Our Menu is Lit!

We are absolutely thrilled to present our menu for Word Feast 2021. This is one of those long menus where everything looks good. The best part is – you don’t have to choose, you can take in everything that interests you! As with any menu, there are a few little surprise dishes – specials, if you will – that you may not have heard about yet, so please check back for updates or follow us on Facebook for all the latest. You can also tune into CHSR radio at 5 pm on Mondays to hear about the festival. And don’t forget: our online Silent Auction is underway on its own Facebook page. Bid until October 17!

Note: Click here to join all virtual events: Word Feast Zoom.

Word Feast Launch: New Brunswick Night Wednesday, October 13, 7 pm

Virtual Event 
The Fifth Anniversary Edition of Word Feast launches with a celebration of New Brunswick. Join us on Zoom for readings of Jenna Lyn Albert’s festival poem in Wolastoqey, French, and English, and bilingual readings from Reversing Falls / Chutes réversibles with Sophie Lavoie, M. Travis Lane, Sue Sinclair, and other poets from NB. Word Feast’s Community Impact Award presentation and a virtual social will follow.

Jenna Lyn Albert (she/they | elle/iel) is a queer poet and community organizer living on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik people. Jenna is a member of The Fiddlehead’s editorial board and cohosts the elm & ampersand poetry podcast with partner-in-rhyme Rebecca Salazar. Their debut collection of poetry Bec & Call (Nightwood Editions 2018) won the New Brunswick Book Awards’ Fiddlehead Poetry Prize. Jenna served a two-year term as the City of Fredericton’s Poet Laureate from 2019-2020 and is currently working on their sophomore collection of poetry, mal à l’aise.

Allan Tremblay is an Elder from Neqotkuk (Maliseet First Nation).  He is the oldest of 10 children of the late Dr. Raymond and Doris (Sappier) Tremblay.Wolastoqey (Maliseet) was his first language prior to attending the St. Ann’s Indian Day School on the Tobique First Nation.  Although he wasn’t allowed and physically disciplined for speaking his language, he has maintained his language for 75 years. He has worked as a teacher, translator, and interpreter. His latest accomplishments include translating 65 children’s books in the Wolastoqey language for an online program called Say It First.  He also helped develop a 3,000-word online dictionary (with audio) for the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk (Maliseets of the St. Lawrence in Cacouna, Quebec).  It can be accessed on Wolastoqewatu.ca and is available in French/English/Wolastoqey.  

Sophie Lavoie teaches Latin American language, literature and culture in the Department of Culture and Media Studies at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. Along with her many research publications, she is also a literary translator with various books published in English, French, and Spanish: Rita Joe’s Nous sommes les rêveurs (2018), Ma-Nee Chacaby’s memoir, Un parcours bispirituel (2019), Chutes réversibles (2020) and has an anthology of NB LGBTQIA+ poets for Frog Hollow Books.

M. Travis Lane has lived in Fredericton NB since 1960 and is a  Canadian citizen by choice. She has been an honorary Research Associate with the English Dept at UNB for many years, is a member of Voice of Women for Peace and the Raging Grannies. She has published eighteen books of poetry and one of prose reviews, has twice won  an award for Excellence in the Literary Arts, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in 2015. Her most recent  publication is Keeping Count (2020).

Ian LeTourneau is the author of Terminal Moraine (Thistledown Press) and two chapbooks, the most recent of which is Core Sample, out with Frog Hollow Press in 2017. He lives with his wife, son, and dog Lambert on Fredericton’s northside.

Sue SinclairAlmost Beauty, Sue’s collection of new and selected poems, will appear with Goose Lane Editions in Spring 2022. This book gathers poems from her previous five books, the latest of which was Heaven’s Thieves (Brick Books), winner of the 2017 Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. Sue teaches English and creative writing at UNB; she is a poetry editor for Brick Books and is also editor of The Fiddlehead.

Frankfurt in FrederictonThursday, October 14, 12 pm

Virtual Event
Join our international panel to celebrate Canada’s role at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, with Carolyn Gammon, Vanessa Moeller, and Renée Von Paschen, hosted by emcee Tristis Ward. Learn more about New Brunswick and Canadian writers with connections to the German-speaking world and how they work to bring their stories to new audiences.    

Carolyn Gammon is an internationally acclaimed author originally from Fredericton, N.B. who lives in Berlin, Germany. Over the last three decades she has published five books and countless poems, short stories and essays in English and in French and German translation. Her current book is called On Her Own Terms: Poems About Memory Loss & Living Life to the Fullest and is about her mother, Frances Firth Gammon, also a poet and one of the founding members of The Fiddlehead.

