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Ellie Sawatzky is a writer from Kenora, Ontario. A finalist for the 2019 Bronwen Wallace Award, and the recipient of CV2’s 2017 Foster Poetry Prize, her work has been published widely in literary journals such as Grain, The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, and Room.
None of This Belongs to Me is her debut poetry collection.
In this vibrant debut, Ellie Sawatzky rustles the underbrush of identity, seeking clarity on the nature of ownership and belonging. Haunted and inspired by old boyfriends, girls named Emily, ancestral ghosts, polar bears and mythic horses, None of This Belongs to Me plots a young woman’s coming of age in a time of environmental and socio-economic peril. From Ontario to Kitsilano to Burning Man, Sawatzky inquires into girlhood learning—what is inherited, what is acquired, what begins to take form in the iridescent space between innocence and experience.
@impromptuprompts (prompts and literary inspiration)
Poetic Appetizer:
But hope / this evening is a post-Tinder codeine dream
where I see two of me / make love to each other while
the earth quakes / I believe this is the beginning / of something
— from “New Moon, Gemini Season”
Joey Scarfone has written lyrics for songs all his life but over the last two years he has been focusing on short stories and putting poetry over artwork.
The pandemic has forced his creativity into the comic format titled Pandemic Fatigue which is ongoing.
Notes on Attendance:
Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Participants who wish to read during the Open Mic segment of the event may register between 7:00 – 7:20 PM. Kindly be prepared to adhere to a maximum of three minutes for your reading.
All Planet Earth Poetry Events require attendees to provide confirmation of full COVID 19 vaccination prior to admittance, and to wear masks for the duration of the event.
If you wish to tune in via Zoom for the featured readers’ segment of the evening (approximately 8:00 PM), please use the following credentials:
Meeting ID: 494 660 4447
Passcode: 2129
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