Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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I had the honour of reading at the Cobourg Festival of Poetry this past weekend. It was an absolute blast! The reading took place in the Art Gallery of Northumberland in beautiful downtown Cobourg. Part of the pleasure for me was getting to do a literary event with my wife, the amazing poet Erin Knight. The two of us don’t get the chance to read together that often, so this was a special treat. The fun started as soon as we entered the gallery building where we were confronted with enormous piles of Spam. The canned meat product was part of promotional material for “Spamalot,” which was showing at the theatre also located in the building. The reading took place upstairs (away from the Spammers) and included Ken Babstock and Sara Peters along with Erin and me. Bridget Campion performed one of the most spectacular hosting jobs I’ve ever experienced. Not only were her introductions meticulously researched, but she took careful notes during each reading in order to share insightful comments and observations as she thanked each writer. The audience was generous and lively throughout the whole evening. I thank Carol Anne Bell-Smith and everyone at the Cobourg Festival of Poetry for a truly memorable experience.

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Adam Dickinson

Adam Dickinson’s poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and internationally. His first book of poetry, Cartography and Walking (Brick Books), was shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award. His second collection, Kingdom, Phylum (Brick Books), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His third collection of poetry, The Polymers is published by House of Anansi Press.

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