Tuesday June 21st
“What if Demeter, the timeless fertility goddess of ancient Greek myth, slipped through a crack into the twenty-first century, shook off her ankle bracelets, corn tassels, and garlands, and began a tour of our improbable culture? Susan McCaslin’s new volume of poetry, Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, April 2011), exercises the profound mother/daughter trauma forged in the Demeter-Persephone myth with unapologetic modernity. Susan is a poet, educator, scholar, and author of fourteen volumes of poetry She has edited two anthologies of sacred poetry (Poetry and Spiritual Practice and A Matter of Spirit), is on the editorial board of Event: the Douglas College Review, and an editorial consultant for The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (Harvard Divinity School). Her work has appeared in literary journals across Canada and the United States. See her website for details about other upcoming readings. www.susanmccaslin.ca
Tuesday May 17th
Debra Purdy Kong has a diploma in criminology and has worked in security as a patrol and communications officer. She is the author of Alex Bellamy mysteries: Taxed to Death (1995) and Fatal Encryption (2008). Her latest mystery The Opposite of Dark, (available from TouchWood Editions March 2011) is the first in a series featuring transit security officer, Casey Holland. Debra has also published over one hundred short stories, essays, and articles in publications that include Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, Dandelion, NeWest Review, The Vancouver Sun, and several anthologies.