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Tuesday, May 13

Arleen Paré + Jane Munro + Joanna Lilley + Karen Enns

Please join these four authors as they present their new poetry on their cross-Canada tour -- Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton.

Arleen Paré

Paré’s third collection is a praise poem in 45 parts

Arleen Paré is a poet and novelist, author of two previous books, Paper Trail and Leaving Now.  Her work has received the Victoria Butler Book Prize and has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry.  Originally from Montreal, she lived for many years in Vancouver, where she worked as a social worker and administrator to provide community housing for people with mental illnesses. She now lives in Victoria with her partner, Chris Fox. Lake of Two Mountains is her second poetry collection.

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Jane Munro

Prize-winning poet, member of Yoko’s Dogs poetry collective

Jane Munro’s sixth poetry collection is Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014). Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010), Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006) and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books, 1995). Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She is a member of the collaborative group Yoko’s Dogs ( whose first book, Whisk, was published by Pedlar Press in 2013. She lives in Vancouver. 

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Joanna Lilley

Yukon-based, UK-born Lilley launches first collection

Joanna Lilley has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon, since emigrating from the UK in 2006. Her poems and stories have been published in journals and anthologies in Canada and Britain and her awards include first prize in the 2012 Vancouver International Writers Festival poetry contest . The Fleece Era is her first collection of poetry.

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Karen Enns

Author of That Other Beauty, nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award

Karen Enns grew up in a Mennonite farming community in southern Ontario. Her first book of poetry, That Other Beauty, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Ordinary Hours is her second poetry collection.  A classical pianist and teacher, she lives in Victoria.


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