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Kingston WritersFest Event # 49 Poetry to Prose & Back Again

Sunday, September 29, 2013 /

1:00–2:30 pm /

Bellevue South

49. Poetry to Prose & Back Again

Michael Crummey & Anne Michaels Readings & Conversation Michael Crummey and Anne Michaels began as poets, wrote award-winning novels, and now return to poetry with their first collections in more than decade. Michael’s Under the Keel is filled with poems about youth, love, loss, wonder, and all that ties us together as humans. Anne’s Correspondences is a book-length poem about language and history, printed on one side of a unique accordion book, with facing portraits by artist Bernice Eisenstein. Discover how the poetic muse keeps luring these writers back.

Moderated by Rhea Tregebov.

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Kingston WritersFest Event #43 Saturday Night Speakeasy

Saturday, September 28, 2013

/ 9:00–11:00 pm /


Saturday Night SpeakEasy

Shelagh Rogers & Friends Performance

Join us for a night of stories and poems set within the original musical landscape of our house band, the jazz combo Trio Without Words, led by local saxophone virtuoso Jonathan Stewart. Literary performances by Michael Crummey, Lauren B. Davis, Sadiqa de Meijer, Lewis DeSoto, Wayne Grady, Andrew Kaufman, Steven Price, Iain Reid, Ania Szado, and Rhea Tregebov. Hosted by CBC’s favourite literary maven, Shelagh Rogers. Cash bar.

Doors open at 8:30 pm.

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Kingston WritersFest event #33. Writing the Counterfactual

Sunday, November 30, 2013 12:00 to 2:00

Rhea Tregebov Writers Studio

How do we separate the facts from the truth of our writing, and how do the facts, as well as alternatives to the facts, interact with what we have to say? Rhea Tregebov shows how departing from our own history, or world events, can generate writing and foster imagination. Whether in poetry with autobiographical sources or speculative fiction with invented worlds, the path not taken – or not there at all – can be a vital source of creativity.

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February 8 Performance John K Sampson, Christine Fellows, Rhea Tregebov & Steven Galloway

January 22, 2013 Media contact: Laurie Townsend (604) 822-9161

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Singer-songwriters Christine Fellows and John K. Samson (of The Weakerthans) perform at UBC February 8, at 8:00 pm
Vancouver, BC ~ The UBC School of Music, in partnership with the UBC Creative Writing Program, present Winnipeg singer-songwriters Christine Fellows and John K. Samson in performance at UBC in the Roy Barnett Recital Hall on February 8, 2013. Christine Fellows and John K. Samson will be joined by poet Rhea Tregebov and novelist Steven Galloway, both UBC faculty members.  Works by all four creators will be featured in the concert. Fellows and Samson, Writers-in-residence at the UBC Creative Writing Program for 2012/13, will also participate in a roundtable discussion titled Music, Place, People: Popular Music and the Collaborative Act. The roundtable will take place on Friday February 8 at 3:15 pm in Gessler Hall (Room 116) in the Music Building at UBC.
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Toronto Launch of All Souls’

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A Reading with Rhea Tregebov Aisha Sasha John and Shannon Bramer

 Toronto New School of Writing Presents: A Reading with Rhea Tregebov, Aisha Sasha John and Shannon Bramer.

Toronto New School of Writing is pleased to host a reading by Vancouver poet Rhea Trebegov in conjunction with her Counterfactual Workshop. This will be Rhea’s first Toronto reading from her new book, All Souls’ , published by Signal Editions. Joining Rhea for the  evening are Toronto poets Aisha Sasha John and Shannon Bramer, who will read from their work.

When: 20 February 2013, 6:30-8:30 (readings will start at 7 sharp) Where: Supermarket 268 Augusta, in the back room

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The New School of Writing Toronto Workshop February 19, 2013

The Counterfactual: A Workshop with Rhea Tregebov

 19 February 2013, 6-8:30pm

Location: 401 Richmond Street West, Studio 408

The counterfactual – what didn’t happen, the path not taken or the path not there – can be a fundamental source of creativity. This workshop will examine how departures from our own, or world, history generate writing. What is the mindset that fosters imagination? Whether we are writing poetry with autobiographical sources, or speculative fiction that builds invented worlds, one of the more alarming aspects of writing is the pressure to “make something up.” Iconoclastic micro-fiction writer Etgar Keret has said that he is interested in writing stories that are fundamentally true, not factually true. How do we separate the facts from the truth of our writing, and how do the facts, as well as alternatives to the facts, interact with what we have to say?

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Poem for All Souls’ Day

The title poem of Rhea Tregebov’s new book on this dark day…

All Souls’ Day



Some moon – full, and fall.

So close it grazes the houses.

The clocks gone back now – six

and it’s near dark. That moon

bright, though, and this city. Cars,

their lights, wash by on pavement

made for them. This sidewalk,

its dates marked in concrete

(1977, 1992), made for me.

By someone. That someone

a soul now perhaps, body

done, in earth. Winter soon.


