Poet Joanne Epp will do a reading of her work at Redeemer on February 4. In addition to a reading, Epp will sign books and interact in a question-and-answer session with students, professors and others from the community.
Epp launched her first book of poetry, Eigenheim, in April 2015. In Eigenheim, Epp explores the peculiar characteristics of our ideas of home. Epp’s poetry has also been published in Canadian literary journals, most recently in Prairie Fire and Lemon Hound. Two of her poems appear in the anthology Tongue Screws And Testimonies, released in November 2010. Epp reviews books for the Winnipeg Free Press and Rhubarb, and she is one of the authors of A Manifest Presence: 100 Years at St. Margaret’s.
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!