On the last Sunday of Poetry Month, we bring you our interview with Gil McElroy. Gil is a poet, visual artist, curator, and visual arts critic. He has published four books of poetry with Talonbooks, a collection of art writing with Gaspereau Press, and a memoir about his father and what it was like growing up a military brat during the height of the Cold War. He’s also published numerous chapbooks, and was co-winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for The Merton Lake Propers (2013). He currently lives in Colborne and works for Canada Post delivering mail on rural routes.
Continuing our celebration of Poetry Month and in honour of the poet’s mother, who recently passed away, we are re-broadcasting the programme we made with Katie Hoogendam last winter. Meredith Katie Hoogendam is a writer, artist, mother, and sometime radio host.Though focused on parenting and homeschooling, she remains professionally and personally concerned with environmental issues and educational theory and practice. Her chapbook, Mothertongue is a collection of poetry on motherhood, mourning, and identity released last November at a poetry party in Camborne.
In celebration of Poetry month we rebroadcast our interview with Antony Di Nardo. Antony was born in Montreal and is the author of four collections of poetry, his most recent, SKYLIGHT, was published this fall by Ronsdale Press. Work from previous collections has been translated into both French and Italian, and appears in several anthologies. His first book, Alien, Correspondent, was nominated for the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize and the Re-Lit Award. He has been shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Long Poem contest and in 2017 he won Exile’s Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize for Best Suite of Poems. He divides his time between Sutton, Quebec and Cobourg, Ontario.
This week we begin our celebration of Poetry Month with a short discussion of how important poetry is to society and has become in our area, thanks to the tireless efforts of a number of local writers. You will also hear readings by local poets, including Ted Amsden, Bridget Campion, Tai Grove, Katie Hoogendam, Wally Keeler, Jessica Outram, Janet Richards, Gil McElroy and your hosts on Word on the Hills, Gwynn Scheltema and Felicity Sidnell Reid. We hope you enjoy the show!
This week we are repeating a show we made with Jennifer Bogart in which she talks about the inspiration for her writings, her novels for young people and adults, her passion for reading and her encouragement of everyone she meets to share this experience. She recently became the owner of Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg and has already instituted many special events and book clubs at the store.