Vanessa Moeller – “Vanessa wrote on the white wall with red marker.” This diary entry was written about Vanessa Moeller when she was just one; it was a portent of things to come. Now as a writer and passionate advocate for literacy and the arts, she doesn’t write on walls (much) anymore, but her words do occasionally appear on a billboard or two. Vanessa’s poems recently appeared in the anthology Cadence: voix féminines / Female Voices from Frog Hollow Press. She also collaborated with Alan Cooper on The Great Draft in Which Words Fly where she translated works by German poet Hilde Domin. She’s currently working on a collection of poems looking at human interaction with the animal world, a polyphonic score that uses bone conduction technology, as well as an experimental poetry project using AI.

Renée von Paschen was born in Canada and now lives in Austria. She is a bilingual poet, literary translator, and scholar (PhD Theater, Film & Media, Univ. of Vienna; M.A. Gender Studies.) She also taught literary translation at the Universities of Vienna & Innsbruck and completed a Postdoc fellowship at the Center for Austrian Studies, Univ. of Minnesota. She has numerous publications in English, French & German, and authored the bilingual poetry collection: VICE VERSA, Quattro Books, Toronto 2017. She has received a Literary Translator’s Fellowship from the Frankfurt International Translators Program to participate in the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair.

Poetry BashOctober 14, 7 pm

Virtual event

Unfortunately, Covid-19 conditions have made our in-person gathering unwise. We are happy that Maritime poets Triny Finlay, Matt Robinson, and Rebecca Salazar will read from their new collections online, with emcee Jennifer Houle.

Triny Finlay is a queer writer, teacher, and mother whose poetry collections include Myself a Paperclip (icehouse/Goose Lane, 2021), Splitting Off (Nightwood, 2004), and Histories Haunt Us (Nightwood, 2010), along with the chapbooks You don’t want what I’ve got (Junction, 2018) and Phobic (Gaspereau, 2006). Her writing has also appeared in anthologies and journals such as Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, Arc Poetry Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, The Fiddlehead, Grain, The London Reader, The Malahat Review, Plenitude, University of Toronto Quarterly, The Temz Review, and Untethered. Her most recent poetry addresses her experiences living with debilitating mental illnesses, their treatments, psych ward life, and stigma. She lives in Fredericton, NB, where she teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. 

Matt Robinson’s most recent collection of poems, Tangled & Cleft, was published by Gaspereau Press in Fall 2021. His poetry has in appeared numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies. He currently lives in Halifax / Kjipuktuk, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, with his family, and plays a fair bit of beer league hockey.

Rebecca Salazar (she/they) is a writer, editor, and community organizer living on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik. Published works include sulphurtongue (McClelland & Stewart), the knife you need to justify the wound (Rahila’s Ghost) and Guzzle (Anstruther). Salazar edits poetry for The Fiddlehead and Plenitude magazines and co-hosts the Elm & Ampersand podcast.

Book Launch: Carolyn Gammon, On Her Own Terms: Poems About Memory Loss & Living Life to the Fullest  on Zoom – Friday, October 15, 2:30 pm

Internationally acclaimed author Carolyn Gammon conjures a kind and unflinching portrait of her mother’s memory loss—ultimately revealing the love, joy and life which remain even as memory fades. The author’s mother, Frances Firth Gammon, was a co-founder of The Fiddlehead. At this international event, Carolyn Gammon, originally from Fredericton, will be launching her book from her home in Berlin, while participants from around the world will hear her reading and take part in a Q&A.  

Poetry Bash: A Second HelpingFriday, October 15, 7 pm

Virtual Event
There’s no such thing as too much poetry, so we have more on tap! Canadian poets Liz Howard, David Bradford, and Pearl Pirie will take part in this reading and Q&A session hosted by Rebecca Salazar.

David Bradford is a poet, editor and translator based in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). He is the author of several chapbooks, including Nell Zink is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and The Plot (House House Press, 2018). His work has appeared in The Capilano Review, Tiny Mag, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, Carte Blanche and elsewhere. Dream of No One but Myself is his first book.

Liz Howard’s debut collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry, and was named a Globe and Mail top 100 book. Her second collection, Letters in a Bruised Cosmos, was published by McClelland & Stewart in June 2021. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe heritage. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she currently lives in Toronto.

Pearl Pirie is the author of footlights (Radiant Press, 2020),  the pet radish, shrunken (Bookhug Press, 2015), and dozens of chapbooks, including Mudflaps for Short Dogs (Trainwreck Press, 2021) and the forthcoming rain’s small gestures (Apt 9, 2021) You can follow her on twitter at pesbo, and at her Patreon page www.patreon.com/pearlpiriepoet She lives slowly in rural Quebec. www.pearlpirie.com

Word Feast presents Séan McCann and Andrea Aragon: An Evening of Music, Love, and RecoverySaturday, October 16 – Fredericton Playhouse – 7:30 pm, $35 for tickets

Our headline event! In partnership with Fredericton Playhouse, we are proud to present singer-songwriter Séan McCann and co-author Andrea Aragon at Fredericton Playhouse. They will be reading from their book, One Good Reason. The event will include musical performances, readings, and personal stories of recovery. Book signing follows.Tickets on sale now at Fredericton Playhouse, 686 Queen Street, Fredericton.

