Canada's first poet laureate, George Bowering (left), and colleague Roy Miki, who recently won the 2002 Governor General's literary award for poetry, will join in a celebration of their craft at SFU on Feb. 13.
Two special events are being planned. The SFU English department is hosting a Celebration of Poets
for its alumni and other poetry lovers that will feature readings and a reception at the Harbour Centre campus from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are $25.
The event is sponsored by the alumni association, the president's office and Duthie Books.
Earlier the same day, the two poets will take part in a free reading event at the Burnaby campus in the W.A.C. Bennett library, special collections, room 7100 (7th floor), beginning at 2 p.m. Each will give a short reading and will be available for book signings.
The celebrations mark something of a homecoming for Bowering, an SFU professor emeritus who was recently named an officer of the Order of Canada. He has twice won a Governor-General's literary award, once for poetry and once for fiction. A founding editor of the magazines Tish
, he has written nearly three dozen books of poetry, 10 novels and six plays.
Miki, who has written half a dozen books and edited several others, picked up his prestigious literary award, for his book Surrender
, from Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson in November.
Joining the two long-standing SFU faculty members at the Harbour Centre event will be Coquitlam college teacher and SFU alumnus Wayde Comption, author of 49th Parallel Psalm
, which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay poetry prize, and Daphne Marlatt, a former Ruth Wynn Woodward professor in women's studies at SFU whose most recent collection of poetry, This Tremor Love Is
, was shortlisted for the 2002 Gerald Lampert award.
Proceeds from tickets for the Harbour Centre event will go to fund English student awards at SFU. To purchase tickets call 604-291-3061.