Single Onion Reading Series #197
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Shelf Life Books, 1302 4th Street SW, Calgary
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The Single Onion is excited to wrap up our fall season with four great poets: Vivian Hansen, Sholley Powell, Nikki Reimer, and Juleta Severson-Baker.
About the readers:
Vivian Hansen has published nonfiction, fiction, and poetry in Canadian journals. She has published four books of poetry: A Bitter Mood of Clouds (Frontenac House 2013), A Tincture of Sunlight (2017), Leylines of My Flesh (Touchwood 2002). crawlSpace has recently been published by Touchwood Press. Vivian teaches creative writing at the University of Calgary, as well the Alexandra Writers Centre. Vivian holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
In the span of a few short years Sholley Powell has learned to embrace her literary talents, becoming one of Calgary’s up and coming poets. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Sholley’s poetry comes from a place of personal contemplation, and reflection. Inspired by local Calgary poets, Sholley embraced the Calgary poetry scene and has since featured at events such as PitBull Poetry Reading Series, Woolf’s Voices, The Single Onion Reading Series, The People’s Poetry Festival, Raw Voices, Flywheel Reading Series, Can You Hear Me Now, Expressions, and The Indie YYC Reading Series. Her poetic accomplishments include open category winner for Airdrie Public Library’s first annual Voices In Motion – featuring her first publication of her poem “In-Between The Binary.” As well, her poem “The Violinist” was included in the YYC POP online exhibit.
Nikki Reimer is the author of four books of poetry, most recently No Town Called We (Talon Books). They make art, write non-fiction, and are currently studying towards an MA in Communication at University of Calgary. Reimer is a carbon-based chronically ill neurodivergent prairie settler of Ukrainian and Russian Mennonite descent who resides on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. They are very tired.
Juleta Severson-Baker’s first book of poetry, Incarnate (Frontenac House, 2013), was short-listed for both the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Antecedent, her second collection (Frontenac House, 2023), is a ferocious and candid outcry from the West. This is a book willing to reveal, to tell the frank truth, about “the weave of what is human.” She lives, writes poetry, and works as an Assistant Principal at Calgary Arts Academy in Treaty 7 territory.
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