Book Launch and Conversation: Brian Bartlett and Jennifer HouleSunday, October 17 – 1:30 pm

Virtual event

Brian Bartlett will launch his new volume of nature writing, Daystart Songlight: A Morning Journal. As well as reading excerpts from the journal, Brian will be taking part in a dialogue with Word Feast Vice-Chair and poet Jennifer Houle about literature and nature.

Brian Bartlett has published 14 collections and chapbooks of poetry, a selection of his prose on poetry, and three books of nature writing, mostly recently Daystart Songflight: A Morning Journal (Pottersfield Press, 2021). The many books edited by Bartlett include Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan. After nearly 30 years at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Bartlett’s teaching career finished three years ago, but he wears the label “retirement” very loosely. 

Jennifer Houle is Word Feast’s Vice Chair, in addition to being the author of two award-winning poetry collections and a forthcoming children’s book. She is a graduate of UNB’s Creative Writing MA program and Mount Allison University, where her love of literature was cemented. She has been an active member of Fredericton’s literary community for well over a decade.

Word Feast Silent Auction Pick-up – Stepping Stone Seniors’ Centre, Wilmot Park, 15 Saunders Street, Fredericton – Sunday, October 17 – 2:15 to 4:45 pm

Our online Silent Auction is taking place now on Facebook and continues until 2 pm on October 17. Bid in the comments under the post and photo and check back often to raise your bid. https://www.facebook.com/Word-Feast-Silent-Auction-2021-103173722129420

We’ll notify the highest bidder on Sunday afternoon, and you can pick up your auction item at the Stepping Stone between 2:15 and 4:45 pm.

Note: Covid-19 protocols for Stepping Stone: 18 and up only, must show proof of vaccination, wear masks, and maintain distance. Screening will take place at the front door of the building.

We are happy to make other arrangements for pick-up of items. Contact Ida by phone or at orenbach(at)icloud.com

Closing Reading and Open Mic – Readings by Word Feast Contest Judges and Winners – Sunday, October 17 – 7 pm

Virtual event

This event, now on Zoom on Sunday evening, October 17, will readings by Word Feast contest judges and winners, and will include an Open Mic. Unmute your mic and take part! Featured readers are: Emily Skov-Nielsen, Judge of the 2021 Word Feast Postcard Story Contest, the 2021 Word Feast Postcard Story Contest winner, and Jordan Trethewey, Judge of the 2021 Word Feast Fredericton Playhouse Contest (postponed until winter 2021-2022)

Emily Skov-Nielsen is the author of The Knowing Animals (Brick Books 2020), which was nominated for the 2021 ReLit Award and a New Brunswick Book Award. Her poems have been published in literary journals across Canada over the past decade. She lives in Saint John, works for The Fiddlehead and Studies in Canadian Literature, and is writing a new poetry manuscript. https://www.brickbooks.ca/books/the-knowing-animals/

Fredericton Poet Laureate Jordan Trethewey lives in Nashwaaksis with his wife, son, and daughter. Jordan enjoys the challenge of writing in many genres, including poetry, drama, children’s literature, historical and short fiction. He is also an editor at two international online literary journals: Open Arts Forum, and Red Fez. Jordan will host the launch of his new book Unexpected Mergers (from Pskis Porch Publishing, with images by Dutch artist Marcel Herms) at The Tipsy Muse Café in Fredericton on November 7, 2021. You can find more of Jordan’s work at: https://jordantretheweywriter.wordpress.com/

Colloque de l’APLAQAdu 20 au 24 octobre 2021

Soirée de poésie, conférences, tables rondes et d’autres activités littéraires organisées par l’Association des professeurs des littératures acadiennes et québécoises de l’Atlantique. Une contribution du festival Word Feast a permis à l’APLAQA d’inviter la poète innue Natasha Kanapé Fontaine à Fredericton et d’offrir des cachets à deux poètes de l’Acadie. Le public est invité à la Soirée de poésie le vendredi 22 octobre au Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne (ou sur MS Teams).

Later in 2021-2022

The following events will be held on Zoom in the fall/winter or in person when possible in 2022:

Word Feast Fredericton Playhouse Contest (winter 2021-2022)

Workshops: Lynn Davies: My Life as an Umbrella (or Writing for Children) and Philip Lee: Art, Truth and Story

New Brunswick Black Artists Alliance: HERstory: Poetry and perspectives from Black women in New Brunswick

Word Feast in the Garden, New Brunswick Literature Garden, Brian Bartlett

Book fair, raffle, and skills-building workshops at a Word Feast Picnic, summer 2022