Poet James Arthur will do a reading of his work at Redeemer on October 15. In addition to a reading, Arthur will sign books and interact in a question-and-answer session with students, professors and others from the community.
His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books and The American Poetry Review. Charms Against Lightning, his debut poetry collection, is available from Copper Canyon Press.
Since 2001, thanks mainly to an annual grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and in collaboration with the Hamilton Poetry Centre, we have had the honour at Redeemer University College of hosting a number of Canadian poets, both well-established and rising stars, from all across Canada. For students to meet these poets “in the flesh” and find out from their own lips about their working styles, their philosophies, their influences, their hopes, and their struggles has always been exciting and encouraging, and often eye-opening. We’re told, too, that the poets love coming to Redeemer – that they have really appreciated the warmth of their reception here, the attentive audiences, the intelligent questions, and that they have spread the word in the literary community across Canada that Redeemer is a good gig to get. Poetry is alive and well in Canada, and has lots to say!