I am reading with Toronto poet David Seymour this coming Monday, May 18 at 8:00pm at the Ship Inn in St. John’s. David is in town getting some peace and quiet and working on a new ms., so of course the locals have forced him into a reading. We need to take our opportunities when they come. I was pleased to be asked to partner with him for this event and hope to provide a nice opening act for a very solid poet opening into the prime of his work.
GEORGE MURRAY and DAVID SEYMOUR
“A Brace of Poets” reading
Monday, May 18th, at 8 p.m.
The Ship, Duckworth Street, St. John’s
Reading sponsored by Birch-Broom-in-the-Fits. These two writers are among the rising generation of poets in Canada today. Come to listen; stay to chat. (This will be a great evening of poetry—and wild-haired people are especially welcome to come celebrate this new reading series, Birch-Broom-in-the Fits.)
George Murray’s most recent book, The Rush to Here, was shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Award (the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry) and is also shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Award. Currently Executive Director of the Association of Cultural Industries of Newfoundland and Labrador, Murray is the author of several books of poetry which have received wide acclaim. He has served as the poetry editor of the Literary Review of Canada, and is the creator of bookninja.com, a lively web forum for literary discussion.
David Seymour’s book Inter Alia, published by Brick Books, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award (for best first book in Canada). He has just completed a second collection of poems for Brick. He was a finalist in the 2009 CBC Literary Competition. Born in Campbellton, New Brunswick, Seymour grew up in Milton, Ontario. He now lives in Toronto where he writes and works in film. (Among the many tantalizing details of his bio note in Inter Alia are these: he has sailed on a tall ship, photo-doubled for Russell Crowe, worked as casting director for several films.)