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Review of The Best Canadian Poetry in English in 2012

To read the full review, go to http://lonelyoffices.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/review-the-best-canadian-poetry-in-english-2012/ 

The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012
Edited by Carmine Starnino
Series Editor Molly Peacock
Tightrope Books

Reviewed by Lori A. May

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“The New House” by Rhea Tregebov calls upon the complexity of remembering the past, while not letting the past keep hold of us. In what flows like a love poem to a former life, a woman reminisces about the time spent in an old house. In an apostrophe to her child, she refers to this sacred space as “the one where we both grew up,” paying tribute to the sudden maturity that comes with parenthood. The poem is melancholic, though, as the speaker traces history through packed boxes and as she packs “childhood into two plastic bins.” The child is now an adult with a separate life, a life complete without the parent. The poem traces the joy of familial relationships and how these are so often tethered to a concrete place, a home, and how memories of these follow us, no matter the moves that come later in life. [...]

 

Lori A. May is the author of four books. Her work has appeared in publications such as Rattle, Two Review, and The Writer. Please see her website for more details. http://www.loriamay.com/

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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.

General admission: $13.50/$17.00 onsite -

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Kingston WritersFest Event #43 Saturday Night Speakeasy

Saturday, September 28, 2013

/ 9:00–11:00 pm /

Islandview

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.

General admission: $25.00/$30.00 onsite -

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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.

General admission: $30.00/$35.00 onsite – S

ee more at: http://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/events.php#sthash.Ib4ZijfS.dpuf

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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.
For further details, click here.

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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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Quill & Quire Review of All Souls’ by George Fetherling

Rhea Tregebov opens her seventh poetry collection by telling us about a visitation she had that unexpectedly put an end to a period of literary silence: “You thought all the poems had grown up / and left home. / You didn’t expect to find one / putting its little hand on your face.”

This is a book about cycles, such as the poet’s geographical progress from Winnipeg to Toronto, then from Toronto (“I’m such a sorry mess I’ll miss it”) to the West Coast, where she teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Most of all, it centres on the cyclical experiences of families, of watching children becoming adults and adults eventually dying (or in her father’s case, getting lost in dementia): “My father can’t draw the hands of the clock, / can’t draw its face. In his own hand, the pencil / falters, rests.” “Family Dinners,” the last of three poem sequences, is the heart of the book, uniting Tregebov’s themes of childhood, maternity, and decay with gardening, dining, and impermanence.

To read the full review, go to Quill & Quire or here.

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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

Tickets: $14.00  BUY TICKETS ONLINE >>             or call 604-257-5111

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

Location:
  • Oodena, The Forks
  • Oodena Celebration Circle, behind the Johnston Terminal at The Forks
Admission:
FREE

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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.

To read the rest of the article, go to

http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/scene/books/2012/07/24/the-lowdown-on-all-12-books-on-manitoba-reads-long-list/

 

 

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The Knife Sharpener’s Bell Globe & Mail Top 100 book for 2010

Globe Books Special

Jim Bartley’s top 5

THE KNIFE SHARPENER’S BELL
By Rhea Tregebov (Coteau)

The imminence of disaster – sensing it will come, not knowing how – infuses this tale of a Winnipeg family resettling in ancestral Ukraine. From callow childhood to belated understanding, snapshot scenes slowly coalesce into the arc of decades. Tregebov’s sorrows are admirably unlyricized, her nostalgia tart rather than sweet. The emerging Holocaust lurks like a slumbering monster, determinedly denied until it begins to claim victims.

Globe and Mail, November 27, 2010

For more top books of 2010, to go

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/jim-bartleys-top-5/article1814783/

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2010 J. I. Segal Awards presented November 10 Montreal

The 41st J.I. Segal Awards Gala of the Jewish Public Library honoured the winners in eight categories on Jewish themes. These prestigious awards, presented every two years, are designed to encourage and reward creative works on Jewish themes and to perpetuate the memory of the great Canadian Yiddish poet J.I. Segal. The prizes were awarded at a public ceremony on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gelber Conference Centre in the Jewish Public Library, 1 Cummings Square (5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road), Montreal. For information, call 514-345-2627 ext. 3017 or visit www.jewishpubliclibrary.org.

