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UPEI Winter's Tales: Steve McOrmond + Chris Bailey

Beaconsfield Carriage House

Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey

Monday, September 17, 2018, 07:00pm

Stever McOrmond’s poetry has captivated readers across Canada since his first book, Lean Days, in 2004, while Chris Bailey, from a North Lake fishing family, is a newcomer to the literary scene.

Chris Bailey, a recent UPEI Psychology graduate, has been living in Toronto and Hamilton, earning a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. He comes home during the summers, working on the family boat. Many of the poems in What Your Hands Have Done (Nightwood Editions) focus on the lives, work, and relationships of fishing families. This is the first major poetry book by an Islander to honour, at length, the realities and lore of PEI’s fishing community.

A 1995 UPEI graduate, Steve McOrmond’s has lived in Toronto for two decades, returning yearly to the Island. His metropolitan experiences and computer software business career ingeniously permeate his new book, Reckon (Brick Book): “And we felt fortunate to live in the afterglow of Steve Jobs” and though “the air smells like burning tires...I love it here, I really do”

His new poems reflect and critique the growing domination of our lives and consciousness by digital platforms and realms: “Deep in an offshore data centre, my vagaries / are tracked, time-stamped, mined / for meaningful adjacencies.”

Steve McOrmondA guest poet, Annick MacAskill from Halifax, will give a short reading, followed by McOrmond’s and Bailey’s featured readings, a book signing, and a reception. The evening is sponsored by the UPEI Dean of Arts and Department of English, with generous support from The Canada Council for the Arts.


Location Details:

Beaconsfield Carriage House
2 Kent Street (corner West Street)
Charlottetown

(902) 368-6603


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