© Rhea Tregebov

from All Souls’, Signal Editions, Véhicule Press, September 2012

ISBN: 978-155065-338-0

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Vancouver Jewish Book Fair Panel From Poetry to Prose



Thursday Nov 29 @ 6:30pm

MEET THE AUTHORS From Poetry to Prose and Back

Rhea Tregebov / All Souls’

Susan Glickman / Smooth Yarrow            

 Isa Millman / Something Small to Carry Home

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Susan Glickman’s sixth collection of poetry, The Smooth Yarrow, just came out in May. According to Quill and Quire, “Glickman’s writing is defiant: like yarrow, it is lean and strong, not only beautiful, but possessed of myriad healing properties.” She is also the author of two novels for adults, The Violin Lover, which won the 2006 Canadian Jewish Fiction Award, and The Tale-Teller, which just came out this autumn, the “Lunch Bunch” series of children’s books, and a prize-winning work of literary criticism, The Picturesque & The Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape.”

Isa Milman is a poet and visual artist who lives in Victoria, BC. Born a displaced person in Germany in 1949, she grew up in the United States and came to Canada in 1975. She’s a graduate of Tufts University, and holds a Masters of Rehabilitation Science from McGill, where she taught for a decade. She is the author of Between the Doorposts (Ekstasis Editions, 2004) and Prairie Kaddish (Coteau Books, 2008), both of which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for poetry. Her latest collection, Something Small to Carry Home, was published by Quattro Books in April 2012.

Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising and tender, Rhea Tregebov’s All Souls’—her first collection since 2004—commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous six books of poetry. Inspired by crises both personal (divorce, adult children, aging parents) and societal (global warming, financial implosion),All Souls’ bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment: the fear of change and the fear of standing still. Enriched by a sharp palate and crackling with confidence, Tregebov’s new poems capture life in all its rueful aspects, and do so with a lyricism of considerable beauty and power.

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Green College UBC Principal’s Series:

Reading from Rhea Tregebov’s 7th Collection of Poetry, All Souls’

Rhea Tregebov, Creative Writing Program, UBC
Coach House, Green College, UBC
November 13 5:00 pm -  6:30 pm

Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising and tender, UBC Creative Writing professor Rhea Tregebov’s All Souls’—her first  collection since 2004—commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous six books. All Souls’ bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment: the fear of change and the fear of standing still. Enriched by a sharp palate and crackling with confidence, Tregebov’s new poems capture life in all its rueful aspects, and do so with a lyricism of considerable beauty and power.

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Rhea Tregebov at the Thin Air Festival of Writing, Winnipeg

MAINSTAGE: VOICES FROM OODENA/VOIX D’OODENA September 23, 2012 { 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm}

Oodena, the natural amphitheatre at The Forks, has been a gathering place for centuries. THIN AIR celebrates that history with a collage of commissioned work from writers who have made a mark on the local scene. Gather on the stairs for a magical evening of words in many flavours. Bring a jacket—the air is cool as the sun sets.
Admission is free. Books for sale on-site. Inclement weather: Centre Court, The Forks Market

  • Oodena, The Forks
  • Oodena Celebration Circle, behind the Johnston Terminal at The Forks

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More on Manitoba Reads long list for The Knife Sharpener’s Bell

Manitoba Reads Longlist: The Knife Sharpener’s Bell has been long-listed for Manitoba Reads. The Winnipeg International Writers Festival, THIN AIR, has teamed up with CBC Manitoba SCENE and McNally Robinson Booksellers for the second annual Manitoba Reads, a made-in-Manitoba book celebration in the spirit of Canada Reads, Canada’s biggest battle of the books. . …  A panel of experts has selected 12 great Manitoba titles and The Knife Sharpener’s Bell has made the list! Readers anywhere in Canada or the world can  vote on their favourite to help decide what is the best Manitoba book for summer reading. Voters have from now until August 12, 2012 to choose four favourites, and those four final titles that receive the most votes will be pitched by a panel of literary pros and keen advocates in front of a live audience on Friday, September 21 2012 at the Centre culturel francais as the kick -off to THIN AIR 2012. After that debate, on-line voting will open again, with the winning title and a portion of the live debate being aired on CBC’s Weekend Morning Show on Sunday, September 23, 2012. The initial audience poll, which runs from July 24 through August 12, has a great prize pack—$150 in gift cards from McNally Robinson, a couple of THIN AIR Festival Passes, and some cool CBC merch. To be eligible to win, visitors simply leave a comment after they vote. People can vote every day, and each vote comment enters the draw. Please pass the word along to your  friends via email, social media, etc. The more votes, the better!

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The Knife Sharpener’s Bell on Manitoba Reads long list

Manitoba Reads long list: 12 books for summer reading

Tuesday July 24, 2012

In the spirit of Canada Reads, Canada’s biggest battle of the books, CBC Manitoba is proud to present Manitoba Reads, in partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Winnipeg International Writers  Festival.
Our panel of experts has selected these 12 books – including some  familiar favourites and a couple local gems waiting to be discovered -  to vote on, to help decide what is the best Manitoba book for your summer reading pleasure.


