The East and West Learning Club is thrilled to co-host a fabulous poetry series together with Sureway Culture Services and Lakeside Academy of Canada throughout this Summer and Fall!
Five poets laureate, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, are coming to our club’s online platform to share their poems, translations, and writing experiences. They will discuss the cultural commonalities and differences reflected in the translations. They will also mingle with our audience, and share their life stories, experience with cultural difference, and/or suggestions for immigrants on how to adapt to Canadian culture with a bit more ease and grace.
Anna Yin, Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, will facilitate the following five sessions —
With Molly Peacock on Friday August 14, 2020 @8-9:30 P.M.
Molly and Anna will share thoughts about events and workshops they have participated and discuss the challenge of various poetic forms and the difficulties of translation.
With Albert F. Moritz on Saturday August 29, 2020 @3-4:30 P.M.
Albert and Anna will talk about how other poets’ work has inspired their own writing. They will explore how poetry help them refresh their memories, share mutual experiences and help them grow.
With Alice Major on Friday September 11, 2020 @8-9:30 P.M.
Alice and Anna will explore how to get inspirations from science and how to write poetry with an interesting and understandable view related to science.
With George Elliott Clarke on Friday September 25, 2020 @8-9:30 P.M.
George and Anna will discuss about how to write poetry related to political issues, difficult history and identity etc.
The five poets will have a group discussion and recitals on Saturday October 3, 2020 @3-4:30 P.M. to wrap up the series.
Language: Discussions will be conducted in English, with poem recitals in different languages.
Free online Zoom meeting. Maximum capacity 100 participants. Meetings will be open 15 minutes prior to the lecture time. Please click below link to enter:
Meeting ID: 871 3466 4583
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the poetic moments with us! Let’s see how the shiny silk threads of poetry could touch our souls, and connect the world, whether you are from the East or the West!
Please see biographies of the prominent Canadian poets and more details below (based on the web page of Sureway Cultural Services)
Poetry in Translation /East Meets West
A series of online events focus on poetry and translation by reading and discussing original poems then translations between poets and translator. We will talk about the myth of lost in translation, tackle the art of re-creation and exchange the mutual gain through the process. The poets are George Elliott Clarke, Molly Peacock, Alice Major and A. F. Moritz, and the translator is Anna Yin
These events aim to engage the audience and stimulate wider and stronger interest and conversation for cross-cultural exchange in poetry.
The poets’ selected poems have been or will be posted on the discussion area at http://www.coviews.com/viewforum.php?f=55. Participants are more than welcome to submit their own translations of the poets’ works there.
Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate and has authored five collections of poetry. She won several poetry awards and her poems/translations have appeared at ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal etc. She teaches Poetry Alive workshops. Her next book Mirrors & Windows: a collection of translations will be published in 2021.
Molly Peacock’s latest poetry collections are The Analyst and Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems. She is the series founder of The Best Canadian Poetry and the co-founder of Poetry in Motion on New York’s subways and buses. Her poems appear in leading literary journals such as Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Hudson Review, and are anthologized in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Author of a one-person play about poetry, The Shimmering Verge, she is working on Form with Feeling, a collection of essays.
Albert F. Moritz is the 6th Poet Laureate of Toronto. His most recent books are As Far As You Know (2020) and The Sparrow: Selected Poems (2018), both from House of Anansi Press. In 2015, Princeton University Press republished his 1986 volume in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, The Tradition. He has published nineteen books of poems, and several volumes of poetry translated from French and Spanish. His poetry has received the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Beth Hokin Prize of Poetry magazine, and other awards.
Alice Major‘s 11th poetry collection is “Welcome to the Anthropocene”. published by the University of Alberta Press. Science has been a source of inspiration for much of her work, including an award-winning collection of essays: “Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science.” Alice served as the first poet laureate for her home city of Edmonton and her honours include an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Alberta.
The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1960, George was educated at the University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, and Queen’s University. He is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature. A professor of English at the University of Toronto, George has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry,, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.
Thanks to the kindness of the poets, we get to post a poem of each one of them here in the comments area for our members, before each session begins, respectively. Enjoy!