On Thursday, April 2nd, poet Janet Fraser will be holding a reading event in St John’s, Newfoundland. The reading will take place at the Resource Centre for the Arts, “the heart of theatre and the cultural pulse of downtown St. John’s,” in the Second Space room, and will begin at 7:30 PM.
Fraser will be reading from her recently published collection, Shiftless (Guernica Editions Fall 2014), in which she fearlessly explores the essence of her own life, some of her ancestors’ lives, and the lives of other ordinary people who have often faced extraordinary challenges.
The collection has been described by Maureen Hynes as “a skilful run of prose poems [which] situates the poet herself in the turmoils, loves and disappointments she has drawn.” Patrick Wilson compares the poems in the collection to “a secretive village of black-painted houses with white lace curtains drawn.”
Janet Fraser was born in her mother’s ancestral home, Saint John, and returned over 40 years later. In the meantime, she lived for long stretches in Halifax, Toronto, and St. John’s. Her first poetry collection Long Girl Leaning into the Wind was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. She teaches part-time at UNB’s College of Extended Learning.
For more information about the reading, visit the Resource Centre for the Arts website: http://rca.nf.ca/event/shiftless-a-reading-by-janet-fraser/
Shiftless is available for purchase on the Guernica Editions website: http://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781550718850