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
A Very Long
with artists and curator: Friday 18 January at 2 PM
The six artists in this
exhibition investigate the subject of time, both literally
and symbolically, through the use of their chosen textile
materials and processes, and in the concepts that they
explore. Beginning with the idea of a continuous filament
or thread or thought, all have taken very different
trajectories, using media that demand high levels of skill
and experience, and long years of practice. Most of the
artists have been working for many decades in their
fields, exercising the consummate skill of those who know
their media inside out, improvising seamlessly while
maintaining a conceptual rigour. In all of their
practices, the subject matter is also informed by the
material and process choices exercised along the way.
University Art Gallery:
Horizon: Landscape by Other Means
Exploring definitions of
landscape art and its interaction with built architecture
featuring artists like Marlene Creates, Peter Dykhuis,
Lorraine Field, Kelly Mark, Camille Zakharia and Carl
This selection of
contemporary works from the Permanent Collection examines
how landscape is experienced and represented. This extends
beyond the visual conventions of traditional art to
encompass cultural mapping, memory, oral history and
digital technologies relating to weather forecasting,
flight and global positioning. Whereas tradi- tional
landscape has reproduced romantic and culturally biased
ideas of the physical world we inhabit—often removing it
from, or effacing, embodied histories of social conflict,
colonialism and environmental degration—artists in this
exhibition address such issues as how geopolitical
relations are inscribed on landscape; how we inhabit space
somatically; the visual construction of landscape and its
interaction with architecture and the built environment. (from
Visual Arts News)
12 January -
10 March 2013
Works from the Permanent
Halifax Poetry Reading
Thursday, 29 November 7:00 PM
Brian Bartlett Matt Cornfield
Lorri Neilsen Glenn
Sue Goyette Heather Jessup
Carole Glasser Langille
E. Alex Pierce Peter Sanger
Wardroom (A&A Building)
University of King’s College 6350 Coburg Road,
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