tom Three Persons (Frontenac House, 2002) has been read both nationally and internationally. Recently, Yvonne’s work has appeared in YYC POP: Poetic Portraits of People (ed. Sheri-D Wilson, Frontenac House, 2020), Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers (ed. Shaun Hunter, RMB, 2018) and in WordCityLit (ed. Darcie Friesen Hossack). More recent poems by Yvonne are available via the DogWood Reading Series on YouTube.

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