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WGA Presents: Wine & Poetry Pairings in Celebration of National Poetry Month (Calgary)

 Wednesday, April 27, 2016—7:30pm
@ Metrovino—722 11 Ave SW Calgary

Our legendary wine & literary pairings are back!  Raise your glass to National Poetry Month and hear from seven local poets whose collections will each be paired with a specific wine (…or wildcard beverage) that shares the attributes of the work.  Join us for a creative evening of runaway tannins, hints of pear and transformation, notes of mystery and explosive bouquets of hope—the finish will not disappoint.  Featured poets include Derek BeaulieuRosemary GriebelNikki SheppyBob StallworthyNatalie SimpsonSheri-D Wilson and Nick Thran.   

Featured Poets

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derek beaulieu

Calgary’s 2014-16 Poet Laureate, Derek Beaulieu is the author of eight books of poetry, four volumes of conceptual fiction and over 175 chapbooks. Beaulieu is an award-winning instructor of Creative Writing, Theory and Contemporary Canadian Literature at the Alberta College of Art + Design. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Roehampton University. His work is consistently praised as some of the most radical and challenging in contemporary Canadian writing.






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rosemary griebel


Rosemary Griebel is a Calgary writer and librarian, and her poetry has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010, CBC Radio, literary magazines, anthologies and chapbooks. Her first collection of poetry, Yes, was published by Frontenac House in 2011.





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nikki sheppy


Nikki Sheppy is President of filling Station magazine. Her work has appeared in Lemon Hound, Alberta Views, and Uppercase magazine, for which she writes the book column. Her poetry chapbook, Grrrrlhood: a ludic suite (Kalamalka 2014), won the 2013 John Lent Poetry-Prose Award.






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Natalie Simpson’s work has appeared in Queen Street Quarterly, dANDelion, West Coast Line and in the anthologies Post-Prairie and Shift & Switch. Her first book of poetry, accrete or crumble, was published in 2006. Simpson is also a former filling Station editor. Thrum is her second collection of poetry, revealing how making sense is not always the same as making meaning. The collection is told using tension between sound and meaning, and continues in the tradition that begun with Gertrude Stein.



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bob stallworthy


Bob Stallworthy has five books, four of which are poetry, published. His work has appeared twice on and in magazines across Canada. His book Optics, 2004, Frontenac House was short-listed for the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize in 2004 and the book Things that Matter Now was short-listed for both the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize and the Stephan G. Stephansson Alberta Book Award in 2009.



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nick thran

Nick Thran is the author of three collections of poems. His most recent collection, Mayor Snow, is forthcoming this fall with Nightwood Editions. His previous collection, Earworm, won the 2012 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His first collection, Every Inadequate Name, was a finalist for the 2007 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Born in Prince George, British Columbia, Thran has lived and worked in a variety of cities across Canada, as well as in the United States and Spain. He is the 2015-16 Writer-in-Residence at the Calgary Distinguished Writers’ Program with the University of Calgary.



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sheri-d wilson

Internationally recognized Spoken Word Poet Sheri-D Wilson has performed and taught in festivals in Canada, the United State, England, France, Mexico and South Africa. She has nine collections of poetry; her most recent – Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women – is nominated for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. Her collection, Re:Zoom, won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She has written five produced plays, produced two CDs and five video-poems and co-created a ballet for Ballet BC. She received the 2015 City of Calgary Award for contributions to the Arts.




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