Poet Robyn Sarah will do a reading of her work at Redeemer on January 21. In addition to a reading, Sarah will sign books and interact in a question-and-answer session with students, professors and others from the community.
The author of several poetry collections, Robyn Sarah has also published two collections of short stories and a book of essays on poetry. Her poems, stories and essays have appeared widely in Canada and the United States, in publications that include The Bedford Introduction to Literature, The Norton Anthology of Poetry (5th edition), and Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems for Hard Times.
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!