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Poetry Night / Down to Earth with Louise Bernice Halfe

May 6 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm PDT

On Friday, May 6 at 6pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books, and Poet Laureate of Canada Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer for Down To Earth, an evening to celebrate poetic literature, and the power of words.

Organized in partnership with The Calgary Spoken Word Society & Vancouver Word Rock Society, this in-person event will feature authors Sheri-D Wilson, Amber Dawn, and Billeh Nickerson accompanying Halfe in a reading session followed by an intimate conversation with the audience.

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.

This event is free + open to all of our community, and registration is mandatory.

Covid Protocols: For all in-person events, attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Click here to register for the event

Click here to purchase Sohkeyihta by Louise Bernice Halfe

Click here to purchase The Book of Sensations by Sheri-D Wilson

Click here to purchase My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems by Amber Dawn

Click here to purchase Duct-Taped Roses by Billeh Nickerson

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Authors

Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Louise is married, has two adult children and three grandsons. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina. She also completed two years of Addictions Counselor Training at St. Albert’s Nechi Institute where she also facilitated the program.

She served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years. Her books include, Bear Bones and Feathers, Blue Marrow, The Crooked Good, Burning In This Midnight Dream, Sohkeyihta, and awasis-kinky and dishevelled.

She has received numerous accolades and awards including honorary doctorates from Wilfred Laurier University, the University of Saskatchewan, and Mount Royal University. She currently serves as the National Parliamentary Library Poet Laureate.

Louise also serves as an elder or knowledge keeper at the University of Sask and the Sask Health Authority. She actively participates in cultural and ceremonial activities relevant to her Plains Cree culture.

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Sheri-D Wilson is the author and creator of 13 books, 4 short films, and 4 albums which combine music + poetry. In 2019 she was appointed one to the Order of Canada, for her contributions as a Spoken Word Poet and her leadership in the community. In 2017, she received her Doctor of Letters—Honoris Causa from Kwantlen University. Poet Laureate Emeritus of Calgary 2018–2020.

A strong advocate for social change and community building, Sheri-D was Founder & Director of: Calgary Spoken Word Society (2003-2021), Spoken Word Program | The Banff Centre (2005-2012).

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Amber Dawn is the author of the novels Sodom Road Exit (2018) and Sub Rosa (winner of a Lambda Literary Award, 2010), the Vancouver Book Award-winning memoir How Poetry Saved My Life (2013), and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize-nominated poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins (2015). She is also editor of Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire and co-editor of Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry and With a Rough Tongue. Her most recent book is My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems. She teaches creative writing at Douglas College in Vancouver, and also leads several low-barrier community writing classes.

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Billeh Nickerson is a Vancouver-based author, editor and educator whose books include McPoems (Arsenal Pulp), the City of Vancouver-Book-Award-Nominated Artificial Cherry (Arsenal Pulp) and his most recent collection, Duct-Taped Roses (Book*hug). He’s an Associate Dean in the Arts Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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