This year 10 recipients were awarded in the following eight categories:

Prof. David E. Fishman and Boris Sandler for the Dr. Hirsch and Dora Rosenfeld Prize for Yiddish and Hebrew Literature;

Rhea Tregebov for the Shulamis Yelin Prize in English Fiction and Poetry Prize on a Jewish Theme;

Jeffrey Veidlinger for the Tauben Prize in English Non-Fiction on a Jewish Theme;

Maurice Chalom for the Prize in French Literature on a Jewish Theme;

Moshe Dor for the Barbara Kay Prize in Translation of a Book on a Jewish Theme;

Esther Trépanier and Allan Levine for the Prize in Canadian Jewish Studies;

Nira Friedman for the Yaacov Zipper Prize in Education;

Garry Beitel for the Michael Moskovitz Prize in Film on a Jewish Theme.
 

Rhea Tregebov’s debut novel The Knife Sharpener’s Bell has been selected the winner in the the category of Prize in English Fiction and Poetry on a Jewish Theme. of the prestigious   The last winner in 2008 was Leonard Cohen for The Book of Longing. Other past award winners include Irving Layton and Adele Wiseman.

Jury citation: “In reading, we adventured from the pale of Russia to the suburbs of Toronto to the fields of Saskatchewan—in both verse and prose. The decision was indeed difficult. Rhea Tregebov’s first novel The Knife Sharpener’s Bell stood out for the beauty of its prose, the ambition of its scope, and the strength of its story.  [Tregebov's] sensitivity to language and attentiveness to history are both evident in this riveting bildungsroman, which has already garnered other award nominations and considerable critical attention. We congratulate her on this debut novel, and we look forward to her future books.”

The J.I. Segal Awards of the Jewish Public Library are made possible by the J.I. Segal Cultural Foundation, founded by the late Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld and Mrs. Dvora Rosenfeld. They were established in 1968 to honour and perpetuate the memory of  J.I. Segal, and to foster Jewish cultural creativity in Canada.

J.I. Segal (1896-1954) is acknowledged as one of the most respected Yiddish poets. His work is characterized by its deep lyrical expression and evocation of the dignity of Jewish life in the Eastern European shtetl and in Canada. Segal strove to show that “a people and its culture are inseparable.” His poetry lives on in Yiddish and in translation.

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The Knife Sharpener’s Bell November selection for TPL book club

The Knife Sharpener’s Bell is the November selection for the Toronto Public Library’s online book club, Book Buzz.

November 1 to 30, 2010

Book Buzz is a book club  for everyone interested in reading. Participants can join from  any connected computer in Toronto, or anywhere, at any time. On the first day of every month, the Book Buzz librarian launches a new book discussion in the online Discussion Forum. Rhea Tregebov will be joining the Dicussion Forum to answer questions posted by the readers throughout the month. Toronto participants can place a hold on the book  from the Book Buzz main page. To post comments about the book, readers need to register to become members. To participate in Rhea Tregebov’s author chat, readers go to the Discussion Forums, and choose the chat folder. For  more detailed directions on registration and joining the author chat, go to:

http://bookbuzz.torontopubliclibrary.ca/about.html

For details on The Knife Sharpener’s Bell, go to:

http://bookbuzz.torontopubliclibrary.ca/Featured_Books/November_Book.html

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Knife Sharpener’s Bell Wins Segal Award

The Knife Sharpener’s Bell has been selected the winner of the prestigious J.I. Segal 2010 Awards in the the category of Prize in English Fiction and Poetry on a Jewish Theme. The prize is to be awarded at a public ceremony on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 in Montreal. The awards, presented every two years, are designed to encourage and reward creative works on Jewish themes. The last winner in 2008 was Leonard Cohen for The Book of Longing. Other past award winners include Irving Layton and Adele Wiseman.

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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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