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Coming up in Ottawa: Ellen Jaffe at the RailRoad Reading Series

Skinny-Dipping MuseGuernica poet Ellen Jaffe will be making her way to Ottawa for a reading at the Pressed Café December 4th. The reading, as part of the RailRoad Reading Series, will feature Ellen Jaffe, as well as two Ottawa writers:  Frances Boyle and Murray Citron.

Frances Boyle’s poetry and fiction has appeared in many literary magazines across Canada and her awards include Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize, Tree Press’s chapbook prize, and This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt for poetry (with third place for fiction in the same year).

Murray Citron’s bilingual chapbook There is a Tree/ shteyt a boim, was published by Tree Press in 2011. He has also had several translations from Yiddish published in periodicals in Canada, the USA and the United Kingdom.

Born 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.

Grouped into four sections, the poems in Ellen Jaffe’s collection, 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.

When: 7-10pm (doors open at 7, reading starts at 7:30pm) Dec. 4, 2014

Where: Pressed Cafe, 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON

For more information about the reading, you can visit the RailRoad Reading Series website at:

Skinny-Dipping With the Muse is available on the Guernica website at:

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