Bowering, Miki helping in celebration of poetry

Feb 06, 2003, vol. 26, no. 3
By Marianne Meadahl

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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 and Imago, 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.

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