BOOK LAUNCHES & READINGS
Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 7:00pm
Malahat - Fiddlehead
University of Kings College
6350 Coburg Road
Monday, March 5, 2102 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, 2012 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, 2102 at 8:00 p.m. Reading at the Tree
Reading Series, at Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue.
Thurday, March 29, 2012 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, 2012 at 7:30pm
Reading at Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street at 7:30 PM.
Friday, April 27, 2012 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...
Since 2013, E. Alex Pierce has been the Shelburne
County Arts Council (SCAC) writer-in-residence in Shelburne,
Nova Scotia, originally funded also by the Canada Council
for the Arts. SCAC has funded two extensions of the
program, called the Shelburne County Writers Mentorship
Pierce works individually with writers, offering one-on-one consultations
and new participants are welcome.
At the conclusion of the mentorship period in early December,
Alex will present an evening of readings by the participants and will read from
her own work.
The original Shelburne County Writer-in-Residence
Program was 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.
To participate in the current Mentorship Program, email
Alex Pierce at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See E Alex Pierce reading from Vox Humana
Listen to a South Coast Today 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
undersinging by M. Travis Lane
in The Fiddlehead
CLARKE: New Nova Scotia Poetry
by George Elliott Clarke (Halifax Chronicle-Herald - Sunday, March 3, 2013)
Humana by E. Alex Pierce by
Jane Monroe (Malahat Review)
Humana by E. Alex Pierce by
Heather Craig (Telegraph-Journal,
New Brunswick, September 17, 2011)
Alex Pierce celebrates “Vox
Humana” with its Cape Breton
Ken Chisholm (What’s goin on, Cape
Breton’s Go & Do Guide,
November 27, 2011)
Humana by E. Alex Pierce by
Margaret Patricia Eaton (Atlantic
Books Today, winter 2011)
and Strange by
Moberley Luger (Canadian Literature
online – February 15, 2012)