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Upcoming readings: Ellen S. Jaffe

Ellen S JaffeBorn in New York City, Ellen S. Jaffe came to Canada in 1979. Her published books include Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal; Water Children (poetry); Feast of Lights: a young adult novel; and Syntymalauluja/Birth Songs, a selection of poems translated into Finnish. She has also written and produced plays for children and adults. She lives in Hamilton where she is active in the city’s literary scene. Her book, Skinny-Dipping with the Muse, is set to be published this Spring. She’s coming to a city near you:

April 2 – Artword Artbar (group reading, Hamilton Authors Speak Out); 15 Colbourne St. Hamilton, ON; 7 PM

April 5 – Portobello Reading Series, Toronto (run by Linda Stitt); Portobello Restaurant and Bar, 995 Bay St. Toronto, ON; 1:30 PM

April 25 – Double Dog Dare Yoga Studio, with Heather Cadsby and Robert Colman; 153 Queen St. E., St. Mary’s, ON; 7 PM

June 7 – Portobello Reading Series, Toronto (run by Linda Stitt); Portobello Restaurant and Bar, 995 Bay St. Toronto, ON

June 5 – Queen-Saulter Library (TPL), with Ann Elizabeth Carson; 765 Queen St. E

June 18 – Bryan Prince Bookseller (Hamilton launch for SKINNY-DIPPING WITH THE MUSE); 1060 King St W, Hamilton, ON

July 30 – No One Writes to the Colonel; 460 College St, Toronto, ON

July 31  Bryan Prince Booksellers; 1060 King St W, Hamilton, ON

Sep 7 – Lit Live, Hamilton (monthly series); 27 King William St.; 7:30 PM

9781550718430_largeGrouped into four sections, the poems in SKINNY-DIPPING WITH THE MUSE relate to the writer’s experience of diving “into the destructive element” (in Joseph Conrad’s words), naked, vulnerable, stripping off clothes, masks, and preconceptions in a process of connecting with the “creative spirit” in a way that is playful, loving, emotionally rich and wet, care-full, and spontaneous. These poems are conversations with the living, the dead, and the world itself.I thought of you today,
your fear of falling
down, down,
out of bed, off the edge
of the known world — “Snow Angel”

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