Poets return to NIC

North Island College welcomes back award-winning poets Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane, who will read from their most celebrated works

North Island College welcomes back award-winning poets Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane, who will read from their most celebrated works at the Stan Hagen Theatre on NIC’s Comox Valley campus.

Crozier’s latest publication is a volume of prose poems called The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things.

She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a fellow of the Royal Society and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria as well as the recipient of several awards for poetry, including the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, and two honorary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian literature.

Ursula K. LeGuin of The New York Times Book Review writes about Lorna Crozier, “What a joy to have a volume of selected poems by this marvelous Canadian poet, storyteller, truth-teller, visionary.”

Lane is one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets, winner of numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors’ Association Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, and three National Magazine Awards.

“Patrick Lane is our most essential poet: tough, tender, fearless, and beautifully dangerous. For decades he has been our guide to darkness, and our provider of unexpected flashes of brilliant, almost blinding light,” writes Jane Urquhart, Canadian novelist and poet. “Now gathered together in one spot, the poetry of his life enhances and energizes us, and takes us to places we would never go on our own. Lane is a true Master.”

Lane’s distinguished career spans 50 years and 25 volumes of poetry as well as award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction, including Red Dog Red Dog and What the Stones Remember. Crozier and Lane live together outside of Victoria with their two fine cats.

North Island College acknowledges the support of the Canada Council in presenting this free public event. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. this Thursday.

For more information on Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane’s reading or the Write Here Readers Series, call Beth Turner at 250-334-5000, ext. 4267.

— North Island College

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