A Putting Down of Roots Poetry Readings - Session Two

Gallery 1C03

October 7 in Gallery 1C03
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunctime readings in Gallery 1C03 by poets Rosanna Deerchild and Katherena Vermette are presented as part of A Putting Down of Roots: 40 Years of CV2 -- a joint project of Gallery 1C03 and Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing in celebration of 40 years of Canadian poetry.

Rosanna Deerchild hails from the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation at South Indian Lake, Manitoba. A co-founder and member of the Indigenous Writers Collective of Manitoba, she won the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/prix Lansdowne de poésie for her debut poetry collection, this is a small northern town (The Muses’ Company). Her second collection, calling down the sky, forthcoming from BookLand, is about her mother’s Residential School experience. A journalist for 20 years, with stints at APTN, Global, and a variety of indigenous newspapers, she is the host of Unreserved, now airing nationally on CBC Radio One.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children's literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company), won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry and was the 2015 selection for On the Same Page, Manitoba's Book Club. Her work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies across the globe. Vermette’s recent project, The Seven Teachings Stories, is a seven volume children’s picture book series (Portage and Main Press, 2015). Currently, she is completing work on a National Film Board documentary, and a novel titled The Break (House of Anansi, 2016). She has been a proud member of the Indigenous Writers Collective since 2004, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. 

Gallery 1C03 and Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing wish to acknowledge financial assistance for this programming from the Manitoba Arts Council.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03
1st floor, Centennial Hall, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
204.786.9253 |