BOOK LAUNCHES & READINGS
Thursday, Nov 29 7:00pm
Malahat - Fiddlehead
University of Kings College
6350 Coburg Road
Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading in the MacDonald Room, located in the E.
Margaret Fulton Communications Centre (Library first
floor), Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford
Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading with Don McKay, Basma Kavanagh and Brian
Bartlett at the Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main Street .
Sponsored by the Association for Literature,
Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC).
Tuesday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. Reading at the Tree
Reading Series, at Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue.
Thurday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. Reading with
Stephanie Bolster at the Atwater Poetry Project, at the
Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 1200 Atwater
Monday April 2 at 7:30pm
Reading at Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street at 7:30 PM.
Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading with Stephanie Bolster at the Planet Earth
reading series at The Moka House, #103-1633 Hillside
Hunt's Point, Nova Scotia
Fri Aug 10, 2012 -
East Coast / West Coast
Owl's Head House
Poetry by E. Alex Pierce and Troy Jollimore
40 Owl's Head Road
Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton
24, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
Poetry with a View 2012
Main-à-Dieu Coastal Discovery Centre
Sean Howard Richard Marchand
E. Alex Pierce Stewart Donovan
Breton Book Launch:
Wednesday, Nov 23
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cape Breton Centre for
Craft & Design
322 Charlotte Street
TO INTERVIEW WITH E ALEX PIERCE
WRITER IN RESIDENCE...
In October, E. Alex Pierce was introduced as the
writer-in-residence in Shelburne, NS...
In October, she introduced her plans for the workshops
and individual meetings with writers presented as part of
the Writer-in-Residence project.
Pierce is leading workshops at the Mackay Memorial
Library throughout the fall on Saturday mornings and will
also offer one-on-one consultations with writers on
Tuesday afternoons at both the Shelburne and Lockeport
libraries as well.
At the conclusion of the workshops in early December,
Alex will present an evening of readings by the workshop
participants and will read from some of the new material
she has been working on during the residency.
The Shelburne County Writer-in-Residence is funded by
the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia’s Department
of Community, Culture and Heritage, and the Municipality
of the District of Shelburne Grants Program.
As part of the grants, Alex will be devoting 60% of her
time to her own work. SCAC is very proud to be able to
provide the time and space for a professional writer in
Shelburne County to work on her own material.
To participate in any of the writer-in-residence
activities, call the Shelburne Library (875 3615) and ask
for Suzanne Grier.
See E Alex Pierce reading from Vox Humana
Listen to an SCT interview with E Alex Pierce
web site HERE
THEY ARE SAYING
ABOUT E ALEX PIERCE AND VOX HUMANA...
together, these poems perform a universal voice—“the
under-singing.” This is also the voice of the book’s
narrator: it is her story, though its versions are
legion." Jane Monroe
and allusive... invocation and a lament for what has gone and been lost."
memories that transcend the personal to become
universal... neither sentimental nor solemn, but retrospective and elegiac, lyrical and optimistic about the power of the human voice to communicate."
Margaret Patricia Eaton
-Atlantic Books Today
"These poems teem with personal, historical, and mythical stories...
a collection full of history and memory, and with the absences that produce
them." Moberley Luger
Canadian Literature online
"Whatever the subject, the real strength of Pierce’s work lies in the richness of its landscape which is forever opening out before us, transfigured by an inner music and wonder and light.”
Pierce lives in East Sable River, Nova Scotia where
she is developing a centre for writers and artists. In
her earlier life she taught voice, movement, and mask
for the theatre, and created original collaborative
works with visual artists and composers.
For ten years
she taught creative writing (playwriting & poetry)
at Cape Breton University, and is currently Series
Editor for the CBU Press publication, The Essential Cape
She holds a Master of Fine Arts in
Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and has
been a participant in the Writing Studio at the Banff
Her work has been in anthologized in
There: Women Writers in Atlantic Canada (Roseway); Best
Canadian Poetry 2008 (Tightrope); and in the recently
published Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry
Vox Humana, has just been
released from Brick Books. Pierce will be offering readings
and workshops throughout Nova Scotia in 2011-2012.
Poems of great passion and tenderness, as close to rapture as a writer can get and still hold on.
E. Alex Pierce’s voice can be heard echoing down the long corridors of memory and myth. It’s not that these poems live in the past; instead, they manage to bring it back to life with uncanny sensual details and an urgency that makes you realize some fires never really go out. Vox Humana is all lilt and discipline in its courtliness, its surrender to the theatre of the moment at its most alive.
Pump organ, stops
vox, vox, vox - tremolo, bellows filling air.
Take this creature into your throat pipe. Gristle,
heft, and hide. Rasp, slide the whistle - the alder
cuts its throat to speak its sound.
- from “Vox
“‘Poetry’, someone once wrote, ‘is the music of consciousness’, and Vox
Humana is indeed a rich diapason rooted in the landscape of Nova Scotia’s Sable River. But the wonderful thing about the collection is its lightness and optimism – though its subject matter is often love and loss, it can be retrospective without being nostalgic, and elegiac without overbearing solemnity. Good poetry is always redemptive, and one leaves this collection refreshed, exhilarated and
“Its scope is wide: beautifully crafted family reminiscences; Bach and Beethoven; Raphael and Goltzius; Shakespeare; the Greek Myths and the fate of the Romanovs. But whatever the subject, the real strength of Pierce’s work lies in the richness of its landscape which is forever opening out before us, transfigured by an inner music and wonder and light.” – John Glenday