Reading: Phil Hall & Lise Downe

(15 October 2011)

Posted in Past Events, Phil Hall

When: Saturday 15 October 2011 – 7:30pm

Where: St. Stephens-in-the-field, St. Stephens-in-the-field, 103 Bellevue Ave, Toronto (enter at Red Door on College Street).

Price: Pay What You Can (Suggested $5-10) at the door.

Toronto New School of Writing is please to host an evening of readings by Phil Hall and Lise Downe, following Hall’s afternoon Triptych Workshop.

PHIL HALL‘s first small book, Eighteen Poems, was published by Cyanamid, the Canadian mining company, in Mexico City, in 1973. Among his many titles are: Old Enemy Juice (1988), The Unsaid (1992), & Hearthedral – A Folk-Hermetic (1996). In the early 80s, Phil was a member of the Vancouver Industrial Writers’ Union, & also a member of the Vancouver Men Against Rape Collective. He has taught writing at York University, Ryerson Polytechnical University, Seneca College, George Brown College, and elsewhere. He has been poet-in-residence at Sage Hill Writing Experience (Sask.), The Pierre Berton House (Dawson City, Yukon), & elsewhere. In 2007, BookThug published Phil’s long poem, White Porcupine. Also in 2007. he and his wife, Ann, walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. His most recent book of poems is Killdeer (2011). He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, and lives near Perth, Ontario.

LISE DOWNE grew up in London, Ontario, where she experienced the art of Londoners Greg Curnoe, Jack Chambers, and Patterson Ewen, among others. After completing a major in printmaking at the Beal Art Annex, she then spent a year in England studying sculpture. On her return to Canada she painted for many years before turning her hand to writing, and later, to studying jewellery at George Brown College and OCAD. She has three previously published books of poetry – A Velvet Increase of Curiosity, The Soft Signature, and Disturbances of Progress. Her new book, This Way, will be published in the fall of 2011. She has exhibited her art and jewellery in Toronto and across Canada. Lise lives in Toronto, where she continues to write and make jewellery and other small sculptures.

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