Tuesday, January 13

Jenna Butler + John Terpstra

Jenna Butler

Winner of the CAA Exporting Alberta Award

Jenna Butler is the author of three books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road, Wells, and Aphelion, in addition to an upcoming collection of essays, On the Grizzly Trail. Her work has received the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award and a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award, and has been shortlisted for the Salt Prizes (UK), the Bridport Prize (UK), and both the Stephansson and Souster Awards (Canada). Butler teaches Creative Writing at Red Deer College during the school year. In the summer, she lives with three resident moose and a den of coyotes on a small organic farm in Canada’s north country.


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John Terpstra

Shortlisted for the Governor General's Award

John Terpstra is the author of nine books of poetry, including “Disarmament”, which was short-listed for the Governor-General’s Award, and his most recent, “Brilliant Falls”, which was short-listed for the Raymond Souster Award. He has also published four works of creative non-fiction. “The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter” was short-listed for both the Charles Taylor Prize and the BC Award for Canadian Non-fiction. “The House With the Parapet Wall”, his latest, appeared in the fall of 2014. His poem, “Giants” was recently installed on a plaque at the crest of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Hamilton, where he lives and works as a furniture maker and carpenter.

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