Poet Cara-Lyn Morgan will do a reading of her work at Redeemer on March 3. In addition to a reading, Morgan will sign books and interact in a question-and-answer session with students, professors and others from the community.
Morgan’s work has appeared in a variety of national literary magazines. What Became My Grieving Ceremony is her first book.
What Became My Grieving Ceremony explores what it means to be a woman who must navigate the world from the duality of a mixed race background.
Morgan explores the complex cultural history of her Metis mother and her Afro-Caribbean father. Her poems insist on understanding the connectivity of her ancestral, cultural roots and the disparate values that shaped her. By revisiting these people and their stories, she intends to come to an understanding of how to navigate the world as a “mixed-race” Canadian woman — a process that remains incomplete.
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!