THEATRE ALIVE! presents a literary evening and coffee house with Heidi Greco, Brian Brett & Genni Gunn. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. This event is sponsored by Salt Spring Theatre Alive Society and The Canada Council.
Writer and editor Heidi Greco is a long-time resident of Surrey. She leads workshops at a number of diverse locations – from SFU’s Southbank Program to Matsqui Penitentiary. Her poetry collections include Siren Tattoo and Rattlesnake Plantain (both from Vancouver’s Anvil Press) and a chapbook of speculative poems about Amelia Earhart from Lipstick Press, A: The Amelia Poems. In 2011, Toronto’s Quattro Books published her novella, Shrinking Violets.
Brian Brett, former chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and a journalist for four decades, is best known as a poet, memoir writer, and fiction writer. He is the author of twelve books. His memoir, Uproar’s Your Only Music, was a Globe and Mail’s Book Of The Year selection by Ronald Wright. His best-seller, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, won numerous prizes, including the Writers’ Trust annual award for best Canadian non-fiction book. Brett’s new poems To Your Scattered Bodies Go won the CBC poetry prize in 2011. A collection of poems and prose poems about an endangered watershed in the near-Arctic, The Wind River Variations has just been released. He is currently completing the third of a trilogy of memoirs, Tuco And The Scattershot World: A Life With Birds.
Genni Gunn is a writer, musician and translator. Born in Trieste, Italy she came to Canada when she was eleven. She has published nine books: three novels—Solitaria, Tracing Iris and Thrice Upon a Time; two short story collections—Hungers and On The Road; two poetry collections—Faceless and Mating in Captivity. As well, she has translated from Italian two collections of poems—Devour Me Too and Traveling in the Gait of a Fox. One of Genni’s books, Mating in Captivity, has been translated into Italian. Two more are forthcoming next year. Genni’s latest novel, Solitaria, is on the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.