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Prairie Fire Wordfest featuring Elizabeth Philips, Mari-Lou Rowley and Margaret Sweatman

Monday Mar 05 2012 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Elizabeth Philips is the author of four collections of poetry. Her most recent collection, Torch River, was published by Brick Books in 2007. Philips’s poetry has won two Saskatchewan Book awards and been nominated for other provincial and national awards. She has taught creative writing in various programs across Canada and is Director of the Banff Centre’s Writing with Style program. Based in Saskatoon, Philips works as a freelance editor and mentor.

Poet and science writer Mari-Lou Rowley has published seven collections, including Suicide Psalms, which was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies and journals in Canada and the US. In 2010, she was one of 20 invited participants in the workshop Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science at the Banff International Research Station. Her first poem was published when she was eighteen, in the chapbook Saskatoon Poets, a collection of writing by the members of Anne Szumigalski’s poetry group.

Margaret Sweatman is the author of Fox, Sam and Angie, When Alice Lay Down with Peter, and The Players. She lives among her family in Winnipeg, and teaches at The University of Winnipeg.

This event is part of Prairie Fire magazine’s Wordfest, is free to the public, and is presented through the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council.


Torch River

- Trade paperback

by Elizabeth Philips - $18.00 - Add to Cart

"Beneath these sensually charged images lies a complex interrogation of the paradox of nature." (Quill and Quire)In this stunning new collection, Elizabeth Philips takes us down into the swirling core of planetary energies, the central mystery of life itself. Sexual love, the wilderness, the births and deaths that connect them, the breathing and the not-breathing that connect birth and death, the interior wilderness of desire and the sensual love of wild things, of trees, earth, water -- these are Philips's themes and subjects, rendered in a language of tremendous immediateness and authority. These are poems that will take your own breath away, that will give it back to you bigger, deeper than you imagined possible.Who's to say this life isn't the eternal life?The no-time, the hover between in-and exhale -- both wellspring and spur -- is the essence of the extra strength you use to loosen the screw that holds down everything, or this morning, the heft I need to shuttle from boulder to boulder over the slump of rock meant to keep the riverbank from moving. ...From "Breath""[Philips] has a knack for collapsing time and space, tearing the veil, letting the reader slip through the gap to a place of vivid simultaneity." (The Malahat Reviewon A Blue with Blood in It).Elizabeth Philips is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently A Blue with Blood in it and Beyond my Keeping. Both collections received the Saskatchewan Poetry Award for their respective years. She has edited numerous poetry collections and has taught creative writing in the Banff Wired Studio, the Banff Writing with Style program, and the Sage Hill Writing Experience. She edited the literary magazine Grain from 1998 to 2003. She lives in Saskatoon.

The Players

- Trade paperback

by Margaret Sweatman - $22.95 - Add to Cart

Two French explorers arrive in Court to charm two ships from the English King. The rest, as they say, is history ... Or perhaps not. Set in the libertine era of Restoration England, The Players embarks on a voyage of discovery with compelling characters, a magical plot, and stunning imagery. A tale of beginnings and of invention, this remarkable novel takes on the 17th century with a contemporary sensibility. Here, the ability to perform -- in Court, on stage, in private quarters, and in the brutal cold of James Bay -- might save your life ... and Lilly Cole must play along with the best of them. Sly, provocative, and ingeniously funny, Sweatman's prose explores the deep well of human motivation, how instinct trumps reason when survival is in question.