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SMU Reading Series: Don McKay & Jacob McArthur Mooney

Posted on: March 3rd, 2012 by Phil

Don McKay has lived in several areas of Canada – southwestern Ontario, New Brunswick, Vancouver Island and, currently, Newfoundland – and his books have won the Griffin Prize, as well as two Governor Generals’ Awards. A selection of his poems translated into Italian was recently published. His most recent books of prose are The Muskwa Assemblage (2009) and The Shell of the Tortoise (2011), both published by Gaspereau Press. His new collection of poetry from McClelland & Stewart, Paradoxides, is forthcoming this spring. For the first full week of March 2012, McKay is the short-term Writer in Residence at Saint Mary’s University.

“McKay’s poetry is always a re-envisioning of things, a finding of the wilderness inherent in them – the birch groves in the lawn chairs – connecting them to their original selves, or selves they might dream of being…. Like a basketball player aiming at the hoop from very far off, McKay stretches language and imagery right to its limits; sometime it’s as if he’s aiming at the hoop from way outside the court – in another city, perhaps…” – Barbara Colebrook Peace

Jacob McArthur Mooney’s debut book of poetry was the much acclaimed The New Layman’s Almanac. A poetry commentator and critic, Mooney writes the popular Vox Populism blog, and was recently in residence in the Pierre Berton House in the Yukon. A Nova Scotian now living in Toronto, he is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph-Humber. In the spring of 2011 McClelland & Stewart published his second book of poetry, Folk, which deals with local and distant effects of the 1998 Swissair crash off Halifax, and with neighborhoods around Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

“This is Canada speaking, loud, clear, quirky and unashamed to be itself.” – The Globe & Mail

Time: Wednesday, March 7th @ 7p
Location: Room 101, The Atrium, 923 Robie St., Saint Mary’s University
Admission:  Free