120 Heritage Way
Castlegar, BC V1N 4M5
with Jane Byers and Emily Nilsen
April 27 from 7 pm – 9 pm
April is Poetry Month. Join Kootenay poets Jane Byers and Emily Nilsen as they read from their recently-published books Acquired Community and Otolith.
Jane Byers’ Acquired Community is both a collection of narrative poems about seminal moments in North American lesbian and gay history, mostly post-World War II, and a series of first person poems that act as a touchstone to compare the narrator’s coming out experience within the larger context of the gay liberation movement.
Otolith — the ear stone — is a series of bones that help us to orient ourselves in space. In Otolith, Emily Nilsen attempts a similar feat in poetry: to turn the reader’s attention to their relationship to the world, revealing an intertidal state between the rootedness of place and the uncertainty and tenuousness of human connection. Born in the fecundity of British Columbia’s coastal rainforest, these poems are full of life and decay; they carry the odours of salmon rivers and forests of fir; salal growing in the fog-bound mountain slopes.
Free admission, donations gratefully accepted. Books will be available for sale and signing.