The Knife Sharpener’s Bell, by Rhea Tregebov

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Ten-year old Annette Gershon is content enough growing up in her father’s delicatessen in Winnipeg’s Jewish North End, but for immigrant families scratching out a living in the Dirty Thirties, even subsistence is a delicate balance. Everything changes when her parents decide to take the family “home” to the Soviet Union to escape the devastation of the collapsing capitalist economy. The Knife Sharpener’s Bell is the seldom-told story of a doomed return, and a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit.
Rhea Tregebov is an award-winning poet and picture book author who has proven just as adept at writing fiction. Rhea grew up in Winnipeg, wrote and taught in Toronto for several years, and now lives in Vancouver where she teaches creative writing at UBC.

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Recordings of Yiddish Stories and Poems by Women Writers

Readings by members of the Winnipeg Yiddish Women’s Reading Circle (recorded in 2011).

 The Winnipeg Yiddish Women’s Reading Circle meets monthly in order to read, hear, and discuss stories and poems by female Yiddish authors that would otherwise be forgotten. By rescuing the stories of these writers, the participants in the Reading Circle are also able to enjoy listening and speaking their mameloshn, or mother-tongue. 

Yiddish was the language of Central and Eastern European Jewry and was brought to Winnipeg by Jewish immigrants. Many of the women in the Reading Circle are the children of immigrants and thus grew up in Yiddish-speaking homes. Some of them were students at the I. L. Peretz Folk Shul, a Winnipeg Yiddish-language school that was the first full-time Jewish day school in North America. Other members immigrated to Winnipeg from Europe after the Holocaust. 

The Winnipeg Reading Circle has been remarkably active since its inception in 2001. In 2007 the group published an anthology of English translations of their favourite stories, Arguing with the Storm: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers, edited by Rhea Tregebov (Toronto: Sumach Press; New York: The Feminist Press). The Reading Circle was also recognized by the UNESCO and was included in its Register of Good Practices in Language Preservation.

Yiddish is no longer spoken or understood by the majority of Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of Central and East European origin). The women of the Winnipeg Reading Circle belong to an increasingly small group of Winnipeggers fluent in the language. The stories and poems presented here have been translated into English, but the women who read these stories for you hope that by listening to the original Yiddish, even those who do not understand the language will get an impression of  the humour, linguistic musicality, and emotional depth in the Yiddish language and Yiddish literature. 

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Bio formatted on Tatiana de Rosnay’s

Having just seen the film version of Sara’s Key, which alternately moved and frustrated me, I looked up the biography of the novel’s author, Tatiana de Rosnay and must confess I found a wee bit of hubris in the expansive coverage of her lineage. To that end, I have modelled my own biographical note based on her format… RT

Rhea Tregebov was born on August 15, 1953 in the suburbs of Saskatoon. She is of Russian Jewish  descent.  Her father was Canadian civil engineer Sam Block,  her grandfather was wrecking and salvage company owner James Block. Rhea doesn’t know the name of her paternal great-grandmother but she wishes she did.  Rhea’s mother is Canadian, Jeanette Block, daughter of delicatessen owner Aaron Grosney, and  great-great-granddaughter of someone who was probably a very interesting person. Rhea is also the niece of moving company owner Hymie Block.  Rhea was raised in Winnipeg, where her father designed irrigation ditches and brought in indoor plumbing to rural Manitoba communities while working for the provincial government. He was always home by 5:30.

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Ekphrasis Twelve at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Sunday, September 26th at 3 pm.

 Ekphrasis Twelve at the AGO

This project brings together twelve recognized poets, dancers and musicians taking inspiration from the permanent collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Ekphrasis, one form of art commenting on another, goes back to Ancient Greece and continues on as a vital form in our century. Artists of every stripe have long found inspiration in the artistic expression of their peers and forbears. At the AGO, you can have it all: artworks that inspire and a diverse collection of creative responses, works of art in their own right.

Join poets Rhea Tregebov, Alison Watt, Sue Chenette, Sue MacLeod, John Reibetanz, Jim Nason, Helen Humphreys, Joanne Page, Julie Salverson, dancers Julia Aplin and Hope Terry, and jazz cellist Kye Marshall for an afternoon of poetry, music and dance.

Walker Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Regular admission prices apply.

 Ekphrasis: a rhetorical device in which one medium of art tries to relate to another… and in doing so, relate more directly to the audience, through its illuminative liveliness… For example, a painting may re-present a sculpture; a poem portray a picture; a sculpture depict a heroine of a novel; in fact, given the right circumstances, any art may describe any other art (Wikipedia).

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YouTube video Rhea Tregebov reading at La Muse

A glimpse of the amazing La Muse Writers’ Retreat. Rhea reading new poems, some written there. Two links: one (5 1/2 minutes) and the second one  (less than a minute). The baby cooing is John and Kerry’s daughter Gloria, one of  the muses of La Muse.

Part 1

Part 2

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La Muse Writers’ Retreat

Still recovering from the joy of my time in Languedoc, France. Check out La Muse, surely one of the world’s most astonishingly beautiful, and affordable, writers’ retreats.

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