Reading Town PEI - May 20 to June 2, 2018
An Evening with GG Award Winning Poet Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison has eight titles to his name, among them Hero of the Play, poems in the language of hockey, and the first book of poetry launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is also the author of Big Breath of a Wish, poems about his daughter learning language, which won the City of Calgary Book Prize and was nominated for the Governor-General's Award. His other writings include (with Lee Easton) Secret Identity Reader, Essays on Sex, Death, and the Superhero. He teaches Comics and Graphic Novels as well as English and Creative Writing at Calgary’s Mount Royal University.
Richard Harrison’s latest, On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood, is a book of elegies and witness; of poetry about poetry, and poetry about luck and love. Here, Richard recalls his father and father-in-law. Poems become characters; the Alberta Flood shapes the book as it did the landscape. And the book celebrates love’s power to unite the living with each other and reunite us with the dead. On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood won the 2017 Stephan G. Stephansson and Governor-General’s Awards for Poetry.