The next Poetry @ Red Tree evening will be Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. The featured poet this month is accomplished poet Matt Rader.
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Rader has recently released his fourth book of poems, Desecrations (McClelland & Stewart 2016). As is the custom, an open mic will follow with an eclectic mix of local poets; some you might be familiar with, some might be a pleasant surprise, and some might be both.
Rader’s poems, stories, and non-fiction have appeared widely in journals, magazines, and anthologies, nationally and internationally. He also recently published a book of short stories, What I Want To Tell Goes Like This (Nightwood Editions 2014), that includes many place/historical references familiar to residents of the Comox Valley.
Also on Rader’s agenda is the upcoming Where is Here? symposium on cultural mapping, bringing together thinkers from many fields. As part of this event, he and poet Cornelia Hoogland (who many Poetry @ Red Tree regulars will remember) will start the proceedings with a poetry reading at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 on Duncan Street (presumably in front of the Comox Valley Art Gallery).
This monthly event and the venue are casual and welcoming. Arrive around 6:45 to sign up for the open mic. Red Tree Specialty Coffee is the old kin’ Café/Rewind Coffee shop in Tin Town at 2546 Rosewall Cres.