On Sunday, March 11th at 2 pm, join award-winning poet and non-fiction author Sarah de Leeuw (Where It Hurts) with special guest reader Alice Major (Welcome to the Anthropocene) for a Sunday afternoon reading!
About Sarah de Leeuw:
Sarah de Leeuw holds a Ph.D. in historical-cultural geography and is currently an Associate Professor with the Northern Medical Program at UNBC, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, where she works in medical humanities and the determinants of marginalized peoples' health.
De Leeuw grew up on Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii (The Queen Charlotte Islands), then lived in Terrace, BC. She earned a BFA from the University of Victoria, after which she spent time teaching English in South Korea. She has also worked as a tug boat driver, women’s centre coordinator, logging camp cook, and a journalist and correspondent for Connections Magazine and CBC Radio’s BC Almanac. She returned to northern BC after spending four years in Ontario and another year in Arizona as a visiting Fulbright Scholar with the University of Arizona.
Her first book Unmarked was published in 2004. Her second volume, Geographies of a Lover, arrived in Spring 2012 and won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for the best book of poetry in British Columbia that year. For two consecutive years, Sarah de Leeuw was honored in the Creative Nonfiction category of the CBC Literary Awards, winning first place for Columbus Burning in 2009, and second place for Quick-quick. Slow. Slow in 2010. In 2013, her essay "Soft Shoulder" earned a Western Magazine Gold Award. Where It Hurts, a collection of creative non-fiction essays, was released in Spring 2017.
About Where It Hurts:
FINALIST FOR THE 2017 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARDS - NONFICTION!
Where It Hurts is a highly charged collection of personal essays, haunted by loss, evoking turbulent physical and emotional Canadian landscapes. Sarah de Leeuw’s creative non-fiction captures strange inconsistencies and aberrations of human behaviour, urging us to be observant and aware. The essays are wide in scope and expose what—and who—goes missing.
With staggering insight, Sarah de Leeuw reflects on missing geographies and people, including missing women, both those she has known and those whom she will never get to know. The writing is courageously focused, juxtaposing places and things that can be touched and known—emotionally, physically, psychologically—with what has become intangible, unnoticed, or actively ignored. Throughout these essays, de Leeuw's imagistic memories are layered with meaning, providing a survival guide for the present, including a survival that comes with the profound responsibility to bear witness.
About Alice Major:
Alice Major, Edmonton’s first poet laureate, has published 11 books of poetry and essays, many of which explore her long-standing interest in the sciences. She is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta 2017 Distinguished Artist Award. Her most recent publications with UAP are Standard candles and Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science. You can find her online at www.alicemajor.com
About Welcome to the Anthropocene:
Alice Major observes the comedy and the tragedy of this human-dominated moment on Earth. Major’s most persistent question—“Where do we fit in the universe?”—is made more urgent by the ecological calamity of human-driven climate change. Her poetry leads us to question human hierarchies, loyalties, and consciousness, and challenges us to find some humility in our overblown sense of our cosmic significance.